3 steps to successfully defend your organization against ransomware

3 steps to successfully defend your organization against ransomware

Over the last year and a half, amid the rapid rise of employees working remotely or in hybrid arrangements, companies have begun to seriously rethink the way they manage data. They’ve also put a lot of thought into security fortification, and understandably so.

Security is everyone’s primary concern – especially now, as the complexity of systems and data continues to increase. As complexity goes up, so does the vulnerability of your people and your technology. It’s important for organizations to take a close look at their IT infrastructure and assess how to keep everyone safe online.

Nowadays, perhaps the greatest threat of all is ransomware. Today’s hackers are using non-encrypting locks and restricted file access to keep employees from accessing their files, or in some cases they’re even preventing system boot altogether. These attacks are being used for leakage, exfiltration of data, or extortion, which can do serious damage to any organization. It’s imperative that IT leaders and individual employees all have a deep understanding of how ransomware works and what needs to be done to prevent it.

At Veritas, this is a key area of focus. Veritas believes that defending your organization against ransomware largely comes down to executing on three core strategies.

  • Protect: Your data is everywhere these days, and you have an obligation to make sure every bit of it is protected. You’ve got to be covered everywhere, from edge to core to cloud. This can be tricky – the cloud is known for its elasticity, but cloud access can’t be so easy and convenient that hackers have free rein over your data. Your data architecture must be efficient, scalable, yet also highly secure.
  • Detect: Defending yourself against ransomware often comes down to detecting attacks quickly and acting decisively. Your system should be able to sniff out any anomalous usage of systems that may indicate compromised credentials​, then be able to respond on cue. This requires monitoring your infrastructure at all times to make sure your systems remain functional, then responding to irregularities as they arise.
  • Recover:​ If an attack ever does happen, you have to have a carefully orchestrated plan ready to recover. Your organization should never have to pay ransom to get your operations back – instead, you should have a backup and recovery plan that works quickly with one-click execution. You should be testing this plan regularly, so you can be confident it will work when you need it​.

That’s the Veritas approach. And at Zones, we are also fully committed to helping your organization stay safe against ransomware attacks. We design intelligent security solutions that help our clients protect their data, assets, and people through the design, implementation, and management of best-in-class solutions. On top of that, we have a team of certified experts on hand to design solutions that meet your needs and protect your IT infrastructure, both now and in the future.

Together, Veritas and Zones are strategic partners, and we’re here to help you solve your most important data protection problems. We have a comprehensive approach to multi-cloud data management that provides protection, availability, and insight, everywhere your information travels – and we’re eager to share it with you next. Connect with us today to find out more.

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