Data Integrity: Detecting and Responding to Ransomware and Other Destructive Events

Current Status

The NCCoE recently released a draft project description, Detecting and Responding to Ransomware and Other Destructive Events for the Data Integrity Building Block. The public comment period was open for 14 days and closed on December 12, 2017. The project team is now reviewing comments and will incorporate feedback into the final project description.

Summary

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at NIST is proposing a project that could help organizations detect and respond to data integrity events across multiple industries. This project will include the development of a reference design and use commercially available technologies to develop an example solution that will help various organizations implement stronger security controls.

Ransomware, destructive malware, insider threats, and even honest mistakes present an ongoing threat to an organization’s infrastructure. Database records and structure, system files, configurations, user files, application code, and customer data are all at risk should an attack occur. 

Organizations that do not implement detection and response solutions leave themselves at risk for many types of data integrity attacks. These risks could be reduced using capabilities such as:

  • integrity monitoring
  • event detection
  • vulnerability management
  • reporting capabilities
  • mitigation and containment

This project focuses on detailed methods and potential tool sets that can detect, mitigate, and contain data integrity events in the components of an enterprise network. It will also identify tools and strategies to aid in a security team’s response to such an event. The scope of the project will answer specific questions pertaining to detecting and responding to data integrity events. It will result in a publicly available NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide, a detailed implementation guide of the practical steps required to implement a cybersecurity reference design that addresses this challenge.

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