Data Management Glossary
What is ransomware?
Ransomware is a form of malware or cyber-attack perpetrated by criminal organizations to hold a victim’s data for ransom. The attack is typically launched via a trojan that once clicked traverses the users network encrypting file data to deny user access and disrupt business operations. With users and application locked out, the criminals demand payment in exchange for decrypting the victim’s data.
In an eWeek article, Komprise co-founder and CEO Kumar Goswami reviewed the ransomware challenge for unstructured file data: The File Data Factor in Ransomware Defense: 3 Best Practices. To create a cost-effective layered ransomware strategy, he recommended the following:
- Prioritize visibility and audits
- Create a multi-layered data management defense
- Create Snapshots and Backups for Hot Data
- Establish Cloud Tiering and Immutable Storage for Cold Data
- Have a plan – and validate it
Cost-Effective Ransomware Data Protection
Komprise provides cost-effective protection and recovery of file data. Komprise transparently tiers cold data and archives it from expensive storage and backups into a resilient object-locked destination such as Amazon S3 IA with Object Lock.
By putting the cold data in an object-locked storage and eliminating it from active storage and backups, you can create a logically isolated recovery copy while drastically cutting storage and backup costs. Komprise creates a logically-isolated copy of your file data with the following properties:
- Physical Separation on Immutable Storage
- File-level Isolation
- Prevent Deletion
- Instant access and recoverability in the cloud without expensive upfront investments
Read the blog post: How to Protect File Data from Ransomware at 80 Lower Cost
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What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that threatens to publish the victim’s personal data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. According to Gartner, “Ransomware is one of the most common threats facing security and risk management leaders.” Most ransomware attacks target unstructured data on network shares, making centralized file data storage solutions a primary target.
How to protect File data from Ransomware
Data backup and disaster recovery (DR) solutions are where most enterprise IT organizations are investing in order to deliver better detection of and data protection against ransomware attacks. To protect file data from ransomware, the solution must:
- Be cost-effective
- Protect if backups and snapshots are infected
- Provide simple recovery without significant upfront investment
- Be verifiable
Read the blog post How to Protect File Data from Ransomware at 80 Lower Cost
Ransomware best practices
In the eWeek article The File Data Factor in Ransomware Defense: 3 Best Practices, Komprise CEO and co-founder summarizes the following ransomware best practices: