The Con Is On.
Meet Dave. He’s a branch manager at a bank managing hundreds of transactions daily. He has access to customer data that is sensitive and private. He suddenly gets an email message from an executive in the corporate office asking him to verify account information pertaining to a customer applying for a car loan. The coworker needs the information in a hurry. The message includes an embedded link to a form to fill in the information. The form looks legitimate with the bank’s logo. Since it came internally, providing the data should be secure, right?
Don’t do it, Dave!
Cyber threat actors regularly use social engineering to gather information by redirecting users to a bogus form or website. The information from the fraudulent form is later used by the attacker masquerading as your bank asking customers to make car payments directly to a phony bank website that is controlled by the attacker. Your customers have no idea their online transaction sessions are being carried out on the fake site. Even worse, the attacker could also use the information to access the bank itself and hijack all customer data, then ask a hefty ransom to retrieve the locked data.
Bounce Back with Rapid Recovery – Four Key Areas to Safeguard Data
Dave is not alone. Social engineering and data breaches can happen without warning. The best defense is to be in a constant state of readiness and prepare for the unexpected with built-in failover and data backup and disaster recovery. This way, you can restore lost data and minimize the impact of downtime. Managed backup and recovery services can prevent data loss and business disruption. These services remotely monitor and manage your backup data in a single cloud platform. In the event of a crippling data breach, managed backup providers can restore your entire environment in minutes.
Let’s look at four critical areas where you need to safeguard data.
Core Infrastructure Protection
It’s important to backup all virtualized machines, applications, databases, files and endpoints – regardless if the data is on-premises or in the cloud. Backups should be disconnected from your network to eliminate ransomware lockup or compromised data. Storing information in a secure, compliant data center can eliminate risks and deliver a seamless path to disaster recovery when a restore scenario strikes.
Data Protection for All Workloads
Your data backup and recovery should support all files systems, enterprise applications, workstations, virtual platforms and documents, including Oracle, Active Directory, SAP, Office 365, Hyper-V, VMware, SQL, SharePoint and more. Managed backup and recovery can bring systems and applications back to the last-known good state as quickly as possible to minimize damage from an attack. Backup data can be stored locally and replicated to your managed services provider’s offsite data center or sent directly to the data center from your servers.
User-Specific Workloads Backup
Don’t forget to protect and intelligently archive user data stored in Office 365 and Google mailboxes both on-premises and in the cloud, as well as other user-based repositories such as OneDrive, SharePoint and Google Drive. It is not uncommon for cyber attackers to access organizations through third-party vendors to compromise data. Take steps to ensure this is not a weak link for cyber intrusion.
Workstation and Single-File Backup
Keeping employees productive means protecting both documents and workstations. Managed backup and recovery can restore full or granular data images within minutes. With search and discovery, single files can be recovered from disparate data silos throughout your entire environment – on-premises, applications and in the cloud.