How to keep backed up data safe from ransomware attacks

    We all know that most of the ransomware attacks take place on Windows environments and so security experts are recommending to use something other than the Microsoft giant propelled operating systems for data backups.

    However, the fact is that most popular backup products are developed to run primarily on the Satya Nadella led company’s software i.e. Windows.

    But to strictly keep the file encrypting malware at bay, ensure that your backup server runs on a Linux driven machine, as ransomware attacks launched with an aim to target Windows machines cannot disrupt Linux based media servers.

    Remember, it makes little sense if the server that accesses the backup information is encrypted with the file encrypting malware, thus making the backed up data useless.

    Also, make sure that you always store a separate copy of backed up data on the machines that are geographically separated from the main backed up server. This helps in keeping the data continuity intact, even if the primary data center gets damaged by digital invasion, floods or fire.

    Here, cloud computing technology can help as most CSPs offers object storage that is compatible to work with most backup software products and services.

    Mind you, there are very rare instances where hackers got sophisticated to attack stored data on an object storage platform. Plus, what’s amazing about this platform is that it allows admins to write once and read many times, making it difficult for even the authorized personnel to edit the stored info. Besides, removing the file system access to data backups and encrypting the data stored on the backup server can help keep threat actors at bay.

    Naveen Goud
    Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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