Ransomware attacks are on the rise, due in part to the millions of employees who suddenly found themselves working remotely and simultaneously juggling family responsibilities and trying to stay healthy. To say that today’s workforce is distracted is an understatement, and that’s exactly what ransomware attackers are counting on.
The most common way ransomware gets into corporate systems is via user behavior—clicking a bad link, downloading an infected attachment, visiting a malicious website, and so on. Once they’re in, the attacker can encrypt company data and render the system and network useless unless a ransom is paid.
The Direct and Indirect Impacts of Ransomware
Ransomware can negatively affect an organization in several ways, some direct and others indirect. For example, when ransomware encrypts an organization’s data, users are unable to access applications and systems. This downtime can cost businesses millions of dollars depending on when the attack takes place (e.g., an e-commerce site on Black Friday) and how long it takes to resolve the problem.
Downtime can also cost you customer and stakeholder confidence, as well as potential new business. In fact, a recent study shows that 59 percent of survey respondents likely won’t do business with a company that has experienced a cyberattack in the past year.
Recently, ransomware attackers upped the ante and began releasing the hostage data into the wild instead of just encrypting it. Malicious data exposure can be devastating to a company’s reputation as well as to the victims whose data was exposed. Businesses can also be hit with hefty fines and legal settlements to compensate the victims.
With today’s rapidly changing cybersecurity landscape, it’s no longer sufficient to back up your systems and hope for the best. Organizations that are serious about keeping themselves ransomware-free need to be proactive and enlist help from a third-party expert.
How Arcserve and Sophos Prevent Ransomware
There are many data protection providers and cybersecurity tools out there, but few solutions can offer expert levels of both data protection and cybersecurity.
This is what sets Arcserve apart from other solutions. Arcserve has spent decades forging data protection tools to safeguard enterprises’ most sensitive resources. Arcserve recently raised the bar even higher by partnering with cybersecurity leader Sophos to deliver unmatched ransomware protection.
Arcserve’s award-winning, all-in-one solution delivers the three things every organization should demand from their data and cybersecurity providers: prevention, protection, and peace of mind.
Arcserve Solutions Secured by Sophos are designed to keep ransomware out. Arcserve’s solutions integrate the latest ransomware prevention technology, including Sophos Intercept X Advanced, to secure your on-premises, cloud, and SaaS-based backups from the widest range of threats.
Arcserve’s ransomware prevention solutions secured by Sophos also include:
- Signature-based and signatureless malware detection
- Deep learning neural network
- Anti-exploit technology
- CryptoGuard anti-ransomware and WipeGuard technologies
Data breaches are a nightmare to clean up, so protecting your organization’s and your users’ data should always be a top priority.
Arcserve safeguards your data across all environments with a unified central management interface that prevents data loss and extended downtime across cloud, local, virtual, hyperconverged, and SaaS-based workloads. This heterogeneous, image-based technology also protects data going to and from any target.
Flexibility is crucial in today’s rapidly changing world, so Arcserve ensures your data and cybersecurity tools can adapt quickly to meet your needs. Arcserve and Sophos let you scale up and down on demand by adding drives instead of additional appliances, and you can easily turn on and off capabilities as needed without major upgrades.
Peace of Mind
If ransomware strikes your organization, how well you recover is going to depend on the quality of your backup and restore capabilities. Arcserve has your back with an industry-leading backup solution that covers your data from every angle:
- Secure backups with signature-less deep learning that detects both known and unknown malware
- Arcserve UDP software provides instant VM and bare metal restore
- Local and remote virtual standby
- Application-consistent backup and granular restore
- Hardware snapshot support
- Extensions that deliver high availability and tape support
- Automated testing and granular reporting reduce downtime and validate RTOs, RPOs, and SLAs
With all the negative news we hear about the increased frequency of ransomware attacks and the growing threat they pose to data security, it might be hard to imagine that a ransomware-free future is possible.
Arcserve and Sophos are changing the dialog by offering the highest levels of data protection and cybersecurity against the threat of ransomware. With an Arcserve solution backed by the power of two leading experts on data protection and ransomware prevention in your arsenal, your organization can be confident it is ready to fight back against ransomware attacks.