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Posted 3.12.20
by Carrie Kennedy
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According to a recent IDC survey, about 50 percent of organizations said they could not survive a disaster event, with 91 percent of respondents experiencing a tech-related business distruption in the past two years. As stories of ransomware attacks continue to pepper news feeds, the devastating effects of these attacks only serves as a reminder for organizations that soon, their time will come, too. What’s a business to do?

Most organizations are already using cloud technology for their everyday business activities, but consider how it can help you prepare for a ransomware attack before it hits. Below are four ways you can set up your environment to be more resilient against a ransomware attack.

Employ a multi cloud strategy

A multi-cloud strategy can help ensure your environment is spread out between multiple providers so that if one of them experiences an attack, the rest of your environment is quarantined. However, as 81% of enterprises embrace a multi-cloud strategy, it becomes critical that data and applications are always available across all cloud types including private, public, and hybrid clouds to meet the innovation and competitive demands of your business. You’ll want to consider a data protection solution that can cover your entire environment, not just part of it.

Follow the 3-2-1 rule

The rule is 3 different copies of your data, on 2 different media, 1 of which is offsite. Consider sending your backups offsite to the cloud or even tape using a cloud-based solution such as Otava Cloud Connect.

Use air-gapping for extra resilience

Air-gapping is defined as taking your media offline. Powering off VMs, auto-ejecting removable storage, and using an out-of-band protection solution where backups are taken via the same backup copy job on the network, then automatically sent to a service provider in the cloud, are all ways of air-gapping your backed-up data.

Use different credentials for backup repositories

Finally, remember to have separate credentials for each of your backup repositories. If one set of credentials is compromised, you can still rely on your other repositories. Examples of different credentials include Windows, Linux, authentication issued by a service provider (through their cloud-based backup service, separate from operating system credentials on-premise), and credentials for SMB shares.

Other tips to prepare for ransomware:

  • Keep all software, antivirus and antimalware solutions up to date
  • Perform a threat analysis with your security team
  • Train staff on cyber security practices (not opening unsafe attachments etc.)
  • Use strong passwords and different credentials to limit propagation across the network. Don’t put all your eggs in one admin’s basket!
  • Have mixed types of repositories (not failsafe)
  • Enable ransomware monitoring for visibility into potential ransomware activity
  • Have more backup types, more frequently

Conclusion

While no one wants to experience the fear and panic that a ransomware attack can bring, it’s smarter to prepare as if an attack were imminent, rather than a possibility. By following the tips above, you can help safeguard your network and keep your data from falling into the wrong hands and, should you experience an attack, recover more quickly without resorting to paying the ransom.

Looking for more help preparing for ransomware? Otava can help. Our Veeam Availbility Suite offers ransomware protection, powered by Veeam. Get seven day backup protection that leverages Veeam Insider Protection, ensuring your data remains intact even if a malicious third party remotely wipes your backup data. Start with a free 30 day trial or contact us to learn more.

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