Zero Trust Segmentation stops ransomware

Illumio provides protection that contains ransomware at source

The Problem of Ransomware

Organizations' assets and operations are being targeted by criminal gangs using more sophisticated ransomware with better evasion techniques. Defenses are regularly breached with detection systems, and need to work harder to identify and respond. Illumio stops ransomware at the source by containing the attack, preserving the resiliency of your organization.

Ransomware is a resilience issue


Ransomware attacks can prevent an organization from delivering its primary service


Organizations are vulnerable to more targeted ransomware attacks on IT and OT environments


Successful attacks can damage an organization's reputation, operations and revenue

Ransomware statistics


76% of organizations experienced a ransomware attack in the last two years


70% of ransomware incidents create more than several days of business disruption


79% of incident response engagements are ransomware related

How does ransomware propagate?


Ransomware attacks follow a very predictable method of spreading across hybrid IT once they have successfully entered an organization. Two of the key tactics employed in this process are “Network and Domain Discovery” and “Lateral Movement”:

MITRE ATT&CK® Tactics Essential to Ransomware

Network Discovery helps the attacker build a better understanding of the target environment – what exists, how are they interconnected, what is accessible. 

Stop this and the attacker has less useful information about the victim’s network – the net effect is that they are either limited in the progress they can make or are forced to change their tactics to gather the same information, increasing the chances of detection. 

Lateral Movement enables the attacker to move to the next target or intermediary victim. 

Stop this and the attack cannot progress any further, significantly reducing the number of compromised resources. 

Limiting or preventing Network Discovery and Lateral Movement severely hampers the progress of the attack. However doing this successfully has been a challenge for organizations due to:

  • Poor visibility
    A lack of visibility makes it difficult to identify potential weak points in the system, and monitor the movements of the attacker
  • Too many open ports
    Commonly used ports left open create pathways for ransomware to quickly spread and take over the organization
  • A lack of proactive security defenses
    Relying solely on detection-based solutions has shown to be too slow in stopping an attack 

Zero Trust Segmentation directly addresses these challenges


Contains ransomware attacks


Maintains the resiliency of the business


Makes organizations less vulnerable to targeted attacks


Protects a company’s operations, revenue and reputation

How Zero Trust Segmentation mitigates ransomware

For organizations focused on improving their cyber resilience, Illumio identifies where they are most exposed and, through Zero Trust Segmentation, drastically reduces both their exposed attack surface and the ability of an attacker to spread.


How does Illumio help?

Protect high-value assets

Isolate ransomware at its point of entry - without complex detection methods or making changes to the network – proactively or reactively.

Identify risks to the organization

Understand your highest security risks and see all dependencies. Enforce informed security policies.

Build long-term protection

Enhance defense-in-depth with Zero Trust Segmentation. Easily identify and protect high-value assets.

The world’s largest organizations
stop breaches from spreading with Illumio

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“The simple yet powerful graphical map provided visibility that we never had before. I knew that it would be invaluable to easily understand and control what’s happening inside our network.”

Mikael Karlsson
Head of Department IT Infrastructure,
AFA Försäkring

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“There was always the thought that we could be used as a vector in an advanced targeted attack. So getting visibility and tighter security controls in place was a critical initiative.”

David Hanna
Security Operations and Network Administration,
Hi-Temp Insulation

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“Segmentation became an imperative next step to mitigate risk and protect new and legacy workloads. We needed a way to accurately identify, visualize, and control lateral traffic.”

Nathan Powell
IT Operations Manager,

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“Law firms around the world are focused on stopping ransomware and securing customer data, and Illumio has been a strategic technology protecting our business in the cloud and the data center. It help us to assess and prioritize risks, build Zero Trust policies to secure our data, and better continuously protect our business.”

Head of Infrastructure and Operations,
Global Law Firm


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