Asigra Inc., a Canadian cloud-based backup, recovery and restoration software service provider, announced a new program that focusses on defending the backup repositories and data of Canadian public/non-profit organizations against cyber-attacks.
The purpose of this program is to help users in the data recovery process, that otherwise would have been difficult in case of a malicious malware/ransomware attack, which often puts large volumes of personally identifiable information (PII) at risk. Hackers have now designed ransomware and other malwares that target the secondary storage systems (i.e. backup data), this means there will be no other option for the victim but to agree to the hacker’s ransom demands, which can be exceptionally high for public and non-profit entities.
To shoulder this burden, Asigra has decided to partially donate a large percentage of its cybersecurity-enabled backup technology to Canada’s extensive list of public and non-profit organizations. Under this program, establishments in the country (Canada) that can issue a tax-deductible receipt, can contact the company to receive its complete suite of anti-ransomware and backup software. The larger part of the cost for these services will be covered by a donation-in-kind.
“The majority of cybersecurity analysts today agree that cyberattacks are evolving from the perspective of what they target, how they impact organizations and the changing methods of attack,” said David Farajun, CEO, Asigra. “For the past year, we have seen an increasing number of cyberthreats begin to target the number one method of data recovery – the backup repository. As a specialist in this area, we have developed a very effective solution to fight against this, and now offer the technology to public and non-profit organizations we share our data with.”
Cyberattacks on public/non-profit organizations have put personal data at risk. New variants of ransomware and other forms of cyber-attacks continue to infiltrate and expose sensitive data to unknown and possibly criminal entities. In a recent attack, medical test provider LifeLabs agreed to pay ransom to the attackers in order to retrieve millions of customer records. In a statement, the organization said, “the personal information of over 15 million customers was compromised, mostly in British Columbia and Ontario, including name, address, email, login, passwords, date of birth, health card number and lab test results.”
The cloud-based data recovery platform of Asigra enables data protection and cybersecurity against malware/ransomware. This coupled with FIPS 140-2 certification means a military-grade encryption is done to the data in its cloud making user data unreadable without the proper encryption key, thus ensuring secure and reliable data recovery.