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January 2017, Vol. 15, No. 11

Ransomware protection best served by backing up your data

Haven't tested that disaster recovery plan in a while? What about checking to see if your backed-up data is actually recoverable if needed? If your answer to either of those questions is anywhere close to "We tested before the Cubs won the World Series," you're probably not sleeping all that well these days. And if you are, you shouldn't be. As if hurricanes, earthquakes, snowstorms, fires, floods and felonious activities weren't enough to get your DR dander up, toss in the current ransomware rage and suddenly no backup or disaster recovery plan seems adequate. A recent report conducted by endpoint and server security app vendor SentinelOne painted an alarming picture of most companies' vulnerability to ransomware attacks and their apparent lack of ransomware protection. In fact, the survey data -- collected from IT shops in the U.S., the U.K., France and Germany -- revealed that nearly half of the responding companies had already been victimized by ransomware at least once. The rate of attacks was consistent across all of those...

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