In a 2017 survey across six major industries, 51% of executive leadership and IT managers rated ransomware as the biggest security threat to their organizations. Why is this?

A single ransomware attack can halt an organization with sophisticated encryption methods that lock computers and make data inaccessible. When IT departments and business leaders don’t act fast in this scenario, they risk losing sensitive information and assuming a significant reputational impact if news of the breach leaks to the public.

So how does Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) fit into ransomware mitigation? Bluelock has created a white paper on the subject that explains how. With tips to recover from any cybersecurity breach, readers will learn how to manage risk, ensure recovery and—most importantly—establish a strategy to secure data for the future. Read it here.

Ransomware is a Growing Threat, So Be Prepared

In the case of ransomware, where every second of downtime is lost money, organizations need to have a DR strategy in place that can bring them back online in minutes to hours, not days. For organizations relying on tape backups, for example, the inconvenience and complications that can occur during a system restore can lead to increased frustrations. Not to mention, the lengthy time it often takes to fully recover may prompt companies to simply pay the hostage fee, which perpetrates the cycle of this cybercriminal activity.

Industries with sensitive data like law firms or hospitals are especially susceptible to ransomware attacks—as this means a larger payout for the cybercriminals. Because of the evolving threat landscape, company leadership is increasingly asking DR and security professionals to join forces for full IT resiliency–which requires a two-pronged approach: an equal balance of preventative and restorative measures. Threat detection should be viewed as a bridge between these two focuses, since it’s imperative to have a means of knowing when a breach has occurred.

Why DRaaS for Ransomware Incidents?

DRaaS offers a faster recovery time with recovery points of seconds-to-minutes, pairing continuous data replication and backup-based replication together for a full mitigation strategy. When a ransomware attack happens, you have more recovery options to locate the most recent clean copy of your data.

Plus, depending on if you have a fully-managed or assisted model of DRaaS, you may have access to a team of experts that will help mitigate the situation after a breach—which is ideal for overburdened IT teams. For a full list of steps to make a quick security breach comeback, read Bluelock’s white paper, “Resolving Ransomware Incidents with DRaaS

 

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