The adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” applies just as much to the world of cybersecurity as it does to health, but this isn’t another post about how to prevent attacks on your infrastructure. On the contrary, in this post, we want to elevate the value of the “cure” to the same level as prevention, especially when it comes to ransomware.

Let me explain.

Ransomware is scary. Even with the best security tools and network architectures, we know it just takes one inadvertent click or an unprotected IoT device (smart fish tanks, for example) to unleash a world of pain throughout an enterprise. If your data is locked and inaccessible, it becomes virtually impossible for your business to continue operating.   

A quick internet search reveals the continual increase in ransomware attacks and the hundreds of millions of dollars organisations are paying to unlock files. Even if you do pay the ransom, there’s no guarantee you’ll get your data back. 

You can’t just rely on your backup software and processes to help either if the ransomware attack penetrates the storage infrastructure where your backups are held.

With the volume of data enterprises generate every minute of every day, and the relatively low speeds that traditional backups can operate at, you might need to roll back and restore data from weeks ago to find a backup that is free from the ransomware. So, the damage could still be immense.

This means solving two linked underlying problems: 

  • Providing an extra level of protection from ransomware attacks that are successful in penetrating your defences
  • Increasing the speed of backup and restore so that you don’t have to roll back so far to get clean restore data in the event of a ransomware attack 

Pure Storage® FlashBlade® provides a solution to both of these problems with SafeMode snapshots and Rapid Restore.

Firstly, using the power of all-flash storage, Rapid Restore dramatically increases the speed of restoring data with up to 270TB/hr data-recovery performance without the need to change your backup software. That alone changes the data recovery equation, and SafeMode snapshots take it a step further.

With SafeMode snapshots, you create read-only snapshots of backup data and associated metadata catalogs immediately after you’ve performed a full backup. You can then recover data directly from those snapshots.

Snapshots can’t be deleted, modified, or encrypted by ransomware or even a rogue system admin. FlashBlade works natively with Commvault, Veeam, and Veritas so you can utilise the same snapshot process regardless of your backup product or native utility. You can also customise snapshot cadence schedules. In addition, only an authorised designee from your organisation can work directly with Pure technical support to configure, modify policy, or eradicate snapshots. As a result, the protection level is extremely high.

FlashBlade isn’t a backup appliance. It’s a storage platform capable of supporting workloads such as analytics and AI, combining both object and file storage in the one solution. Using FlashBlade to build a modern data hub and high-speed backup architecture can transform your operations.

Learn more about Rapid Restore solutions.