6 tips to prevent ransomware attacks on your backups

Wednesday 31st January 2018
by Ken Walshe

Ken Walshe

6 tips to prevent ransomware attacks on your backups

It’s the R word again – you’ve read all about it and it even made it into the Oxford English dictionary this week! You’ve heard it happen to companies like your own, so I don’t need to tell you what it is or how it’s spread. (If you do need to know, here’s a previous post explaining ransomware.) You also know that backups are part of the solution.

But hackers have started adapting ransomware to look for and infect backups. So how do you prevent ransomware attacks on your backups? If you do get hit, you need a safe, secure, ransomware-free backup to install.

Here are 6 tips to prevent ransomware attacks on your backups

  1. Secure your backups. Make sure they aren’t connected to the computers and networks they are backing up. You should have a minimum of 3 different copies – one of which is offsite and another offline.
  2. Use different media types in your backups. Backup as a Service and Disaster Recovery as a Service provide a simple, cost-effective way to maintain multiple backups on different media in separate locations.
  3. Use different login and passwords for all backups. Don’t use Admin or Administrator – ever!
  4. Take storage snapshots on backup storage. A storage snapshot acts like a detailed table of contents, providing accessible copies of data that can be rolled back to.
  5. Use a service that provides alerts and issues a warning when possible ransomware activity is detected.
  6. Test your backup recovery process regularly.

prevent ransomware attacks on your backupsThe average ransomware attack in 2016 was for around $1,000. And, according to the FBI, more than $209 million in ransomware payments were paid in the United States in the first three months of 2016.

Whereas in Europe, the European Commission (PDF) stated there were 4,000 ransomware attacks per day in 2016 with 80% of European countries experiencing at least one cybersecurity incident.

Here’s a detailed article from our partner, Veeam, with more ways to prevent ransomware attacks on your backups.


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