Ransomware Protection

Safeguard your clients with a secret weapon in the war on cyber extortion.

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Ransomware Protection

At the cost of sacrificing protection and control. Datto protects businesses and ensures control and ownership remain undisputed in cases of user error, malicious attacks, compliance issues, and user management

  • What What is Ransomware?
  • Who Who are Ransomware perpetrators?
  • How Ransomware victims?

What is Ransomware?

Malicious software that locks your files and demands payment to access them.

  • Ransomware is defined as a term for the many variations of malware that infect computer systems, typically by social engineering schemes.
  • A cryptovirology attack encrypts critical files and systems and renders them inaccessible to the owner.
  • Ransomware sometimes marks the files for permanent deletion or publication on the internet. The perpetrators then demand a payment (usually in untraceable cryptocurrency like Bitcoin) for the private key required to decrypt and access the files. Infamous ransomware examples include CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, Locky, Cerber, KeyRanger, SamSam, TeslaCrypt, TorrentLocker, and Reveton.

Who are Ransomware Perpetrators?

Cybercriminals who profit greatly by violating businesses that rely on data as a lifeblood.

Ransomware cybercriminals are organized and profitable. It is estimated that this type of attack earns criminals $10 million to $50 million per month.

There are entire ransomware outfits working out of office buildings, making the stealthy and disruptive pieces of malicious software, and designing deceptively simple schemes to infiltrate small to medium sized businesses.

The criminals are business-minded innovators. Recently, a Ransomware-as-a-Service organized cybercrime ring was discovered, which infected around 150,000 victims in 201 countries in July 2016; splitting profits 40% to malware authors and 60% to those who discover new targets.

The overhead is low, the profits are high, the Bitcoin is anonymous, the list of targets is endless, the technology is not overly complicated, and the odds of getting caught are low. Ransomware perpetrators are sophisticated, profit-hungry, cybercriminals on the lookout for unsuspecting SMBs to violate.

Could my business be a Ransomware victim?

In a word: Yes.

Ransomware perpetrators cast a wide net. They target small to medium sized businesses with IT security loopholes, valuable data, and a modest budget to pay the ransom.

If data is important to your business, you are a target.

To get in to your systems, they may send a phishing email to your staff. Because 94% of people can’t distinguish between a real email and a phishing email 100% of the time, they get in. And if they don’t, they try again until someone somewhere clicks the link.



No matter what or where the cybercriminals target, SIRIS will protect physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures and data.

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Datto SaaS Protection

Even if ransomware damages your data on cloud-based applications like Office 365 or Google Apps, using Datto SaaS Protection easily recovers the data that is the lifeblood of your business.

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"Datto founder Austin McChord talks about cybersecurity and why he turned down an eight-figure offer for his company."

(Source Bloomberg)

Austin Mcchord

Founder, Datto

3 Layers of Protection from Ransomware

The proven defense strategy against cyber extortion includes three protection layers: Education, Antivirus, and Total Data Protection.


A ransomware prevention program teaches users of company email or hardware about the dangers of social engineering and phishing and explains good security practices about email attachments. However, even the most educated staff members are not immune to human error. Education, on its own, is not adequate ransomware protection.


The second layer of ransomware defense is antivirus protection. If a malicious link is clicked or a Trojan-containing attachment is downloaded, antivirus will often save a system from full-blown infection. However, new strains of ransomware are being created at a rate higher than antivirus can protect against them, so eventually, the probability that one infection will succeed is high.

Total Data Protection

A data protection solution provides the ultimate failsafe in a layered defense strategy. It will take snapshots of your data and systems and store them in a secure location. If you fall victim to ransomware, you can simply ‘turn back the clock’ to a snapshot before the attack happened.


“Our end users get peace of mind because they know their Datto SIRIS is protecting them. We always tell our customers that it’s a great insurance policy. When you do need to use it, you will be very thankful that you have a Datto SIRIS.”

Mark Calzone

Mark Calzone

President, Ash Creek Enterprises

“SIRIS and the Datto backup solutions have become a profit center for us and given us peace of mind that we have never experienced.“

Hoyt Hagens

Hoyt Hagens

Vice President, ProMission Projects, Inc

Bloomberg on Ransomware Protection

Datto founder Austin McChord talks about cybersecurity and the threat of ransomware to businesses of any size.