Ransomware Protection with NAKIVO Backup & Replication
As a comprehensive backup solution, NAKIVO Backup & Replication can provide reliable ransomware protection for businesses of all sizes. While anti-ransomware software is an essential first step, it’s not sufficient. Implementing a trusted and flexible backup solution is your safety net when all else fails. NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides a wide variety of backup, replication and recovery options, enabling you to quickly resume operations and recover any data locked out by ransomware.
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- Use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to store backups on tape, offsite and in the cloud (Amazon S3, Wasabi, Azure) and ensure that your data is recoverable without paying ransoms and without prolonged business downtime.
- The Instant Verification feature allows you to automatically verify that your backups and replicas are usable and ready for recovery in case of a ransomware attack.
- Power on VMs directly from backups to resume your workflow almost instantly after a ransomware attack. Restore physical machines as VMware VMs directly from backups to get them up and running quickly.
- Ensure business continuity in case of a ransomware attack with the Site Recovery feature. Launch failover with just a few clicks to switch workloads to replicas, and fail back when production is operational again.
Ensure Ransomware Protection with NAKIVO Backup & Replication
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Why Choose NAKIVO Backup & Replication for Ransomware Protection
Reliable Backups for All Your Workloads
Regular backups are vital for ransomware protection of your business data and ensuring data recovery whatever the outcome of the attack. When ransomware strikes, you can restore full machines or files and objects from backups and resume operations swiftly. Use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to perform image-based, application-aware, incremental backups for virtual, physical, cloud, SaaS and mixed workloads. Create up to 4,000 recovery points of your workloads while ensuring the consistency of applications and databases, like Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, Microsoft SQL, Oracle Database and SharePoint Server. Regular backups ensure your backups contain the most recent data, resulting in minimal data loss during ransomware recovery operations.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides added ransomware protection for backups stored in Amazon S3. When using Backup to Amazon S3, the solution allows you to apply the S3 Object Lock functionality to the buckets storing your backup data. With built-in support for S3 Object Lock, you can make your backups immutable and hence safe from ransomware. This native Amazon S3 feature uses the write-once-read-many (WORM) model to prevent accidental or malicious data deletion, modification and encryption. Locked recovery points are immutable for the period of time specified. And no one, not even the root user, can shorten or disable immutability before that date.
VM Replication for Business Continuity
NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to replicate your VMs to a remote location and make sure that your business is always available, even after a ransomware attack. To ensure reliable ransomware protection and near-instant recovery of your virtual environment, NAKIVO Backup & Replication can create and maintain identical copies of your source VMs on a target host. When disaster strikes, simply power on the replicas (failover) and have your VMs up and running in no time. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication and the solution’s advanced automation and performance features, you always have the upper hand during a ransomware attack.
Backup Copy Offsite
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can copy your backups to offsite storage or directly to the cloud using the Backup Copy functionality and ensure your business is operational again quickly if your systems get infected with ransomware. Eliminate a single point of failure by sending backup copies to a public cloud like Amazon S3, Azure or Wasabi. Automate backup copies so that primary backups are automatically copied to a secondary repository, allowing for a speedy recovery at any time whatever the failure scenario. This makes implementing the 3-2-1 backup strategy simple and reliable. By using cloud redundancy and offsite storage, you can avoid significant downtime after a ransomware attack and be operational again quickly.
Disaster Recovery Orchestration and Automation
Replication and disaster recovery (DR) planning are crucial to ensure continuous availability in any failure scenario. NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides you with the built-in Site Recovery functionality for DR orchestration and automation. Site Recovery allows you to create workflows of any complexity to quickly restore your business at a DR location by failing over to a replica with just a few clicks. For minimal downtime after a ransomware attack, switch swiftly to a secondary location and rapidly resume your business operations without paying ransoms. The Site Recovery functionality allows you to automate and orchestrate the entire recovery process, ensuring 24/7 availability of your IT infrastructure.
Instant Backup/Replica Verification
Regularly backing up your data means you get to have the means to recover from any disaster. However, what’s the worth of a non-bootable or corrupt backup or replica when your business suffers a ransomware attack? NAKIVO Backup & Replication enables you to instantly verify the functionality and recoverability of your backup/replicas to make sure they can be used for ransomware recovery. The instant verification feature can automatically boot the VM from the newly created backup/replica with the networking turned-off and take a screenshot before discarding the test-recovered VM. The verification results are displayed in the interface or sent via email.
