Brian Spanswick, CISO at Cohesity discusses World Backup Day
As we approach the 11th year of World Backup Day in 2022 and look back at the past several years, what have we learned? Given the heightened state of alert recently raised by organisations like the US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and their Shields Up initiative, this begs the question: is your current backup solution meeting your organisation’s data resiliency and cyber security protection needs for today and tomorrow?
These past couple of years have dramatically changed the landscape of attack frequency, what attackers are targeting, and most importantly, the ability to recover data — so this could be the most significant World Backup Day… ever.
As the threat landscape of ransomware advances, and the data footprints grow and expand, keeping all the data safe can be a challenge. In a recent ESG survey, 52% of those surveyed said they are better prepared today than to two years ago, but there is more work to be done. So, where should you focus your efforts? Let’s first take a look at how these threats have evolved recently, and then look at why considering a next-gen approach to data management should be top of mind.
The threat of ransomware is evolving
Ransomware can take on many forms. The Ransomware 1.0 method is common — a fairly unsophisticated type of attack that typically can be addressed by traditional backup and recovery solutions. Moving to Ransomware 2.0, attackers started destroying backups first, then encrypting production data. This type of attack is designed to make it incredibly challenging to restore lost data, and there is almost no recourse to get it back but to pay the ransom. As a result, countermeasures such as snapshot immutability, administrative quorum approval for certain operations, and other next-gen data management and security measures are required to sufficiently defend the data protection environment itself.
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