With more and more horrifying stories of massive security breaches, insidious ransomware attacks and devious phishing schemes being reported every day, 2017 may be remembered as the year security became the most trending topic in the IT channel. Cybercrime has changed in recent years, becoming easier to execute and easier to profit from than ever. And while large organizations must remain ever-vigilant against attacks, SMBs—once considered relatively “safe” from the effects of cybercrime (too small to draw attention, etc.)—must now protect themselves just as diligently, or risk losing everything.
The rise of cybercrime, namely, ransomware, has made everyone from the average user to giants such as Netflix aware of the importance of security, but also of backup and disaster recovery (BDR). Recently, an SMB business that partners with Netflix in the post-production of their original programming was a victim of ransomware, and the criminals gained access to an entire season of a hit TV show.
For many SMBs, the reality of ransomware will be slightly different; in this hack, the criminal threatened to release the data to the general public, whereas most SMBs face the loss of mission-critical data forever. However, recent research has shown that even if the SMB capitulates and pays the ransom, less than half get their data back.
To date, there is only one generally accepted way to successfully fight ransomware without having to pay criminals, and that is through a solid backup and disaster recovery plan.
BDR and Security: The Perfect Pair
In essence, ransomware is nearly impossible to remediate as a security issue because it encrypts files with protocols too difficult to feasibly restore. However, when ransomware is tackled as a data-loss disaster, it makes more sense to recover files from a recent retention point and restore business continuity in a fast, inexpensive process.
Given the necessity of BDR to fight ransomware, it should absolutely be included in any proactive strategy to roll out a security solution to SMBs. Coupled with a threat monitoring and management solution (TMM) and more, BDR has a necessary place in the security conversation for the near future. However, not all BDR solutions are created equal, and some will be more well-suited to handle ransomware threats than others.
The Continuum BDR Difference
From a security perspective, a proper recovery point objective (RPO) strategy must be put in place prior to any attack, in order to minimize downtime and the loss of recent work. Continuum BDR, with its Continuous Data Protection (CDP) technology, ensures that rock-solid backup technology is capturing the delta changes at the block level, thus cutting down on any data lost between the last restore point and the data-loss incident.
Also, backups can fail, and must be validated thoroughly. In order for BDR to fight ransomware, backups must be operating properly to restore business continuity. Continuum BDR’s NOC integration, combined with its proprietary Tru-Verify™ time-lapse video verification feature ensure that if any SMB’s environment is hit with ransomware, their backups can be trusted to properly restore—every time.
Today’s security landscape requires ingenuity, creativity and the right tools to ensure your clients are as safe as the possibly can be, and in order to be regarded as their trusted IT advisor, they must trust you have the best technology capable of handling any situation they may encounter. Using Continuum BDR to combat ransomware may be the difference between restoring your client’s data or relying on hope that a bitcoin payment to a cybercriminal will be sufficient.
“Backup to the Future” is a blog series that explores the state of the backup and disaster recovery as a service today—and the challenges that come with offering it—and looks forward to the ongoing new paradigms that are dramatically transforming the sector into tomorrow. In our previous posts, we’ve covered a range of topics, including how to manage the total cost of ownership of BDR and bridge the IT skills gap with BDR, to finding a path to better BDR storage and how to switch your current vendor. Check back next Wednesday for our final post to learn how you can achieve long-term success and profitability with Continuum BDR!
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