Data Protection Strategy for Large Non-Profit

Implemented a robust data protection strategy for large Chicago-based non-profit after they suffered downtime from ransomware


“I’m so glad we didn’t lose our data. It’s all thanks to Storcom!” – CIO of a large Chicagoland non-profit

a. Business Challenges

This large non-profit organization was targeted on multiple occasions with ransomware. They had been held hostage too many times and their data had been put at grave risk, so they needed to do something to correct the problem to protect their data. Our client’s current backup solution was not adequate to deal with the granular nature of attacks that had affected file data and also jeopardized critical financial data.

b. Storcom’s Solution

Storcom implemented a multi-tiered data protection solution that provided super-low recovery point objective and recovery time objective restore capabilities. These capabilities were garnered by putting a new storage platform that had best-in-class snapshot technologies built into the storage layer. Storcom also made sure our client implemented a planned schedule to take snapshots on a fifteen-minute basis for short data retention. This is the first line of defense for malware/ransomware attacks. If an attack occurs at 11:20 a.m., then our client can now go back to the 11:15 a.m. snapshot and recover from there to minimize the loss of data. The time to restore an entire VM is now also seconds to hours. The next line of defense is a backup technology that also uses point-in-time capabilities and can provide incremental forever backup every four hours for the first week and then archive that to a DR site for long-term retention for compliance and auditing purposes.

c. Results

This customer has tested the system many times and has also used Storcom’s solution to recover data from real-world data loss scenarios. Although they have not had any full-fledged attacks recently, upper management now knows that have the technology in place to rapidly and reliable recover from these events

d. Tools Utilized

  • Recover by Storcom
  • Storcom’s Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap

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