What You Get with NAKIVO Backup & Replication for Ransomware Protection
Avoid Paying the Ransom
When your data is protected against ransomware with a comprehensive data protection solution, you not only ensure that you can recover your business data but also avoid having to pay the ransom to the attackers. With your data locked out by ransomware, you can use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to recover your workloads smoothly and quickly instead of giving in to attacker demands. In addition, even with ransoms paid, many businesses do not regain access to their critical data. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you restore your workloads, keep your money and avoid incentivizing more ransomware attackers.
Guaranteed Full and Instant Recoveries
Following a ransomware attack, every minute of downtime can be costly. What you need is the flexibility to choose what type of recoveries you need to run first to keep your business available. NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers a range of recoveries for any scenario. Choose instant VM recovery with Flash VM Boot to boot your VMs from compressed and deduplicated backups and migrate permanently to production if necessary. For physical workstations and servers, use the physical-to-virtual recovery feature to recover your machines to VMware VMs in minutes. You can also use instant granular recovery to recover files and application objects for Active Directory, Microsoft SQL and others how and where you need them.
Save Time and Resources
NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to schedule routine backup/replication jobs to run at particular times in a matter of seconds. Once your backup and replication schedule is created, you can focus on other IT-related tasks. You can also use Policy-Based Data Protection to add machines that match the rules automatically to existing jobs. These rules can be based on machine size, name, tag, location and other parameters. Moreover, with Job Chaining, set backup jobs to run one after the other, saving you even more time and preventing job overlaps. With data protection on auto-pilot, you know that your data is protected and recoverable in the event of ransomware.
Continuous Availability with Replication
Even the shortest downtime can cause irreparable damage for a business’s revenue and productivity. NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers all the features necessary to ensure the tightest RTOs and RPOs to keep your business ahead of the competition, even during and after a ransomware attack. Use the replication feature to create copies of your VMs and maintain them offsite. When your primary production site is not operational, simply power on the replica and resume your operations. NAKIVO Backup & Replication is designed to deliver continuous protection and availability across all your environments and systems through a user-friendly web interface.
Improved RTOs and RPOs
NAKIVO Backup & Replication helps you meet recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) to ensure business continuity and reduce downtime to a minimum. With the ability to retain up to 4,000 recovery points, achieve tighter RPOs by restoring near-current, ransomware-free data with little to zero data loss. The Site Recovery feature in NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to perform disaster recovery testing without disrupting the production environment. This way, you can identify any existing issues beforehand and see if your RTO goals were met. If not, you can easily adjust the Site Recovery job to suit your business needs.
Backup Data Protection
NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to protect your backup data integrity and safety in multiple ways. The solution supports the de facto encryption standard AES-256 for encrypting data at rest and in-flight. To avoid unauthorized access to your data protection activities, use role-based access controls to assign specific roles to users and grant them just enough permissions to perform their tasks. And most importantly, for backups stored in Amazon S3, enable S3 Object Lock to prevent backup data from being overwritten or modified by making it immutable for as long as you need.
Simplify Ransomware Protection with NAKIVO Backup & Replication
Create Regular Backups
Make sure you create regular backups of all your workloads (virtual, physical, cloud and SaaS) and retain enough recovery points to be able to recover whatever the data loss event. To make sure that you have a sufficient level of ransomware protection, use the 3-2-1 backup strategy and keep at least three copies of your data on two different types of media with one of the copies stored offsite or in the cloud. The best approach is imaged-based, application-aware and incremental backups to ensure easy recovery, data consistency in applications and maximum storage savings.
Send Data to Various Backup Destinations
Make sure that you keep each backup of your business data on a different storage media. Keep copies onsite for easy access, offsite or in the cloud (Amazon S3, Azure, Wasabi) for recovery if the primary site is hit, and on tape for archival purposes. For backups in Amazon S3, use the S3 Object Lock functionality to make your backup data immutable, so it cannot be changed or deleted and, therefore, cannot be encrypted by hackers. This way you not only minimize downtime but also avoid having to pay a ransom. If a ransomware attack happens, you can rest assured that you can always recover an unencrypted copy of your data with a simple and fast recovery process.
Create an Effective Retention Policy
Plan a comprehensive backup rotation scheme to recover the required version of your data at a specific point in time to ensure a sufficient recovery point objective (RPO). Save up to 4,000 recovery points for each backup job with NAKIVO Backup & Replication and rotate them daily, weekly, monthly and yearly using the grandfather-father-son (GFS) retention scheme. With your retention policies set and your data backed up, you get multiple recovery options to restore any version of your data before it was locked up and encrypted. Even if your data is encrypted by ransomware, your backups will be safe and available for recovery without having to pay a ransom.
