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Ransomware Solutions and Protecting Office 365

November 24, 2021

Ransomware Solutions and Protecting Office 365
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An organization gets hit with ransomware every 11 seconds.
With data dispersed everywhere, it’s become increasingly difficult to know if your data is secure—and how to protect it.
Shelby Skrhak talks with Jeremy Snow, system engineer at Veritas, and Gus Iannello, technical account manager at Ingram Micro, about:
  • The prevalence and impact of ransomware
  • The vulnerabilities of Office 365
  • One best practice to protect against ransomware

Ransomware impacts

Ransomware is all over the place these days.
Realistically, it’s not a matter of if you will be hit with ransomware, but when.
Because data is dispersed everywhere, companies are struggling to identify vulnerable data, and subsequently, struggling to understand the potential impacts of a ransomware attack.
These impacts may range from significant financial costs to irreparable reputational damage.
Ransomware isn’t always about hackers breaking into your systems and encrypting your password. In fact, more often than not, human error—exploited by phishing and spear phishing scams—is the culprit.

Office 365

A particular area of vulnerability for most organizations is Office 365.
“Office 365 is one of, if not the, most-used cloud-based applications,” Gus says. “So, it’s a complete goldmine of data.”
Essentially, it’s a huge target for ransomware.
Furthermore, Microsoft has no responsibility for protecting the data you house in it.
That’s one thing most organizations don’t realize, which is why many of them haven’t done anything to protect their Office 365 data.
But that’s exactly where a solution like Veritas NetBackup could come into play.
Moreover, it doesn’t just protect from outside threats like ransomware. It also protects from internal threats like malicious deletion.

Ransomware protection best practice

Internal training is one of the best things you can do to protect your organization.
As Gus mentioned before, human error is one of the main reasons that companies succumb to ransomware, so there’s no such thing as too much training.
“Internally, from a training perspective, it’s more about knowing exactly the content that’s being sent to you,” Jeremy says, “never clicking something that you’re not 100% aware of.”
Ultimately, your employees are your first line of defense against bad actors.
For more information, listen to the last episode with Jeremy and Gus and check out Veritas Ransomware Protection Solutions.
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