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Author: The Economist,

Ransomware is a big business and should be taken seriously, as it can have huge implications. Danny Allan, Veeam's® Vice President of Product Strategy, highlights the five best practices that companies should follow to limit the possible damage, as ransomware becomes increasingly more sophisticated.

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Ransomware is top of mind for many organizations’ leaders as their organizations face the potentially disastrous aftermath of successful attacks.

ESG has surveyed IT leaders and organizations to find out how big of a problem ransomware is, what are the business consequences of downtime caused by these attacks, and which are some of the best practices and capabilities organizations need to apply to be protected.

According to the ESG research, nearly two-thirds of surveyed organizations across North America and Western Europe experienced a ransomware attack at some point last year, with 22% reporting weekly attacks. The attacks have helped make cybersecurity a target of IT investment, and spending is accelerating.

What’s needed to fend off this epidemic are best practices and tools to:

  • Prevent or at least mitigate attacks
  • Protect data and backup data
  • Recover reliably
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15% of total global ransomware attacks in 2016 targeted health care institutions. The question is no longer an “if”, but when. Ransomware can shut down entire hospitals, severely damage the brand and result in steep regulatory penalties, or dramatically impact patient lives.

This white paper discusses the impact of ransomware on the medical sector, but most important, it provides clear guidelines on how to prepare for and recover from these attacks without compromising patient trust and aligning with the industry’s regulations around data protection and Availability.

Read 7 Proven Resilience Best Practices against Ransomware in Health Care and learn:

  • How ransomware impacts the health care industry
  • How to keep up with compliance and Availability challenges
  • How to enhance your data protection strategy with key resilience best practices
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Author: Rick Vanover, VMware vExpert, MCP, MCITP, MCSA and Veeam Director of Technical Product Marketing & Evangelism

Ransomware is a real threat for CIOs and technology administrators today. In this new white paper, Veeam® Availability Platform designs for ransomware resiliency series, Veeam offers sound tips for adding ransomware resiliency so you can provide the best levels of Availability for critical applications and data.

The first chapter in the series, Veeam Availability Suite™ resiliency tips to enhance data protection, shows how design options for resiliency in Veeam products can protect you against ransomware threats discussing:

●  Offline storage, the most effective ransomware resiliency technique

●  Using different credentials for backup repositories

●  The need to have more types of restore points that are more frequent

In the second chapter, Veeam Backup & Replication™ and Veeam Agents resiliency tips to enhance data protection, Rick Vanover will outline additional tips around file backups and replication as well as using Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows for backups of mobile workstations to removable media and discuss:

●  Additional backup that is file-only

●  Replicated VMs

●  Ejecting media and computer account permissions for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Read this whitepaper to discover best practices and recommendations for preparing your infrastructure against ransomware threats and for ensuring Availability of your systems. The paper consists of four chapters, two of them are available now and two more are coming soon!

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Suppose you are the CIO of a state government agency and you decided to move your systems to the cloud to save money. You knew that keeping your servers, operating systems and databases on site was too costly. And suppose this move truly enabled you to do more with less and that your stakeholders loved the improved performance.

Migrating away from end-of-life systems and moving data to the cloud improved life for the people you serve because they now had access to information anytime, anywhere and on any device. And your capital expenditures also dropped dramatically. But then it turned out that just migrating to the cloud did not solve all your security problems. You realize you are still responsible for the security of your data.

In this white paper, we address:

  • Keys to surviving ransomware attacks
  • What to look for in a backup and recovery solution
  • Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™
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Author: Brian Maher, Senior Manager, HPE Alliance Product Marketing, Veeam Software

Ransomware has evolved into a powerful cyber threat, able to take down solid security solutions. Ransomware attacks are spreading and becoming more sophisticated, which causes significant financial losses, brand identity damage or data loss for businesses around the world.

Solid data protection against ransomware threats requires a proactive approach, careful planning and industry best practices implementation, such as the 3-2-1 backup rule. Leveraging this rule, IT admins can ensure a high level of redundancy, as well as maximize application uptime and data protection. By doing so, organizations can avoid paying the ransom in case of a cyber-attack and benefit from a strong data availability solution.

