Ransomware is just about everywhere these days.
A recent study by Positive Technologies looked at the cyber threat landscape during the second quarter of 2021 and found that ransomware attacks reached “stratospheric” levels, accounting for 69% of all malware attacks – that’s a jump of 30 points from the same quarter in 2020.
Email remains the main method of spreading malware in attacks against organizations (58%) – although a recent HP study found that number to be even higher, at 89%.
Small and mid-size businesses (SMBs), in particular, are in the crosshairs of cybercriminals. While large enterprises and financial institutions may represent richer targets, they also have expert teams of security and IT personnel, as well as a rich array of security defenses, pricey consultants and recovery services.
SMBs, on the other hand, often have little or no security expertise, and many haven’t invested in a defense-in-depth security posture. In the world of ransomware, the bad guys often opt for the easy pickings of an inattentive SMB. Thus, SMBs should heed FBI warnings and take extra precautions to avoid becoming a target.
The good news is that one of the most important ransomware protections – a reliable and recent backup of your most important data – is available to anyone, and is something you also need to be doing for disaster recovery services. In the event of a ransomware attack, that backup will prove invaluable. But the backup must avoid becoming infected with malware. If that happens, any attempt at restoring files will still find the files encrypted and unavailable.
Fortunately, the vendor community has responded to the challenge. There are now a great many backup solutions that offer ransomware protection. Many of these are now available from managed service providers (MSPs) that do all the heavy lifting for SMBs. For a relatively low monthly fee, files are backed up automatically and protective mechanisms are put in place to thwart ransomware.
Also see our picks for the best backup tools for MSPs looking to offer ransomware protection services to their customers.
There are some features to look for in a ransomware backup service that are pretty critical. Be sure to ask potential vendors about all these issues.
The editors of Channel Insider reviewed a number of backup providers whose services include ransomware protection. Below are the ones that most stood out to us.
Carbonite Backup for Microsoft 365 offers backup for the entire Microsoft 365 suite of productivity apps. It allows businesses and IT organizations to recover individual files and folders, permissions settings as well as complete site collections. It also protects data from a range of everyday data loss scenarios, including ransomware.
AvePoint helps organizations protect data and bounce back from data loss. This cloud backup solution can recover from permissions problems, corrupt content, or complex data loss scenarios. It includes cloud-to-cloud backup to recover, whether it’s user error, an outage, or a ransomware attack.
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The Zerto platform simplifies the backup, protection, recovery, and mobility of applications and data across private, public, and hybrid clouds. Its software-only platform uses continuous data protection to converge disaster recovery, backup, and data mobility.
Part of Unitrends’ mission is to eliminate data loss, ransomware, and downtime. It has been working in backup and recovery for more than 30 years. Its centralized platform allows users to manage backup and recovery for data centers, servers, endpoints, cloud, and software as a service (SaaS).
Rubrik’s data protection solutions cover workloads across on-premises and the cloud. They archive to the cloud, scale, and have built-in ransomware recovery. Te service simplifies backup and recovery for hybrid cloud environments. With Rubrik, businesses can unlock cloud for long-term data retention or DR and deliver automation with an API-based platform.
Druva provides cloud data protection and management. It offers data protection and backup services with ransomware protection included. It provides a way to centrally protect and govern data across multiple SaaS applications.
Paired with Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud, the Acronis Advanced Backup pack enables you to extend cloud and server backup capabilities to protect their data. There is also Acronis Cyber Backup, a backup as a service solution that delivers enterprise-grade cyber protection packaged and priced for small infrastructures.
Safeguard your business with ransomware protection that avoids data loss or paying a costly ransom. Veeam’s software-first approach gives the flexibility to maintain immutable storage, whether on-premises or in the cloud
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Ransomware is just about everywhere these days.