SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Malwarebytestm, the leading advanced endpoint protection and remediation solutions, today announced the successful recovery of an Emotet outbreak for the East Irondequoit Central School District, which at one point had infected over 1,400 of the school district's endpoints.
The East Irondequoit Central School District, located in New York, first engaged Malwarebytes during a critical Emotet Trojan outbreak that a legacy endpoint security provider failed to stop. The Emotet Trojan ran rampant across the district's endpoint environment infecting 1,400 devices and impacting network operations across the district. Once on board, Malwarebytes was able to isolate, remediate and recover all infected endpoints without completely disrupting the network for students or staff in under 20 days.
"Organizations from all industries and regions are turning to Malwarebytes when Emotet or other threats get past existing security solutions. Our unique ability to isolate the infected endpoints in the middle of an attack and remediate gives customers the ability to quickly recover and regain control of their systems," said Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes. "Malwarebytes was created to help companies fight against all types of threats. Working with this school district to protect its students and faculty shows the real-life implications of cyberattacks in our nation's critical infrastructure."
Malwarebytes Cloud Platform provided a command-central point for endpoint detection and response efforts, allowing the team to access the dashboard remotely and monitor progress. This allowed them to view the full scale of the outbreak and track efforts to contain the outbreak in real-time. By isolating infected endpoints and limiting communication to the online dashboard, the team was able to protect machines throughout the remediation process, with minimal disruption to other IT processes.
"Malwarebytes made it possible to knock down the Emotet infection in 20 days without taking down our network," said Joseph Sutorius, Chief Information Officer for the East Irondequoit Central School District. "Without Malwarebytes, our remediation would have taken significantly longer and would have required a network interruption during our busiest time of the school year."
In a recent report, Malwarebytes Labs found that educational institutions and students are prime targets for cybercriminals, given school networks often lack strong protection due to limited budgets and resources. Key findings in this sector include:
Additionally, data from educational institutions and .edu domains from March 2018 to March 2019 found:
Malwarebytes also recently launched a new initiative to help students get access to premium protection ? and help fund technology education. Students with .edu email addresses can get four years of premium protection for just a $5.00 donation. Since launching in May, this program has raised more than $50,000 to advance technology education. To apply for this discount, visit: https://www.malwarebytes.com/student-discount/
Malwarebytes is trusted to protect people and businesses against the latest dangerous cyberthreats including malware, ransomware and exploits that traditional antivirus solutions fail to catch. Malwarebytes' offers comprehensive defense and recovery technologies to safeguard devices whether at home or in the office, enabling users to protect themselves anywhere, anytime. Malwarebytes' team of researchers and security experts protect more than 60,000 businesses and millions of people worldwide, combatting millions of threats daily using artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify behavior and catch new threats rapidly. Driven by a desire to protect everyone's right to a malware free existence, CEO Marcin Kleczynski founded Malwarebytes in 2008, and has grown the company to over 750 employees across the world today. The company is headquartered in California with offices in Europe and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.malwarebytes.com/.
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