As we have seen in the news in recent weeks, foreign powers have exploited a well known IT vendor in order to gain access to IT equipment. This is frightening for many reasons but primarily because we trust our vendors to keep our data safe, our servers and PCs protected, and our passwords complex.
This attack was so clever because the infiltrated vendor, Solarwinds, has software agents deployed on hundred of thousands of systems across the globe. These agents allow IT vendors to gain secure access to PCs and servers for support, monitoring, and patching but in this case was used for malicious use by the attackers. They created a fake security patch which was then deployed across various systems which allowed ransomware to spread through government agencies as well as Fortune 500 companies. They believe that thousands of additional companies and organizations have been breached and are unaware at this point.
What does it mean for business owners when the tools that are deployed by their trusted IT vendors are susceptible to such attacks? The unfortunate reality is that these types of attacks are just beginning. Rather than trying to steal individual passwords or penetrate organizations with robust firewalls, attackers found a solution that was widely deployed and gave immediate access to countless systems around the globe. Experts believe that these type of exploitations have been occurring behind the scenes for years and will be ramped up in the coming weeks and months. It is said that sometimes the best offense is a great defense and this is very apropos in this case. It is nearly impossible to combat these increased attacks and deploying ransomware proof backup systems are the best course of action.
Traditional backup systems are easily affected by ransomware attacks and require more robust systems to ensure data integrity and disaster recovery options.
SOS Technology Group is available to discuss these solutions and keep your businesses online and operational during these uncertain times.Back to News