If the bad guys strike, is your data safe?

We talk a lot about ransomware on this blog. That’s because it’s a very real threat to your data. There is plenty of convincing data out there that attests to the significant increase in cybercrime and the consequences on personal and business data.

Europol, the organization that assists the European Union member states in their fight against crime and terrorism, reports that cybercrime offenses might have surpassed traditional crimes. In fact, Europol’s Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment found that ransomware continues to be the dominant concern for law enforcement. That’s not surprising. In many respects, cybercriminal activity is easier and more profitable than traditional crimes. A computer provides instant access to unlimited data and records and therefore millions of opportunities for generating revenue through nefarious activities.

Interestingly, it’s not always the easy money from ransomware that provides motive for cybercriminals; it’s the data that can be harvested.

If your system is hit by malware, then what?

What would you do if your computer system were hit by malware? Would you be able to restore your data? And if you were able to do so, how long would it take to regain access to your important files? And remember this: Just because you pay the ransom doesn’t mean you’ll get your data back.

“I have seen a massive uptick in ransomware attacks,” says Michael Jehnichen, president and senior network engineer at Computer Guy Technologies; a hardware, software, IT security services provider, and a reseller of Mozy cloud backup and restore software.

“You need to have an offsite copy of your data in the event the bad guys are successful,” Jehnichen says. He recalls a recent malware incident in which one of his clients was affected by a ransomware attack.

“Fortunately, this particular client was backed up on the MozyPro service when they needed it most,” he says. “A commercial plumbing contractor called us saying that they couldn’t access their email and that all of their files were locked. Once the security breach was located and eradicated, we began the disaster recovery process and had them back up and running in under three hours.”

A data disaster isn’t inevitable

It’s certain that malware and other cyberattacks will continue to make attempts to steal, hold for ransom, or destroy your data. But being a victim of a data disaster isn’t inevitable. Mozy by Dell acts as a second line of defense against ransomware and other types of cyberattacks.

Read more about Jehnichen’s experience battling ransomware and why he says he can count on Mozy.