Addressing Ransomware Threat with Cloud File Storage Systems

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Addressing Ransomware Threat with Cloud File Storage Systems

Organizations now have clear and practical ways to deal with ransomware threats thanks to constant innovation and the increased sophistication of cloud services.

Although ransomware threats have evolved over time, cloud file storage providers have made significant advancements that allow businesses to perform simpler BC planning, assess damage quickly, and restore files in the event of an attack, achieving Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) in minutes rather than days or weeks. Ransomware attacks are easier to respond to and recover from with cloud-based file storage technologies.

The latest cloud-based file storage platforms not only allow for more flexible information exchange, but they also allow for forensic analysis and surgical recovery from attacks without requiring affected organizations to lose time or pay a ransom. Here are four ways that cloud file storage solutions are assisting IT departments in avoiding disruption from ransomware attacks:

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File sharing in the cloud

Many businesses have failed to recover from cyberattacks because they rely on traditional on-premise file sharing infrastructures with system failovers and disaster recovery (DR) employing duplicate infrastructures.  These intricate arrangements necessitate routine maintenance at all times, but they are especially difficult to maintain and resource-intensive when the IT staff needs to swiftly analyze the damage caused by an attack and implement DR plans.

The advent of cloud-based corporate apps, on the other hand, ensures that vital information can be shared more easily across worldwide networks. However, it’s less well-known that next-generation solutions, such as cloud-based file storage systems, provide rapid local damage detection and considerably easier file restoration in the case of an attack, thanks to their central nature and localized file access. The preference for cloud in the post-COVID economy is already placing businesses throughout the world on a better footing to deal with the ransomware threat.

Immutable data

While ransom groups profit from targeting older technology infrastructures or those pieced together for remote working during the pandemic, the cloud provides immutable data. Because their global file systems guarantee total data integrity and don’t require data to be transported from one location to another for globally dispersed teams to access, cloud file storage provides a realistic defense for enterprises against regular outages and hacker exploits. Businesses used to be hesitant to adopt cloud file storage systems because they were unsure of their reliability, but those days are long gone now, thanks to the proven performance of these products and massive installed bases around the world.

Targeted file recovery

The employment of continuous file versioning capabilities by leading products is the third key evolution in the integrity of cloud-based file storage. These provide IT and networking teams with infinite snapshots of file share status, as often as every five minutes, allowing for controlled, local-level file-level recovery in the case of a breach.

Many businesses have paid large sums to attackers simply to avoid losing productive time, but the level of control provided by cloud file storage systems allows the CIO to demonstrate to the C-level team that the company can plan for and start practicing attack scenarios. The IT team can set more predictable and quicker Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and modify company recovery plans as new ransomware exploits emerge.

Instead of needing to restore entire volumes of stored data if the company’s files are encrypted or destroyed by an attack, IT staff can quickly set up audit trails to undertake post-attack damage assessment and recovery. The latest cloud file storage technologies even have “point-and-click” file restoration features for quick and easy file recovery. With cloud file storage services IT teams can quickly isolate and recover damaged files, ensuring that normal operations are not disrupted.

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Recovery time is only a few minutes

Especially for CIOs running hybrid infrastructures, restoring files has long been the least preferred activity. Too often, departmental colleagues have discovered that their organization’s full operational recovery took weeks or months, even after a quick response to a ransomware attack.

Next-generation cloud-based file storage solutions, on the other hand, can “roll back” business-critical files to the precise time of a ransomware attack. Even businesses that rely significantly on multi-location and remote workforces may rest assured that their vital assets will be safe in the event of an attack or outage, and that their employees will be able to resume productive work sooner.

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