How the Cloud Can Simplify Ransomware Recovery

Ransomware is everywhere. Sadly, in a recent survey, 20 percent of companies reported they were attacked. It gets worse. Sophos State of Ransomware 2021 report found that 92 percent of organizations don’t get their data back after a ransomware attack, even if they pay the ransom. According to the Sophos report, ransomware can ruin a business—or at least make a severe dent in its success—with the average ransomware recovery costing $1.85 million. If you’re an IT pro, you are already well aware of the problem and the consequences. But preventing ransomware is problematic. The number one ransomware attack vector is phishing, and all it takes is an employee clicking on a malicious link or downloading an infected PDF for hackers to gain entry to your systems and data. Number two on the list of ransomware attack vectors is compromised Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) credentials. Exploitable vulnerabilities like unpatched systems and software stand at third on the list. Of course, there will always be a new attack vector you’ll need to worry about. Today, ransomware even targets internet of things (IoT) devices used throughout numerous industry sectors. Fighting back starts with prevention and ends with recovery.

Take a Proactive, Multi-Layered Prevention Approach

Prevention starts with detection. Arcserve integrates cybersecurity and data protection for on-premises, cloud, and SaaS-based data, serving as your first and last line of defense against cyberattacks and data loss. Arcserve defends your backups with Sophos Intercept X Advanced, cutting-edge cybersecurity that uses a deep learning neural network to detect known and unknown malware—without relying on signatures. Arcserve also lets you quickly respond to and remove threats with CryptoGuard and WipeGuard. These technologies use behavioral analysis to stop zero-day ransomware and boot-record attacks.

Add Immutable Storage

Immutable storage—when your data is converted to a write-once, read many times format. Unlike data encryption, there is no key, so it shouldn’t be possible to modify or delete the data. Using immutable storage as a backup target and sound backup practices—including following the new 3-2-1-1 backup rule--you can recover your data even if a ransomware attack is successful. Backups stored/replicated to immutable cloud storage add next-level data protection because your data is still recoverable, even if your entire system is unavailable.

Leverage the Cloud for Fast, Certain Recovery

Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP) offers deep cloud integration to prevent downtime and data loss, delivering an all-in-one data and ransomware protection solution to neutralize ransomware attacks. Arcserve UDP lets you quickly and safely spin up copies of your physical and virtual systems onsite and offsite or in private and public clouds. That helps you reduce downtime from days to minutes, meeting the most challenging recovery time and point objectives (RTOs and RPOs). And Arcserve UDP gives you plenty of fast recovery options, including Virtual Standby—where virtual copies of mission-critical systems are maintained on Nutanix AHV, VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Amazon AWS EC2, or Microsoft Azure—and Instant VM, which makes it easy for you to spin up business-critical system backups as virtual machines on these platforms, on-demand. Arcserve UDP also offers Assured Recovery—scheduled, automated disaster recovery tests with advanced reporting—so you can be sure recovery from ransomware is possible. You can even use granular recovery to restore individual files, emails, Active Directory objects, and SharePoint documents, and mount backups as virtual drives in Windows and NFS shares in Linux for advanced insights.

Streamline Management

With a web-based, user-friendly management console, Arcserve UDP saves time and simplifies data protection, backup management, and reporting. Role-based administration also tightens security by controlling access, while policy-based management lets you scale disaster recovery and backup effortlessly. Built-in SLA reporting helps you keep business stakeholders informed by comparing your set RTO to your recovery time actual (RTA) so you can adjust as needed.

Focus on What Matters

With Arcserve UDP, you can spend less time on data protection and backup management and more time focusing on strategic initiatives that drive your business forward. Want to learn more about how Arcserve UDP can help you protect and manage your entire infrastructure? Take advantage of our 30-day free trial or contact us to talk to an Arcserve data protection expert.