A simple backup option may not be enough to rescue your business.
There’s been an explosion in ransomware activity over recent years, up 715% across the twelve months ending June 2020. Analysts point to the increase in remote working and insecure Wi-Fi connections as key factors for this boom in cyberattacks.
“Issues surrounding your data within a company aren’t necessarily to do with an external cyberattack,” explains Jamie Beaumont, Product Manager at Service Express. “It could be internal bad actors, such as someone getting a hold of an employee’s credentials and now acting on your server as if they’re a verified user.”
Thankfully, Service Express has the expertise to expand your DR strategy to include a vital component shielding your business from the worst outcomes of a ransomware attack.
Here in the information age, where data is regarded as “the new oil,” a cybersecurity breach can cause widespread financial losses and even result in bankruptcy.
The looming risks for finance, retail and healthcare
“There are increasing attacks on production systems and their backups. If you’ve only got one copy of production data and you’re in the financial industry, that will hold your only copy of client and transaction records. If it gets attacked, encrypted or stolen, and you have no secondary backup, then you will be at the mercy of whoever attacked you.”
When it comes to banks, fintech and other highly regulated organisations, inadequate protection can land you in trouble with the regulators as well as lose you significant amounts of money.
Small and medium businesses are often exposed
Ransomware attacks are up against small and medium businesses because they can’t or haven’t invested in the level of cybersecurity that protects both production and backup environments.
There’s understandable reluctance from ransomware victims and negotiators to disclose payment amounts. According to IBM’s Definitive Guide to Ransomware 2022, ransom amounts have gone from small double-digit demands to jaw-dropping seven-figure and eight-figure amounts.
The rise of ransomware, in numbers
The following statistics may be chilling reading for those looking after IT infrastructure, but we’re on hand to provide advice for those seeking to boost their cybersecurity.
- 30% of data breaches are carried out by internal bad actors.
- Globally, 40% of servers have had one or more outages over the past twelve months.
- 43% of cyberattacks are aimed at small businesses, but only 14% are prepared to defend themselves.
- Volume of investment in the cybersecurity sector is led by medium-sized businesses, followed by large, small and then micro.
- The average time to identify and contain a data breach fell from 287 days in 2021 to 277 days in 2022, a decrease of 10 days or 3.5%.
The typical perception of a hacker is that they go into your system and bang! They’ve immediately launched an attack and wiped out your business.
Real life isn’t like that, as most attackers will come into your system quietly and reside there for quite a while, perusing your information and collecting what they need to cause maximum harm to you. When they’re ready, they launch their attack, and it’s always on their terms.
The reality of cybersecurity is that the attacker only must be right once, whereas you must be right every time as a defender. Thankfully, as cybersecurity tools develop, this paradigm is changing where the attacker must be perfect to avoid detection once on the system, but these tools may be expensive.
Gambling with tape
For many decades, IT infrastructures have backed data up onto tape. Many businesses still rely on this traditional method. In optimal conditions, there’s nothing wrong with this solution, but it often takes a long time to get back online because you’ve got to find the tape, plug it in and stand everything up.
Quite a few system administrators have stories of tape failures. It’s not the most reliable backup method when compared to modern storage such as solid-state disk.
The answer is in an offsite backup
An offsite backup is vital in ensuring complete backup and DR. This establishes data redundancy. Service Express has considerable skills and resources, along with the technology partnerships, to set up the required hardware and networking that fits into your existing IT estate.
This strategy brings in a substantial degree of resilience when it comes to cybersecurity threats aimed at your industry. It’s a difference maker that no company should be without.