Protect against Ransomware Attacks with Azure Security

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Ransomware is malicious software designed to block access to computer systems until large sums of money have been paid. Emboldened, ransomware hackers have turned their attention to businesses, and no organization is immune to these attacks that freeze data and shut down the business.

According to Safety Detectives, the average ransom demand has nearly doubled since 2018, and in the U.S. alone,  54% of organizations across industries reported ransom attacks in 2021. And the average amount demanded is over $6,000. That amount is particularly difficult for small and medium-sized businesses to afford. And the cost goes beyond just the initial payout. Sometimes the crooks return to the scene of the crime and hack a company even after the ransom has been paid. There is also decreased revenue due to downtime, the extra burden placed on your teams and your IT department, and the loss of confidence among your customers and the companies you work with.

While there is no iron-clad defense against ransomware attacks, organizations can take steps to protect their valuable data.

Take advantage of the cloud

A secure cloud environment—specifically, Microsoft Azure is a first step in protecting against cybercrime.  Ransomware attacks are a genuine threat, and Azure is a very practical solution. Even if you are not ready to move all your systems to the cloud, Microsoft Azure gives you several ways to guard against threats like ransomware attacks.

How Azure can protect your valuable data

Azure Backup

How many times have you heard it? Back up your business data. To protect valuable data, many businesses use a secondary off-site location to store copies of their files. Think of the cloud as a secondary digital data storage center that costs much less than an off-site storage facility.

We all know backups are essential, and Azure Backup makes it easy. The Azure Backup service provides simple, secure, and cost-effective solutions to back up your data and recover it from the Microsoft Azure cloud. You can back up data, virtual machines, SQL workloads, and more with a single click. Then you can restore your data while maintaining application consistency. You can schedule to back up your servers and desktop at convenient intervals automatically.

Azure Disaster Recovery

Azure offers an end-to-end backup and disaster recovery solution that’s simple, secure, scalable, and cost-effective. In case of service disruption, accidental deletion, or data corruption, you can recover your business data quickly and efficiently. Protect your data and systems and minimize downtime.

Azure Security Center 

Azure is the only public cloud platform with continuous security monitoring. With increased visibility and control, you can detect and deflect potential threats.

Azure Security Center is a unified infrastructure security management system that addresses the three most urgent security challenges: rapidly changing workloads, increasingly sophisticated attacks, and the need for more advanced security skills.

Use Azure without moving everything to the cloud

The cloud is the way of the future for business computing, and we highly recommend transitioning your organization.  You’ll save money, get automatic updates and easy upgrades, and achieve a higher level of security. But even if you’re not ready to convert, you can still use Azure as your weapon against ransomware.

Even with your current systems and apps, you can use Azure to back up your critical data. Suppose you are not ready to replace your on-premises system. In that case, you can still access Azure security and other Azure benefits, including “elastic compute”—computing resources that can be scaled up or down as needed for better performance and the ability to get a new application up and running very quickly.

Why Azure?

Microsoft is a leader in the field of managing and protecting data. Few companies have the resources to match what they can do from a technology, design, or experience standpoint.  90% of Fortune 500 companies trust Azure with their data.

  • Azure has decades of experience managing global data centers backed by Microsoft’s $15 billion infrastructure investment that is under continuous evaluation and improvement.
  • Microsoft guarantees 99.5-99.9% uptime on their services.
  • Azure comes with Locally Redundant Storage (LRS), where data is stored locally, and Geo-Redundant Storage (GRS) in a second region.
  • An advanced encryption process protects data stored with Azure, and all Microsoft’s data centers have two-tier authentication, proxy card access readers, biometric scanners.
  • Azure has more certifications than any other public cloud provider, including ISO 27001, HIPAA, FedRAMP, SOC 1, SOC 2, and many international specifications.

Protect your data

No business is immune to ransomware or other cyberattacks.  Don’t take chances. Contact our experts at ArcherPoint and let us show you how Microsoft’s Azure Cloud can help protect your business.

By ArcherPoint, archerpoint.com

 

 

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