It’s good cyber security practice to backup your data and files. In fact it’s one of the key recommendations by the Australian Signals Directorate on good cyber security practice. But backup storage devices are not immune to attacks themselves and a lot of individuals and organisations may think they are following best practice, but don’t think about the security of these devices. IDCARE continues to see persistent threats from malware and ransomware targeting backup devices. Often these threats focus on devices that have not been “patched” or “updated” with the latest version of their provider’s system. Just like those annoying updates for the applications on our phones, backup storage devices also need updating (more of countermeasures below).
Backup storage devices are also known as external hard drives and Network-attached storage (NAS). Popular brands include Seagate, WD Black, Synology, ScanDisk, QNAP, Lacie, and Samsung. The key difference between backup storage devices that are external hard drives and the NAS variety, is that the latter has a lot more functionality and is ‘networked’. These devices are not necessarily connected to one device, but can be used to store backup files across a network or multiple devices. NAS can continue to be available when computers are turned off. NAS devices can also allow users to access their content whilst working remotely, effectively “logging in” to access files wherever a person can get online.
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