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The summer of 2021 is upon us and everyone is excited to get back out and enjoy national parks, oceanfront beaches, amusement parks, campgrounds and so much more. With a large number of employees still working from home and taking time off this summer, it is still critical to protect your organization’s data as it travels for summer vacation. Ransomware attacks are on the rise and continue to be a disruptive force affecting everything from financial institutions, healthcare to SLED (state and local government and education). Due to the rise in remote work prompted by the pandemic, attacks are up 148%.
Defending your data is more critical than ever
Increasing ransomware events over the past few years is a steady and growing issue that has quickly become an extremely profitable criminal enterprise. Targeted organizations often believe that paying the ransom is the most cost-effective way to get data back — and, unfortunately, this may be the truth.
The real issue is that every business that pays to recover their data is directly funding the development of the next generation of this cyber threat. As a result, it continues to advance, with more sophisticated variations and more specific targeted cyber attacks. The costs continue to grow and increase as well. Recent research from Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that these attacks will cost the global economy $6 trillion annually in 2021! This makes defending your organization’s data more critical than ever.
The threat of ransomware is inescapable. Every 11 seconds, an organization is hit with an attack. It’s time to take a proactive, unified approach. 11:11 Systems can help you protect, backup and recover your data. It is important to remember that securing and defending against ransomware before it happens is critical, but there is no silver bullet to combat this problem. The reality is that preparing to recover quickly after it happens can be just as important to the long-term viability of your business.
Today’s cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions have evolved with ransomware protection and recovery in mind. 11:11 provides a combination of air-gapped backup and disaster recovery that can help your organization avoid worst case scenarios, including paying a ransom, if your data becomes compromised. 11:11 Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Backup as a Service (BaaS) help protect against ransomware attacks by maintaining multiple copies of data, including optional air-gapped copies of data, offsite in one of 11:11’s 10 secure global data centers.
Another way that 11:11 can help protect against malicious internal or external threats is with 11:11 Insider Protection which enables you to recover a full backup deleted by mistake, but more importantly it also protects you from malicious attacks from outside threats. Backing up your data locally and offsite is no longer a catch all solution as recent attacks show that backup files are being targeted and destroyed. Attackers are aware of retention policies for your backups as well. Instead of simply deleting your backup files, they may choose to corrupt your production data and continually run a backup job to a cloud target. This ages out any useful recovery points you may have and replaces them with backups of already corrupted data. With 11:11 Insider Protection, backup files deleted accidentally or maliciously are retained in an air-gapped directory. This file system is only accessible to 11:11 technicians. Backup files deleted will remain in this isolated folder for seven days and can be saved and transferred back to you once you are ready to restore data.
Summer is here and it is time to enjoy all that it has to offer, but don’t take a vacation from protecting your data. Cyber criminals aren’t taking time off and are a constant threat to the lifeblood of your organization, your data. Beware and be prepared and let 11:11 Systems provide you with the right solutions to continue to protect your data no matter the threat.
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