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Ransomware Attacks on the Enterprise

  • May 23, 2017

Despite numerous cyber security incidents making international news on a regular basis over the last few years, it was specifically the WannaCry ransomware attack in May 2017 that brought renewed and urgent focus on what organizations need to do to protect their businesses and services from ransomware. This attack seriously impacted thousands of organizations worldwide, having hit more than 150 countries and over 200,000 computer networks.

The frequency of ransomware attacks is set to increase, with increasing sophistication. For example, some malware already exist that are more sophisticated than WannaCry which actually looks for weak backup systems and encrypts the backups.

For an enterprise to become sufficiently protected, advance preparation and thought is required. Data protection technology, backup best practices and staff training are critical for mitigating the business-threatening disruption that ransomware attacks can inflict on organizations.

The best protection against them is to have a correctly architectured backup solution with best-practice backup strategies, and to ensure any cloud backups are adequately protected and available. That means having up-to-date copies of that data available elsewhere. Bacula Enterprise Edition provides industry-unique architectures and tools to implement these requirements and as such, is used by some of the world’s largest security organizations as their primary backup solution. For the enterprise, having an enterprise-grade backup solution such as Bacula is essential, because correct data backup, storage and compliance practice can be the main difference between a company's survival and failure. See more information on how Bacula protects large organizations from cyber attack here.

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