Data Protection Strategy for Large Non-Profit

Storcom implemented a robust data protection strategy for a 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 and needed a data protection strategy. They were held hostage one too many times and their data was put at grave risk, so they needed to do something to correct the problem in order to protect their data. Our client’s backup solution was not adequate to deal with the granular nature of the cyberattacks that affected file data and also jeopardized critical financial data.

b. Storcom’s Solution

Storcom implemented a multi-tiered data protection solution that provides 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 ensured that 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 and ransomware attacks. If an attack occurs at 11:20 a.m., then our client uses 11:15 a.m. snapshot in order to recover from there to minimize data loss.

Also, the time to restore an entire VM is also seconds to hours. The next line of defense is a backup technology that uses point-in-time capabilities. This provides incremental forever backups every four hours for the first week. Our client can also archive to a disaster recovery site for long-term retention for compliance and auditing purposes.

c. Results

Our client tested the data protection system many times and also used Storcom’s solution to recover data from real-world data loss scenarios. This organization hasn’t experienced any full-fledged attacks recently; however, upper management knows that have the technology in place to rapidly and reliably recover from these malware events.

d. Tools Utilized

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

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