Veeam and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) solution is easy to deploy and use and packed with very useful capabilities that make it an enterprise-class data availability solution: testing environment, rapid data restores and recovery or infrastructure lock down.

Read this joint Veeam and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) ransomware solution brief that details the rise in ransomware attacks, the business and IT risks of ransomware and explains how the integration of HPE storage platforms and Veeam software can be deployed to combat any ransomware threats by hackers.

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Author: Orlando Scott‑Cowley, CISSP, CCSP, CCSK, cybersecurity expert

Ransomware is the main cyber security issue for most enterprise organizations, as they struggle to keep up with today’s rapidly changing threat landscape. This is no surprise, given that a single ransomware attack campaign portenitally nets criminals millions of dollars in return for very little risk or expenditure.

In this new Conversational Geek and Veeam e-book, learn more about:

  • The cost potential of a ransomware attack
  • Ransomware methods of entry
  • How to prepare for and recover from ransomware attacks

This executive brief summarizes the key findings published in the recent e-book, Conversational Ransomware Defense and Survival, by Veeam and Conversational Geek!

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Author: Orlando Scott‑Cowley, CISSP, CCSP, CCSK, cybersecurity expert

Ransomware is the threat du jour for businesses of all types and end users alike. The frustration of those affected is palpable, with outcomes including critical data loss, downtime, and damaged reputation.

Meanwhile, today’s business is expected to move to a new state of data intelligence, by moving data securely across multi-cloud infrastructures. On this background, you need the confidence that your Digital Life will be Always-On™ and uninterrupted by threats such as ransomware.

The 2018 updated edition of the Conversational Ransomware Defense and Survival e-book is designed to help you understand the ransomware threat and to protect yourself and your organization from potential attacks. Read the e-book to learn more about:

  • Scoping the impact and intricacies of ransomware
  • Effectively fighting ransomware with resilience and Hyper-Availability
  • Quickly responding to ransomware attacks with recovery
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Ransomware attacks are a serious threat to industries worldwide. According to the FBI, ransomware collected $209 million in the first three months of 2016 and is on pace to reach $1 billion in 2016. While healthcare organizations are the most publicized victims, this is a growing threat across all industries.

There are two common types of ransomware; lock screen, such as FakeBsod & Brolo, which lock screens and ask for payment to unlock them and encryption, such as CryptyWall, Lock and TorrentLocker, which encrypt data on a drive and demand payment to unlock it.

With ransomware evolving into a more complex and frequent phenomenon, organizations should follow common best practices for data protection, including the 3-2-1 principle: THREE copies of data on TWO different types of media and ONE copy stored offsite. The 3-2-1 Rule of data protection along with Veeam® Availability Suite™ enables companies to prevent data loss due to ransomware, by quickly and effectively restoring it in case of an attack.

Learn how by following the best practices, Veeam can help customers to avoid data loss caused by a ransomware attack and recover fast and securely.

In this solution brief, you will discover several techniques to fight ransomware, including:

  • The 3-2-1 Rule for data protection
  • How to recover your data after a ransomware attack with Veeam
  • Unique Veeam features that facilitate a rapid file recovery from ransomware
  • And much more!
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White Paper
March 07, 2017

Ransomware was one of the biggest security threats for businesses in 2016. As data becomes increasingly valuable – and with the new technologies available – the proverbial bad guys will be taking aim at weak systems and critical data repositories. Studies show that data breaches or loss of vital information will cost companies around $2.1 trillion globally by 2019, four times higher than the cost in 2015.

Ransomware goes back in history 30 years and extorted huge amounts of money from organizations that paid to unlock their data. This malware evolved into one of the most feared threats for IT environments and it can even be purchased on dedicated platforms by ill-intended people.

Preparation is the key for dealing with ransomware and one of the most important consideration is understanding how it works and the risks it brings. Ransomware education became vital for organizations that must keep their employees aware of the risks they are exposed to and how to avoid malicious content online.

From this essential guide, you will learn more about ransomware, including:

  • Its history and impact on businesses
  • Risks to the corporation and system administrators’ key factors to know
  • Precautions, best practices and how to fight the different types of ransomware
  • And more!
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