Alliance Storage Technologies Responds To Recent WannaCry Ransomware Attack

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Alliance Storage Technologies, urges business executives’ to procure a foolproof solution to prevent data from being held hostage. NETArchive archive storage solutions protect data from ransomware or hacking by using hardware-based WORM technology to ensure that the recording surfaces cannot be erased or altered.

“The question you must ask yourself is, ‘will patches be available fast enough and can I have them installed in time?’”

The magnitude of the most recent ransomware attack, WannaCry, raises awareness to an increasing threat on data security. WannaCry is one of the largest widespread ransomware attacks in history. Affecting over 150 countries and major corporations, the business impact and cost is astronomical. In the case of WannaCry specifically, the malware (malicious software) demands that the victim pays a ransom of $300 in bitcoins at the time of infection. If the user doesn’t pay the ransom within three days, the amount doubles to $600. After seven days without payment, WannaCry will delete all of the encrypted files and all data will be permanently lost.

Every week new security vulnerabilities are exploited where malicious ransomware software, commonly gaining access via malware, attacks the user and corporate systems, holding critical business data hostage from access until a ransom is paid by the user. No one is immune to these attacks.

Ransomware will typically encrypt the actual data, master file system and/or entire hard drives. Once encrypted, the user must pay the ransom to receive a decryption key to regain access to their data. And if not paid, the data is then locked and lost forever.

How to secure and protect critical business data from ransomware attacks

In order to reduce risk of such attacks, it is imperative to ensure all systems are updated with the latest software security patches. ”Unfortunately, there are always new vulnerabilities that are exposed and will be exploited by ransomware developers,” said Bill Gallagher, Director of Sales at Alliance Storage Technologies, “The question you must ask yourself is, ‘will patches be available fast enough and can I have them installed in time?’”

A more secure and foolproof technique is required to protect data from these attacks. The best way to ensure data is protected is to store data in a permanent and unalterable state, where it cannot be encrypted or held hostage by ransomware. To achieve this level of protection, critical business data should be stored to an unalterable storage solution that is specifically designed for data protection.

NETArchive solutions provide data protection with a permanent, immutable copy of last resort

The NETArchive is designed for professional data archiving and uses a hardware-based WORM technology to ensure that the data recording surface cannot be modified, erased or altered in any way. The data is then secure for over 100 years, which is backed by Sony ODA warranty. Therefore, all files that need to be protected are archived in a permanent, unalterable state that is 100% secure. This provides the highest level of data authenticity, unmatched by tape, disk, or other backup media technologies using software-based WORM emulation. Protection of data from ransomware attacks is just one of the many benefits the NETArchive data archiving solution provides. Alliance data archiving solutions have been meeting the compliance and permanence needs of corporations and government agencies for over 30 years.

Don’t let ransomware hold data hostage

Stop the catastrophic impact of these attacks to business operations now. The NETArchive Solution from Alliance Storage Technologies can protect and secure business assets. Learn more about NETArchive Solutions.

About Alliance Storage Technologies

Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of cloud and optical data archiving solutions. The company's flagship product, NETArchive® gives organizations the most reliable, unalterable, secure archive that protects data for decades not just years. Alliance's solutions are trusted by thousands of businesses worldwide and meet the most stringent regulatory requirements with game-changing performance and efficiency at an unrivaled price, so customers can actively archive, manage, optimize and secure critical information assets with confidence. For more information visit http://www.alliancestoragetechnologies.com.

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