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I Need To Test My Anti-Ransomware Setup

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#1 KarenWood


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Posted 03 August 2016 - 07:52 AM

A thread over at Spiceworks referred me here.

I have a pretty solid setup on the PC's in our Library, but I want to test them against Ransomware. I know we could just wait, but I'd rather roll out Ransomware to the machine to see if our system can detect it and recover from it.

Essentially, does anyone here know where I could find Ransomware to deploy to a machine. Sort of like a vaccination of sorts, to see if it can recover from it.


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Posted 03 August 2016 - 09:27 AM

Hi there,


If you are going to get your machine infected to test your defences it would be a very bad idea to do it on a live system.


What I would do is set up a vm totally disconnected from your network this way you can infect to your hearts content, I also would make sure it is a private vm not one bridged to the host on lan.


You could either set the machine up from scratch on the vm or image one of the existing machines and convert it to vm to play with.


The most important thing though is to keep it away from the network.

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Posted 03 August 2016 - 05:36 PM

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