Set Up Automated Workflows
Automate the data protection process of your environment by creating policy rules and setting up a schedule for your backup, replication and backup copy jobs. With the Policy-Based Data Protection functionality, NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to create policy rules that automatically protect your VMs and EC2 instances which match the criteria (name, size, location, etc.). Create and automate backup and replication jobs to run as often as every minute with the flexible job scheduling options and ensure that backups are always up to date if a ransomware attack hits your data. With your data protection activities automated and scheduled, you know that all your data is safe in case of ransomware.
Control Access to Backup Data
Ransomware can infect backups and replicas too. Apply the principle of least privilege (PoLP): Grant only the bare minimum of permissions for users to get the job done. Use the role-based access control (RBAC) feature in NAKIVO Backup & Replication to ensure that unauthorized users cannot run, view or modify your data protection activities. RBAC in NAKIVO Backup & Replication strengthens resilience against ransomware and other accidental or malicious interventions. Use preset user roles or create roles with custom access rights and permissions, thus limiting what users can do with your business data and minimizing the risk of administration error or unauthorised access.
Verify Recoverability of Your Backups and Replicas
To make sure that your data is truly recoverable and your operations are always available, test your backups and replicas regularly and verify that they are valid. NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides you with the ability to instantly verify your data protection operations to ensure can be used for ransomware recovery with the Instant Verification feature. You can see the verification results in the solution’s interface or receive a detailed report via email with screenshots of the test-recovered machine. Make the testing process more convenient, flexible and time-saving by running Screenshot Verification on-demand or by scheduling it without taking resources away from the production environment.
Ransomware Protection Presentation
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Ensuring Data Recovery from Backups
Even with the state-of-the-art cybersecurity system in place, you are not guaranteed complete protection from a ransomware attack. A single vulnerability is enough for the malicious code to get a foothold and encrypt all of your data. In this light, creating a reliable recovery process and maintaining a steady supply of recovery points with NAKIVO Backup & Replication is an essential element of business integrity and continuity. Compared to traditional data protection approaches, recovery from backup is a more reliable way to restore any data lost in the incident. It is also more streamlined and easier to manage, which entails fewer operational expenses. Not only that, being able to recover all data can help you avoid reputational damage and strengthen customer trust. Finally, even outside the scope of a high-impact disaster event, a finely-tuned backup infrastructure can be used for operational recovery to improve performance. To sum up, a reliable backup solution coupled with a sound data protection strategy are beneficial both for safeguarding against critical failures and for improving performance on a day-to-day basis.
Creating Immutable Backups
Ransomware is a sophisticated threat, so creating a feasible data protection strategy against it poses many unique challenges. One such challenge is the need to protect the backup data from getting infected. This covers both short-term backups stored locally and the ones uploaded to the cloud or other remote locations. The last thing you’d want when recovering from an attack is to find out that your backup plan is ruined. To address this, NAKIVO Backup & Replication utilizes the functionality called Object Lock introduced in Amazon S3. This feature uses the write-once-read-many (WORM) approach, essentially making the backup impossible to alter once it is created. The resulting restore point is immutable to ransomware or any other modification, either deliberate or accidental. You simply choose the backup to stay immutable forever or choose a suitable time period to allocate storage space more efficiently. Once set, these rules can’t be changed by anyone, including the administrators, so you can always be sure that your data stays immutable for exactly as long as you need.
Achieving Smooth Disaster Recovery
All recovery strategies take time and effort to launch. Even with all data backed up and ready for recovery, returning to the operational state can take hours or days. For a business, such time frames can be incredibly costly, resulting in financial losses and deteriorated customer loyalty. Because of this, an advanced disaster recovery solution is expected to perform smoothly and without delay. NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides a set of advanced tools to automate this procedure. With features like job chaining, automated failover and failback, and rule-based policies, it becomes possible to enable near-instant, smooth recovery at the first sign of a ransomware attack and speed up the recovery process.
Meeting Regulatory Requirements
In the recent decade, the importance of data protection and privacy became more prominent than ever. The legal field is quickly catching up, with data protection laws becoming more stringent by the month. Data integrity is now integral to any regulatory framework, which makes ransomware even more of a threat to organizations in certain sectors. NAKIVO Backup & Replication contains a set of features that can make compliance easier to achieve. With the ability to create up to 4,000 recovery points for each VM, industry-grade encryption, and the support of the S3 Object Lock feature, it becomes possible to meet the requirements for data preservation and recoverability common in some industries.
