How to fight back Ransomware attacks?

Ransomware attacks are increasing and businesses which are falling victim to such attacks either face a period of downtime or they pay out in order to retrieve their data to resume business as normal.

As soon as the hackers target organizations and take hold of the data, Ransomware victims are in a dilemma of either to pay out and move on in life, or face a period of uncertainty, embarrassment, interruption and downtime while services are restored. Many IT companies think that they have an all-in-one solution in place i.e. anti-virus, to deal with any kind of situation. But as malicious IT attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated, no company is safe sticking to the narrow view of the “keep the malware out”.

To overcome the tyranny of ransomware, users need to recover critical applications and data within minutes. So, just by backing up data doesn’t do the job. Businesses need comprehensive disaster recovery capabilities to deliver consistent and complete recovery processes that are simple to maintain and increase efficiency.

The challenge is that many BC and DR plans involve limited, technical point products, which many organizations already have some form of backup process in place for standard audit requirements as mandated for highly regulated industries.

However when a disaster does strike, it is the first few minutes that are critical and businesses need to be able to recover within those minutes, not hours, and completely as possible.

Relying on incomplete backups taken 24 hours previously could take hours to restore, leaving businesses with downtime they cannot afford and which more worryingly could have been avoided. This is where having an efficient IT security strategy helps organizations keep ransomware out of bay. The strategy must be capable of detecting intrusion or virus attacks, must prevent intrusion, and bolster fast recovery of critical data and applications such as SAP, Oracle, or SQL to ensure uninterrupted business operations.

With proper Disaster Recovery (DR) processes and supporting technologies in place, instant access to data can be gained, in the event of a virus break through. Advanced DR platforms can help to avoid costly outages by allowing enterprises to go back to increments of seconds to the point before a file application or folder was corrupted, deleted or infected. This process will allow organizations to nullify ransomware as they neutralize yet another “critical disaster” and resume business as normal within a matter of minutes.

Protecting against a virus is of course the first line of defensive but this is proving more difficult as malware continues to evolve and progress. Working from backups is time consuming and often out of date, but advanced DR can allow the business to recover from an outage or virus by re-winding their VMs to a point in time where the infection simply didn’t exist. This negates the need to pay any ransom and allows businesses to get back up and running within minutes avoiding any costly downtime. With DR processes in place businesses are given the ability to regain quicker control of their entire infrastructure and can resume business as usual by being able to instantly access and recover any data, critical files or applications. StoneFly offers backup and advanced disaster recovery services through DR365 Fusion-DR Site in a box.

StoneFly DR365 Fusion Cluster is a purpose-built hyper-converged infrastructure solution to consolidate all of your server and backup systems into one easy to manage high-availability appliance with active-active hot swappable cluster nodes with failover and failback in a single chassis.

Each DR365 Fusion Cluster appliance can provide anywhere from a few Terabytes all of the way up to 640 Terabytes of backup storage capacity for your business. Every cluster appliance can accommodate any combination of nearline SAS, enterprise SAS, or enterprise SSD storage tiers as required, achieving the performance needed for your requirements.

The DR365 Fusion appliance includes a Virtual Enterprise Backup Engine, and the ability to create additional Virtual Servers as needed. DR365 Fusion Cluster flexibility replaces the “fixed hardware model” of the past with software-defined on-demand resource allocation (such as CPU, memory, storage, etc.) based on your application needs.

Every backup can also be automatically converted into a Virtual Machine. These Virtual Machines can then be quickly spun up and hosted on the DR365 Fusion Cluster appliance. This feature is quite useful for business continuity for your production environment if a physical server or workstation goes down and needs to be repaired. Replica Virtual Machines can also be used for any testing the user might choose including non-invasive compliance testing.

An embedded hypervisor on each cluster node allows backed up VMs and new user-created VMs to be spun up directly on the DR365 Fusion Cluster appliance.

In addition to serving as a backup appliance, you can migrate your existing Windows and Linux physical servers into Virtual Machines running directly on the StoneFly DR365 Fusion Cluster appliance and greatly reduce your hardware footprint and run many more applications on much less hardware. Use of virtualized operating systems allows for complete hardware utilization and considerable reduction in power and cooling costs.

DR365 Fusion can reduce the CapEx and OpEx of your datacenter by as much as one-third when the appliance and its capabilities are fully implemented in an operation.

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