Ransomware: The New Billion Dollar Industry?

“Warning, your personal files on this computer are encrypted.”  If you have the misfortune of reading this message, you are likely one of the millions of individuals that have been attacked by ransomware. At this point, you have two options: you can either pay the hackers the ransom in order to (hopefully) restore your files, or try and restore your environment to a point prior to the infection.  By leveraging traditional restore methods, your organization could lose hours-worth of data and face days of recovery time.

A recent SonicWall Threat Report states that the number of Ransomware attacks increased from 3.8 million in 2015 to 638 million in 2016.  What’s even scarier is that companies are actually paying the ransom without reporting the attack out of fear of damaging their brand name.  Although tough to estimate, SonicWall reports that $209M was paid out in ransom to hackers in the 1st Quarter of 2016.  It would not be unrealistic to say that Ransomware is on track to become a Billion dollar industry in the coming months.

Fortunately, Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) provides a solution to this growing threat.  ZVR leverages a 30 day journal that offers granular, point-in-time recovery intervals that are separated by mere seconds.  Using the journal, you can rollback to seconds before the ransomware corruption and restore your environment to a healthy state, completely mitigating the threat of ransomware.  Most ransomware victims face an average of 48 hours of downtime following an incident.  ZVR reduces downtime to minutes, allowing IT teams to focus their efforts on other urgent tasks.

Save yourself the headaches and don’t fall victim to ransomware.  Don’t take my word for it – download a trial today to see just how easy it is to get simple, scalable, disaster recovery and make sure that your organization does not become another ransomware statistic.

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– Ryan Siegel, Zerto Technical Marketing, focuses on creating and delivering the latest innovations and solutions in the IT Resilience space, including disaster recovery, datacenter migrations, and driving the adoption of new technologies and solutions. Find Ryan on LinkedIn.

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