Ransomware is nothing new, but the variant known as cryptolocker, which was first reported in early September, has been a particularly devastating strain. Dell reports that victims have paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in ransom through Bitcoins alone, and the pressures' on IT managed services providers to protect their clients from further financial damage.
As our own Technical Support Engineer Josh Berkowitz-Geller wrote last month, data backup is really the most effective way to fight cryptolocker. Frequent backups give you a better chance to restore your clients' data to a clean, pre-infection state.
At the same time, cloud backup is only one part of the puzzle. In a guest blog for MSPmentor, Intronis Senior Solutons Engineer Nathan Bradbury offers 5 ways MSPs can protect SMB clients from malicious attacks like cryptolocker. Many of these are common sense steps that, nonetheless, are sometimes ignored until it's too late.
- Protect your data with offsite backup
- Develop strong security policies
- Update antivirus and antimalware subscriptions
- Filter emails for .exe files
- Educate users on simple best practices
Nathan dives into each of these tips in more detail in the MSPmentor blog post, so be sure to click over to learn more.
And remember that, in order to have the best available data to revert to, you really need to be working with a data backup solution that offers specific benefits.
As Josh wrote in his blog post, we encourage Intronis partners to take advantage of our unlimited version histories so that they have as many restore points as possible. We make unlimited revisions economical through our Intelliblox change-block tracking technology, which backs up only the blocks of data that have been most recently updated.
Intronis offers an additional layer of protection against cryptolocker because we data stored in our cloud and local vault is not stored with file extensions. The current version of cryptolocker seeks out specific file extensions to do its damage, and it is simple unable to read our data because of the extra steps we take to safeguard our data.