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The Cloud Defense Against Malware

The Cloud Defense against Malware

A new report issued by IBM is a cautionary tale about the security of remote work environments. In a survey of 500 organizations that experienced digital break-ins between August 2019 and April 2020, nearly three quarters of the respondents believed it would be harder to identify and contain breaches with remote staff.

The increase in remote work environments is opportunity loudly knocking on the doors of hackers inflicting costly, disruptive malware (virus, worm, ransomware). With growing concern about security, what can organizations do to protect their network assets against these attacks?

Making cloud storage a cornerstone of your malware insurance plan is a good starting point for obtaining significant protection with more flexible recovery options. Here are some considerations for leveraging a cloud-based safeguard strategy.

 

Can malware infect cloud storage?

Cloud storage without proper protection is vulnerable by way of the fact that it is syncing with local data storage in networked computing devices. For example, a file sync-and-share solution like DropBox or OneDrive allows you to work on your files locally. And any changes that you make sync up to the cloud.

If malware attacks the local files and encrypts them, the file-sharing engine syncs the change to the cloud storage copy. Enterprises with cloud storage gateways or other storage-tiering solutions are subject to the same scenario.

 

Versioning Can Protect Your Data

With a regular backup routine, multiple copies of files are saved over time. Should malware strike, you can restore the most recent version of your backup before the infection after you either remove the malware or reformat your drive.

Recovery Considerations

After removing the malware, are you able to easily leverage the version history to recover your local data to the last known normal version? Does your cloud storage solution include data recovery features? In the cloud storage, are you able to identify and expunge the bad version and promote the last known good version to become the latest version?

For Deltek’s cloud solutions, the answers to these critical questions is, “Yes.” Deltek has teamed up with Amazon Web Services (AWS), the trusted world leader in cloud services, to secure data on the most advanced cloud platform with:

  • Automatic updates and multiple daily backups; weekly and monthly backups
  • Complete disaster recovery and business continuity
  • Routine virus and malware scanning
  • Secure data transmission and storage using SSL encryption technology
  • 24/7 access and monitoring

Add this level of data security that outperforms any individual vendor’s data center to IT hardware and software cost savings, and the case for moving to the cloud is practically a no-brainer.

Central Consulting Group

CCG serves architectural, engineering and professional services firms across North America, the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East by helping them get more out of their software investment. As a Deltek Partner, CCG specializes in implementing, training, tailoring, customizing and integrating Deltek ERP Software; as well as assisting clients with their transition to Deltek Vantagepoint, the next generation of Deltek. CCG also helps their clients solve any challenges and supports them in every step of the project lifecycle.

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