I’ve heard about the "Ransomware as a Service" concept before and it was a big eye opener to me in regards to the real level of threat we could be facing soon. And last week, I found this blog post that went into detail about RaaS and new threats. Take some time to read it, because I think RaaS will change IT as we know it.
Today, Microsoft announced a whole slew of enhancements to Microsoft Azure IaaS backup capabilities. While the announcement is focused on native backups (Azure to Azure), there is one adjacent development that really makes me excited: the new feature called Snapshot Extension. This is designed to allow Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) image-level access into the Azure VM backup snapshot data, which in turn opens up pretty much endless capabilities, including backup of Azure VMs back to your on-premises environment.