Why should your business have a data backup? Here at OXEN, we highly recommend a backup strategy for everyone as part of a strong security defense. You’ve probably recently heard a lot about the critical need for a backup solution in the fight against ransomware.
Essentially ransomware is malicious software that encrypts your files and won’t decrypt them unless you the pay the ransom. You can’t rely on ransomware being removed. Even if it’s possible to remove it, it could take days and a lot of money. And if you pay the ransom, you can’t rely on the attackers to actually give you your data back. Some malicious attacks are now emerging that look like ransomware, but wipe your data instead of encrypting it.
And that’s the problem with ransomware: No matter what you do, you will either spend a lot of time, effort, and money to remove the attacking software, or you will pay the ransom with no guarantee you’ll get your files back. Either way, you may not successfully restore your files or you will lose money.
This is where a good backup solution comes in. A good backup strategy will send a backup of your files offsite or offline regularly, so that you always have a recent backup (up to 15 minute increments sometimes). It’s important the backed up data is stored safely and encrypted offsite so that your backed up files don’t become infected by ransomware or other viruses.
So if you get hit with ransomware, you can wipe and reset your system and then restore your files from a safe backup. It’s less time consuming, less costly, and the bad guys don’t win. Every attack situation is different and requires a different approach, but knowing that your critical data and systems are backed up brings great peace of mind and will help you get back on your feet faster.
Even a simple file/folder backup solution can help out. If you think your security needs and backup needs warrant it, you may also consider a full-fledged business continuity and disaster recovery solution. This more complex backup solution, commonly called a BCDR, can provide you with both onsite and offsite backup and more recovery methods, such as cloud virtualization, that can be invaluable if you need to restore and run your system and programs from offsite.
But the bottom line is back up your data. Individuals, businesses, and organizations all need to consider backup as a first critical priority in security measures against today’s virulent cyber threats.
Interested in a BCDR solution that goes beyond basic backup? Learn more about OXEN Technology’s OXBOX, a true business continuity and disaster recovery solution with onsite, offsite, and cloud virtualization options.