Secure your backups

In honor of World Backup Day yesterday, here’s an excerpt from 5 Things Companies Can Do (Right Now) to Secure Their Backups by Tom Kiblin, SCTG’s VP of managed services:

Follow the 3-2-1 Rule

The 3-2-1 rule of backups states that you should have three copies of essential data: an original and two backups, preferably in different formats and different locations. This helps minimize the likelihood that ransomware, physical loss, or malware actually lead to losing crucial data.

For remote employees storing their daily work, a good option is to combine a local NAS or USB backup with a remote cloud backup (e.g., via AWS or Google). For cloud storage, both for employee files and larger datasets and systems, choose immutable backup. This prevents data deletions and alterations, which can be crucial in the event of a ransomware attack.

One client we worked with had both local storage and immutable cloud storage. It got hit with a ransomware attack that encrypted both its primary files and its onsite backup. The attackers demanded multiple millions of dollars to restore the files. What they didn’t know was that the client had offsite immutable backup. The client was able to restore from that backup and didn’t have to pay the ransom to restore its files.

Read the rest on Network Computing.

To be frank, there’s a reason governments, banks, and healthcare institutions trust ServerCentral Turing Group with their backups. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you secure yours.

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