Ransomware attacks are on the rise in Canada, and 72 percent of businesses report being victims of ransomware attacks. In the last few months, there have been reports of:
- 230 MongoDB databases suffering ransomware attacks
- Ransomware attacks on four Ottawa hospital computers
- Potential new threats on Hadoop
- An attack on Carleton University, joining McGill University and the University of Calgary as a victim of ransomware
The techniques used by cyber criminals to infiltrate networks using ransomware are becoming increasingly sophisticated. It’s not a matter of if you’ll be attacked, but rather a matter of when. The right infrastructure and strategy in your organization is crucial, and the most important tool in every organization’s arsenal will be disaster recovery.
Your Backups Won’t Help if They’re Encrypted by Ransomware
Even if you meticulously back up your data, you are not safe from a ransomware attack if that data resides on your network or on your physical property. The only way to prevent a total loss of data as a result of ransomware or the need to actually pay the ransom (University of Calgary paid $20,000), and the only way to quickly and cost-effectively move forward from a ransomware attack is with isolated recovery.
DRaaS to the Ransomware Rescue
DRaaS – Disaster Recovery as a Service – provides organizations in every industry a way to avoid paying exorbitant ransoms when ransomware strikes. Your organization may still suffer from the attack, experiencing some downtime as you shut down your network, recoup your data from an offsite source, and then rebuild, but that process is much quicker and less costly than the alternative: paying a ransom and then working to unencrypt all the files that were damaged in the attack.
Minimize Downtime, Cost, and Customer Impact with DRaaS
Every organization must consider continuity when developing a strategy, and recovering IT systems quickly is a large part of achieving continuity. If a disaster recovery plan is not an essential part of your organization’s continuity planning budget, then your organization should budget ransom payments. The threat is that serious, that likely, and that expensive.
Ironically, business leaders often balk at the idea of investing in DRaaS, but the combination of technology and a good Managed Services partner makes it a practical solution that not only protects you from ransomware but gives you peace of mind regardless of the reason for recovery.
As technology fundamentally changes how we do business, serve customers, and address security threats, organizations must reevaluate whether their current backup and recovery strategies are meeting their needs. The ITeam is committed to helping Calgary- and Alberta-based businesses develop proactive, cost-effective IT strategies that minimize risk and maximize efficiency. Contact us to learn more.