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Asgard Cyber Security FAQ

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1. Pre-test interview with stakeholders

Before we begin our tests, we work with your organization to determine the Rules of Engagement, Scoping (which hosts to target or exclude), points of contact, timelines, milestones, and discuss any network or infrastructure details. This interview is usually limited to the IT department head and/or executives, as a large part of the test results depend on your team's response to our simulated attacks. During this meeting, we will discuss any NDA's or Waivers that may need to be signed.

2. Penetration Test
  • Information Gathering
    Our penetration testers will use various methods to gain information about your network, hardware, company, applications, and users. This information will be documented and potentially used during other phases of the test.
  • Enumeration
    At this point in the test, Asgard penetration testers will scan your network and determine targets and vulnerabilities.
  • Penetration
    This phase is where Asgard penetration testers will attempt to exploit vulnerabilities found and gain control of your company's resources. This can include exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities in software, cracking passwords, and pivoting from low value targets to high value targets. During these tests, we are careful to ensure business operations are not impacted.
  • Reporting
    After our tests, we will compile an exhaustive report of our findings, along with recommendations to make your environment more secure. At this time, the Asgard penetration tester is made available to your IT team to go over specific details of the report to make certain your team understands the issues, and more importantly, how to resolve them.

This is a very controversial topic, to be sure. To start, you should have a plan to deal with ransomware the eliminates the need to consider this possibility. This includes good, frequent, off-site backups.

That said, there are two schools of thought here: 

  1. Paying the ransom only encourages the bad actors out there to keep proliferating harmful malware. After all, if they are making money, it's a good business.
  2. Here's the thing people rarely talk about: the ransomware scammers almost always deliver when you pay them. If you have no other way to get your files back, paying the ransom is likely to restore your access.

Asgard Cyber Security has developed software that can assist you in detecting and remedying ransomware before it can have devastating effects. If you have a Windows file server, take a look at Asgard Ransomware Data Protector.

While it's a common misconception that only large corporations are targeted by cybercriminals, the reality is that small businesses are also at risk. As a matter of fact, cyber attackers often view smaller businesses as easier targets due to potentially weaker security measures because they may lack the resources of larger enterprises to invest heavily in cybersecurity. Therefore, it's essential for small businesses to have cybersecurity solutions in place to safeguard their data, customer information, and business operations.

 

The team here at Asgard understands the unique challenges faced by small businesses and offers tailored cybersecurity packages that provide effective protection without straining your budget. These solutions are specifically designed to address the security needs of small businesses, taking into account factors like business size, industry, and potential vulnerabilities. Our affordable packages are designed to fit your budget while ensuring robust protection.

 

Yes. Compliance ensures you meet industry regulations, while cyber security focuses on protecting your assets. We provide solutions that align with both aspects.

 

Compliance and cybersecurity are related but distinct concepts. Compliance involves adhering to regulations and standards set by industry authorities or government bodies. These regulations often outline specific security measures and practices that organizations must follow to protect sensitive data and maintain the privacy of customers. On the other hand, cybersecurity is a broader concept that encompasses measures taken to protect digital assets from cyber threats such as hacking, data breaches, and malware attacks. While compliance helps organizations meet legal and regulatory requirements, cybersecurity goes beyond that to proactively secure the organization's systems and data. Our approach bridges the gap between compliance and cybersecurity. Asgard offers solutions that not only ensure your organization meets regulatory standards but also provide robust protection against a wide range of cyber threats. By aligning your cybersecurity strategy with compliance requirements, you can create a comprehensive defense against potential breaches.

At Asgard Cyber Security, we offer more than just standard cybersecurity consulting. We stand out by providing tailored solutions based on years of industry experience. Our proactive approach and up-to-date knowledge ensure your business stays steps ahead of cyber threats.

We believe that in order to provide the most value, we must do more than what is asked of us. Our commitment to personalized security solutions means that we take the time to understand what the goals and concerns are within our clients’ companies before each engagement. Our consultants continually refine their knowledge and skills to adapt to the ever-evolving cyber landscape, ensuring that the solutions we offer are not only effective today but also remain relevant in the face of tomorrow's cyber challenges.

