World Backup day could not have come at a better time, given the recent ransomware epidemic that has been plaguing businesses and individuals alike.

World Backup Day is an independent initiative started back in 2013 and is a day for individuals to learn about the growing role data plays in our everyday lives and the importance of regularly backing up your data to protect it. But this day comes at a great time to remind us to reconsider how we’re protecting our valuable assets.

A study by Spiceworks found that more than half of IT professionals feel ransomware is the biggest threat for 2016, proving to be true with the numerous ransomware attacks that have been crippling businesses over the past few months. Just this year ransomware attacks have struck hospitals, government agencies, and even news outlets, leaving valuable data encrypted until the attacker's demands are met.

These increasingly common attacks have devastating effects on businesses so it’s important that businesses backup their data and store it offline to ensure they aren’t at risk of being infected with ransomware.

Ransomware does not appear to be going away anytime soon, and in fact, many industry professionals feel it is only getting worse. “Attackers are consistently updating their creations, adding functionality, and redefining their technology, so that’s just one powerful- and costly- a reason why backups have taken on a new level of importance,” claims Rik Ferguson of Trend Micro.

Backing up your personal and professional data is important to ensure if and when you get attacked, you’ll still be able to access your valuable assets. While businesses have been increasingly against backing up data, whether that be because of time and resources reasons or strict compliance regulations, it only takes one simple mistake for someone to open the door to attack.

Like a data breach, ransomware attacks have now become not a matter of if, but a matter of when. Our threat landscape continues to expand and cyber criminals have discovered that the encryption of data followed by a ransom fee can be a highly lucrative business. While many companies recognize the serious threat posed by ransomware, many still continue to go conduct business without a multi-layered security solution in place to ward off malicious attacks.

By working with NNT, your organization will be able to adopt a ‘layered and integrated approach’ to security that incorporates the right process, methodology and set of tools in order to guard your IT environment against today’s ever-evolving threat landscape.

With NNT's Change Tracker Gen7, your organization will come equipped with intelligent file integrity monitoring, compliance management, system hardening, threat intelligence & security configuration management all powered by Intelligent Closed-Loop Intelligent Change Control, all working to make your IT estate as secure and compliant as possible. 





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