Datto Launches Ransomware Protection to Proactively Respond to Rising Malware Threat

Nov 02, 2016

Datto unveils automatic ransomware detection and recovery for small, midsized businesses

Datto unveils automatic ransomware detection and recovery for small, midsized businesses

Reading, UK (02 November, 2016) – Datto, the leading provider of total data protection solutions for businesses around the world, today announced enterprise-class ransomware protection for small and midsized businesses, now available from Datto’s managed service provider (MSP) partners. Built into Datto’s suite of products, ransomware protection and recovery automatically detects and identifies attacks, notifying administrators to immediately rollback to healthy data. The solution shortens downtime, saves money and reduces the impact to businesses, giving companies an effective and reliable alternative to paying hackers’ ransoms.

Recent research revealed that ransomware is fast becoming a ubiquitous security threat, with nearly 40% of all businesses experiencing an attack in the past year. The figure is even worse in Britain, where 54% of surveyed businesses had been targeted with such an attack.

Datto’s global State of Ransomware Report revealed 91 percent of MSPs surveyed have seen clients victimised by ransomware. As malware advances in sophistication, the ability to rapidly identify an attack and quickly recover means a business is back up and running in minutes as opposed to days. Datto applied its customers’ successes in rolling data back to pre-malware snapshots and developed a new arsenal against malicious encryption, which is now incorporated into the company’s Backupify, Datto NAS and Datto Drive offerings, as well as ransomware detection within its flagship SIRIS and ALTO appliances. Datto’s product enhancements support the company’s commitment to ensure business data is secure and accessible, no matter where it lives.

"Ransomware is a major concern to our SME customers. While most are deploying robust anti-virus technologies and some are also educating their teams to look out for suspicious emails, the sheer scale and pace of the phenomenon leaves many SMEs vulnerable, said Paul Tomlinson, Managing Director of Mirus IT Solutions. “We have found that the backup approach is the only way that SMEs can effectively recover data and restore to pre-ransomware status. With Datto's new ransomware technology, we now offer peace of mind through a service where we can accurately detect an attack before the hackers demand any money."

With Datto’s new ransomware detection feature, available on Datto SIRIS and ALTO devices, MSPs can easily identify a ransomware attack and roll systems back to a point in time before the attack hit. Ransomware, like most illicit software, leaves an identifiable footprint as it takes over a server, PC or laptop. Datto’s devices, which actively monitor backups, can detect a ransomware footprint and instantly notify admins that they have a ransomware attack on their hands. Recovery is then simply a matter of restoring from a previous backup.

Datto’s survey found that a staggering 35 percent of partners encountered ransomware in the cloud, leaving cloud-based file-sync-and-share systems just as vulnerable as local systems. Datto’s ransomware enhancements now include:

  • Datto NAS: Traditionally deployed as a cloud-protected network attached storage (NAS) device, the device now includes NAS Guard, which allows customers to protect the device and other network storage with full image rollbacks under one umbrella.
  • Datto Backupify: Subscribers can roll files and data stored in software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, such as Google Apps and Office 365, back to a known good state of health.
  • Datto Drive: Building on the ransomware lessons learned from Datto Backupify, Datto Drive now performs daily backups in the cloud and on customers’ local appliances, protecting both from ransomware.

“Our service providers often deal with multiple ransomware incidents per day, and many businesses are forced to pay expensive ransoms or close their doors forever after crippling attacks,” said Austin McChord, CEO and founder of Datto. “With the automatic ransomware detection and recovery throughout Datto’s products, we’re giving data control back to customers and empowering our partners to save the day – the way it should be.”

For a look at the new Datto ransomware features, sign up for a demo of SIRIS 3, Backupify, NAS 3 or Backupify. To learn more about how Datto can help businesses recover from ransomware, visit http://www.datto.com/uk/ransomware or read the global 2016 State of Ransomware Report.

About Datto: 

Datto protects essential business data for tens of thousands of the world’s fastest growing companies. Our Total Data Protection platform delivers uninterrupted access to data on site, in transit and in the cloud. Through Datto’s network of partners, we provide companies with products and services designed to continually keep business running. Partners rely on Datto for industry-leading technology combined with unrivaled customer service. Datto is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut and has offices in Rochester, Boston, Toronto, London, Singapore and Sydney. 

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Michael Breeze

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