Ransomware is currently the biggest security threat for businesses. It’s almost impossible to recover from an attack and prevent further attacks. If a user becomes infected with ransomware, they’re either losing data or paying the ransom to get it back. NAS storage is the ultimate solution for that.
But small businesses can’t afford that. A report shows that ransomware attacks are more inclined towards small businesses than large enterprises. That is why prevention is a better solution for small businesses. Here are steps to make sure that you stay clear of any such threats.
Backup all your data
First, we got to set up our preemptive defenses. The truth is no matter how much you try to secure a network attached storage device; there will always be loopholes. If a thing is made to be secure, it follows that there is almost always a way to break into it. Reverse engineering isn’t hard to understand. There is much more hackers can do to infiltrate your system.
A recent Checkpoint survey found that 74% of small businesses failed to back up their data at all. By simply backing up your files, you reduce the chance that your data will be locked away.
So what do we do? We back up all our data to backup appliances. This is the first step in ensuring that even if all measures that we are going to talk about in this article don’t work, your data will still be secure. And please, whatever you do, if you have an onsite backup appliance, don’t run it through your primary network. There will be no point in making a backup if the malware also infiltrates your DR system.
Cloud backup is even more recommended as you have an off-site backup divorced from your company’s network. StoneFly’s best NAS systems are a good option in this regard. They have a cloud connect feature that enables easy integration with Veeam, Amazon AWS, and Microsoft Azure.
Take regular snapshots
Most enterprise NAS solutions come with snapshot feature. While this feature looks ordinary, it can sometimes be a lifesaver. It is not a backup in the true sense of the word. What it does is that it takes point-in-time backups of a particular state of the computer.
If an error occurs, the system can be brought back to a working state before the error. The same goes for a ransomware attack. Say ransomware attacked at time A, and the snapshot was taken at point B. Point B was the time when there was no ransomware infection.
Restoring the system to point B will automatically remove the infection. It is like undoing things by traveling back in time. Same as when you are learning chess.
Employ strict company’s protocols
Your storage is as secure as you are vigilant. It’s crucial to create strict company protocols to prevent employees from opening email attachments. There should be policies for unexpected Files or data requests and visiting compromised websites. You should also train your staff to identify phishing emails and other tactics hackers may use to get them to download ransomware onto your network.
It is not a secret that keeping your business data safe is becoming more and more challenging. The most widespread threat among businesses today is ransomware attacks. Since 2016, only the healthcare industry has had to pay 31 million dollars in ransomware. This doesn’t bid well for the rest of the corporate sector.
The key is to keep your storage properly protected. It is essential to prevent unauthorized access and keep a good track of how employees use their workstations. Enable all the protection features that come with your NAS system. They are there to help. In the end, always have a backup. You never know what the attackers are planning.