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Are you protected against Ransomware Attacks?

 

In recent months, there has been an enormous spike in ransomware attacks. These attacks have targeted state and local governments, and educational institutions, as well as other industries.

 

Many clients have invested in several next generation defense platforms to provide a layered defense. While many prevention measures have been taken to defend against ransomware attacks, comprehensive protection is not guaranteed. Hence, a client must take measures to ensure that they can recover their critical systems as quickly as possible, should they incur an incident. A common tactic by attackers includes crawling the victim’s networks and locating and crippling the backups to thwart recovery. The best defense against this tactic is to store backups offline so that they cannot be located by attackers in the event of a network compromise. This defense tactic is referred to as “Air-Gapping”. 

 

AWS provides “Air-Gapping” capabilities for customers to store their backups in the cloud.  These backups are protected with encryption in transit and at rest.  Amazon S3 is designed for 99.999999999% (eleven 9's) of durability, and stores data for millions of applications for companies all around the world.  The best part is the cost for Amazon storage is very minimal. The most important takeaway is that backups are the only real path to restoration.

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