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Updated Data Backup and RansomwareIn every disaster recovery scenario, whether it involves a cyber attack, sustained power outages, or even natural disasters, the future of your enterprise will be decided by the answer to one single question…

How reliable is your backup infrastructure?

A ransomware infection could potentially shut down every aspect of your business, leading to a full-fledged disaster recovery operation. Some targeted organizations have found themselves facing down a complete and total loss of infrastructure.

It has become more essential than ever before for enterprises to ensure they are backing up their data rapidly, without interruptions, in order to maintain normal business processes. In addition, ensure that your data backup is available to help you defend yourself against the potentially disastrous impact of a ransomware infection.

Without Backups, Your Enterprise is at Risk

Without updated data backup, your organization puts itself at serious risk. Many small-to-medium enterprises aren’t backing up critical data, and a report on Small Business Computing says that up to 40% of small businesses could go out of business should they encounter permanent data loss.

While everyone understands that data backup is important, it’s easy for the owner or operator of a small-to-medium-sized organization to let budget, complexity, or other factors cause them to overlook this important task. Unfortunately, the threat of ransomware continues to make backup infrastructure more important each year.

Without secured backups, enterprises could be forced to pay the ransom in order to regain access to critical data… or simply shut down their business if they can’t afford what the hackers behind the cyber attack are asking.

Best Practices for Backing Up Enterprise Data

Many ransomware infections target the shadow copies of your data, making it difficult to retrieve data using conventional means. As a result, your backup infrastructure needs to able to withstand these attacks.

Your organization should have a backup infrastructure that is designed to rapidly restore data whenever it is needed. If your business uses a hypervisor to host its virtual machines, 3rd party backup suites such as Veeam could help you automate virtual machine backups.

Veeam is great alternative for enterprises who want a simple solution to backing up, replicating and recovering data from a fleet of virtual machines. Your organization can set up how often you’d like the backup to occur and how many copies you’d like to keep on hand. Data can then be retrieved with just a couple clicks.

The 3-2-1 Rule for Backups

Enterprises should always entertain the idea of transferring their critical data to an offsite backup provider over an encrypted WAN connection.

You would also want to store this data onsite using a network attached storage device that has specifically configured its firewall to only allow connections between the backup agents and the server.

From there, you may want to elect to put your data on tape for long term storage. Veeam recommends the 3-2-1 policy of backing up your data.

“Organizations should make three copies of their data available on two different media, with one stored offsite,” writes Doug Hazelman of Network Computing.

Ransomware Infections Leave You With Limited Options

Pay up or backup? When dealing with a ransomware infection, your organization’s options are limited to the amount of backups that you have to choose from.

If the data is that important to your organization, you may have to infact have to pay to regain access to the data in a timely manner.

If your enterprise has backups, it can be entirely possible to restore access to your critical files within minutes. While in some instances, it may take longer, the fact is, your enterprise is able to recover rapidly from an attack without having to pay the ransom.

More importantly, your backup infrastructure will be available whenever data retrievals need to take place. This puts your enterprise in a win-win situation by being able to perform file level recoveries on-demand.

Document and Test Your Data Recovery Procedures

If you aren’t performing a mock data recovery exercise at least once every quarter, can you be confident that your data recovery procedures will work when you need them most?

You should have extensive documentation that provides instructions on how to recover data in your enterprise. This document will provide the nuts and bolts of the data recovery procedure as well as any specific nuances related to your backup infrastructure.

You must test your backup infrastructure in order to know if your backup schemes are working properly. As a precaution, you will want to make sure that you have enough space available on your backup devices in order perform the restore.

Growing businesses have the tendency to add on new servers without increasing their backup infrastructure in order to compensate. Businesses must factor in the costs of backing up their newly acquired servers once they have been deployed in the enterprise.

When it comes to data backup, data protection, and disaster recovery, BACS is second to none. Our past clients have not only been able to protect their essential data and data infrastructure, we’ve also been able to recover data that was previously thought totally lost. We also provide other Managed IT and Security services to clients nationwide, from our base here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Whether you’re a startup just getting on your feet or a large enterprise looking for help with a complex network infrastructure, BACS is the business to call. Reach us by phone at (650) 887-4601 or contact us online today.

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