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Backup, your last line of defense!

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Dirk Slechten
Executive System Engineer, EASI

Everybody knows that backups are important. This article will tell you more about how secure you need to store and handle your backups.

What should you watch out for?

At many companies we come across, within the security audits we do, we notice that backups are stored on servers or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) appliances that are very easily accessible from within the network. Some customers even have file shares created on the same appliances as where they store their backups.

Backups are your last line of defense. It is therefore really important that your last line of defense is the most secure in the network.

What could be your problem? 

When, not if, your company gets infected by a crypto locker /petya virus, and your backups are not stored in a secure location, your servers/data will get encrypted but probably also your backups.

When this happens, your last line of defense is unusable, a restore won't even be possible. The only option you have left is paying for the ransomware, or going out of business.

Nothing will guarantee that when you pay for the decryption key, the hacker won't return within a two months after he spends all your money on a luxury vacation in some exotic location.

What is your solution? 

Lucky for you, there are solutions. But for these solutions to be effective you need to have your backups stored in a safe environment on-premise and have them automatically replicated to a secure data center in Belgium.

The same safety as keeping your tapes off-site in a secured vault, with the advantage of being completely automated. This way when you are on holiday, you do not need to worry: "Are my backups OK and safely kept off-premise?"

Don't wait for a disaster to happen, be smart and choose for the correct backup and disaster recovery solution that helps you sleep at night.

Could EASI help you? 

Of course! (What did you think? ;-)) Check our Safe2be website or check in with your Safe2be rep for more in-depth information.

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