How Object Storage Can Help Protect Against Ransomware AttacksToday, we launched a microsite centered around Windows Filer Optimization. The primary driver for customers of our FileFly Secondary Storage Platform solution has been offloading unstructured data from Windows Server storage to a cost-effective tier of secondary storage, enabled by Swarm Object Storage. Now, a secondary benefit, albeit no less important, is the ability to help protect from ransomware attacks.

A good resource for learning about ransomware is the Microsoft security portal. They describe a ransomware hack at an enterprise as:

“The sensitive files are encrypted, and large amounts of money are demanded to restore the files. Generally, the attacker has a list of file extensions or folder locations that the ransomware will target for encryption. Due to the encryption of the files, it can be practically impossible to reverse-engineer the encryption or “crack” the files without the original encryption key – which only the attackers will have access to.”

What is the likelihood you will be the target of a ransomware attack? Based on a recent study, the probability is increasing rapidly. According to SC Magazine, ransomware attacks quadrupled in 2016 and will double in 2017. Take a look at what happened to MedStar Health, who had to turn away patients or Horry School District in South Carolina, which eventually paid the ransom for access to files. And, who can forget the infamous Sony Hack of 2014?

How do you protect yourself? There are a number of different solutions on the market focusing on 3 areas: detection, prevention and recovery. In almost all cases, the solution price depends on the overall size of the data set or the number of servers you are trying to protect. This leads to some tough choices. What data can your business keep running without? For companies that rely on unstructured data to run their business, this can become a pricey proposition.

How do you protect a large amount of files on Windows Servers from ransomware attacks? One way is to use the versioning feature that comes standard as part of FileFly and our recently announced Secondary Storage Platform. This essentially creates a separate copy or version of the file based upon parameters you set (file type, size, owner, age, etc.). The version is stored in cost-effective storage located in your data center. This is ideal for large data sets because once you exceed a few Terabytes, transfer over the Internet quickly becomes impractical. For instance, if you are a hospital and get hit with a ransomware attack and you need to access a CAT scan for a critical surgery that same day. Or, if you are a film studio and have various dailies tied up while people are on an expensive set. Or, if you are a school and need to decide between making students or teachers wait for weeks to unlock necessary files.

Why FileFly? What the FileFly Secondary Storage Solution provides beyond your typical backup solution or cloud-based recovery solution is the ability to store massive data sets economically and recover them quickly. Just as importantly, it buys you the time to make your decisions while not under duress, as it ensures you have ongoing access to your unstructured data. And, did I mention that it saves you up to 75% on your storage TCO? If you are interested in learning more, visit our microsite or contact us directly at info@caringo.com.