Azure Backup security capabilities for protecting cloud backups

27 Jun Azure Backup security capabilities for protecting cloud backups

More and more customers are hit with security issues. These security issues led data loss and the cost of security breach has been ever increasing. Despite having security measures in place, organizations face cyber threats because of vulnerabilities exposed by multiple IT systems. All of these and many such data points pose very strong questions – Are your organization’s IT applications and data safe? What is cost of recovering from the huge business impact in case there is a cyber-attack? If you have a backup strategy in place, are your cloud backups secure?

“Currently, there are over 120 {individual ransomware families, and we have witnessed a 3500% increase in cybercriminal internet infrastructure for launching attacks since the beginning of the year” highlights a recent CRN Quarterly Ransomware Report. To minimize the threat of such attacks, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION recommends users to regularly backup data also to secure backups in the cloud. This blog talks about Security Features in Azure Backup that help secure hybrid backups.

Value proposition

Malware attacks that take place today, target production servers to either re-encrypt the data or dispose it permanently. Also, if production data is affected, the network share in addition to backups also are affected, that can cause data loss or corruption. Thus, there is a firm need to shield production in addition to backup data towards sophisticated attacks and have a sturdy security approach in vicinity to make certain data recoverability.

Azure Backup now provides protection capabilities to defend cloud backups. These security features ensure that customers are capable of secure their backups and recover data using the cloud backups if production and backup servers are compromised. These features are constructed on three principles – Prevention, Alerting and Recovery – to allow organisations be prepared against attacks and equip them with a strong backup solution.

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Features
1. Prevention: New authentication layer added for important operations like Delete Backup Data, change Passphrase. These operations now require Security PIN available only to users with valid Azure credentials. 
2. Alerting: Email notifications are despatched for any crucial operations that impact availability of backup data. These notifications enable users to detect attacks as soon as they arise.
3. Recovery: Azure backup keeps deleted backup for 14 days ensuring recovery using any old or recent recovery points. Additionally, minimal number of recovery points are always maintained such that there are always sufficient number of points to recover from.

 
Getting Started with safety features

To begin leveraging these capabilities, navigate to recovery services vault in the Azure portal and enable them. The slides below explain how to get started by enabling these features and how to leverage them in Azure Backup.

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Nikhil Verma
nikhil.verma@mismosystems.com
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