Large enterprises, small businesses, and municipalities alike have all faced the consequences of ransomware attacks. Recently, officials in Hartford, Connecticut, had to postpone the first day of school after an attack took out several of the city’s critical systems. Ransomware attacks can impact organizations of all sizes and types. And these attacks are only becoming more sophisticated, more common, and more costly.

According to the National Defense Industrial Association, the average ransom paid in 2018 was $28,920 with the largest payment coming in at $250,000. That figure ballooned to $302,539 last year with one victim paying a whopping $5.6 million. 

Cybercriminals have become adept at stealing credentials and launching multistage attacks that cause widespread disruption. Even your data backups are no longer safe. Make no bones about it: Protecting data against a ransomware attack is one of the main reasons CIOs and CISOs are losing sleep. 

So how can you be better prepared and safeguard your backups from a ransomware attack? Start by assessing your risk level with the Pure Storage® Ransomware Assessment tool. With just six questions, this online tool makes it easy and fast to assess your understanding and readiness with respect to your backup solution. Results are grouped into four categories to assess your readiness or risk of attack. 

If you find your systems are at risk, Pure FlashBlade® with SafeMode™ snapshots can help protect your data in the event of an attack. SafeMode snapshots create read-only snapshots of backup data and associated metadata catalogs after you’ve performed a full backup. Because snapshots are read-only, you can use them to recover data,  and no one, from ransomware attackers to rogue admins, can delete, modify, or encrypt them. 

No organization is immune. Ransomware can strike businesses of any size, at any moment. Having the ability to quickly recover from an attack can be crucial to the success of your enterprise. 

See whether your business is vulnerable to a ransomware attack. Take our free five-minute risk assessment to learn more.