Microsoft Azure Backup – If you have a backup strategy in place, are your backups secure?

 

What is the cost of recovering from the business impact of a cyber-attack? If you have a backup strategy in place, are your backups secure?

While data backups are essential to effective IT security, mismanagement and mishandling of backups can often increase an organisations security woes and with the reported increase in ransomware by the CRN Quarterly Ransomware Report with over 120 separate ransomware families, reporting a 3500% increase in cybercriminal internet infrastructure for launching attacks since the beginning of the year it’s probably a good time to review what measures you have in place to ensure that your backups remain safe.

Having recently reviewed Microsoft Azure backup for a client engagement, it’s new security features for protecting Azure Backup is another testament that Microsoft continues to build security into their cloud services providing security capabilities to protect an organisations cloud backups.

These security features ensure that customers can secure their backups and recover data using cloud backups if production and backup servers have been compromised.

These features are built on three principles – Prevention, Alerting and Recovery – to enable organisations increase preparedness against attacks and equip them with a robust backup solution.

1.Prevention – An additional layer of authentication is added whenever a critical operation like Change Passphrase is performed. This validation is to ensure that such operations can be performed only by users having valid Azure credentials.

2.Alerting – Email notification is sent to subscription admin whenever a critical operation like Delete Backup data is performed. This email ensures that user is timely notified about such actions.

3.Recovery – Deleted backup data is retained for additional 14 days from the date of delete. This ensures recoverability of the data within given time period so there is no data loss even if attack happens. Also, more number of minimum recovery points are maintained to guard against corrupt data.

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