The 360 Visualise managed online back up is a complete disaster recovery solution, holding anywhere between 30-60 copies of your data secure in our UK based cloud. This allows us to roll back to any date in the past month should you conventional methods become infected. (Works in a similar way to "Time Machine" on your Mac)
To date, almost 100 countries have been impacted with the NHS in England and Scotland having to resort to pen and paper. Operations cancelled and Accident and Emergency units shut down by the crippling ransomware infection.
How did this happen?
Short answer: a convincing phishing email (SPAM email) was opened on a Windows PC that was not regularly updated.
A strain of ransomware names "WannaCry" has been delivered by a very well organised and synchronised mass email attack. The convincing email entices the recipient to open an attachment that infects Windows operating systems with the malware that exploits a vulnerability that has not been patched.
What does the malware do?
Once infected, the malware acts as the logged on user, gaining access to all of the files and folders that the user normally accesses. Systematically locking the files with an encryption key that leaves them completely locked for access and useless without the encryption¬†key.¬†The criminals are asking for a ransom to be paid in Bitcoins (a virtual currency) in exchange for the key to gain access to the locked files.
Only a backup can save you in this situation, 360 Visualise offer a free backup audit to make sure that you have the right solution and that is "actually works".
Why didn't my anti-virus prevent this ransomware?
The ransomware used in this attack was unique and had never been seen before. Known as a "Zero day attack", without the signatures of this malware know to Anti-Virus vendors, it is invisible to the software.
A multi-pronged defence works best in this situation- Anti-virus, web filtering, firewall and user training.
What do you need to do?
Backup, Backup, Backup!! Always keep a reliable backup of your critical files, with at least one copy "off site"
Install business class anti-virus software and keep it up to date
Regularly update and patch your Windows operating system and installed software (Windows XP and Server 2003 are no longer supported and no patch is available for this)
Review your folder security access and restrict access rights to folders where possible
Be vigilant and train your staff on how to identify suspicious email attachments and links
KEY FEATURES OF 360 CLOUD BACKUP
- Automatic backup scheduling
Eliminate the risk of human error by automating the entire backup
process using our up-to-the-minute backup scheduling feature.
One to thousands of workstations and/or servers running different
operating systems can be backed up to a central off-site or local data centre (Storage Platform) and managed via a single console.
Duplicate files are eliminated on the fly across all Backup Accounts,
saving bandwidth and storage space.
- Intelligent file selection
Use filters, profiling and file-level inclusion and exclusion to specify data to back up/restore and data to ignore.
A single management console enables backup administrators to control backup and restore processes and configure all Backup Clients remotely.
- Client user self-restores
Backup Client users can restore data directly to their
workstations, without the need for technical support.
SE users have access to Streaming Backup, which is extremely fast and uses very little disk space.
The graphic below illustrates a typical Attix5 Pro implementation with data being transferred either over LAN or to the cloud.