Studies show that 70% of corporate data resides on the PCs or laptops of end-users and most of these files are unstructured data in the form of Excel spreadsheets or Word documents. Furthermore, studies also show that in most businesses, employees are casually told to make a backup of their own files. Management cannot even be sure if the backups are up-to-date or done at all. The primary reason for such case is usually the lack of a centralized storage, which is expensive to set up, to store the data backups.
This leniency in doing data backup has become more and more risky these days with increasing threats from malwares like Ransomware.
What is Ransomware?
In a nutshell, Ransomware is a new type of malware that “kidnaps” files and prevents users from accessing the files until “ransom” is given.
Most users think that it’s just malware, and that their anti-virus software will be able to catch it. However, not all anti-virus software are effective against ransomware. The real best defense against Ransomware today is, simply and ironically, for one to be always ensured with a data backup that can be successfully restored when needed.
A good backup strategy in protecting against Ransomware is cloud-based data backup.
- Cloud-based backup provides plenty of storage at a low cost.
- Cloud-based backup allows customers to pay only for the actual backup storage being used instead of buying a lot of storage in advance.
- Cloud-based backup works even if laptop users are outside the corporate network.
- Cloud-based backup gives an added level of protection against Ransomware since affected files usually take days or even weeks before getting into the cloud.
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