Have your reviewed your data protection strategy recently?

Ransomware attacks are getting smarter and more frequent by the day. Tape backups could be a lifesaver in case you get hit by a cyber attack. 

Data from Check Point Research shows that in 2021 alone, UAE has suffered from almost 311 weekly cyber-attacks per organization. That is a 29% increase from the previous year. This suggests that most organizations are still not leveraging the protection offered by cyber security companies in UAE

Any organization, regardless of size, requires additional security to protect their data from cyber-attacks. While cyber security solutions can protect an organization from most attacks, one instance where these solutions get compromised is when it comes to Ransomware Attacks. 

Protection from Ransomware requires a multi-pronged approach that combines traditional perimeter security, endpoint security or XDR as well as backup strategy that is multi-tiered in which Tape Media plays an important role.

Why are Tape drives still used?

Tape Drives have great longevity

Unlike hard drives which spin constantly, tape drives are not used very often which gives them immense archival data storage stability for up to 30 years or even more.

● Tape Drives are very cost effective

When compared to hard disks and cloud backup storage services, tape backups are considerably cheaper in terms of cost per gigabyte, support and maintenance. The latest LTO 7 Tape cartridge offer 6 TB of uncompressed storage.

● Tape Drives are easily scalable

Unlike hard disk and SSD data storage solutions, additional hardware is not required for increasing storage capacity using tape drives, thus making it less expensive to upgrade.

● Tape drives are portable

In case of any threat or hazard, it is difficult to transfer your data from a cloud service provider to another site, but you can easily transport tape drives to a secure location.

● Tape drives offer the best security

When it comes to protecting data, tape drives are supreme because of their offline nature. Many organizations are now backing up their mission critical data to tape drives.

Ransomware attacks are now more frequent and more dangerous

Ransomware attacks have increased multiple folds in the last few years and with data usage and content creation increasing on a daily basis, companies all over the world are finding it difficult to manage and secure their data.

Network and cloud security providers are constantly improving the technology behind preventing malware and ransomware attacks. Unfortunately, hackers are also developing advanced malicious software capable of crippling even the most secure data storage technologies.

This is why all organizations must have a concrete data backup strategy that along side disk based backup and cloud backup also has data backed up to tape. It needs to be noted that even though Cloud backup enables organizations to store backups remotely for geographic resilience, restoration of data back to on-premises involves egress charges. If large volume of data needs to be restored, fetching a tape(s) from an offsite location is a much more economical proposition. While organizations are free to use any strategy they desire, choosing a fool proof industry-standard method is safer. One such technique is the 3-2-1 rule of backup.

The 3-2-1 Rule of Backup

Essentially, the 3-2-1 rule is just the process of saving multiple copies of your data in different devices and locations. Here is how it works:

1. Create 3 copies of your data – one primary and two backups.
2. Store these 2 backups in different storage media.
3. Store 1 of the backups completely offline and in a different location.

Here, the backup that will be saved offline will be the last line of defence for the organization. This is where we use the Tape Drive Backup System.

How Tape Drive Backup System is the perfect Data Protection Strategy against Ransomware Attacks

Most organizations opt for newer and faster data recovery methods like disk or cloud storage because of their faster recovery times. These methods, while effective have a drawback because they are connected to the network and often backups can be encrypted by ransomware if the network has already been compromised. If this happens, the ransomware can delete shadow copies, attack backup servers and even access replicated data if the malware gets copied to backups. Most of the time, the organization’s data management system would not even have a clue until the malware hits all the primary and backed up data.

But backups that are not connected to any networks cannot be touched by the ransomware. Tape backups are generally stored offline at a remote location for DR purposes and hence serve as a last line of defence in a worse case scenario.

Thanks to Ransomware attacks, Tape is making a come back and shipments of Tape Libraries and tape media are on a steady rise since 2019.

In conclusion

As hackers start to use sophisticated algorithms that can crack encrypted data storage devices, companies and governments all over the world are moving to secure offline data storage methods like Tape drives.
Organizations that use Tape backup systems in a layered approach to data protection are in the best position in case of any malicious attack.

If your organization uses only cloud or disk storage systems, then this is your cue to secure your data with a reliable Tape drive backup system provider.

ISIT has a Ransomware Assessment Service that will study your current security posture and controls and show your risk and vulnerability level specific to Ransomware and provide guidance on a concrete data protection and security strategy to harden your stance against Ransomware.

Get in touch with us to learn more.