Ransomware is mainly a small and medium business problem

You may think “why would anyone target us, we aren’t big enough”.

  • The median size of companies targeted by ransomware is 234 employees.
  • Over 65% of all ransomware attacks targeted companies with 1,000 employees or less and 35% occur in the UK.
  • If you pay the ransom, on average only 65% of your data is restored.source

We have been storing our important items in secure and hard to access places for about 1,000 years, but backup technology has only recently caught up.

What is the threat?

“We live at a time when every government, every business, every person must focus on the threat of ransomware and take action to mitigate the risk of becoming a victim.”

CISA Director, Jen Easterly (January 2022)

Source: NCSC joins US and Australian partners to reveal latest… – NCSC.GOV.UK

 

Protect your backups

Most businesses now have backups in some form and while we are pleased to see progress in this area, ransomware will simply encrypt or delete backups if it can get to them.

Thankfully, protecting against this is quite simple.

 

Air gapped backups

Backups should always be stored separately from your main network, in a way that cannot be accessed without using separate credentials. This is called “air gapping”. Think of it like placing a copy of something in a safe.

 

Immutable backups

It should not be possible to overwrite or delete backups once they have been made, for a set period of time. This is what is called “immutability”. Think of it as the difference between carving words in granite and writing it on a piece of paper.

 

Geo-dispersed backups

Ideally backups should be stored in more than one location, so that loss of one copy does not result in loss of your backups.

 

 

What if you could rewind your business in the event of a cyber attack?

This is now possible, just like rewinding live TV. Transactional synchronisation, journaling and advanced compression mean you can literally turn back the clock as if a breach never happened.

Zerto

Our Zerto solution is based on a foundation of continuous data protection and brings together data protection and disaster recovery into a simple, cloud managed solution that supports on-premise, multi-cloud and hybrid environments. In short whatever you have, we can protect it with Zerto.

 

Veeam

While Veeam does not as easily support rewinding your business as Zerto, it does offer offsite immutable and air gapped backups. It is a valuable option to consider as part of a wider cyber security strategy.

 

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