Assessing your organization's cybersecurity preparedness is a critical step in ensuring your defenses are as effective as possible.

 

Asgard’s penetration tests are predominantly manual and are designed to simulate real-world cyber-attacks to identify vulnerabilities that could be exploited by malicious actors. The results of these assessments are used to generate comprehensive reports outlining identified vulnerabilities and weaknesses. We then offer practical, actionable recommendations to enhance your cybersecurity defenses and reduce your organization's risk exposure. The Asgard team works with our clients’ IT departments, whether in house or outsourced, to make the most effective use of the results submitted. We are not here instead of your IT team, but rather, to support their ongoing efforts.

Definitely. Many experts believe it is a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ any given company will experience an attack. The Asgard team offers post-attack support, including forensic analysis, data recovery, and breach containment. Our goal is to minimize downtime and prevent future incidents. Recovering from a cyber attack requires a well-coordinated response to minimize the impact and prevent future incidents. Our post-attack support services encompass a range of activities aimed at restoring your organization's operations and securing your systems.

Yes. Here at Asgard, we understand that at this point in time, all companies have made some level of investment in tools for threat detection, intrusion detection, malware protection and / or other tools. The IT and Risk teams oftentimes inherit various tools that have been procured over time. Our team helps clients review the current landscape and recommend ways to maximize those investments.

The team here at Asgard is continually working to create and enhance software products designed to help protect our clients’ networks and data. We incorporate lessons learned to strengthen our software offerings. While there is no ‘silver bullet’ to fully protect a company from the constantly evolving threat landscape, part of our mission at Asgard is to add as many layers of security to our clients as possible.

A great example of a unique product that we offer is the Asgard Ransomware Data Protector™. Unlike endpoint protection products, this lightweight Windows service is installed on your file server and serves as an added layer of security. It diligently monitors directories and takes immediate action to defeat remote ransomware activity wherever it's found.

The Asgard Ransomware Data Protector™ not only identifies malicious actors but also disables their activities and promptly alerts system administrators to emerging ransomware threats. This proactive defense keeps your company's most sensitive data safe, ensuring your peace of mind.

Most likely, yes. At Asgard, our comprehensive cybersecurity solutions are designed to reduce your overall risk exposure. By implementing robust security measures and best practices, you can demonstrate to your cyber insurance provider that you are taking proactive steps to protect your assets. This often leads to reduced premiums and better coverage terms.

Yes, we have deep experience developing customized security protocols and policies tailored to your organization's unique needs. Our team of experts will work closely with you to identify vulnerabilities, establish clear guidelines, and ensure that your company is compliant with industry regulations. Implementing these policies is a crucial step in fortifying your cybersecurity defense.

Absolutely. Managed services providers (MSP’s) provide a very valuable and cost-effective service for many companies. Asgard can complement the services provided by your MSP by offering specialized cybersecurity expertise. We can conduct independent security assessments, penetration tests, and audits, and provide recommendations to enhance your overall security strategy. This collaboration ensures a layered and comprehensive approach to safeguarding your digital assets.

While having endpoint security measures like antivirus software is important, cybersecurity threats are constantly evolving and those protections just are not enough anymore. Having end-point protection, such as Windows Defender, alerts you of a breach, but those types of tools can’t protect your data from being compromised during a ransomware attack. Of course, you can restore from back-ups, but that can be time-intensive and often cannot fully recover up to the minute of the attack. A software tool such as Asgard Ransomware Data Protector (ARDP) can help prevent data loss to ransomware and can stop an attack at its source, saving you a lot of time, money, and headaches. It also is extremely valuable from a forensics standpoint after a breach has occurred.

Yes. Employee awareness training is a critical component of a robust cybersecurity strategy. Asgard offers comprehensive cybersecurity awareness training programs that empower your staff to recognize and respond to security threats effectively. Educated employees are a crucial line of defense, and our training will help reduce the risk of human error, making your organization more resilient against cyberattacks.

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