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Ransomware protection for backup data

As ransomware attacks continue to proliferate worldwide, government agencies are looking for new ways to protect their data. In response, BackupAssist is introducing software designed to detect ransomware attacks at the data level and stop them from spreading across the network.

CryptoSafeGuard scans file systems for infected files, and if the files have been infiltrated, the tool alerts the relevant parties and blocks future backup jobs from running.

Mike Luu, director of information services for Milpitas, Calif., said he chose BackupAssist because it can be integrated with other security products without a heavy investment of the city’s resources.

“We have many different layers of security so we need to figure out which products work well together,” Luu told GCN. “The unknowns keep coming, and it can be pretty invasive without the proper backup recovery and disaster recovery tools in place.”

BackupAssist tools are designed to work on Microsoft Windows servers, and the company said CryptoSafeGuard serves as a complement to firewall, endpoint security and anti-malware solutions from other vendors.

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for GCN, covering cloud, cybersecurity and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

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