Over the past few years a new breed of exploitation has proliferated in the IT marketplace. It’s called Ransomware, and it’s transformed into big business for the black market. This form of malware encrypts and denies you access to devices, files and data. The cyber criminals then ask for ransom (in the form of bitcoins or some other crypto currency) and won’t release the decryption codes until you’ve created an account and transferred the funds.
- Regularly backup your data. When you perform regular data recovery drills or regularly back up all of your valuable data, this information will be stored, saved and can be reverted to at any time. Therefore when ransomware encrypts your data, you don’t have to waste time or money trying to duplicate files or face the financial consequences of compromised data and missed deadlines.
- Choose a backup solution provider which provides unlimited version history. With RTO’s and RPO’s continuously decreasing, having a reliable and secure backup solution in place is critical to protecting your files from ransomware. If the ransomware encrypts your most recent backup, you can go to back to a specific point in time to restore unencrypted files.
- Choose a solution provider that offers a comprehensive data protection solution that includes physical servers, VMs and endpoints. Ransomware is pervasive and can be dispersed through downloads, phishing emails, and malware so protecting the servers is only step one. Endpoint protection (i.e. computer, laptop, mobile device or tablet) is also key as you may need to recover desktop files – which may or may not be on the network or server.
- Choose a solution provider that offers simple and fast recovery. UK Backup’s solutions make it easy to restore any versions of files that are backed up. You can back up on timed intervals or on an ad-hoc basis to have your systems up and running in minutes. This in fact diminishes the threat of having to pay costly ransoms to decrypt your data. It’s that easy.
- Be proactive rather than reactive and have a Disaster Recovery plan built into your overall data protection strategy. Before an encryption attack hits, having a sound disaster recovery plan in place allows you to deal with any potential business disruption quickly and efficiently ensuring your systems can be up and running within minutes.
With ransomware becoming quite the profitable business in the black market, now is the time to change your IT policies and procedures to ensure you have a reliable, secure data protection solution in place, before a ransomware attack encrypts your organisations files.
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