When it comes to cybersecurity, no system is impenetrable. Not even the largest businesses, or local city governments for that matter, are totally secure. Somehow, cyberattackers will always find a way to disrupt the online world.
Even worse, these attacks are becoming stronger and more sophisticated each year. Ransomware is a prime example. This year alone, numerous local governments and big businesses across the nation have fallen prey to ransomware. One such case ended with a city paying over $18 million in damages.
Owning or working for a large business automatically makes you a perfect target, but that doesn't mean you have to be the perfect victim. If you wish to shield yourself from these attacks, you need to be proactive. You need a full proof solution. You need what we use here at WestStar -- Wasabi.
What is Wasabi?
Wasabi is a cloud infrastructure service, which provides cloud server access that businesses can use for file management. Although cloud storage is Wasabi's primary function to users, it's their optional immutability feature that separates them from the pack.
We reached out to Wasabi CEO, David Friend, for a statement and this is what he had to say:
"Wasabi was the first cloud storage vendor to introduce a feature called 'Bucket Immutability.' A bucket, in object storage terms, is similar to a folder in typical PC terms. Imagine if you had a folder on your computer that was immutable: anything you put into that folder couldn't be modified or deleted by anyone, including you or your IT person. It was as if carved in stone.
'That's what Wasabi does with its 'Immutable Buckets.' Any object you put into that bucket is going to be there for 1 year, 5 years, 10 years -- whatever you decide when you set up the immutable bucket."
Wasabi is revolutionizing protection against ransomware
We're halfway into 2019 and ransomware has never been more active. Two of the most significant cases involve cities small local governments in Baltimore and Florida.
What started as a simple opening of an email, ended with a virtual hostage situation, costing the cities of Baltimore and Riviera Beach nearly $20 million combined. Both cases have given cities across the country an eye-opening example of how vulnerable any system can be.
These attacks are becoming more common and it's only going to get worse. If ransomware can have such a devastating impact on an entire city, you can only imagine what it can do to a good-sized business.
Ransomware programs like WannaCry and Petya operate by encrypting your data and demanding payment for the decryption codes in order to unlock the system. Thankfully, Wasabi’s security protocol shields users from a wide range of threats. Any data that's stored in Wasabi immutable storage buckets cannot be encrypted after the fact and is immune to these kinds of attacks.
When we asked David about Wasabi's ransomware protection, he said:
"If your files had been stored in a Wasabi immutable bucket, the hackers would not be able to erase the original files, and hence their ransom attempt would fail. Even if they got really ticked off with you and tried to delete all your files, that would fail too. It's the ultimate in data protection."
Wasabi hot cloud storage allows businesses to transform their data from a commodity into a strategic competitive weapon by enabling them to keep all of their data affordably and giving them immediate access to their own data. You can learn more and even try it for free at Wasabi.com.
Wasabi’s Bottomless Cloud is going to change business forever
Today, there are about 10 zettabytes of data stored globally. By 2035, that will increase 100 times to over one yottabyte -- that's a number larger than the number of stars in the visible universe. With all this data, however, comes a sky-high cost in the form of storage. Our sponsor Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage plans to revolutionize the economics of data using a Bottomless Cloud that promises to do for data storage what companies like Skype did for long-distance calling.