Backup your data to mitigate ransomware attacks.

“Employ a data backup and recovery plan for all critical information. Perform and test regular backups to limit the impact of data or system loss and to expedite the recovery process. Note that network-connected backups can also be affected by ransomware; critical backups should be isolated from the network for optimum protection.”
~ US Department of Homeland Security

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) Alert (TA16-091A) on Ransomware and Recent Variants


Six out of ten recent cybersecurity attacks include malicious software payloads designed to capture and hold your organization’s data for ransom. It’s proving to be a lucrative business because many organizations are depending solely upon personnel training and perimeter security controls to defend themselves. The need to protect critical and private data is universal; yet companies that have never experienced this type of attack are slow to implement multi-layer data protection technologies.

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Cyber criminals love ransomware attack techniques. They sneak through firewalls by exploiting human, software and hardware vulnerabilities, restricting access to your data and impacting your business operations. There’s often no need to exfiltrate or steal your information and then find a suitor that can further profit from the breach. Rather, these cybercriminals are just looking to a fast path to profits. Pay them or potentially cease operations.


The Department of Homeland Security has proclaimed that generating frequent data backups is an effective means to combat ransomware attacks. This practice is similar to recovering from catastrophic data storage failures. Faced with the prospect of paying to regain access to operational or personally identifiable customer information, your security team can simply take down its own asset and re-provision a new server using uncorrupted data copied to a secure resource prior to the infection. Storing data within cloud object repositories provides another layer of insulation.

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