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3 Steps to Data Resiliency in the Age of Ransomware

Data resiliency at a glance

Ransomware is everywhere. Chances are if you’ve turned the TV on in the past year or so you’ve seen a headline about one of the many attacks shutting down operations at hospitals, pipeline companies, banks, or even used as a means of war. Business and IT leaders are taking notice and scrambling to avoid becoming the next headline. 

However strong your cyber defense may be, odds are ransomware will eventually find a way through. While this sounds depressing, there’s a glimmer of hope — a new approach to data protection, defense, and recovery called data resiliency

Data resiliency means, in the event of data loss, your team has clean data backed up that’s easily and quickly accessible, enabling a smooth transition back to business with minimal impact on your operations. Ideally, this will simplify data management and improve other data functions such as eDiscovery and long-term retention.

So how do you build data resiliency? Here are three principles to follow to build your own data resiliency playbook against ransomware and other cyber attacks. 

1. Start with a SaaS-based approach 

In today’s data environment, the once-standard on-premises way of operating has developed a number of glaring weaknesses, including scalability, a high TCO, reliability, and susceptibility to threats. A 2022 report from ESG Research found that the cloud provides 41% better security than on-premises solutions, and 46% of those interviewed view the cloud as offering better recoverability and reliability of backups. 

SaaS-based data protection was born to live in the cloud. It is optimized for performance and scalability and offers centralized management of backup and recovery processes, along with consistent performance, even with petabytes of data. Plus, you’ll find the TCO lower than either hybrid cloud or hosted cloud solutions. Management is greatly simplified with most processes automated, and many cloud solutions provide a single easy-to-use interface to view the status of backups across all workloads — data center, SaaS apps, and more. 

2. Build a strong cyber defense

In the face of today’s cyber threats, the ability to protect and recover backup data is a given; importantly, organizations also need centralized and actionable insights on security posture across distributed backup data and systems. SaaS solutions provide this in addition to visibility into data and access anomalies for security monitoring, incident response, and root cause analysis. 

An ideal SaaS solution will enable the protection of critical data, ensuring integrity and availability with air-gapped and immutable storage. Zero-trust security limits data access to only those with the proper credentials. The solution enables preparation for advanced threats and tomorrow’s risks, automatically detecting and reporting on unusual activity like bulk deletions, and allowing self-service roll-back to clean data. Finally, SaaS delivers accelerated recovery in the event of infection or data loss. It should automate incident response, prevent reinfection, and empower forensics with SOAR integrations.

3. Maximize data value

Consider all you can accomplish on a good day with your data in one place. A wide range of data management tasks can be simplified, from long-term retention to eDiscovery. Consider cloud archiving to cold storage. Traditional backup processes can be complex and expensive if they involve moving data from on-premises or cloud-hosted solutions. It’s possible to lower storage costs by up to 50% with automated global deduplication capabilities across storage tiers, automated storage tiering, and a lower-cost archive storage tier.

In a SaaS-based solution, these processes are fully automated and policy-driven, with centralized dashboards and predictable costs. File-level search and recovery is fast across warm and cold storage tiers. It yields storage insights to help with long-term planning. It makes the process of eDiscovery much more powerful and simplifies compliance with various privacy and residency requirements.

How to bolster cyber resiliency with Druva

The 100% SaaS Druva Data Resiliency Cloud provides a single system of records across data protection, security, and governance stacks, enabling better collaboration across key IT functions driving business resilience and compliance. This enables your organization to:

Protect

  • Ensure data integrity and availability with air-gapped, immutable backups in object-based storage with built-in zero trust security
  • Stay ahead of attackers and protect backup infrastructure with automatic vulnerability scans, patches, and upgrades
  • Only solution offering a cloud-first SaaS approach to security, including a truly secure Data Lock, and automatic patching

Prepare

  • Improve security posture and detect problems before they cause damage with a centralized security and governance dashboard
  • Recover deleted data with self-service Rollback Actions 
  • Respond faster with proactive alerts from the Druva CloudOps team
  • Only at-scale SaaS solution with a posture and observability dashboard powered by AI-ML

Recover

  • Prevent data loss due to point in time recovery and get the most recent clean data from the entire time frame of an attack with Curated Recovery 
  • Automate incident response, prevent reinfection, and empower forensics with SOAR integrations

Ready to learn more? Download the new Data Resiliency for Dummies eBook.

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