Business Continuity in the face of Cyberthreats
From a purely digital perspective, we are living in truly exciting times. As so often with excitement, there is an associated sense of risk. Profound changes in how humans communicate, learn, calculate and do business are drivers for so many high-tech projects. Innovation does immeasurable good for healthcare, environment, education and industry. But in return for all these positives is the litany of digital abuse: data breaches, cyberattacks, non-respect of individual privacy, threats to the economic solidity and sovereignty of corporate and public bodies.
The cybersecurity ecosystem is today a major industry – or rather two parallel industries; One branch seeking to disrupt mainstream economies using sophisticated techniques for malicious financial gain, the other branch seeking to prevent these attacks through a panoply of solutions. The two branches are duking it out with increasing vigor.
No organization can claim indifference. No-one can claim immunity to very real threats to their business. The financial impact of cybercriminality on businesses, public authorities and individuals hit is slated to hit $6 trillion by 2021. This is the biggest transfer of economic wealth in history with gains far exceeding the global illegal drug trade.
Ransomware is the fastest-growing cyber menace today. According to the French Group of Cybersecurity Experts, CESIN, ransomware is the most frequent form of cyber-attack. 73 % of companies received at least one ransom demand, 38 % suffered external fraud and 30 % data theft with Denial of Service requests (25%) website hacks (16%) also in the mix.
Dutch philosopher Erasmus coined the phrase: “Prevention is better than the cure”. It’s easily applicable to cybersecurity where it is indisputably preferable to stop a cyber attacker from raiding your business than having to clean up the mess later. Unfortunately, we know that despite the battery of security tools installed as a rampart for all businesses, many threats get through the defenses and impact operations, applications, network and data. The cure therefore is as crucial to an anti-cybercriminality arsenal as the prevention mechanisms in place.
It is an often-used cliché that data is the company lifeblood. Any company which suffers total or partial data loss is immediately in big trouble. Financial impact is felt through lost business, business recovery efforts and employee unproductivity. The effects can be lasting and even force the company to go under, restructure or endure a PR disaster which is difficult to shake off. There is no shortage of low and high-profile events in recent years. Cybersecurity is a threat we should not take for granted; the fallout is high, and we should all be very scared or very prepared.
Atempo did not start out as a cybersecurity firm in 1992. 25 years ago, the public internet was barely up and running. Networks were very much in their pre-Cambrian era. Our job back then was to protect data from irreversible loss through human error, machine failure and natural catastrophes. Cybercriminality has grown immensely in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. The most pressing concerns for most of our customers take root with a legitimate fear of suffering a cyber-attack – be it ransomware, crypto-virus, malware or phishing. It is crystal clear to us that data protection, including backup and archiving, has its place in the fight against cybercriminality.
Backups themselves are also targeted by the cybercriminal. Data lockdowns and viruses can propagate to all data assets. Protection is essential but only effective if there is encryption of your data in transit and at rest alongside those bedrock techniques for genuine data security including:
• multi-backup versions,
• offsite storage, the use of removable media for backup storage,
• the use of different OS for production and backup platforms.
More and more companies rely on data replication as “backup” between two virtual or physical systems. Data is replicated and therefore available if one data set becomes unavailable.
Very true, but if the primary data set is infected and then replicated, the end result is a two-fold attack on both primary and secondary data sources. Backup always needs to be versioned and stored on a different system.
Faced with the threats of data theft, ransomware and crypto-viruses, Atempo has tried and tested cures for recovering data, systems and even complete IT infrastructures! Over the years, we have often been the last man standing holding the keys to recovering your digital capital; customer data, HR data, R&D data, strategic data…
An attacker gets into your network and deletes or locks down your data. Frequently, the only way you’ll see this data again is if you can access and restore a valid backed up data set. Even if you pay the inflated bitcoin ransom, there is absolutely no guarantee of ever retrieving your files and databases.
Business Continuity is the ability of an organization to maintain essential functions during and in the aftermath of a serious incident. Atempo commercializes four solutions which work together to ensure data, application and systems are available in the shortest possible time after disaster hits.
Or, as one of our clients once said: “Atempo is life insurance for my data”.
All our solutions respect the highest security levels including full encryption, data externalization options and access rights control. Atempo is an active member of the HEXATRUST club founded by a group of French SMEs that are complementary players with expertise in information security systems, cybersecurity, cloud confidence and digital trust. Members of this alliance are representative of the cybersecurity and cloud confidence ecosystem providing a full range of efficient and consistent products and services dedicated to the security of critical infrastructures, data protection and user security.
Our goal is to provide every company, large or small, with a host of solutions to ensure recovery after an attack. Cybersecurity is engineered into the heart of our research efforts, our roadmaps and our finished solutions. Keep up the struggle with prevention but don’t neglect the cure!
Created in 1992, Atempo is a leading independent European-based software vendor with an established global presence providing solutions to protect, store, move and recover all mission-critical data sets for thousands of companies worldwide.
Time Navigator (ATN) provides a range of backup and data preservation solutions for applications and servers. Live Navigator (ALN) comprises a continuous data protection solution for workstations, file servers and laptops. Digital Archive is a powerful and scalable backup, archive, migration and synchronization solution for petabyte levels of non-structured data. Atempo commercializes a range of all-in-one backup appliances particularly for remote-site environments.
With this feature set and an extensive range of supported storage technologies and applications, Atempo is suitable for all centralized or multi-site organizations including those with peta-scale data volumes.
Atempo is headquartered in Paris and is present in Europe, the US and Asia with a partner network in excess of 100 partners, integrators and managed service providers.
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