Horror Stories from the Vault – Ransomware Attack

Attack on data

Ransomware Attack

Have you ever encountered a ransomware attack?  It’s not good.  Here’s a true story.  A Crestwood client was the victim of an attack.  Their on-premise servers got rooted badly, they even encrypted all the backups.  The attackers were demanding over $100,000 to get back their information.

What would you do?

The client decided not to pay the money.  Instead, they found a backup, not encrypted by the ransomware attack, from approximately a year ago. So, they restored from that, but had to reconstruct a year’s worth of data from invoices, emails, and other paper receipts.  It was a huge job!

Protection for your data

For a fraction of the price of the attack, or the amount spent in reconstructing data, Crestwood moved their data and backups to the cloud.  All the backups are now stored in the Recovery Services Vault.

Recovery Services Vault was designed with these sort of attacks in mind:

  1. First, backups are not accessible to the machine that was backed up.  So, if your machine gets compromised, the attackers cannot get to your backups.  Think of it like the old days, when we did tape backups and moved them offsite.
  2. Second, if your entire Azure tenant gets compromised, you can only submit a request to delete a backup.  There are extra verification steps taken to get to your backups.
  3. Third, Recovery Services Vault is geo-redundant, so there are at least 6 copies of your backups in different locations at all times.

Secure your business now

You might not be ready to move everything to the cloud today, but Crestwood can give you peace of mind by securing your data with our backup services.  We take backups of your on-premise machines, and move those to the Recovery Services Vault (in the cloud).  Then if you’re a victim of an attack,  you have peace of mind.  One simple phone call and your back-up in business within minutes.  Contact us today to get set up.

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