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Windows 10 v1703 provides Next-Gen Ransomware protection

Microsoft has released a whitepaper which talks about how Windows 10 offers strong ransomware protection to keep your computer protected at all times. While ransomware was always an issue, it never came into highlight as much as it is after the wrath of the WannaCrypt attack.

Ransomware could have severe effects. The range of the attack could vary from a simple attack on a computer to an attack which halts health and infrastructure services, the latter being a critical issue. If not resolved on time, the monetary loss and other losses could be unbearable. Unfortunately, no platform is safe from ransomware. It has attacked Linux, Mac and Windows.

Whitepaper on Ransomware protection in Windows 10

While Microsoft was always committed to cyber security, recent incidents have prompted it to take extra measures to recognize and mitigate. A few of them are as follows:

1] Increasing the cost of the attack: A ransomware attack isn’t always free, especially when directed towards larger systems with a wider scope. Since the purpose of a ransomware attack is to extort money, the attacker judges if the attack would be cost effective and decides accordingly. Microsoft is attempting towards hardening its software and using hardware-base security so the cost of attacking a system could be raised. This would deter the attacker from doing so.

2] Advanced Threat Protection: One difficult part of handling ransomware related threats is that it is never done by amateurs. Well skilled and well-funded attackers are involved in the cyber-crime. Thus, Microsoft relies on Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection to counter these threats.

3] Enterprise security operations: Enterprise security operations personnel are well trained to handle threats with confidentiality of information.

Microsoft claims that no Windows 10 user was affected by the recent Wannacrypt ransomware attack. This is indeed a very proud claim considering the panic the attack created. Even more, they have another claim. Microsoft claims that their new operating system Windows 10 S is not vulnerable to any known ransomware.

While the success of Windows 10 in controlling the WannaCrypt ransomware attack is phenomenal, not all users use Windows 10. Rather, many still rely on unsupported versions of Windows. While Microsoft is neither responsible for unsupported versions nor accountable, they understand how crucial it could be for their customer base and keep pushing updates to help them as well. With the creators update, Windows pushed strong features for Edge to prevent such attacks.

A 4-step policy followed by Microsoft is as follows:

  1. To update OS and software on time.
  2. To educate users of attacks and prevention.
  3. To keep checking anti-malware should be up to date.
  4. To back up necessary data on cloud.

You can download the PDF document from Microsoft by clicking here.

Microsoft has released a Ransomware Response Playbook. You might want to download it too.