Creating a Solid Incident Response Plan
Ransomware has evolved from disjointed and uncoordinated attacks into an ecosystem with ready-made ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) solutions. To stay safe, a business is expected to have a comprehensive incident response plan that would cover all stages from detection and containment to recovery. For every stage, there should be procedures, tools, and expertise in place that will make a successful recovery possible. NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers technical and administrative capabilities to minimize the threat with minimal resource allocation. Coupled with education and training, it can become a highly effective way to protect your data and preserve business continuity.
Managing Storage Efficiently
One of the downsides of managing backups in a growing IT infrastructure is the amount of storage space required for it. For organizations that follow the 3-2-1 rule, this can be particularly challenging as they need to pay for both hardware and cloud storage. Recognizing this, NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides advanced functionality that can help you keep the size of your backups to a minimum. First, the deduplication algorithm finds and excludes duplicated data blocks from the backup, replacing with references to existing ones. The data is then compressed to further reduce the size. As a result, the backup can become up to 30 times smaller without losing any data, which is not only useful for saving costs but also improves the performance of the system, making the recovery even faster.
Minimizing Operational Downtime
When recovering from a ransomware attack, you may need to prioritize the recovery of specific business-critical data. Retrieving this information from a restored backup is unnecessarily lengthy and impractical. To streamline the process, NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers granular recovery, which allows searching the backup and restoring files individually. Granular recovery takes a fraction of time required for a full-scale restore and lets you choose between different versions of the file if necessary. This can also be done with application objects to return to the operational state within minutes after the incident. Granular recovery is also useful for dealing with day-to-day disruptions like accidental deletions of important data. In addition to file-level and object-level recovery, which reduces downtime by saving time and resources, NAKIVO Backup & Replication speeds up the recovery process with Flash VM boot, which allows recovering your entire VM directly from compressed and deduplicated backups. You can also create a VM from a physical machine backup and boot it instantly. This can be helpful for reducing downtime and achieving uninterrupted workflow.
Verifying Integrity of Backups and Replicas
After setting up a smooth backup process, the next important thing is to make sure it works properly. However, verifying the backups can be time-consuming and inefficient when done manually. To streamline the process, NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides the possibility to verify your backups automatically. The solution checks the availability of the hypervisor tools or makes the test recovery of a VM, then takes a screenshot of the result. You can then view these screenshots through the web interface or in your inbox. By regularly monitoring the health of your backups, you can be certain that your system is ready for recovery without spending valuable resources on constant testing.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication Licensing
Choose the pricing model and software edition that works best for your business
You can use NAKIVO Backup & Replication by purchasing either a perpetual license or a subscription license. You can also download the 15-day free trial edition to try the full functionality of the software solution!
Perpetual licenses are charged per CPU socket, per physical machine (server or workstation), and per Oracle database (Enterprise Edition only) for indefinite use and include 1 year of free Standard Support. Standard Support gives you access to technical support via phone, chat and email during business hours.
Subscription licenses are charged per workload and include 24/7 Support. A workload can be a single VM, an Amazon EC2 instance, 1 Oracle database, 1 server or 3 workstations. 24/7 Support gives you round-the-clock technical support.
For more details on pricing and editions, see NAKIVO Backup & Replication Pricing and Editions.
- Fast deployment. Install NAKIVO Backup & Replication and run your first backup job in just two minutes.
- Protect virtual, physical, cloud and SaaS environments. Perform backups for VMware, Hyper-V, Amazon EC2, Nutanix AHV VMs; physical servers and workstations; Microsoft 365 application data; and Oracle databases via RMAN.
- Back up directly to NAS appliances, cloud or tape. Send backups to NAS appliances, the cloud (Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and Wasabi) or tape.
- Instant recovery. Recover VMs, files and application objects back to original or custom locations. Boot VMs on target hosts directly from virtual or physical machine backups.
- Site Recovery. Automate disaster recovery with unique failback and failover workflows for different disaster scenarios. Perform non-disruptive test recoveries for guaranteed disaster recovery.
- Backup size reduction. Save storage space with incremental backups, global deduplication, multiple compression levels and swap data exclusion.
- Backup speed boost. Shrink backup windows with LAN-free data transfer and network acceleration. Cut backup times to NAS appliances by up to half.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I ensure recovery of business data in case of a ransomware attack?
Back up all your data regularly to the cloud or offsite and not directly connected to your system to ensure fast recovery of ransomware-free data. Having safe and up-to-date backups of all critical data means you can restore that data and be operational again fast.
How does ransomware protection work?
