TECH BUYER May 2021 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US47666321

To Thwart Ransomware, Protect the Backup First by Using Five Key Elements

By: Phil GoodwinResearch Vice President, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group

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This IDC Perspective suggests five key elements that IT organizations should deploy to protect the backup along with three enabling technologies to give the greatest assurance that data will be defended and recoverable. The damage from ransomware can have a profound and lasting impact on organizations. Ransomers have learned that eliminating the possibility of data recovery by attacking the data backups can maximize the impact of the attack on primary data.

"Ransomware is among the greatest concerns of business and IT leaders alike," said Phil Goodwin, research director, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group, IDC. "Consequences of ransomware can include lost revenue, lost productivity, damaged company reputation, and permanent loss of customers. To defeat ransomware, IT organizations need to architect a system that assures data recovery without paying a ransom. Such a system should include encryption, immutability, air gap, a 3-2-1-1 backup strategy, and the ability to scan backups for malware."


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