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We Understand that Planning for Cyberattacks Requires a Holistic Approach

Ransomware is an ever-growing threat for organizations and has unfortunately, become a matter of “when” and not “if.” But this type of breach affects more than just networks — it can also exfiltrate your data. Today’s organizations need an end-to-end, full-stack solution that can help with backup and recovery, security, and data protection. CDW’s SPEAR (Scan, Prepare, Expose, Assess, Recover) approach is the answer.

What is SPEAR?

SPEAR is CDW’s full-stack approach to ransomware and data protection. Leveraging CDW’s expertise along with best practices from NIST and CIS 18 controls, we’ve created a portfolio of solutions and services designed to counteract the vulnerabilities that ransomware often exploits.

  • (S)can for Risk: Assessments that evaluate your overall security posture.              
  • (P)repare for the Worst: Calculated solutions and services that help you avoid, transfer, or mitigate risk.
  • (E)xpose the Threat: Targeted solutions and services to expose the active attack in your environment.
  • (A)ssess Your Response: A dedicated team to partner with you to contain and eradicate an attack.
  • (R)ecover and Remediate: Services and playbooks to help you quickly restore operational capability and remediate any system impact.

What can SPEAR Impact?

Taking a holistic stance on ransomware protection reduces downtime and minimizes risks for organizations. This approach integrates both data protection solutions and cybersecurity services into your defenses, following these best practices:


  • Partnering with CDW engineers to determine the maturity of your ransomware protections
  • Adopting centralized logging and event correlation to help expose threats

  • Implementing incident response services prepares you to respond in the event of a breach

  • Leveraging remediation and recovery services gets the organization operational as quickly as possible 

Data Protection & Recovery

  • Modernizing legacy backup systems with additional security controls 

  • Replacing outdated systems with next-generation backup solutions with inherent security

  • Ensuring backups are segregated geographically or virtually air-gapped and made immutable

  • Assessing the scope of an attack and restoring a good copy of the organization’s data

  • Restoring systems and functionality quickly after an attack

  • Establishing a secure connection to the location where your backup exists 

Ransomware in the News:

Below are news articles curated from CDW's new Research Hub. Visit the Research Hub on to browse many more articles and topics.

Are You Prepared for the Latest Ransomware Tactics | CDW

Solutions Blog | What SCADA Breaches Have Taught Us About Enhancing Security | CDW

How Risk Assessments Help Small Organizations Thwart Ransomware | CDW

Why CDW?

Our years of experience, industry-leading expertise and partnerships with leading technology providers can help you create a custom cybersecurity solution that dynamically addresses vulnerabilities in your network, now and in the future.



Our Security Consultants offer comprehensive security assessments for your current environment and can build a strategy that’s right for your organization’s unique needs.


Our certified engineers can assist with everything from simple anti-virus installation to complicated network segmentation, ensuring operational continuity and reliable protection.


Our Managed Services team can help automate routine cybersecurity procedures and ease the burden on your IT staff so you can focus on more pressing matters.

Find out more about how CDW’s comprehensive cybersecurity solutions can help your organization stay secure.

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