Ransomware protection is critical in today’s business environment. That’s because every day cyber threats grow in sophistication and number. Although proactive monitoring systems, firewalls and related proactive protective systems can help reduce the risk of ransomware, they cannot guarantee data safety.
The only way to guarantee data safety and security against ransomware attacks is with an automated, ongoing cloud-based backup solution that maintains complete copies of your emails, attachments, tasks and calendars – and your websites and databases – in a separate, secure system. Should a ransomware attack happen, you can restore your backed-up files easily and quickly — which can significantly reduce the impact such an attack might cause.
Dropsuite provides the industry-leading cloud-based backup and recovery solution made specifically to reduce the impact of lost or corrupted data. We protect a broad range of critical business data including:
Office 365 (email, SharePoint, OneDrive, Groups, Teams)
G Suite Gmail
IMAP / POP Email
One of the most important features in a good eDiscovery solution is being able to consolidate data across many ecosystems into a central collection point for easier access and search. It can be difficult and time consuming to try to find data across systems such as Exchange Online, SharePoint, Calendars, Groups, Teams files and more. Using a cloud-based centralized repository for all data no matter where it resides greatly improves the ability to comply with legal requirements for eDiscovery, Legal Holds and more.
IBM and the Ponemon Institute recently researched the cost of lost or breached data.* According to their study, the cost of lost or hacked records and files is surprisingly high:
Ransomware and cyber threats are one of the single biggest threats to business data today.
Ransomware spreads through two main entry points.
Email: A recipient receives an email and is asked to download a file or click on a hyperlink. The email request tends to sound believable and often the real sender’s identity is masked, making the email appear as if it’s being sent by a colleague or a known contact. Clicking on the link or downloading the file activates the ransomware.
System vulnerability: A malicious network packet is sent to the vulnerable system, from either the local network (internally) or from the internet (externally).
Ransomware will target a set of file types and encrypt them with a specific and extremely complex code. This code is only known to the ransomware creator. A ransom email is then sent to the infected business telling them to pay to unencrypt their data. If the ransom is paid, the decryption code is released to the business user and the infected files are unlocked. If the ransomware is not paid, the files may remain locked forever. There is no guarantee that the code will be sent.
Yes. Although Office 365 and Exchange Online are cloud-based they do not have the ability to permanently protect all your business data from ransomware attacks. Should an employee accidentally click on ransomware malware in an email, your O365 data could become encrypted before you can react. Microsoft is responsible for the infrastructure of the system, but they are not responsible for the data – that’s up to you. The only way to protect your Office 365 email and related data is with a separate cloud-based backup solution such as Dropsuite’s.
Absolutely. A robust data-protection solution can and should include business email, attachments, supporting files and especially website files. Website backups must include all the files needed to run a site including WordPress or related files, databases, images and other supporting files used by the site. Most businesses face economic disasters if their websites are down for even a short period of time. By backing up all the files needed for a website in a separate and secure cloud-based location and being able to quickly restore those files if needed you can greatly reduce the impact of a website ransomware attack.
Critical elements of security for cloud-based backup include having TLS or SSL connections to the data, and securing the data using the most advanced military-grade encryption possible. Dropsuite uses TLS or SSL connections and 256-bit AES military-grade encryption to ensure data is safe and secure in transit and at rest. This is a critical must have element of any backup and recovery solution for website data.
Deploying a good backup and recovery solution is the most dependable form of defense. Dropsuite offers automated and secure backup solutions for businesses critical data, such as website files and databases, O365 data and email. The data is saved and encrypted in the cloud (which is a separate and secure offsite location) and businesses can recover data quickly if needed.
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