Transparent IT Expo - Portsmouth - Wednesday 13th March 2024

Why you should think about reviewing your current data management regime

Ransomware is a growing threat to organisations.

A backup and recovery solution that isn’t air-gapped, could leave your backups at just as much risk as your live data. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) advises a proactive approach to protecting against ransomware including air-gapped backups, regular restore testing, and the ability to ensure all the correct data is being protected. 

Chip shortages leading to supply chain issues

Chip shortages may make it difficult to procure hardware to upgrade or renew your existing solution. A cloud-first solution can give instant protection to your vital data. There are very few industries that are unaffected by semi-conductor shortages, which are anticipated to endure until 2023 and are putting a strain on the global supply chain as demand for “chips” rises in an increasingly smart world.

Outdated or legacy technologies are unable to manage all workloads

With so many organisations moving data to the cloud, existing solutions can’t always keep up. Does yours? Remote working and needs for collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic sped up digital transformation in all industries and saw Microsoft Teams usage surge well past 100million active daily users. 

How implementing a secure backup plays a vital role in cyber-security

While cyber-security has been a “techy” problem in years gone by, the prevalence and growth of threats like ransomware, in recent years, have seen cyber-security catapulted to the forefront of mainstream consciousness. And while people have become more aware of cyber-security the importance of a complete cyber strategy has never been higher.

Technology now plays a more active role in how any organisation operates, with technologies such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom shaping how users collaborate daily and SaaS platforms like Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace changing how organisations deploy solutions.

Underpinning the technologies in place is an organisations data, which has become a valuable and targetable asset. Cyber-criminals, hackers, and malicious actors understand this more than most, further increasing the importance of protecting data and systems.

In a report published in august of 2021, global analysts IDC stated that ‘only 13% of organizations reported experiencing a ransomware attack/breach are not paying a ransom’ and that the average ransom payment was almost a quarter-million dollars.


Ransomware is not the only cyber threat associated with data breaches, data loss, or corruption of data, but it is a  severe one.

How does backup help? 

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) release regular guidance on the latest threats that organisations are facing, among them malicious threats such as ransomware and malware.

It is notable that their first recommendation for an organisation to stay protected is to make regular backups. By having a secure, and importantly air-gapped, backup solution in place, organisations have the option of recovering data should it become infected with ransomware.

An air-gapped backup solution ensures there is a layer of protection between the live copy of data and the backed-up copy so that the backups cannot also become corrupted. This often means it is stored away from the primary network.

In addition to being the lifeline for recovery, a secure backup strategy can provide additional benefits such as more flexible retention periods, secure access controls, and compliance with the GDPR, in particular enabling an organisation to ‘restore access and availability to personal data in a timely manner in the event of a physical or technical incident’.

How can Transparent help with Redstor?

Transparent Communications work with Redstor as a trusted technology vendor to deliver data management and protection solutions to organisations of all sizes.

Redstor protects data residing in the broadest range of environments, spanning infrastructure and an ever-widening array of SaaS platforms, through a single multi-tenanted app.

Features of the solution include:

• Data protection from day-1 with no need to wait for hardware to be delivered
• Air gapped backups that protect against ransomware in line with NCSC guidance
• Rapid on-demand access to data with Redstor’s InstantDataTM
• AI-driven malware detection that enables the removal of malicious files from within backup data