Staying Ahead of Ransomware: A Comprehensive Guide to Email Security and Managed Detection

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Introduction to MDR Ransomware protection

Ransomware attacks are on the rise, costing businesses millions and putting immense pressure on internal security teams.

But what’s the best way to mitigate these threats? Is email security enough, or should companies also invest in managed detection and response services? Let’s dive in.

Quick Takeaways

Key PointsDescription
Increase in Ransomware Attacks93%1 increase in the first half of 2021 alone.
Email AttacksOften use urgency and official-looking elements to trick victims.
Cost of RansomwareIncludes loss of revenue, brand damage, and hardening future defenses.
Prevention, Detection, ResponseThree key strategies to mitigate ransomware threats.
Importance of MDRProvides a comprehensive, 24/7 approach to cybersecurity.

The Evolution of Ransomware Attacks

According to statistics, ransomware attacks have seen a 93% increase in the first half of 2021 alone. Fueling this uptick is a thriving ecosystem that includes ransomware-as-a-service and network access brokers. In such a landscape, it’s clear that email security is just the tip of the iceberg.

How Do Email Attacks Happen?

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Cybersecurity Awareness

Sophos State of Ransomware 2022 reports that attackers employ various techniques for email attacks. Most rely on manipulating victims through urgent messages that cloud judgment. This sense of urgency, combined with official-looking email signatures and logos, can make phishing attacks highly effective.

The True Cost of Ransomware

Recovery from a ransomware attack isn’t just about paying the ransom. Companies also face a loss of revenue, brand reputation damage, and the costs of hardening future defenses. Sophos’ survey2 shows that the number of victims paying ransoms of $1 million or more increased from 4% in 2020 to 11% in 2021.

Strategies to Minimize Threats


Prevention starts with robust data governance, training, and assessments. Companies can also invest in Email Security and other technologies, vulnerability management, and Identity and Access Management Methods.


Detection requires an understanding of the threats that target your networks. Tools like Endpoint Detection and Security (EDR) and Threat Hunting can be invaluable.


Response and remediation strategies are also crucial. This includes Incident Response plans and utilizing Managed Detection and Response services for a more comprehensive approach.

Importance of Managed Detection and Response

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Cybersecurity professionals

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services offer rapid, coordinated, and automated solutions. They provide a critical layer of security that goes beyond basic email filtering to offer 24/7/365 monitoring.

5 Ways MDR Can Fight Ransomware

1. Expertise on Tap

MDR services have a team of experts who understand ransomware patterns and can anticipate threats.

2. Active Threat Intelligence

MDR services provide real-time alerts and reports, keeping your team informed at all times.

3. Advanced Detection Tools

MDR combines extended detection and response tools (XDR) with robust telemetries for continuous visibility.

4. Root Cause Analysis

MDR services can dive deep into the causes of an attack, helping you understand and rectify vulnerabilities.

5. Around-the-Clock Monitoring

MDR services offer 24/7 monitoring, ensuring that attacks can be thwarted at any time.


While email security is crucial, it’s not sufficient in today’s evolving threat landscape. Companies should also consider Managed Detection and Response services for a more comprehensive and effective approach to cybersecurity.

Are you prepared for the evolving landscape of ransomware attacks?

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Reza Rafati

Reza Rafati, based in the Netherlands, is the founder of An industry professional providing insightful commentary on infosec, cybercrime, cyberwar, and threat intelligence, Reza dedicates his work to bolster digital defenses and promote cyber awareness.

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