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How will your company recover after a virus attack?

April 1st, 2014

system fail situation in network server roomEven the best antivirus and security settings will occasionally be overcome by a virus attack. Having these systems in place significantly reduces the risk to your business, but no solution is perfect.

So what do you do when your defenses are overrun and your workstations and business systems are infected?

Manual Removal

Depending on what technology you have in place, you might be stuck with manually removing viruses, which can be time-consuming and as disruptive to the business as the virus itself.

The frustration of having to work through dozens, or even hundreds of computers leaves many business owners and IT managers wishing they could just roll the clock back to before the virus hit.

If you're using a backup and disaster recovery appliance from Continuum, you can do exactly that.

Continuum Vault

Here's an example:

Imagine your business is using a Continuum Vault appliance to backup your data, servers, and workstations.

The Vault takes snapshot backups every few minutes and syncs them to the cloud, so you have multiple point-in-time restore points stored in multiple locations. Your old backup system didn't have that functionality. It's one of the reasons you decided to go with Continuum.

Then the virus hits. It gets past your firewall and all your antivirus software. It's infecting everything. Your IT team sees it spreading through the network and are eventually able to stop new infections, but in the meantime, most of the PCs and servers on your network are infected.

No big deal. You login to the Continuum appliance and restore workstations and servers to a point in time prior to the virus infection. It takes 30 minutes over lunch.

After the restore, a few people are missing new files they were working on. You use the Vault's single file restore functionality to put those files back on their system.

Everyone goes back to work.

You don't have a Vault?

Chances are, if you're reading this, you probably don't already have a Continuum Vault. You may already have a backup and disaster recovery system in place, but maybe you're unhappy with it or need more functionality.

We've worked with a number of clients to install new Vaults and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Business owners love the piece of mind they provide and IT managers love the ease of use and features.

If you're considering replacing an existing backup and disaster recovery solution or are interested in putting something in place for the first time, we'd be happy to talk. Give us a call or e-mail and we'll answer your questions to help you decide if a Continuum Vault is the right option for your business.

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