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Stopping Ransomware is simple.

Want to stop ransomware? Don’t allow internet access from secure locations. Use a citrix session or terminal services session where internet access is required.

How would this work?

(User secure station) —> (TS Session) —> (DMZ Internet terminal server.)

But I can’t afford a dedicated server!

If you had to do this at a small scale (read: cheaply) this could in theory be done with a local unauthenticated (read: non-domain joined) virtual machine using a bridged adapter. This would offer some segmentation between the guest, host, and greater authenticated network. You would create a DMZ vlan where VLAN 199 was DMZ, and 100 was internal. Then simply assign the virtual machine to utilize the DMZ VLAN . The set ACL’s to prevent the internal VLAN 100 from talking to any untrusted network (such as the Internet).

Segmented VM Host

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