for 24/7 uptime, the leaders may view paying off the attackers as
the fastest road to recovery.
Their BDR solution isn’t reliable.
One of the great ironies of IT is that the tools designed to offer
reliable uptime aren’t always reliable. Traditional BDR solutions
that require manual testing and other labor-intensive processes,
for instance, often result in a bigger margin of error, skipped testing, and gaps that can leave backups inaccurate or outdated.
Teams relying on tape backups face other risks that can
hinder their ransomware recovery; their physical backups can be
destroyed by floods, fire, or other natural disasters. Tape can also
disintegrate or become corrupted or succumb to dust, heat, and
Still other teams have created multi-vendor solutions that often
mean weak support and patchwork solutions that don’t work all
that well together. And few traditional BDR solutions are nimble
enough to retrieve specific data or quickly restore certain files –
only advanced BDR solutions have the nuanced capabilities like
search and retrieval, or the ability to delete specific documents
that can be valuable when dealing with ransomware recovery.
Winning the Ransomware Fight
To build an effective defense before criminals invade, IT lead-
ers must create security plans that account for the ransomware
reality. Prevention and detection tools are critical. Anti-virus
tools, access and authentication controls, threat intelligence
services, and other tech will go far in blocking a ransomware
attack. Another overlooked weapon: staff cybersecurity training
that helps them recognize social engineering scams, fraudulent
emails, and other cleverly-disguised attacks.
Finally, a fast and efficient BDR solution will liberate an orga-
nization that’s been seized, simply by making the infection irrel-
evant. That means creating a BDR ecosystem that includes:
n Fast – almost instant – recovery. In the age of speedy failover
and high-powered backups, there’s no reason to stick with slower
recovery systems. When ransomware takes over, teams won’t
have the luxury of spending hours devising a strategy or traveling
to a distance location to retrieve backups. Only a solution that
can spin up a clone on the spot will help the team recover without
paying the ransom.
n Automation and simplicity. Snapshot-based backups that can
be scheduled at the team’s desired frequency, or automated
testing that means every backup is current, correct, and ready to
run are critical. So is one-click recovery, instead of complicated
failover processes that waste hours of the team’s time. By
dispensing with complex training and needless administrative
tasks, the right BDR solution can expedite recovery when it’s
n Unified backup and disaster recovery. Some leaders may be
reluctant to let go of their pile of accumulated point solutions.
But maintaining a tech stack of tools that don’t work smoothly
together almost guarantees process gaps and delays in recovery.
By meeting all of the team’s BDR needs under one roof, a unified
solution will heighten efficiency and offer stronger and more
n Redundancy. Every layer of local, offsite, and cloud backups
strengthens the likelihood the team can sidestep the ransom
demand and boot up a replica of their environment.
n A documented and tested response plan. When ransomware
hits, a certain amount of panic is natural. Creating a disaster
recovery plan with ransomware attacks in mind can help the team
feel more confident and calm about their role in recovery and get
them into action faster.
Creating a Stronger Security Future
Ransomware may open a door to financial and professional
loss, but the right practices can close it. In strengthening security
and disaster recovery postures, teams can enjoy the benefits of
a more efficient and high-performing system. Whether tighten-
ing perimeter protections or investing in a faster and more secure
BDR system, CIOs can fight ransomware while moving into a
future of greater safety and more advanced technology.
Darin Pendergraft is the vice president of product marketing for Quorum
onQ. He is an experienced leader who has worked in technology for more
than 17 years. Prior to joining Quorum, he was vice president of marketing
for SecureAuth, and has held positions in product management and product marketing at Oracle, and Quest Software. Connect with Pendergraft on