Ransomware Protection with Veeam Backup & Replication

By Juergen Schelbert, Product Marketing Manager, Overland-Tandberg

Ransomware has emerged as the most dangerous cyber threat for organizations today. It is a type of malicious software that blocks access to the victim‘s data until a ransom is paid. After an attack, systems might still be locked, encrypted, or inaccessible. New incidents of these cyberattacks are reported somewhere in the world every day!

Regular On-Line Backups Are Not Sufficient
Ransomware attacks can also affect backup files even if they are stored on other systems. As soon as a computer has been infected, the ransomware is able to spread to other systems throughout the network.

Off-Site Storage Ensures Data Accessibility
To ensure data accessibility after a ransomware attack, data needs to be stored off-site on a removable media. Off-site copies build the last line of defense for your information, as they are they cannot be infected. If a ransomware attack has been detected, data can be easily recovered from these copies. Therefore, backup strategies should include an off-site scenario.

The 3-2-1 Data Protection Strategy
Veeam and Overland-Tandberg’s 3-2-1 backup strategy ensures full data protection against a disaster and ransomware attacks. This backup strategy recommends creating 3 backup copies on 2 different media and to store 1 media off-site. In this scenario, one media works as a primary backup and another media as a secondary backup target. If one media fails, the other media is still available for recovery tasks. In addition, a third copy will be stored on a removable media, placed off-site for full ransomware protection.


For larger companies, the NEO Series tape automation family allows virtualized environments to be easily backed up and transported off-site for complete data protection. After fulfilling the primary backup to disk, the secondary tape job should be started to copy the backup data to tape. After that, the tape should be ejected and placed at a secure location.






Smaller companies with less data volume should implement media rotation with RDX QuikStor. Media rotation entails one media inside the drive ready for backup and another media stored at a secure location, all while the last media is in transit to or from the secure location. As soon as the backup has finished, the Veeam software ejects the RDX media cartridge. The operator takes the media out of the drive and inserts a new one for the next backup job. The other media will be transported to the save location.


RansomBlock Feature
In environments with critical business data and frequent backups per day, putting data off-site might be difficult to implement. Overland-Tandberg’s RDX RansomBlock software protects backup-data stored on RDX media against viruses and ransomware attacks. RDX RansomBlock is fully compatible with Veeam Backup & Replication. It is part of the rdxLOCK software and based on the RDX WORM functionality. In addition to WORM, where data cannot be overwritten or deleted, RansomBlock allows write access for granted applications like a personal firewall. With this, the Veeam backup data is fully protected. Malware attacks will be detected as an unauthorized access and will be blocked.




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