On Friday, May 12, 2017, a massive global attack by the ransomware WannaCry rocked the world. With over 200,000 attacks recorded in 150 countries, this was one of the broadest and most damaging cyberattacks to date.
While ransomware attack “WannaCry” is the most high-profile attack so far, it literally has millions of predecessors. According to an annual report by the security team at SonicWall, there were 3.8 million ransomware attacks in 2015. In 2016, that number increased more than 167 times to 638 million ransomware attacks. Who knows what 2017 will bring? The world can be a scary place.
When users are affected by a ransomware attack, their systems are locked and they cannot open them until they pay a ransom. In the case of the WannaCry attack, the ransom started at $300 and went up every few hours until the user paid.
Given the breadth and scale of the WannaCry attack, it is no surprise that a couple of Panzura customers were infected with this ransomware – but not so that they were significantly impacted. Panzura solutions are protected by our leading distributed cloud file system and snapshot technology. Customers that were infected with the WannaCry software were able to simply rollback their systems to the point in time before they were infected and go about their business. Problem solved.
Most companies have a fairly complicated data protection, backup, and archive scheme in place. Antivirus software protects against known viruses and other software attacks. Firewalls are in place to keep intruders out. Physical storage is protected against failure by RAID and local replication, while disk or tape archive may protect against the loss of the data center. In some cases, data may be synchronously mirrored to a nearby site and asynchronously replicated to a distant location. All this requires a vast amount of hardware, including multiple redundant copies of data that consume several times the amount of storage capacity than would otherwise be needed. Legions of IT people work furiously to keep it all working. Still, it is never enough. Failures still happen, attacks continue to occur, and intruders find ways to get in.
How Panzura Protects Customers From Ransomware
Panzura solutions allow customers to replace their complex, expensive, and ultimately inefficient protection policies with a more efficient, modern approach. Our technology allows companies to move their data to the cloud, without having to make changes to their applications or sacrifice performance. Hot data is cached locally with the authoritative copy of the data kept in the cloud. Users can seamlessly share data across global sites, with all the performance of a local NAS.
Your data is protected by Panzura through advanced snapshot technology. With snapshots, changes to data are written to allow users to go back to any point in time, should they suffer a problem. With the WannaCry attack, users simply had to roll back to a point before they were impacted.
Snapshots can be taken frequently to provide a near-zero recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO). The RPO is the point in time that the user needs to recover to (just before the ransomware took control). The RTO is the amount of time that it takes to get back on-line and working. Both of these metrics are important. If you can recover back to the last second before an attack, but it takes you two days of lost work to do it, then that is not effective. Companies must be able to recover quickly, to the most recent point in time possible. Panzura solutions allow them to do just that.
The inherent redundancy in hardware and storage oversubscription found in the on-premise model is completely eliminated by the cloud storage model. Companies only have to buy the actual amount of capacity that they need. No more overprovisioning. Data is protected through the inherent redundancy policies of the cloud providers and their object storage implementation. Most cloud providers are designed to offer eleven 9’s or better availability.
Simplified backup and DR policies, dramatically reduced costs and protection from ransomware and other attacks. Who says the world is a scary place?
Woodard & Curran Did Not Pay a Ransom
Read how Woodard & Curran used Panzura to resolve a ransomware attack while eliminating islands of storage and savings hundreds of thousands of dollars on storage and networking.