How Ransomware Attacks Are Executed

Recon and Infiltrate

This first phase can include selecting a target, determining how to gain access to the target, and accessing the target.

Maintain and Manipulate

At this phase, threat actors are already inside. The attacker uses their initial access to improve their position and move forward with their goals.

Execute and Exfiltrate

In the final phase, the attacker may access a target system via lateral movement, steal information, compromise systems, or target third parties.

Strengthen Ransomware Protection for Multi-Cloud Environments

Ransomware is an epidemic companies can’t ignore. Malware attacks are becoming more pervasive and sophisticated. And, ransomware-as-a-service now targets governments and companies of every size.

Innovations in Ransomware Protection

To defend against attacks, organizations must go beyond segmentation inside the data center and traditional firewalls. See how VMware’s innovation inside the cloud and cloud-to-cloud security provides the strongest defense.

Exposing Emotet’s Cybercriminal Supply Chain 

Get our latest threat report exposing tactics and development lifecycles of two new epochs of Emotet attacks and see how you can mount an ironclad defense.

Defense in Depth Strategy

Discover how a defense in depth strategy across your multi-cloud environments can help your organization defend against ransomware.

Network Detection and Response

Find out how to stay one step ahead of evolving threats by ensuring visibility and control over your network.

What Security Experts Are Saying

Modern Bank Heist 5.0

CISOs and security leaders reveal their thoughts on the evolving cybersecurity threats facing financial institutions.

CISOs Decipher the Threat Actor Strategy

Explore the two essential elements to every CISO’s security strategy: using best-of-breed solutions, and expanding awareness of relevant threat actors.

Detecting Malicious Traffic from Threat Groups

SE Labs awarded VMware the first ever AAA rating for Network Detection and Response (NDR). See how SE Labs used VMware NDR to detect malicious network traffic and payloads.

Carbon Black

VMware Carbon Black gives you the endpoint protection you need to disrupt advanced attacks before they compound. Whether you’re looking to replace antiquated malware prevention or to empower a fully-automated security operations process, Carbon Black completely meets your needs.

Identify Risks

Protect workloads and infrastructure through advanced workload visibility, and vulnerability management. Plus, gain the capabilities to perform audits and remediation with alerts on policy and severity score.


Manage detection and response using indicator of compromise, which provides a process tree and an events timeline to support threat hunting and root cause analysis.


Enable future-ready security, utilize disaster recovery tools, and quickly resume normal business operations. Restore with a clean slate, with no configuration needed for your operating system.


Stop emerging attacks by protecting from behavior anomaly, providing application rules, and blocking threat actors from taking command and control of your network.


Provide a software-defined approach to isolate your assets through NSX Policy, integrating Carbon Black Workload with NSX Security.

NSX Security

Enable multi-cloud networking with full-stack network and security virtualization. Connect and protect applications across your data center, multi-cloud and container infrastructure. NSX reproduces the entire network model in software, so you can create and provision any network topology in seconds and deliver critical apps and services faster and easier.

Identify Risks

Detect malicious behavior through network telemetry and observability, high value asset tagging, and flow visualization that helps you find any deviation from the normal baseline.


Help your network security and security operations teams prevent ransomware, detect malicious network activity, and stop the lateral movement of threats using NSX Network Detection and Response (NDR).


Reduce the attack surface through deep-packet inspection and malware prevention, while preventing initial incursions and lateral threat movement.


With the tight integration of Network Detection and Response within the NSX Distributed Firewall, you’ll gain unified access control, threat forensics workflows, and automated response actions that block malicious traffic or quarantine compromised workloads.

VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery

VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery is an easy-to-use, on-demand disaster recovery (DR) solution, delivered as SaaS, with cloud economics.


Provide non-disruptive disaster recovery capabilities without the need for a secondary disaster recovery site or complex configuration.


Recover from a ransomware attack by storing immutable snapshots in a secure Scale Out Cloud Filesystem. Extract files without powering on virtual machines and conduct recovery at scale to restore systems.


Identify a recovery point across a deep history of immutable snapshot copies to prepare for recovery operations (failover and failback).

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