The technological world is advancing at a rapid speed and hackers are no longer limiting themselves to just corrupting data. According to a Wavestone survey conducted in 2021; 21% of ransomware attacks managed to infiltrate the backup systems until they were rendered unusable. It is essential to secure backups with efficient and up-to-date software that will prevent theft of sensitive data. Here’s how Azure Backup can help keep your critical-business data sealed and protected.
What is Azure Backup?
Azure Backup is a service that enables businesses to backup data to the cloud, instead of saving files to the desktop or as hard copies that can be misplaced and stolen. The service offers several features to maintain security and remain compliant where necessary, while offering a flexible and secure recovery process.
- Centralised management: Monitor, operate and optimise data protection in one unified approach that works for you.
- Application consistency: Restore data and perform backups from virtual machines with dependable applications in both Windows and Linux.
- Multiple-workload support: Backup Azure Virtual Machines, on-premises servers, SQL Server and SAP HANA on Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Files, and Azure Database for PostgreSQL.
- Durable storage options: Store back-ups in locally redundant storage (LRS), geo-redundant storage (GRS), and zone-redundant storage (ZRS).
How does Azure Backup work?
Once a backup has finished processing, the data is transported to the cloud and securely sealed in Azure storage, which cuts off any direct access for hackers to intercept the content. With virtual machine back-up, the back-up snapshot creation and storage are all performed by Azure Fabric where the operating system and applications running inside the virtual machine is not directly involved. The SQL server grants the backup extension temporary access to store data within Azure Storage. So even in a compromised environment, existing backups can’t be corrupted or erased by an attacker.
Azure Backup offers built-in monitoring and forewarning capabilities to view and configure actions for events linked to Azure Backup. Backup Reports acts as a one-stop location for tracking usage, auditing and restoration, as well as distinguishing key trends. Utilising Azure Backup’s monitoring and reporting tools, you are alerted to any illicit and malicious activity as soon as anything happens.
Additional checks incorporated into the service provide reassurance that only valid users can perform various operations. These include adding an extra layer of authentication in which the user is prompted to enter a security PIN before being granted permission to alter online backups.
Why use Azure Backup?
Azure Backup strengthens your business security by providing a reliable solution that offers superior levels of protection and back-up management. Not only is your business data kept secure, but you are gifted the practicality to offload on-premises backup, straightforward scalability, the option of an unlimited data transfer and advanced centralised monitoring and management.
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