21 Jun Don’t be left with nothing, Backup your Data
Data backup…your last line of defence in the war against hackers
What is the threat to my data?
In the rise of terrorisations to our treasured & private data, cyber-criminals are forever generating new ways to interrupt and defraud our professional and private lives. One of the cyber threat trends that has seen a sharp increase in activity within recent years is Ransomware.
Ransomware takes its action via the procedure of malicious software that restricts or eradicates your access to file data stored on your computer or server. Downloaded from an illegitimate website or arriving on your computer via an email link or attachment, the Ransomware application rapidly installs itself & begins to infect or take control of your file data without the computer user even being aware an attack has taken place.
Ransomware, as the name suggests, is a means by which hackers can take something belonging to you or your corporation and hold it to ransom for release upon receiving a financial payment from you. Although, there’s no promise they’ll even release the file upon receiving your payment!
Can we prevent ourselves becoming a target?
Although it’s serious to ensure you have cyber defences in place, it is virtually impossible to ensure that you are 100% safeguarded from the threat of cyber-crime, predominantly from the specific threat of Ransomware.
The malicious software used to launch a Ransomware attack is continually developing and can yield many forms, despite security vendors frequently updating their software & threat analysis, there is a strong chance that an innocent action by one of your users will result in their machine becoming infested at some point.
What we can do if we’re confronted with a hacker?
Initially, make efforts to limit your exposure to attack by certifying you have cyber defences in place and have focused awareness training for your team.
But, when you inevitably suffer from an attack, your last line in the defence against cyber-crime is to rely upon secure retrieval point from a current, ring-fenced data backup solution.
With a professional-grade backup service, you can profit from peace of mind that your up-to-date data is stored, securely, in an alternate offsite location and is ready for recovery at a moment’s notice in the event of loss or corruption to any, or all, of your files or system data.
But we already backup data to a disc?
Having a data backup of any kind is a supportive initial step to take in a bid to recover your data in the event of any loss. However! An undeveloped backup to an external disk is by no means a reliable or secure means to achieve true peace of mind with all your system data.
There are several manual elements to a disk backup that limit its efficiency in a disaster; most critically, the need for a person to take the disk offsite and remember to bring it back again.
In the event of a Ransomware attack, should the disk be connected to the network, it will most likely be infected and render the backup useless. This twinned with limited means of running effective repeatedly scheduled backups, results in a data backup to disk being a too restrictive and risky means of recovery in the event of a catastrophe.
What should we do as an alternative?
All trades should function with an automated on-site + off-site backup service, confirming to the of 3-2-1 backup rule.
3 copies of your data – one active on your server/cloud storage/computers, one local backup copy and one offsite copy.
2 forms of media – varying medium of disk or device used to store the backup copies.
1 copy held offsite.
The service should be managed and supervised day-to-day by your external IT service provider or member of internal IT personnel – with stern urgency placed on acting in the event of a failure or issue logged from the preceding day’s backup.
It all sounds expensive, however implementing a professional-grade backup solution doesn’t have to cost the earth; particularly if you factor in the cost and embarrassment of a total, or even partial, loss of data.
Authorising these rules within your business can go a long way to ensuring a fast & effective recovery from a disaster, should you pain the loss or corruption of any data, however large or small.
Who are Initial IT?
Initial IT has been providing technology services and support to small-and medium-sized businesses in Staffordshire & beyond for more than 15 years.
Our mission is to drive value with innovative, customer-oriented solutions that give them the edge to compete with their much larger counterparts.