10 Reasons To Adopt Air-Gapped Offsite Backups

Changing Threat Landscape

The proliferation of ransomware attacks, where malicious actors encrypt data and demand a ransom for its release, has led to an increased emphasis on securing backups.

Attackers have increasingly targeted on-site backup systems, exploiting vulnerabilities to compromise, encrypt or delete backup data.

While on-site backups are convenient and provide quick access to data, organisations have recognised their vulnerabilities and the need for an additional layer of security, provided by air-gapped backups.

What is an air-gapped data back up?

An air-gapped backup is a data backup repository not physically connected to the infrastructure from which data is required to be backed up, typically achieved by replicating a local backup in a remote cloud environment.

Disconnecting a physical backup device from local infrastructure and removing it from the local site is another, albeit much more cumbersome, methodology.

The term “air-gapped” refers to the fact that there is a gap, or physical disconnect, between the backup system and the primary or local network, preventing any direct electronic access.

Air-gapped backups provide an extra layer of resilience in the event of a data breach, where local backups can easily be compromised and encrypted, rendering them useless.

Increasingly, air-gapped backups are proving the difference between business recovery and failure in a world where cyber attacks and data breaches are increasing, almost exponentially and no amount of preventative measures can guarantee 100% cyber security.

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