In the same way most people can remember years of their lives based on which songs were popular, IT security teams can benchmark their careers by the most rampant types of cyber attacks. And while today’s cyber threat landscape is unendingly complex, 2017 will most assuredly be remembered as the era of ransomware.
Last year, almost 40% of companies experienced ransomware attacks. For 22% of the small businesses who were attacked, it was so difficult to recover that they had to shut their doors.
Ransomware attacks are frightening on multiple levels. When it comes to breaches of any sort, every minute of downtime and mitigation has an exponential impact on business. With ransomware, not only can companies and their customers suffer the impact of losing personal data, companies must then spend hours or even days (and tens of thousands of dollars) cleaning up the mess after all is said and done.
That’s why many organizations have begun realizing the benefits of adding Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to their security plans. DRaaS is more than just a method for backing up data; it’s a comprehensive replica of your entire infrastructure hosted by a third party like Codero and available on demand to provide failover within minutes of a breach or any other type of catastrophe.
Sounds expensive, right? Actually, it can save you time and cut costs (hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases) should that fateful day come. Here are a few key differentiators that set DRaaS apart from traditional data backup.
Traditional backups are built to cover your files and folders, but you’ll have to rebuild your applications and start from scratch on your other systems. With DRaaS, you can restore everything quickly – including applications and encrypted VMs.
Find the most recent clean backup within minutes, instead of hours
Part of the reason ransomware recovery is so slow is that it can be difficult to determine if and when individual applications have been corrupted. If you’re only using a cloud backup, you’ll need to download the application files from your most recent backup, rebuild, and recompile the application to see if it runs. If it doesn’t, you repeat the process with each application from the next most recent backup. This is trial and error at its most inefficient.
With DRaaS, applications can be tested much more quickly because you can skip the download, rebuild, and compile time. Simply push your complete infrastructure to production, see what runs and what doesn’t, and go from there.
Get up and running much quicker
Once you find the right backup, you can spin up VMs to host your data and workloads while you sort out your infected infrastructure. In fact, thanks to DRaaS’ built-in failover orchestration, you can pre-set failover plans for groups of replicated VMs to save yourself time on recovery.
Your entire system may be fully functioning again in a matter of minutes, as opposed to hours or days. Less downtime means less staff time spent on the issue, and fewer customers negatively impacted by the attack.
Have free reign to test, test, test
You don’t want your first rehearsal to take place in front of a sold-out opening night crowd. It’s vital that you test your business continuity plan frequently. Not only does this ensure data and applications end up where you think they will, it gives your team stress-free experience with the process so they know what to expect and perform coolly in the event of a real issue.
With DRaaS, you can hold these trial scenarios as frequently as you want, putting your recovery plans to the test. If you find there are gaps or that you lack the time or expertise to configure and test on your own, your DRaaS vendor may even be able to step in and manage pre-planning for you.
You could go the traditional failover route … but that means building and maintaining a second set of hardware and systems, which could easily cost you more than a breach.
DRaaS relies on a third-party vendor’s infrastructure to create virtual machine mirror images, saving you immensely on physical infrastructure costs. Of course, in the event of a breach, the time you save getting up and running will also save you a great deal.
Why isn’t every company leveraging DRaaS solutions?
Many fear relying fully on their service providers to implement the failover plan and meet agreed-upon recovery time objectives.
With Codero, you’ll never have to worry about your failover plan, even if the breach occurs at 3 a.m. on a weekend. Our support team is here 24 hours a day to respond instantly and ensure your failover happens as quickly as possible. If you’re more hands-on, you’ll also have complete access to perform the recovery process yourself.
And by the way, you can use Codero DRaaS if you’re not hosting with Codero – we’ll failover your systems and data from your on-premise infrastructure or other hosting providers as well.
Cyber threats are always evolving, and so should your recovery plan. Any way cyber attackers hit you, DRaaS is a great way to remove the sting and avoid the having to close your business.