Alexander Moiseev, chief business officer for threat intelligence firm Kaspersky, warned of complications in backups, especially for businesses that operate in complex, heterogenous IT environments. (Alexxsun/CC BY-SA 4.0)

One of the best ways for a business to protect itself from ransomware is by having dedicated backups in place for their systems and data. It’s one of many reasons that more than 90 percent of respondents in a 3,000 person survey conducted earlier this year reported that they back up the systems and data they’re responsible for protecting.

But while backups are a great insurance policy, they are not always a panacea. In fact, they’re often the first thing a ransomware actor targets once they gain sufficient access to a network. How a company sets up their IT environment, where they place their backups in relation to the rest of their network and how they communicate with their cloud providers all make a difference in how effectively a business can insulate itself from ransomware.

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