March 31 is World Backup Day, an annual reminder that data needs to be protected from things like ransomware, malware, hardware failures, and of course human error. It’s a simple concept, but one that is often overlooked: data can be lost very quickly, without any alert it’s missing or inaccessible. Despite the importance and sensitive nature of much company data, many companies don’t have a comprehensive backup strategy in place.
There are many ways to lose your companys data, here are the top :
Ransomware is a malware that prevents users from accessing their system or data often by locking files unless a ransom is paid. There are many variations each of which operate slightly differently with the common factor that the user is requested to pay a ransomware to release data or access. The ransom price varys depending on the variant, most ransomware operators commonly specify ransom payments in bitcoins.
Unfortunately several new ransomware variants have already been unveiled in 2017, continuing the legacy of 2016 which saw ransomware revenues topping the $1 billion mark. New strains of the malicious malware entitled Popcorn Time and Spora were identified in January. Ransomware creators continue to integrate innovations into their malware - see how these new variants operate here. As usual, your best defence is to prevent infection in first place, check out these 11 things to do to decrease chances of a malware infection.
Ransomware has caused a lot of damage to networks across the globe. To protect your data and recover from ransomware you need to have dependable worry-free backup which is what the 3-2-1 Backup approach is all about. There are a number of security tools that can allow you protect your users and data from ransomware.
There is one go-to-solution for combatting ransomware, one that will always work. That go-to-solution is called proper backup. If you perform regularly scheduled up-to-date backups your organization will never have to consider making a ransom payment to some unnamed attacker. Bear in mind a backup will be absolutely useless if there is a physical link to it from the infected device.
In order to ensure dependable worry-free backups, you need redundancy which is what the 3-2-1 backup approach is all about. The topology design of the 3-2-1 backup is as follows:
The one certainty of ransomware is that it is evolving all the time. In January alone over 37 new ransomware variants appeared including, F Society, CyberHub, Spora, Marlboro, and Dark OverLord to name just a few. With so many different strains circulating, the precautions remain the same. Organizations should maintain backups, use effective email and web security, and crucially treat spam as a serious carrier of malware rather than a nuisance.
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