09 May

Protecting Against Ransomware with Azure Backups

An Article By, Stephanie Memos, Marketing Coordinator

With ransomware attacks steadily rising in 2017, we cannot stress the importance of protection against infrastructure attacks. According to CRN’s most recent Quarterly Ransomware report, infrastructure attacks have increased 3500% in 2016 and that percentage is predicted to increase for the 2017 year. It is essential for organizations to have a backup of critical business data in case defenses fail during a ransomware attack. With that being said, these backups must be inaccessible to a malicious attacker since ransomware attackers have the experience neutralizing backup applications and operating system features like Volume Shadow Copy.

With attacks continuing to rise, organizations should reassess their backup strategy and policies, as well as the impact on the business if an attack compromises their data. Operations Management Suite (OMS) from Microsoft has continued to show its commitment to offering security capabilities with the release of Azure Backup. Azure Backup is highly equipped to protect businesses on-prem and cloud-backups from these malicious ransomware attacks.

Knowing that bot and malware attacks can leave your business spending time and money on the permanent data lost, Azure Backup gives your business the confidence that your data is being highly secured by providing faster notifications, a more in-depth security scan, and extended recoverability.

For more in depth security, strictly users with valid Azure credentials receive a security PIN from the Azure portal that allows them to backup data. In the event a user attempts to make a critical backup operation, such as removing/deleting a backup, a notification is sent to alert and decrease the effect on the business. Lastly, if an attacker is able to delete a backup, Azure Backup stores the deleted backup data up to 14 days after deletion. Talk about high-end security!

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