Backup Solutions Answer Problem of Ransomware

Protect Critical Data from Ransomware Attacks by Having a High Integrity Backup Solution

Many of us are not that well informed as to what ransomware technology really is and why it is being talked about so often. In order to debunk the fear behind this phenomenon, we thought we could provide insight into the best way to protect yourself against it – ensuring your company has a robust backup solution in place.

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system. This type of malware forces its victims to pay the ransom through certain online payment methods (often Bitcoin) in order to grant access to their systems or to get their data back.

How can I prevent a ransomware attack?

Email attachments are the number one way ransomware can strike. Training is key. Ensure your staff are diligent in what they open from email. They should never download or open attachments from sources they do not know or have solicited. They should verify who the sender is. Admin controls are also key – ensure staff cannot install unauthorized programs or modify their work machines. Block access to untrusted websites.

How do I protect my company from a ransomware attack?

The best solution to ensure that you are protected and able to reverse any ransomware attack is to have a backup solution in place that runs regularly. If your company is victim to a ransomware attack, there is the chance that you may lose a document started earlier that day. With a proper backup you can restore your system to an earlier snapshot or clean up your machine and restore other lost documents from a backup, this will provide you with peace of mind. It is important to remember that CryptoLocker (a form of ransomware) can also encrypt files on drives that are mapped. This includes any external drives such as a USB thumb drive, an external hard drive, a shared network drive or any type of file stores that you have assigned a drive letter. So, what you need is a backup solution that not only stores your data on premise (without necessarily being mapped/assigned a drive letter) but also to an offsite backup service.

Why to an offsite backup service you ask? If by chance the infected computer is able to access shared drives and potentially the local backup repository it could render your on-premise backups useless as they would also be encrypted by the ransomware attack. If you use IT best practices and have an additional backup offsite IT WILL NOT be affected by the ransomware attack as there is no path for it to access the offsite storage. We prescribe to the 3-2-1 rule: 3 copies of your data, on 2 different storage devices and most importantly, keep 1 offsite.Having an offsite copy will allow you to wind back prior to the attack and be back up in running without having to pay anyone. The offsite copy is your critical data insurance policy.

Ransomware is not trend to take lightly, it is important that your employee base is properly educated and diligent about what they download and which attachments they open.

Dealing with ransomware attacks can be easy as long as your company has a proper backup solution in place and follows the 3-2-1 rule.

Unsure where to start to protect your organization? HostedBizz’s free ransomware training course provide a great baseline for how to critically assess your organization’s phishing preparedness. In less than 10 minutes you can complete the online course and start protecting your systems from this potential pitfall.



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