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Last week we saw another high-profile widespread ransomware attack: Bad Rabbit. It has hit more than 200 major organizations primarily in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Germany, and potentially other countries across the globe.

According to Wired UK:

The Bad Rabbit ransomware spreads through “drive-by attacks” where insecure websites are compromised. “While the target is visiting a legitimate website, a malware dropper is being downloaded from the threat actor’s infrastructure,” according to analysis by Kaspersky Labs. In this instance, the malware is disguised as an Adobe Flash installer. When the innocent-looking file is opened it starts locking the infected computer.

However, the malware isn’t installed automatically. It has to be clicked on to work. When a user clicks on the malicious installer—which is highly probable given the number of Flash updates regularly issued—his or her computer locks.

How to Protect Your Data from Ransomware

As ransomware attacks become more and more frequent and sophisticated, organizations of all sizes must deploy a multilayer security approach that includes:

Defend Your Data from a Ransomware Attack with StorageCraft

The StorageCraft® Recovery Solutiontogether with StorageCraft OneBlox ensure the very best protection of your data, at all times.

The StorageCraft Recovery Solution backs up systems and data and replicates those backups to the cloud where ransomware can’t reach them. Users can recover files, even re-create their network in the StorageCraft Cloud.

StorageCraft OneBlox features Continuous Data Protection (CDP), which takes immutable snapshots automatically every 10 seconds for the first hour, then on an hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly basis thereafter. Should a ransomware attack occur, causing data encryption and corruption of the primary file system, the snapshots remain completely unaffected, immune from any modification or deletion. The ability to take such granular snapshots at 10-second intervals is critical to ensuring recovery of the latest and most recent version of the data. Unlike legacy RAID-based volume snapshots, users not only recover individual files and folders easily but also recover complete network shares.

When ransomware worms its way into your organization’s computers, you’re prepared with StorageCraft backup and disaster recovery and OneBlox next-generation scale-out storage.

See for yourself how Zenzero IT Solutions rescued their customer’s data from CryptoLocker using StorageCraft technology:

 

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    • Hi John,

      I'm glad you asked! I believe your company is in New Zealand, is that correct? You'll probably want to contact our sales team in Australia at sales[at]storagecraft.com.au or call +61 2 8061 4444. If you are interested in signing up in the United States or Canada, you can either submit an inquiry here: http://www.storagecraft.com/shadow-protect-msp.php or contact our sales team directly at 801.545.4700 or via email at sales[at]storagecraft.com.

  • This is good news that Shadowprotect will be supporting Linux OS. What if we use the current iso to take backup of linux OS, can it work for backup and restore? Let me know.

    • Hello Vinod,

      Yes, we believe this is great news that StorageCraft will be releasing a CrossPlatform version of ShadowProtect which supports both the Windows and Linux platforms. We're very excited about this news.

      The current release of the ShadowProtect Recovery Environment - CrossPlatform is a positive step towards supporting the Linux OS. Currently this CrossPlatform Recovery Environment is intended only for backing up and recovering Windows OS systems (including Windows 8 and Server 2012). Another release will have the complete tools for backing up and recovering both Linux and Windows systems. I can tell you that this later release will be out before the end of the year. Until then, thank you for your kind comments and we we're looking forward to providing you with more information about this exciting update in the near future. Check back with us again soon.

  • Thanks, Casey. This was a really interesting take on the NSA's new local data center. Despite the privacy concerns, I'm excited to see what this means for the state. Silicon Slopes is definitely filling up with some great names!

  • Rather than placing it somewhere that looks nice or aesthetically pleasing, make sure that it is located at a place that allows proper circulation of air.

  • Wow is this for real? You cover how easily a host can get a virus and how the tech runs at the base level?

    Has a vmware host ever gotten hacked or got a virus?

    Has a windows computer ever gotten hacked or got a virus?

    I almost spit out my water when I read the part about Hyper V and stability. We have both Hyper V (2008 R2/2012) and VMware. Some REAL facts.

    * We have gone over a year on some of our vmware clusters with out patching or rebooting a host. NONE of our Hyper V hosts have reached 90 days.

    * Install and setup of a clustered Hyper V host takes about 10 times longer than a clustered VMware host.

    * Upgrading a Hyper V cluster....IS NOT POSSIBLE. You cant have two versions in the same cluster so you must build a new cluster and migrate the VM's over. The migration requires downtime for all VM's on a SAN volume. Ugrading a typical 8 node VMware cluster takes about 90min as upgrade the hosts one at a time and reboot them. (VMware supports mixed versions on a cluster.)

    * Many functions in Hyper V are POWERSHELL only. For instance you cant mass upgrade the "VM additions" in SCVMM unless a guest is off. In VMware you can highlight 50 (or more) running VM's and update the vm tools. It requires a reboot but the effort is 10x easier to complete.

    * We have NEVER had a VMware host go down, at all, not once. We have had MANY hyper v hosts drop all of their VM's for many different reasons. 99% of the time its YET ANOTHER hotfix you cant get from Windows update, to fix a storeport driver, or a MPIO issue, or a failover cluster issue. There is NO WAY we would run our production servers on Hyper V.

    * Drivers....for Hyper V you can get them from your hardware vendor (Dell, HP, etc) or Microsoft, or right from say Intel or Broadcom. Often MS Premiere support will tell us to go to the NIC drivers sight and get the driver vs the Microsoft driver or the Dell driver when we have a problem. VMware.....gives you the ONLY drivers you need. Yes they re-package the vendor drivers but you get them from one source, they are tested and supported.

    A real comparison is not a technical white paper, its in the trench usage of these products.

  • Casey, congratulations on this blog post -- I could not agree more. I am the editor of the Varnex Insider magazine, and would like to talk with you about the possibility of publishing this blog in our next issue (with full credit to you and StorageCraft, of course). Please email me at the address I provided so we can talk about this. Thanks very much. -- John

  • Great post, thanks Casey Morgan for writing such an informative post. Every body knows the importance of backup but no one takes care of it. Thanks fro reminding and guiding for backups.

  • Another win-win with image-based backups which ShadowProtect delivers is the ability to take a full "base image" backup and then "incremental" backups which only capture the changes that have occurred -- greatly reducing the storage requirements for image-based backups.

    Then with ImageManager, you can consolidate the image chain over time, set retention policies and even take advantage of the new rolling consolidation feature in ImageManager 6.

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