Taking on ransomware—best practices from Veritas

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The threat of ransomware feels more menacing than ever before—and it’s growing. Veritas is focused on guiding customers’ development of a proactive approach to data protection, including a defined, dependable data restoration plan—because it’s no longer a matter of if, but when an organization will encounter a string of ransomware.

As senior vice president and chief information officer of Veritas, I am inspired by the awareness of industry realities and knowledge among our employees. Now, this collective consciousness includes the increasing threat of ransomware—a business challenge top of mind for all of us at Veritas.

What is ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malware designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid—and the results can be devastating. We must ensure businesses are prepared to take on the malicious threats of today as we venture into our shared IT future.

Proactively addressing ransomware

Given recent ransomware reporting in the news, including this week’s attack against the Texas government, as well as stories impacting A.P. Moller–Maersk, the city of Atlanta, and Arran Brewery in Scotland, I want to offer some guidance to achieve and maintain protective best practices in everyday data management in your organization:

  • Create and maintain an organization-wide data protection strategy, including routine opportunities to assess, test, and iterate the approach alongside key IT stakeholders;
  • Ensure employees understand everyday security hygiene, ideally bolstered by a comprehensive company educational resources;
  • Identify and implement solutions that provide clarity across your organization’s data and dependable, intelligent data protection, like the Veritas Enterprise Data Services Platform, with its core of NetBackup 8.2.

While we cannot guarantee your business never confronts ransomware, we can provide peace of mind in customer advisory given an attack, and solutions to guarantee recovery is swift. With the right data protection solution, your organization will be able to regain control, guided by Veritas ransomware experts and the reliable point-in-time restore possible with NetBackup—the core of our new, Enterprise Data Services Platform.

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