Rethinking Ransomware Defense

With the current boom in ransomware attacks, cloud-based backup and restore capabilities are no longer an additional layer of security—they are critical to overcoming an attack.

  • March 24, 2021 | Author: Todd Hyten
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With the current boom in ransomware attacks, cloud-based backup and restore capabilities are not longer an additional layer of security--they are critical to overcoming an attack. The same technologies that make cloud-based backup convenient and manageable now give businesses the chance to restore quickly when the worst happens. 

Enterprises of all sizes should do what they can to bolster their network against attack, of course. But let’s be real: if every business could ensure timely patches are applied to all available server software, we wouldn’t have had the widespread ransomware exploit of unpatched exchange servers earlier this year. And as much as you educate a workforce or client about phishing, the attacker only has to succeed once. 
This is why solution providers should inform customers how current technology from a provider, such as StorageCraft, makes fast recovery from ransomware possible. Here are just a few ways:  
  • Image-based backups sent to the cloud ensure continuous data backup - Snapshots capture the state of your storage system at a given recovery point. This allows the business to restore their data to a point close to an attack—ensuring minimal or no data loss. 
  • Easy back up of both physical and virtual environments, coupled with an easy way to specify restore points - Capturing all restore points should easy, especially for enterprises relying on highly virtualized environments. 
  • Appliance-based solutions for small businesses and remote and branch offices - A compact appliance option like the StorageCraft OneXafe Solo gives plug-and-play flexibility and ease of use to businesses of any size. It allows users a wide range of replication destinations, from local NAS, remote servers or to a secure cloud location.
  • Ensuring data integrity in many ways - The last thing an enterprise wants is to restore from backups only to find corrupted data. The best solutions include features like self-healing repairs to ensure data integrity. 
  • Browser-based, easy “one-pane” management of the backup architecture - Most IT networks expand over time and data has a habit of being saved to new areas. Key to a quick restore of an infected system is the confidence that there are no unprotected areas in your backup architecture.
Disaster Recovery-as-a-service solution (DRaaS) ties all the features of the best backup and recovery solutions and allows them to be constantly managed. Inform customers or potential customers that highly customized restores are just one option with a DRaaS solution. 
Fast restore and a way to sidestep the threat of ransomware after an attack are the biggest advantages of cloud-based storage—no matter what size client or customer.

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