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A Business Guide to

Datto’s business continuity solutions serve a rapidly expanding market of over 5,000 MSPs worldwide. The company’s 300+ PB purpose-built cloud and family of software and hardware devices provide backup and recovery for all forms of locally stored business data. Our market leading solutions protect any physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure running on Windows, Mac or Linux.

With our Instant Virtualization technology, businesses can be up and operational within seconds after an incident. The company’s suite of business continuity products comprise of Datto SIRIS, Datto ALTO, and Datto NAS, all managed with a single web portal.

How ransomware is spread

Spam is the most common method for distributing ransomware. It is generally spread using some form of social engineering; victims are tricked into downloading an e-mail attachment or clicking a link. Fake email messages might appear to be a note from a friend or colleague asking a user to check out an attached file, for example. Or, email might come from a trusted institution (such as a bank) asking you to perform a routine task. Sometimes, ransomware uses scare tactics such as claiming that the computer has been used for illegal activities to coerce victims. Once the user takes action, the malware installs itself on the system and begins encrypting files. It can happen in the blink of an eye with a single click.

Protect Against Ransomware

Security software is essential, however, you can’t rely on it alone. A proper ransomware protection strategy requires a three-pronged approach, comprising of education, security and backup.

Education
Security
Backup
Education

First and foremost, education is essential to protect your business against ransomware. It is critical that your staff understands what ransomware is and the threats that it poses.

Security

Antivirus software should be considered essential for any business to protect against ransomware and other risks. Ensure your security software is up to date, as well, in order to protect against newly identified threats.

Backup

Modern total data protection solutions, like Datto, take snapshot-based, incremental backups as frequently as every five minutes to create a series of recovery points. If your business suffers a ransomware attack, this technology allows you to roll-back your data to a point-in-time before the corruption occurred.