Protect your data against ransomware with PoINT Storage Manager

Secure your data instead of paying ransom money

SIEGEN, GERMANY – June 27, 2016 — / — In view of the rapidly rising number of ransomware attacks in the world, PoINT Software & Systems GmbH recommends archiving data using PoINT Storage Manager. In case of an attack, users can immediately access archived files without first having to restore backups.

Alternative storage systems such as cloud/object, tape or optical media can be used for additional archiving protection. These technologies provide effective protection against ransomware infections, as their integration with PoINT Storage Manager prevents direct file system access, “hiding” these storage systems from ransomware.

According to statistics provided by the BSI, in February 2016 more than ten times as many ransomware trojans were detected by antivirus software in Germany as in October 2015. Those affected increasingly include businesses, public institutions and even hospitals. The targets of ransomware, such as the well-known Locky virus, tend to be files managed within file systems. The ransomware will then infiltrate and encrypt these files and demand payment from their owners in return for the decryption key. Advice does exist regarding the removal of such malware, but the files cannot be decrypted afterwards.

This makes it all the more important for businesses to protect their sensitive data – while also taking compliance into account. PoINT Storage Manager offers a network-wide, rule-based data security system using secondary or archive storage systems. In case of an infection, PoINT Storage Manager makes it possible to quickly restore data by creating so-called “stub files”, which enable instant access to the original file within the archive. This process can be executed extremely quickly, as there is no need to move the content of any actual files. By contrast, restoring data using a backup program can take up to several days.

The use of alternative storage technologies such as cloud/object, tape or optical also increases your protection against ransomware. PoINT Storage Manager seamlessly integrates these technologies into your existing infrastructure while also preventing malware from directly accessing such systems. Secured data is safely “packed away” based on the so-called “archive volume” concept, while the solution’s built-in authentication mechanism allows you to check the integrity and authenticity of data at any time.

About PoINT
PoINT Software & Systems GmbH is specialized in the development of software products and systems solutions for storage and management of data using all available mass storage technologies like optical, hard disk, tape, cloud and object store. Close collaboration with leading hardware manufacturers enables an early support of innovative storage technologies. Besides these complete solutions PoINT also offers its know-how as Toolkits, which can be easily integrated in other applications by a programming interface. Furthermore PoINT projects entire storage solutions and provides consultancy with its long-term and versatile experience.

PoINT products are distributed by our partners in more than 25 countries worldwide and have been installed successfully in more than 2 million installations. PoINT customers range from end users expecting a compact and secure solution to large corporations, which meet with our solutions their complex demands by providing the necessary reliability and perfection.

Carmen Kölsch
Public Relations
PoINT Software & Systems GmbH
Eiserfelder Str. 316, 57080 Siegen
Tel.: +49 271 3841-159
Fax: +49 271 3841-151

Source: PoINT



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