Today we are proud to announce that Spinbackup has released the most sophisticated protection against ransomware for Google Drive. It’s fully automated, with zero human factor, and provides 100% data protection, leaving you stress free when it comes to critical data in your organization. Ransomware of any type (Petya, WannaCry, Locky, Cerber, etc.) will no longer be a problem when you have Spinbackup on your side.
Ransomware is considered a dominating threat in the security world. With a 250% increase compared to 2016, its global damages are predicted to exceed $5 billion in 2017. A new company is hit with the virus every 40 seconds!
How to Protect Yourself against Ransomware?
Surprisingly, the hackers behind ransomware have no preference in the size of targeted victims. Dozens of giant private and state corporations were hit with ransomware, especially WannaCry, and so were hundreds of small and medium sized businesses, nonprofits and educational organizations. 75% of infected companies had less than 1000 employees.
The biggest problem with ransomware is that anti-virus software is almost helpless fighting it. With every new type of crypto or locker, the hash sum is changed, so an antivirus that is effective against one malware family will be ineffective a few months later against another type of ransomware.
Several months ago, Spinbackup, along with other backup providers, emphatically suggested that backup is the only possible solution to protect your company from enormous data loss caused by ransomware. Today, we want to add that what was previously possible by a human only, is now possible with a machine. Spinbackup announces fully automated 24/7 Protection Against Ransomware for G Suite. With this, we are starting a new era of fighting ransomware automatically, with zero human factor involved!
How Can I Get Infected by Ransomware?
Spinbackup introduces the first ever automatiс ransomware protection for G Suite. This is a cloud antivirus software that uses smart machine learning algorithms and our unique security expertise to analyze suspicious activities within your G Suite accounts and detect ransomware in your domain at its first malicious steps.
Here is a step-by-step sequence of the Google Drive encryption process and the Spinbackup Ransomware Protection flow.
Step 1. An employee within your company (or a student of an educational organization) receives a malicious email and opens a phishing link or an attachment (for example, a Word file with noxious macros) or connects infected USB to a computer.
Step 2. A program that installs and runs ransomware is automatically uploaded to the computer. Ransomware spreads over the system.
Step 2A. It is not depicted, but you should definitely know about this additional step. If your computer is connected to the corporate intranet, the next step can be the spread of ransomware throughout the whole system via exploits. It will target other computers at your company, even if employees have not opened malicious emails or connected infected USBs.
Step 3. The files of all major extensions (including text, image, video items) that are stored on all disks become encrypted. In fact, files at Google Drive and Google Backup & Sync applications are also stored on your computer. Encryption will spread through not only your own files, but also the ones shared with you by other users and added to your Drive. The latter will be encrypted along with all other files in other folders.
Step 4. Encrypting items is basically the same process as editing files. Google synchronization works in the background and uploads new and revised items to the Google cloud automatically and quickly. So Google cloud gets them synced to Google Drive in the same way as it does every time you edit a document.
Step 5. In less than a minute, all items from your Google Drive app and Google Backup and Sync app will be replaced in Drive with their encrypted versions. You will not be able to get the previous versions of documents, neither for previewing, nor for restoring. Everything in your Google Drive gets encrypted, including your colleagues’ items that were shared with you.
At this point, malicious ransomware activities stop, and a new stage directed to diminish the consequences of the attack is started. At this stage, until now at least, the IT Director or Google Administrator has 2 choices, both unfavorable. They either have to recover the infected items from a 3rd-party backup provider (unfortunately spending a tremendous amount of time), or they choose to pay ransom to the hackers and pray to receive a decryption key (by the way, one in five SMBs who paid the ransom never got their data back).
Google Drive Automatic Ransomware Protection
But guess what, now there is Spinbackup, and this is where we come into play. The new Automatic Ransomware Protection for G Suite gives the IT administrator the advantage of stopping the attack and recovering the data before the attack turns into a data loss disaster. To cap it all off, this is done automatically so the IT Admin practically spends no time and definitely pays no ransom. How can we do this you might ask, here are step-by-step instructions:
Step 6. At the initial steps of the ransomware encryption, machine learning algorithms detect malicious activity and a security alert is sent to the administrator.
Step 7. In real time, Spinbackup blocks the source of the attack and stops it, thus minimizing the number of infected files.
Step 8. After the attack is stopped, the system detects the list of items that have been damaged.
Step 9. Spinbackup automatically recovers infected files from a clean backup, using the Restore-in-Time machine (Version control).
or you can disable automatic recovery and run the process manually. Either way, you will be provided with the list of encrypted files, from which you can select which you want to recover.
To minimize the losses of ransomware, you can:
How can I get Spinbackup’s Automatic Ransomware Protection?
Automatic Ransomware Protection is available in Spinbackup’s “Cybersecurity + Backup” plan. You can try it with limited availability during our 15-day free trial period, but you would need to purchase a subscription to fully protect your organization after that. The price is $5/user/month, and you get everything, with unlimited storage as well!
It’s time to make Ransomware a thing in the past, protect your business data today!
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