Viruses, Paying Ransom? Losing data? The how to cure is here!

This is not hype! This is reality. companies get hit with viruses all the time. You need a diligent team securing your infrastructure 24/7 in order for you to feel safe. Then you get hit with a virus and loose data.  Let us see what that vicious cycle looks like below:

Virus and data loss cycle

So, a virus comes out in the wild, you get hit with the virus, your systems are under attack. Some data gets encrypted, your business losses access from that data. In the meantime, the best of the world are looking at documenting steps on how to protect from this virus. Your IT team, implements steps to protect from that virus and its spread.  Then you realize that you have many business units asking for access to their data or reporting in an alarming rate that they lost their data.  The aftermath ends with you paying the ransom for some data sets or asking your staff to recreate their data. You have now become known for the leader who could not protect his or her company from this virus nor recover their data!

This endless cycle is that of a new virus coming up, a time of major pain, confusion and data loss, followed by a virus patch.  To then be followed by the same sequence of events.

Now, lets look at the following cycle:

break virus and data loss cycle

Virus does hit like always, bypassing the previous measures of antivirus protection. This is the nature of our world.  But you have a safety net.  You have a backup and restore solution to help you not pay the ransom and to restart your business from an acceptable point in time.  You have been able to recover your business data, continue to operate and not paid any stranger any fee!

Lets look at both, your Data Importance in business over time and how this ongoing virus and virus protection cycle can affect you or not.

Data Importance vs time and data loss

Bare with me, I know the graph looks a bit busy. I will explain in detail.  Horizontally we have time, vertically we have the amount of data growing and with it the importance of that data  for business. At the right side we have a label for horizontal lines named data Exposed.  As time progresses, we create data, at a given time we are hit by a virus. The entire data set is exposed to be lost, corrupted, infected.  However you might be lucky enough that not all data is impacted and only the data set in the RED circle is the actual data loss. This happens during the time of exposure. The are is depicted in a creamy color.  We then proceed and patch for the virus. Only to start the cycle again. However, note that you are not in control or can predict what data becomes impacted. So this data could be VERY relevant to your day to day operations or it might be an older data set with less impact in your immediate business.
Now, lets look at a different environment where you have implemented a means to recover your data.

Data Importance vs time and data Protection

As with the previous graph, you get hit with the virus and during the time of exposure you are able to restore data sets because you have implemented backup and restore services in your environment.  This is regardless the data set being new, old, both, or all! During attacks, infections, patches and fixes, you will be able to restore your data set from a previous point in time. This will give you the confidence that your business will persist and endure a virus attack.

What should you be protecting?

Physical servers, Virtual Servers, Laptops, your SaaS platforms (Google, 365 and even Salesforce) . You should also be asking for DRaaS. Disaster Recovery as a Service platforms.  This will protect you from an entire site being down for whatever reason or even a massive attack where all your systems are impacted to the point where it might be a lot simpler to flip the fail over switch than a full restore.

If you do not know where to start, email me at juliocus@gmail.com

Best Regards,

Julio Calderon

Twitter: @JulioCUS

Skype: Storagepro

Email: juliocus@gmail.com

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