Ransomware is malicious software that prevents a user from accessing a computer system or files unless a sum of money is paid.
Ransomware turns the strength and sophistication of the encryption against you. Encryption is meant to protect your data and files, but instead ransomware uses it to take your files hostage. This type of attack means that you are prevented from accessing documents, spreadsheets, photos, videos, backups, and other important files. It is important to remember that an infected computer can spread the ransomware to other computers on your network.
Let’s look at an example scenario!
One of your employees receives an email from a friend and includes a link to a video of how to make heart shapes from boiled eggs using chopsticks. They are naturally intrigued so your employee follows the link and asks them to click play.
Later that day, everything on the screen begins to change colors, and a window appears telling them that all files on the computer have been hacked and encrypted.
The window demands that they can’t access anything, unless they pay a ransom. Even worse, if they choose not to pay, they may not be able to access their files again.
Crestwood Cloud Ransomware Protection
We have encountered many cases of ransomware with our customers, but the ones that use
On-premise or in the cloud
Whether you have servers on-premises, or your systems are in the cloud, Crestwood offers a simple, efficient, and low-cost monthly backup service that can save your business. We take your daily backups and store them safely away from attackers so they can be restored within minutes. This is very useful because not all cloud or routine backups have timely restore options to go back before the ransomware attack.
At Crestwood, we use the Azure Recovery Services Vault. This service is specifically designed for this type of attack.
- First, the backed up device cannot access these backups. In the event that your device is compromised, attackers will not be able to access your backups. Think of it like the old days, when we did backups on tapes and moved them offsite.
- Second, if your entire Azure tenant is at risk, you can just submit a request to delete the backup. There are additional verification steps taken to access the backups.
- Third, Recovery Services Vault is geographically redundant, so for security reasons, there are at least 6 copies of your backups in different locations at all times.
Secure your business now!
We understand that you may not be ready to move everything to the cloud today, but Crestwood can give you peace of mind by securing your data with our backup services. We take backups of your on-premises devices, and move them to the Recovery Services Vault (in the cloud). Therefore, if you are ever the victim of an attack, you can rest assured that your data is safe and secure. It’s as easy as a simple phone call and back up at work in minutes. Feel free to contact us today for setup.