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From Prudential Associates Serving MD, VA & DC

The growing incidents of cyber-extortion are posing a risk to information security for businesses and organizations everywhere. Cyber-extortion typically involves some form of malware that provides malicious and unauthorized access to your systems and networks.

Cyber-attackers then obtain passwords and credentials, deleting any backups in the process to your computer systems, and ultimately encrypt your data using ransomware. Your files are then held for ransom until you pay a fee to receive a decryption key.

Another form of extortion involves DDoS attacks, whereby attackers use a vast network of infected computers to overload servers and other critical IT resources, resulting in unavailability until the attacks stop.

Lastly, cyber-attackers have begun stealing confidential data and sensitive information about companies, threatening to release the data to the public unless they are paid.

Read on to learn more about how we can help protect your data.


Why Choose Prudential Associates

Prudential Associates has become one of the leading cyber-security companies offering comprehensive cyber-extortion and ransomware incident services through Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia. Our experts are well-versed in identifying ways to prevent such occurrences, as well as responding to cyber-extortion incidents after they’ve occurred.

Additionally, our cyber-incident response experts are highly experienced in dealing with cyber-extortionists and cyber-criminals. Due to our experience and familiarity with various cyber-crime groups that are involved in these attacks, we are more likely to secure effective and reasonable terms for the release of our clients’ data.

The End-to-End Response to Cyber-Extortion and Ransomware Attacks

Our Services Include, But Are Not Limited To, The Following:

Assessment: Prudential Associates can provide a comprehensive risk assessment to determine your specific risk factors and evaluate the likelihood of a successful attack on your system.

Identification: If cyber-attackers succeed in entering your network security, Prudential Associates’ experts can determine what type of malware was used, what data was accessed or encrypted, and the extent of the intrusion into your network. If your data has been encrypted, our experts can determine the exact variant of ransomware that was used and the probability of successfully recovering your data.

Recovery & Response: Once our examiners determine what variant of ransomware has been used in your environment, we may be able to recover some of the encrypted data using our specialized decryption software.

Threat Actor & Extortion Negotiations: Prudential Associates offers negotiation services with the goal of reducing the cost of any ransom. If negotiation is successful, our experts can provide an anonymous bitcoin payment to the attackers, confirm that any decryption keys work properly, decrypt your data without the need for you to communicate with the attacker, ensure that your system is free of further malware, and preserve all evidence of the attack for law enforcement.

Post-Ransomware Assessment:  Prudential Associates’ team of computer forensics experts can perform a comprehensive analysis of your system to identify the relevant vulnerability, patch it, and ensure that your system/network is free from ransomware and related malware. At the client’s discretion, our experts can carry out this analysis remotely in our highly secure forensics lab or on-site.

Documentation: Throughout all processes, Prudential Associates documents every step taken and offers Chain of Custody documentation for all devices. Importantly, all communication with those carrying out the attack will be preserved and recorded for the client.

Law Enforcement Support

Beyond individuals, companies, and law firms, our experience and team of experts routinely works with various law enforcement agencies (locally in Maryland as well as nationally) to provide support with multiple types of criminal investigations. Often, our firm will act in a consultative manner to partner with law enforcement agencies by providing resources, equipment, and/or advice.

Our state-of-the-art digital forensics lab has been utilized by multiple agencies in the past to assist with active investigations. In addition to tactical and strategic support for agencies, Prudential Associates also has strong ties with agencies around the country by way of employing active, off-duty officers for specific protection services and projects.

Let Us Help

Prudential Associates offers solutions to ransomware attacks to help you and your organization stay ahead of cyber-attacks. If you are looking for a skilled and efficient team of security experts in Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia, we can help you.

Feel free to contact us or call us at 301-279-6700  with questions or to discuss your cyber security services and needs.

Does your company have proper insurance coverage for cybersecurity and compromised digital privacy incidents? We recommend Troy Turner and State Farm Insurance. Contact Troy for policy options.

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