NAKIVO Backup & Replication can help you recover fast from malicious malware attacks without having to pay the ransom to restore your data. The solution provides a wide range of backup, replication, granular recovery and disaster recovery options, enabling you to restore any data locked out by the ransomware quickly with no data loss.
Who can be targeted by ransomware attacks?
Ransomware attacks can target small businesses and large enterprises alike, and even government agencies. Educational institutions with smaller IT departments and budgets are frequently targeted. The outdated devices and software that medical organizations use can also make them vulnerable to ransomware. Cybercriminals are well aware hospitals will possibly pay the ransom not to threaten patients’ lives.
How does S3 Object Lock protect data from ransomware attacks?
S3 Object Lock allows you to apply the write-once-read-many model to your backups stored in Amazon S3 bucket. This prevents your backup data from deletion, encryption and modification for a specified period of time. Once backup data is locked, it is immutable, and it cannot be modified with ransomware.
How can you recover from a ransomware attack?
If you fall victim to ransomware, avoid the ransom because it doesn’t guarantee regaining access to your data, and it may be punishable by law in certain countries. Disconnect your devices to prevent the malware from spreading across the network. Use your ransomware-free backups to get operations back quickly.
Does the solution offer any features to allow me to boot VMs during a ransomware attack?
The Flash VM Boot feature minimizes downtime if your production machines are infected with ransomware. With this feature, you don’t have to fully recover VMs. Instead, you can run your VMs directly from compressed and deduplicated backups. The Flash VM Boot process launches nearly instantly, allowing you to resume your business operations with minimum time loss. Then, depending on the situation, you can either discard or permanently recover the booted VM to production.
Which environments can I protect against ransomware with NAKIVO Backup & Replication?
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can protect your virtual (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Nutanix AHV), physical (Window and Linux), cloud (Amazon E 2), SaaS (Microsoft 365) environments and Oracle databases. You can choose to backup your data to local folders, NFS/CIFS shares, offsite, public clouds (Amazon S3, Wasabi, Azure) and tape.
Do I need anti-ransomware software?
The short answer is yes. Ransomware protection software is your first barrier against data loss due to encryption. When all else fails, a comprehensive and reliable data protection solution like NAKIVO Backup & Replication is indispensable to ensure availability, business continuity and data recovery.
How to protect backups from ransomware?
First, identify your most important business data, the number of copies to keep and where to store them. Follow the 3-2-1 backup rule by keeping three up-to-date copies of your data on two different types of media and storing one offsite or offline. Ensure you back up your data as frequently as possible to recover the most recent data without any noticeable data loss.
What types of recoveries can I perform after a ransomware attack?
NAKIVO Backup & Replication has a wide range of recovery options. Instantly boot VMs with the Flash VM Boot feature. Use Instant File Recovery for granular recovery of files and Instant Object Recovery for granular recovery of application objects. You can use Cross-Platform Recovery to migrate your VMs to different virtualization platforms and even perform P2V, recovering your physical machines to a VMware VM.
Does NAKIVO Backup & Replication offer automated failover for system availability during a ransomware attack?
NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers replication for virtual environments allowing you to create copies of your workloads at a remote site. Use the Site Recovery feature to create automated disaster recovery workflows for failover and failback in case of a ransomware attack, and perform disaster recovery testing without disrupting your production environment.
What security features does NAKIVO Backup & Replication offer?
NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides users with at-rest and in-flight 256-bit encryption to protect backups from unauthorized third-party access. You can also implement role-based access control (RBAC) to create custom roles with a specific set of privileges. Use this feature to limit unauthorized access and avoid malicious interference in your data protection activities.
What features of NAKIVO Backup & Replication offer ransomware protection?
NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers some of the best ransomware protection features: Backup Copy Offsite: Send a copy of your backups offsite, away from your production environment. S3 Object Lock: Make your backup data stored in Amazon S3 immutable, and hence immune to ransomware, for a specified time. Granular Recovery: Find and restore specific objects, files or folders without performing a full machine recovery. Flash VM Boot: Reduce downtime by running VMs instantly from compressed and deduplicated backup. P2V Recovery: Recover your physical machines as VMware vSphere VMs. Site Recovery: Fully automate disaster recovery to a secondary site with workflows that include failover and failback.
How to achieve the best ransomware protection for a virtual environment?
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication you can provide ransomware protection for your VMware vSphere, Hyper-V and Nutanix AHV environments. To achieve the best ransomware protection for your virtual environment: Create image-based, app-aware backups Make your backups stored in the cloud immutable with S3 Object Lock Store backups locally, offsite, in the cloud or on tape Verify your backups to ensure a smooth recovery Replicate your VMs to automatically failover and failback
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