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Your Last layer of Security, Data Backup…

What is the actual threat to my data?

In the rise of threats to our treasured & personal data, cyber-criminals are forever creating new ways to disturb and defraud our professional and private lives. One of the many cyber threats that has seen a sharp increase in activity within recent years is Ransomware.  

Ransomware spreads via the form of malicious software that restricts or removes your access to file data stored on your computer or server. Downloaded from a deceitful website or arriving on your computer via an email link or attachment, the Ransomware application swiftly installs itself & begins to contaminate or take control of your file data without the computer user even necessarily being aware an attack has taken place. 

Ransomware, as the name suggest, is a means by which hackers take something belonging to you or your business and hold it to ransom for release upon receiving a monetary payment from you. Although, there’s no assurance they’ll even release the file upon receiving your payment! 

Can we prevent the inevitability of becoming a victim?

Yes, it’s vital to ensure you have cyber defences in place, unfortunately, currently, it’s almost impossible to ensure that you are 100% protected from the threat of cyber-crime, especially from the specific threat of Ransomware.

The malevolent software used to launch a Ransomware attack is continually developing and can take 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 infected at any point, which will constantly be the issue.

What can we do if we’re under attack?

Initially, make efforts to limit your exposure to attack by ensuring you have cyber fortifications in place and have directed security awareness training for your team.

But, when you unavoidably suffer an attack, your last line in the defence against cyber-crime is to rely upon a secure recovery point from a current, ring-fenced data backup solution.

With a professional-grade backup service, you can benefit 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 exploitation 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 helpful initial step to take in a bid to recover your data in the event of any loss. But! A typical backup to an external disk is by no means a dependable or safe means to achieve true peace of mind with all your irreplaceable system data. 

There are numerous manual elements to a disk backup that limit its efficiency in a disaster; most critically, the requirement to take the disk offsite and remember to bring it back again.  

In the unfortunate occurrence of a Ransomware attack, should the disk be connected to the network in use, it will be infected and render the backup useless. This paired with limited means of running effective regularly scheduled backups, results in a data backup to disk being a too limiting and risky means of recovery in the event of a catastrophe. 

How can I avoid becoming a target?

It’s virtually impossible to stop yourself from becoming a target; an unfortunate harsh reality we must all accept, is that at some point, our private details will be stolen from somewhere. Whether that’s through our own lack of cyber security defences, being the victim of an email phishing attack, or, an error on someone else’s part.

HOWEVER! The more important factor is being aware when you’re at risk and having a process i­­­­­­­­­­n place to alleviate your exposure both personally, and for your business. By applying best security practices, such as the setting of protected passwords, ensuring that you regularly change those passwords, differ the passwords & login details across different systems, and lastly, implement cyber security features such as 2-Factor / Multi-Factor Authentication (2FA/MFA).

By implementing cyber security features, such as 2FA or MFA, you can add another obstacle to cyber criminals in the process of accessing web-based data & services, beyond the first tier of only usernames and passwords. Should your password be obtained elsewhere and that person tries to access a system that you use, you’ll receive notification by text message, phone call, or email, to your device to authorise that login; therefore faulting cyber criminals from getting to your data. 

Where do we start?

All businesses should operate with an automated on-site + off-site backup service, Following the 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 daily by your external IT service provider or member of internal IT personnel – with strict urgency placed on acting in the event of a failure or issue logged from the preceding day’s backup.

It all sounds overly expensive, however applying a professional-grade backup solution doesn’t have to cost the earth; mainly if you factor in the cost and inconvenience of a total, or even partial, loss of data. Saving your Data doesn’t have a price, don’t get caught out. 

Appointing these rules within your business can go a long way to certifying a fast & effective recovery from a disaster, should you suffer the loss or corruption of any data, however great or minor. 

What should we do now?

If you’re bewildered by the prospect of reviewing your IT Security, we can help.

We’re Net Platforms and we have years of experience in supporting small-medium businesses across London and Essex with such technology challenges.

Net Platforms provides a full range of professional IT services, including a full suite of cloud products, including support with Microsoft Office 365 & Microsoft Azure.

Please contact the team today on 0207 993 9035 or hello@netplatforms.co.uk.