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Do we forget Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) when we talk about cyber security?

Posted by Silvana Beliveau on Nov 2, 2016 8:25:00 AM
Silvana Beliveau

There is no denying that cybersecurity is trending throughout the Information Technology (IT) industry. Why? Because with the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and mobility, everything has a connection to the Internet.

 Every morning when we log in to our computers, we see another announcement about a company that has been hacked.  And these days, hacking and ransomware go hand in hand. Make sure you do your research and choose a security provider that delivers a solution that satisfies your needs.

 You can’t talk about ransomware and cybersecurity without talking about Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS). We forget how important it is to run a trusted backup and recovery software on your machine. Ransomware attacks will still happen, but if we have our data backed up, the chances of losing most of that information decreases tremendously. A backup and recovery software will not protect you from ransomware, but it will ensure that information stored prior to the attack will be recoverable.

 The FBI advises against paying a ransom in response to an attack, because once your device is hacked and ransom is requested, no security software can help to recover what has already been lost. So, why not prevent this scenario altogether by using a top backup and recovery software complemented by a great cybersecurity solution that protects your devices?

 We no longer live in a world where antivirus scans and passwords fully protect the data on our machines. The amount of data being stored is constantly growing, and today we’re not talking about megabytes when we measure the data: we are talking about terabytes, petabytes and exabytes.

 The old fashioned approach to cybersecurity isn’t working anymore, and we need to be forward thinkers. When we speak to our customers about what type of security software they use, we recommend a full-solution approach to cybersecurity, which includes BaaS.

 As usual, I will end this blog with a quote that was not written with backup and recovery in mind, but still very much applies:

 “Better to have, and not need, than to need and not have.” Frank Kafka

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