Backup Solutions: Decrease the Severity of a Ransomware Attack

Posted by Gretchen Thomas on July 8, 2021
Business Continuity Plan, Cybersecurity

With our Backup Solutions, we can help you decrease the severity of a cyberattack and minimize the impact on your business operations and proprietary data. Consistent off-site data backups will reduce the monetary impact of system and data recovery if a cyberattack is successful.

If you have been watching the news, you know about the recent onslaught of ransomware attacks on businesses. Due to cybergangs’ advanced strategies and widespread incidents, we highly recommend that you have an offsite backup solution. It is no longer just larger companies and billion-dollar enterprises that these gangs are targeting. They are now going after smaller companies like ours and yours.

Latest Ransomware Attacks

While cybersecurity solutions significantly increase our defenses, bad actors are out there searching 24/7 for any vulnerability they can use to penetrate our networks. Some of the most security-diligent companies have recently been attacked. There are even several local small businesses that these gangs have infiltrated.

How Cybergangs Work

When cybergangs find a vulnerability in your business’s network, they hack in, encrypt your data, and lock you out. In every file they have encrypted, instead of finding your data, you will find a .txt note that might begin like this: “Your files – photos, documents, and confidential data have been encrypted.”

The only way to recover your data is to enter a unique key that the cybercriminal gang will provide once you pay them an enormous fee – we’re talking $40K and up. If you pay, sometimes they will restore your data. Other times they won’t. And sometimes they will publish confidential files online or sell them to third parties who will use them for their own nefarious purposes.

  • REvil (also known as Sodin or Sodinokibi) is a ransomware gang that hacks into businesses’ networks and encrypts their valuable confidential data and then holds it for millions of dollars ransom. If the company doesn’t pay, the gang either permanently destroys their confidential data or publishes it online.
  • DarkSide is a cybercriminal gang that encrypts sensitive data including backups through Recovery as a service (RaaS).
  • Conti ransomware uses a double-extortion technique to encrypt data on an infected machine. Attackers from this group usually send a phishing email from an address that the unsuspecting employee trusts.

Backup Solutions: Tighter Security & Cloud Backup

After a breach, the outcome is never good, but we can help you decrease the severity of it by implementing tighter security and cloud backup solutions. If you have offsite cloud backup, you can at least recover your data without having to pay their ransom demands.

Because your current environments, quantity of data, and budget vary, the backup solutions we recommend are different. We strongly encourage you to talk to your service engineer today to identify the solution that will increase your defenses against these ruthless attacks.

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