While all this may look like a lot of bad news, the upside is that there are some quick tweaks you can make to to your backup strategy that will make it more effective against ransomware.
1) Embrace 3-2-1 backup: 3-2-1 backup is a backup strategy that requires you to have three copies of your data in two different locations, one of which is offsite. Making your backup 3-2-1 compliant ensures that even if one copy of your backup is encrypted by ransomware you’ll still have at least one off-site copy that can’t be touched.
2) Use both image and file backup: Image backup creates a snapshot of your computer that allows you to restore your computer to a state it was in at a previous point in time.
A single image file is easier to easier to manage and quicker restore than thousands of individual files which will help reduce your RTO. However, a file-based backup will allow you to recover single files more quickly than a whole system image. So, if your user needs a critical document right away you can recover it for them while you restore the rest of the image.
3) Test, test, test: As a best practice, testing out how long it takes you to restore an individual endpoint from backup is a great way to help understand the cost in resources and time from a ransomware attack.
IT Architechs hopes you enjoyed this email blog and will follow along with the additional segments in the weeks to come. The next installment will be “3 Things to Rely on for Ransomware Protection Before You Resort to Backup”
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