Every business takes measures like implementing firewalls and using anti-virus software to prevent and protect against malware infections, and this is an important first line of defense. But it is not enough. We see infections continue to happen, and Ransomware is growing as the favored type of attack by cyber criminals. What this means for business owners is that your Disaster Recovery (DR) solution as a second line of defense can make the difference between survival or the shutdown of your business. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, 60 percent of small companies close down within six months of a cyber attack. But, what if you could recover immediately as if the attack never happened?
Disaster Recovery as a Service is a Cloud computing solution that you really need to consider. Cloud computing, or the “as a Service” world, is rapidly changing the traditional norms for data processing. With the concept of paying only for what you use, combined with the ability to rapidly deploy additional capacity, organizations are turning to the Cloud to deploy new services and applications, and more recently, migrating legacy processes. In Cloud computing, DR has evolved from the traditional model of having excess computing capacity installed on-premise ready to go when it is needed, to rapidly spinning up recovery images in your Cloud provider’s site.
How does this play out in the real world? Let’s examine the parallel instances of two companies infected by Ransomware, one with Disaster Recovery as a Service in place, and the other without. In either case, detecting the point of entry will be important and challenging, but with commercial grade DRaaS solutions, your provider will typically include a set of tools execute the DR steps. These tools can determine point of entry and rapidly scan the environment to define the scope of the infection. This can often be completed in minutes, not hours, so the spread can be halted and recovery begins immediately. Without DRaaS, detection and recovery is manual — an intensive path consuming hundreds of man-hours, so +1 for DRaaS!
On to the actual recovery. In simple terms, Ransomware is malware that goes through your system, often folder by folder, and encrypts all the files, then drops a ransom note with instruction to get the decryption key. The impact can be devastating. Examples vary from the inability to boot a system to no longer being able to retrieve records from a database. Once you determine the damage and stop the spread, you arrive at the crucial step to recover your data from backups. Without Disaster Recovery as a Service, it can be a long process to simply identify backups from before the infection and get all the files restored, then recover whatever delta changes you can from logs. Contrast that with the customer who has DRaaS where recovery can be as quick and painless as spinning up the latest pre-infection recovery image on a new virtual machine! Again, with commercial-grade DRaaS, your environment and data would be backed up as frequently as necessary to ensure recovery, so again, a matter of minutes to recover instead of hours. Another +1 for DRaaS and the score is 2 to nil!
In summary, if you want to survive your next cyber attack, you need to explore Disaster Recovery as a Service!Recovery with virtually no downtime and no loss of data!