ransomware in Telecommunications

Getting the Message about Ransomware Threats

Telecommunications providers are a prime target for ransomware operators not only because of the critical nature of the services they provide, but also because they are a conduit for valuable information.

Today’s ransomware operators are keen to exfiltrate sensitive data before delivering the ransomware payload. This can include proprietary and regulated customer data, putting the organization’s entire brand and reputation at risk.  

Ransomware Poses a Critical Threat for Telecommunications

The threat to the telecommunications sector from ransomware attacks is escalating at an alarming pace, and data exfiltration is top of mind for attackers:

Late in 2023, a ransomware attack on Kyivstar, Ukraine’s main telecommunications provider, disrupted services for more than 24 million users and resulted in the destruction of the telecom’s infrastructure

Just a few months earlier, Chilean telecommunications provider Grupo GTD had operations disrupted following a ransomware attack against its systems

Around the same time, a ransomware attack disrupted British telecommunications giant Lyca and prevented customers from making calls

Legacy security tools were simply not designed to address the unique threat that ransomware presents, and this is why we keep seeing destructive ransomware attacks circumvent these traditional security solutions and impact the telecommunications sector.

Ransomware is the Ultimate Outage

The threat is already inside the network

People and Processes

Legacy debt from outdated technology combined with a heavily networked structure create gaps throughout the telecommunications IT stack that ransomware attackers leverage to infiltrate systems.


It takes on average 21 days to restore operations from a ransomware attack. Telecommunications providers cannot afford disruptions on this scale that can impact everything from emergency services to financial transactions.

This is why Halcyon enlisted some of the top data scientists and threat researchers in the security field to develop the Halcyon Anti-Ransomware Platform.

Halcyon delivers a purpose-built ransomware prevention solution that provides multiple layers of prevention, detection and recovery through proprietary encryption key material capture that autonomously restores systems to operation in a matter of minutes versus weeks.


Ransomware attackers understand that disrupting a telecom providers’ operations can lead to a big payout, but the exfiltration of sensitive customer data, like intellectual property and trade secrets, can be more valuable.

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Empowering Telecommunications with Resilience

The new model for building resilient telecommunications organizations requires:

Defense Resilience

Existing EPP/EDR/XDR were not designed to stop ransomware attacks in progress. Halcyon AI/ML models are trained on millions of real-world ransomware attacks to fill the detection and prevention gap left by traditional security tools.


Stop Bypass & Evasion

Ransomware operators disable endpoint security tools with relative ease. Halcyon protects other security tools from being bypassed, unhooked, or blinded during a ransomware attack to increase ROI on all security investments.


Operational Resilience

Ransomware attacks are designed to be disruptive. The unique Halcyon encryption key material capture and anti-data exfiltration features prevent exposure of sensitive data and assure operational resilience against successful attacks.

Halcyon Offers the Most Powerful Ransomware Protection

Legacy security tools are failing to catch the telltale signs of ransomware attacks until it is too late, so we keep seeing destructive attacks circumvent these solutions.

Identify and transfer locker


Halcyon delivers AI/ML-powered next-generation behavioral modeling to detect ransomware precursors, pre-execution blocking of ransomware payloads, and unparalleled evasion protection.

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Deploy Halcyon Agent


Halcyon detects attacker actions to predict and prevent bulk data movement associated with data exfiltration to protect education providers from breaches that lead to costly liability and extortion demands.

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Initiate the Decryption


Only Halcyon delivers proprietary encryption key material capture and autonomous decryption to keep education organizations operational in the face of a successful ransomware attack.

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Halcyon Anti-Ransomware Platform

Halcyon is the only platform to leverage advanced AI/ML detection models specifically trained to defeat ransomware. The unique Halcyon Anti-Ransomware Platform is easy to deploy, does not conflict with existing endpoint security solutions, and provides multiple levels of detection, prevention and recovery against ransomware attacks.

Talk to a Halcyon expert today to find out more and check out our Recent Ransomware Attacks resource site to get near real-time tracking of ransomware attacks, threat actor groups and their victims.

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