Time to get out your BitCoin wallet to pay up.
Not infected yet? What about that email attachment you are just about to open? Is it the one?
Ransomware is no joke. It has ruined businesses globally. Many have never gotten their files back, all have lost time and energy in the recovery process. Some have paid and been hit again.
All you need to do is read the news:
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40261693 (BBC News June 13, 2017)
Scared yet? You should be.
I am not going to focus on protecting OS X from attack. With the types of threats changing and morphing on a daily if not hourly basis there is strong probability that the next tsunami of Cryptolocker or Wannacry type viruses will affect thousands of computers, both Windows and Apple alike.
Consider this; if your computer was to experience a hardware failure today, you could go out and purchase a new one at your local Apple retailer, restore your data from Time Machine or iCloud and be up and running again in an hour or two. But ransomware is much worse than a hardware failure. It encrypts your data including your backups. Assuming you are going to get hit by the next wave, what should you do to protect your livelihood, reputation, critical files and ultimately your business?
Protecting critical data today requires much more than a backup. You need to secure data and protect it from any current or future threat. Real data protection requires a solution that not only allows for a predictable time to get working again (recovery time objective - RTO) but also the ability to limit the amount of data and work lost (recovery point objective - RPO).
Imagine if you knew, beyond any doubt, that when hit with ransomware, you would lose no more than 5-15 minutes of work and that you could recover your data and operating system(s) in an hour or so. What is the value in having the peace of mind of knowing your business is completely protected be it a stand-alone Mac, a server or network of computers.
Every business owner should be able to calculate what a total business shut-down would cost on an hourly and daily basis. If you do hourly contract work, that’s easy. If you have a team relying on a server or share, that is a little more difficult but can be done. Make sure you add the cost of missed client deadlines, POS system failures or recreating lost work. With this number in hand, consider what value there would be in knowing exactly how long it would take to recover and how much data would be lost.
There is a cost to protecting your business and there is no way around it. You experience this every time you pay your business insurance. Many businesses never make an claim, yet pay every year. What is it worth to your business to limit the risk of data loss, something that we have identified as a very real and immediate possibility?
The best solution on the market today is the a Total Data Protection solution. This consists of an on-site appliance, connected securely to redundant Cloud storage that will back up one or more complete computers (OS, data, everything) as often as every 5 minutes. These backups are replicated off-site throughout the day to protect against local disasters (tornados anyone?). With this in place the RTO and RPO for your business are known and can be fire-drill tested at any time.
This industry leading solution has saved numerous businesses from disaster by allowing ransomware encrypted data and even entire computers to be restored to a point just before the attack or disaster occurred. Including on-appliance virtualization, rapid bare-metal OS restores, ransomware detection and many other data security features, these leading-edge appliances provide complete and total protection simply and effectively.
Regardless the size of your business, one Mac or a dozen you cannot afford to lose data or experience unpredictable down-time. Perhaps it is time to sign up for an insurance policy that you will actually use, possibly just to recover a deleted folder or file, or in the worst case to ensure that you will never need a BitCoin account down the road.
There is no need to be held hostage by ransomware or deal with loss from user error or disaster. The value in protecting your data and business from loss should be simple math. Lets talk.