How Do We Stack Up to Gartner’s Five Steps for Ransomware Protection?

July 15, 2016 | Leave a Comment

By Mark Wojtasiak, Director of Product Marketing, Code42

unnamedGartner’s June 2016 article, “Use These Five Backup and Recovery Best Practices to Protect Against Ransomware,” outlines five steps for mitigating the threat and/or risk of being hit with ransomware. I will spare you the market stats and dollar figures intended to scare you into taking action now. If you have an affinity for ransomware horror stories, click hereherehere, or even here.

Or let’s spend time looking at Gartner’s best practices to determine if you believe we are a legit provider of ransomware protection.  Heads-up: when it comes to ransomware, one-third of our customers recover from ransomware using our endpoint backup + restore software, so Code42 customers represent.

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Gartner Step 1: Form a single crisis management team
Typically, a crisis management team consists of only the customer’s employees, but Code42 does have a virtual seat at this table. Each and every day Code42 system engineers, IT staff, product managers, developers, professional services and customer support staff meet to discuss and address issues raised by our customers. This response team works together to solve customer problems so customers can effectively conduct internal risk assessments and respond to incidents that threaten the health of their endpoint data.

Gartner Step 2: Implement endpoint backup
This IS our responsibility, and we are the best at it, so say our customers. Including one senior IT manager who said, “CrashPlan gives me immense confidence as an IT manager. Case in point: an executive was traveling to Switzerland for a big presentation and had his laptop stolen en route. He was able to go to an Apple store, purchase a new machine, install CrashPlan, sign in and restore his files in time for the presentation. And we won the business. I was able to talk him through this on a five-minute phone call. It does not get better than that.” (Click here to read the entire review.*) Or instead of reading through all the reviews and case studies, we can cut to the chase and simply answer the question: Why are we the best?  Because we deliver what matters most to enterprise customers—from end users to admins to executives.

  1. It just works. Code42 works continuously to back up your data no matter the device, no matter the network. In fact, 7/10 IT admins consider themselves more productive after deploying Code42, which translates to more time focused on projects that are more strategic and rewarding.
  2. It scales bigger and faster than any other enterprise endpoint backup solution.
  3. Service and support is “stellar,” according to our customers. But don’t take our word for that, take theirs.

Gartner Step 3: Identify network storage locations and servers vulnerable to ransomware encryption
Yes, you need to protect your servers, but let’s get to the point: or rather, let’s start at the endpoint where 95% of ransomware attacks originate. Server backup wasn’t designed to restore data to endpoints.

Gartner Step 4: Develop appropriate RPOs and backup cadences for network storage and servers
We choose to focus on the source of attack where we are the best at meeting recovery point objectives (RPO) and backup cadences.  Our backup frequency is 15 minutes by default, configurable down to one minute; whereas our competitor’s default backup frequency is every four hours, configurable down to five minutes. The more frequent the backup cadence, the better the protection against data loss. Gartner’s “Five Backup and Recovery Best Practices to Protect Against Ransomware,” advises, “The primary goal is to leverage newer backup methodologies to achieve more frequent recovery points…The goal here is backing up more often.”  This is not just a server and network-storage best practice, it’s an endpoint best practice too.

Gartner Step 5: Create reporting notifications for change volume anomalies
Step five centers on endpoint backup reporting capabilities. Here Code42 is resoundingly on point. In the first half of 2016, in the 5 series release of Code42 CrashPlan, a reporting web app that makes it easy to assess when users are not backing up frequently enough—putting your RPO in jeopardy. In addition, the ability to securely index and search user data archives helps security and IT teams find and identify malicious files through MD5 hash, keyword or metadata searches. Combine indexing and searching capabilities with web reporting capabilities to identify anomalies at the individual, department or group-level.

For our take on how to mitigate the risk and remediate quickly from ransomware attacks, check out our white paper “Reeling in Ransomware – Data Protection for You and Your Users.”

*Gartner Peer Insights reviews constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-users based on their own experiences, and do not represent the views of Gartner or its affiliates.

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