It isn’t a matter of if, but a matter of when catastrophic data loss happens. The surge of ransomware attacks, as well as the hovering threats of negligent and malicious insiders and natural disasters, make backup software even more important in keeping your organization’s data safe.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that encrypts – the process of converting data into a secret code, locking out legitimate users from accessing this data. Ransomware attackers demand from their victims ransom payment, typically in the form of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, in exchange for the decryption keys that would unlock the encrypted data. A survey among InfoSec professionals in early 2018 showed that the prevention of malware, especially ransomware, was named as the top-most pressing cyber security issue worldwide.
The Town of Wasaga Beach, Ontario and the Town of Midland, Ontario both revealed that they have been victims of separate ransomware attacks. Both local governments also admitted that they each paid ransom to the attackers in exchange for the decryption keys in order to get back their data. In paying the ransomware attackers, the Town of Midland said in a statement, “Although not ideal, it is in our best interest to bring the system back online as quickly as possible.”
The only reason that ransomware victims pay attackers ransom is their failure to back up their data. Aside from ransomware attacks, organizations are faced with the threat of data loss as a result of malicious or accidental actions by insiders or as a result of natural disasters such as fire or flooding.
One of the top cybersecurity best practices in minimizing the effects of data loss as a result of ransomware attacks, malicious or negligent insider actions and natural disasters is by having a robust backup software.
Examples of Backup Software
With the advancement of the computer, organizations worldwide have transformed themselves into digital organizations and in the process accumulated troves of digital data. Organizations traditionally backup their data within the walls of their offices, also known as on-site backup, a practice that proves to be disastrous in the event of a ransomware attack, deletion of data by malicious or negligent insiders or as a result of natural disasters.
Here are some examples of backup software:
Hybrid Cloud Backup Software
Hybrid cloud backup software integrates two types of backup systems: on-site backup and public cloud backup. In an on-site backup system, backup data is stored in local storage housed within your organization’s facility. In public cloud backup, data that serves as backup is stored off-site, specifically in the public cloud – a term used to refer to the use of the internet to access a shared pool of computing resources, such as servers, networks, applications, storage, and services, owned by a public cloud service provider.
In a hybrid cloud backup software like Datto, your organization’s essential data is backed up in a local storage and an additional backup is replicated off-site – in the public cloud – as an added data security. This hybrid cloud backup system prevents organizations from experiencing downtime in the event of a disastrous data loss.
In a hybrid cloud backup system, your organization keeps three copies of essential data: a primary data stored in a workstation or server and two backups, one stored in a local device and the other stored in the public cloud. This hybrid cloud backup system is the answer to the 3-2-1 backup rule.
“All computer users, from home users to professional information security officers, should back up the critical data they have on their desktops, laptops, servers, and even mobile devices to protect it from loss or corruption,” the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) said. “Saving just one backup file may not be enough to safeguard your information. To increase your chances of recovering lost or corrupted data, follow the 3-2-1 rule.”
. “3” refers to the number of files that must be kept for any important file (1 primary and 2 backups)
. “2” refers to the number of different types of data storage against different types of hazards
. “1” refers to the number of backup copy off-site, that is, outside your organization’s facility
Cloud-to-Cloud Backup Software
Public cloud service providers, such as Microsoft with its Office 365 and Google with its G Suite, provide organizations access to backup data anytime and anywhere so long as there is an internet connection. Storing backup data via Office 365 or G Suite eliminates the need to invest in hardware and required software. Users, instead, just pay a monthly subscription.
Cloud backup, however, isn’t without limitations. Data stored in the cloud isn’t people-proof. Similar to on-site backup data, data stored in the cloud faces the threat of data loss from accidental and malicious end-user deletions. Deletions can be accidental as users within your organization make mistakes.
Deletions can also be malicious. Employees who are authorized to access cloud backup data and who know that they’re about to be fired or don’t want others to have access to the data could easily delete this data. External threats, such as malware and external cyber attackers who gain access via malicious means into your organization’s cloud account could also disastrously wipe out backup data.
Cloud-to-cloud backup software like Datto allows users to automatically backup data stored in the public cloud in another cloud storage.
While public cloud service providers offer strong disaster recovery plans, they can’t always protect your organization from data loss. For instance, recovering data due to accidental or malicious deletion is your organization’s responsibility. Disaster recovery plans offered by public cloud service providers aren’t also enough to satisfy your organization’s legal and compliance needs.
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