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FlipServe Rapid Ransomware Recovery and Cyber Resiliency

Ransomware is growing fast. It’s a big business whose attacks are getting more sophisticated, frequent, and complex to detect and recover from. Cyber attacks have costly implications for businesses of all sizes. The extensive damage organizations face upon falling victim to a data breach can cause significant operational downtime, costly mitigation and recovery, sensitive data loss, reputational damage, and legal consequences. Security requires immutability and with this growing threat, the ability to quickly recover and maintain business continuity becomes critical to surviving cyber attacks and minimizing data loss.

Are You Prepared for a Ransomware Attack?

  • How much downtime can your business withstand?
  • Is your backup data immutable and instantly accessible?
  • Do you test and evolve your backup and recovery procedures?
  • What's your ransomware recovery strategy?

Recovering Quickly From Cyber Attacks Shouldn’t Be So Hard

The biggest pain for most ransomware victims is recovery. Often, organizations rely on complex, multi-step restores that are error-prone and inefficient. Even more, advanced ransomware is deleting or modifying backups, making the need for backups immune from corruption more important than ever.

It should be easy to identify and restore to the most recent clean version of your data in minutes--whether you need to do a full or partial system restore. An organization’s best recourse is to prepare for a cyber attack with a ransomware recovery solution that alerts on threats, provides visibility into the scope of the damage, and enables instant recovery from immutable backups.

FlipServe 6 Steps to Achieve Cyber Resiliency

  • Identify Vulnerabilities: Evaluate organization’s existing infrastructure by determining its existing vulnerabilities, where the data is stored, and the accessibility of its data.
  • Determine Business Objectives: We define recovery time objectives (RTO) and determine based on customers recovery point objectives (RPO).
  • Create a Plan: FlipServe will have a backup and recovery plan with specific response actions and responsibilities assigned to team members.
  • Evaluate Solutions: FlipServe on behalf of our customers evaluate tools to protect your organization to reduce costs and save valuable time in Public clouds.
  • Assess Recovery Options: We consider critical features of a ransomware remediation plan that maintains business continuity, such as granular file-level recovery, instant data access, and native immutability.
  • Test: We regularly test data recovery processes to be prepared for an actual incident.

Selecting the Right Backup and Recovery Solution for Cyber Resiliency

Restoring files from a backup should be your safest and most reliable solution for recovering from ransomware.How do you determine what data protection vendor best prepares you for a ransomware attack? While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, there are critical features of a ransomware remediation plan that FlipServe brings to the table:

Instant RecoveryThe biggest pain for most ransomware victims is recovery. Often, organizations rely on complex, multi-step restores that are errorprone and inefficient, ultimately leading to more downtime. The longer a recovery takes, the more impact the attack has on revenue, employee productivity, and customer loyalty. This is true for any security incident—whether it’s ransomware, an insider breach, or rogue employee. A strong backup and recovery solution should be designed for fast, reliable disaster recovery. Even in the event of a security breach, it should be easy to identify and restore to the most recent clean version of your data, whether you need to do a full or partial system restore, and avoid business closure or critical system failures. Backup data should be instantly available and enable you to instantly recover without any rehydration required.Additionally, leveraging automation via APIs allows greater flexibility when restoring and can speed up search and recovery at a large scale.

Native Immutable Filesystem

One of the reasons enterprises are unable to recover from a ransomware attack is that backups become compromised, forcing IT teams to either pay the ransom or restore from offsite backups. Be cautious of data protection vendors that advise offsite backups as the primary recovery option. This can take weeks to months to restore and is often subject to data integrity challenges, leading to longer RTOs. Additionally, some backup vendors advise implementing an isolated recovery to address ransomware. While this is a viable option, it comes with a large cost burden and management complexity to implement—think of it as equivalent to the operational and financial overhead as a DR infrastructure. Production.

How can we ensure your online backups are not compromised by ransomware? The best and easiest way is to select a backup and recovery vendor that stores all applications and data in an immutable format, meaning that no external client can read, modify, or delete data once it’s been ingested. Backup data should never be available in read/write mode to an external client at any time, as this easily opens up that data to being corrupted or deleted by an attacker.

Granular Impact Diagnosis

Performing the restore is only one part of the recovery. Knowing what applications and files to restore and where they’re located is usually more difficult. Minimizing data loss from a ransomware attack requires IT teams to be able to quickly identify its impact. The manual process of assessing the affected surface area typically involves sifting through millions of files to pinpoint the breadth of the attack. This can take days to weeks, and most businesses resort to mass restores of the entire environment, including uncompromised data, to avoid further delays.

Technologies that help automate the assessment of an attack’s impact and provide a clear view into what applications and files were encrypted, and where those reside, enable IT teams to quickly restore at a more granular level. This minimizes the risk of data loss associated with mass restores.

Multi-Layered Defense with Added Detection

Ransomware continues to get more and more sophisticated, meaning that even the best prevention efforts can leave you vulnerable to an attack. According to the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), 56% of analyzed breaches took months or longer to discover.3 Delayed detection can directly impact the integrity of backup and recovery data. Modern technologies that leverage machine learning models can help detect security threats through deep analysis of filesystems and content behavior. Backups contain rich metadata that can be securely analyzed to detect and generate alerts on anomalous activity with ML-based technologies as your last line of defense to complement your real-time detection and prevention tools. When unusual behavior such as ransomware is detected, IT teams should be alerted immediately to investigate and accelerate recovery if needed.

Some vendors use signature-based detection that compare patterns and sequences to a system of known malware variants. However, this is not always an effective approach since ransomware easily mutates. In addition, signature-based detection is only valid if you are not the first victim. Most ransomware attacks use a morphing and code obfuscation approach with a zero-day signature, so signature-based detection will only be valid after the first victim. A better approach is to select a vendor that employs behavioral-based detection, which will still catch zero-day ransomware attacks.

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