The WannaCry attack launched more than 200,000 attacks in 150 countries, but the newest version of Acronis’ new automated backup prevented the ransomware from penetrating the data in its customers’ backup storage.
Acronis Backup 12.5 represents a revolution in storage security, the company says, with a host of improvements that include automated detection and mitigation of ransomware attacks against stored data.
The single-client solution also features a blockchain backup and a host of advancements for managing larger customer environments.
“There’s no one else that has a ransomware protection that even comes close to this level of what we’re doing,” said Frank Jablonski, vice president of global product marketing at Acronis. “We are looking for it, we can stop it, and any files that have been affected, we can recover that for you immediately.”
Among the refinements is Acronis Active Protection, which proactively monitors for ransomware threats against data stored in on-premise, cloud or hybrid environments.
It then automatically acts to halt the attack and restore the last reliable backup.
That’s precisely what happened last month when the WannaCry ransomware attack hit, threatening some Acronis clients.
“We actually stopped that on Day Zero,” Jablonski said. “We are finding the ransomware and taking action.”
“We are watching for behaviors in the system,” he went on. “When it comes to ransomware, your only recourse is to go to the backup. We protect the backup.”
Improvements to the solution are designed to help IT services providers take on larger clients.
The update makes it easier to delegate roles, handle bigger data sets, and manage smart alerting and reporting via the dashboard.
“These are all things to make it easier to deal with those larger customer environments,” Jablonski said.
Acronis 12.5 is compatible with more than 20 platforms, including Windows, Office 365, Azure, Linux, Mac OS X, Oracle, VMware, Hyper-V, Red Hat Virtualization, Linux KVM, Citrix XenServer, iOS, and Android.
To be clear, the tool is not a security solution, but a data storage solution with proactive ransomware detection and automated instant restore.
Another key feature is a backup to blockchain, the omni-verifiable technology upon which the electronic currency bitcoin is based.
“Ransomware is a big money maker,” Jablonski said. “They are now attacking backups.”
In the event of a ransomware attack, users can compare their cloud-stored backup to the uber-secure blockchain version to verify the integrity of the backup.
“One of the things that we’re watching for with ransomware, it will stop destroying the file and it will start making little changes to the file,” Jablonski said. “We have a way to say ‘this file has not been changed.’”
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