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Ransomware has become a Board-level conversation. The threat from ransomware continues to grow and evolve as experts say that up to 40% of all email spam contains ransomware. New variants operate in stealth mode, seeking critical files, and encrypting at a slower rate to stay under the detection radar and increase the odds that a ransom will be paid. Ransomware has become so prolific that it is no longer a question of “if” you are going to get hit with this type of malware, but when. A solid backup solution with automated detection is the only way to beat ransomware, but not all backup vendors completely solve the issue.
The only way to get ransomware protection for your organization, data, and computing infrastructure is to perform frequent backups. Unitrends strongly recommends that you follow the 3-2-1 rule: 3 copies of your data, 2 different types of media, 1 copy off-site. You need to isolate and completely disconnect one copy of your backups to keep them from being corrupted by the ransomware attack. For enterprises that exist in only one location, the Unitrends Cloud can be an inexpensive and easier solution to the manual process of creating and moving physical tapes.
Because of the wide prevalence of Windows, ransomware criminals predominantly target Windows-based servers, appliances, PCs, and devices. Rather than protecting your infrastructure, a Windows-based backup appliance can become just another victim of a ransomware attack. Acquire a backup and business continuity solution that is written in hardened Linux rather than Windows code. All Unitrends backup appliances are written in hardened Linux to keep ransomware from making your recovery solution a victim of a ransomware attack.
For effective ransomware protection, it is critical to know the exact time of your last good backup. This is the point that you can be assured that your data is fully protected, uncorrupted, and available for recovery. Testing should include running trial recoveries up to the point of actually launching a backup application. This ensures that all files, settings, applications, and data are available for recovery. Unitrends Recovery Assurance software performs automatic testing of backup data, settings, and applications, doing trial recoveries to ensure your backup is working and your ransomware protection is effective. This gives you 100% confidence you can meet your Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs).
Ransomware continues to add new tactics to evade enterprise protection strategies. Early detection is key to ransomware protection by reducing the amount of data that is lost. There might not be a ransom demand immediately, so, it is imperative that ransomware activity be noticed quickly. The ability to recognize the changes to data files brought on by a ransomware attack is called predictive analytics. Building on our industry-leading, automated ransomware detection, Unitrends backup appliances now include the ability to quickly and accurately identify ransomware activity as part of every backup.
Unitrends developed artificial intelligence (AI) that runs during every backup, analyzing the randomness of file changes (not just change rates) to identify backups infected by ransomware. Upon detection email and dashboard alerts are immediately sent to administrators and all suspected backups are flagged with an icon to prevent recoveries using infected files. Now you can catch hackers in the act, before the damage is done, and confidently restore uninfected data so your business can get back to its mission.
Enterprises need a set of tools that will automatically take action to protect data and applications against just about any type of issue, including ransomware. Unitrends provides software and services that can support easy and automated restoration of production data to their state prior to the attack. This rapid recovery greatly reduces the amount of downtime and impact to an enterprise. Unitrends backup appliances can act as recovery platforms until production servers are scrubbed and brought back into service. Since clean, tested backup data is already on the Unitrends appliance, recovery can take just seconds. Cloud recovery can take just as little time if backup and advanced testing steps have been followed properly.
Unitrends has been able to provide us with peace of mind that we will be able to restore data in case of emergency and enabled us to lower our RTO and RPO significantly. The appliances and services are stable and reliable. Our Unitrends appliance literally paid for itself after being able to restore the 2 million+ files affected by ransomware earlier this year.
Director of IT
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