Blog Post: Ransomware, Backup and Disaster Recovery, BDR

Quorum Launches onQ Ransomware Edition to Quickly Recover Servers Infected with Ransomware

June 1, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the wake of the world’s largest malware attack, Quorum today released onQ Ransomware Edition (onQ RE) to enable organizations to recover servers infected with ransomware quicker and more securely. onQ RE is built on the same proven technology as the flagship onQ enterprise Backup and Disaster Recovery platform, but is designed specifically to support a small number of production servers as a lightweight and affordable option for organizations that need a fast recovery solution. 

“We have been seeing an overwhelming demand for a purpose-built ransomware recovery product due to the increasing number of ransomware attacks. The WannaCry malware hit 150 countries and infected more than 300,000 machines with hackers demanding ransom for restoring data to its victims,” said Simon Pearce, Chief Executive Officer at Quorum. “The new onQ Ransomware Edition is the only standalone recovery product currently available on the market that can restore servers in as fast as four minutes so companies never have to pay cybercriminals or risk losing their data. Our goal is to get organizations up and running as quickly as possible.”

According to a Ponemon Institute report, full and accurate backup is a critical ransomware defense. It found that 52 percent of respondents who were affected with ransomware did not pay because they had full backup1. The recent rise in highly publicized ransomware attacks has led to thousands of organizations reviewing how they are integrating IT security with disaster recovery policies, with many looking for a lightweight Backup and Disaster Recovery solution to meet this specific challenge.  

onQ® RE works by connecting to an organization’s network and taking snapshots of production servers. These snapshots are used to create a virtual machine image that can be used in the event of a ransomware infection. At user defined intervals, new snapshots are taken, encrypted and saved to the hardware appliance. Each snapshot is automatically tested to be sure that it will function in the event of an outage. In the case of a ransomware infection, the IT team isolates the affected system to prevent the spread of the infection, then the last known good snapshot is selected from the onQ® RE management console and the virtual machine copy is started up. Once fully booted, the system is now on the production network and is ready to take over for the failed server.

Quorum invites companies to attend the “Introducing: onQ Ransomware Edition” webinar event June 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT for an overview and product demonstration. For additional product and pricing details, visit onQ Ransomware Edition online.

About Quorum    Quorum enables IT teams to provide business continuity and the fastest recovery from server downtime in the industry. The onQ® product was first introduced in 2010 and has evolved into a powerful platform delivering backup, one-click instant recovery, deduplication, replication, automated recovery testing and extensible archiving, all delivered as a hardware appliance, virtual machine or as cloud based disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS). Quorum has offices in the US and the UK serving customers worldwide. Businesses of all sizes like the easy installation, flexible deployment options and fast recovery time. To learn more, visit www.quorum.com or follow on twitter @quorumlabs.

1 Ponemon Institute, The Rise of Ransomware, January 2017

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