W. Curtis Preston (Mr. Backup) and Prasanna Malaiyandi discuss two recent huge ransomware attacks. One that affected dozens of cities in Texas, and hundreds of dentists in the US. We discuss things you can do to ensure you don’t get attacked, as well as what to do in case you get attacked.
I also go on a bit of a rant on how I don’t believe you should be using a Windows-based backup system to protect Windows systems (with caveats, of course). I believe that you should (a) use a Linux-based system if at all possible, and I believe (if possible) it should be a system that is running off-site that is not easily accessible to your on-premises servers. Of course I’m describing my employer, but for-the-record… I’ve had this opinion for any years, not just since joining Druva. But the more I learn of the ransomware threat, the more I become convinced that the way we do things at Druva is the right way.
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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.