How to prevent ransomware attacks
Preventative actions are essential to protect against falling victim to ransomware. Use these Synology solutions in addition to your antivirus software of choice.
Avoid suspicious files
Spam and phishing emails containing suspicious files are common methods of spreading ransomware.Synology MailPlus provides strong anti-malware protection and spam prevention.
Check for vulnerabilities
Use Synology Security Advisor to routinely scan for malware, system vulnerabilities, and abnormal login activities. Implement recommended changes to improve your NAS security.
How to recover from a ransomware attack
If a ransomware attack is successful, having backups of your data can reduce the damage caused. Your Synology NAS comes with robust backup features to help you continue operations with minimal disruption. Before restoring backups, it is important to make sure your device has been cleaned.
Back up to your NAS
Your Synology NAS is a perfect backup location for all your digital assets.
Safeguard important files
Avoid getting locked out of your files and folders using real-time versioning or scheduled backups. Your NAS can retain up to 32 previous versions of files from any computer, keeping them safe from folder encryption. Learn more
Protect entire systems
Prevent hackers from holding your deployments for ransom by backing them up to your NAS. Synology devices can easily back up data from physical computers, virtual environments, or SaaS applications. Learn more
Synchronize cloud-based data
Keep an updated copy of your public cloud-hosted files on a Synology NAS. DiskStation can encrypt your NAS copies to keep them safe if your public cloud service becomes compromised or inaccessible. Learn more
Back up off-site
Add another layer of protection and complete your 3-2-1 backup strategy by keeping copies of your files and restoring them if you are affected by ransomware.
Leverage another NAS
Defend against ransomware attacks by taking snapshots of shared folders or LUNs and replicating them to another Synology NAS. Learn more
Store data on an external device
Copy your NAS data and configurations to a separate device for safekeeping. DiskStation helps back up your NAS to remote servers or cloud destinations, with powerful customization options to reduce storage usage and protect data against unauthorized access. Learn more
Keep a cloud copy
Protect individual files, NAS data and configurations, and entire on-site devices by retaining unlimited backup copies, encrypted and stored in a secure cloud infrastructure powered by Synology. Learn more
Restore your backups
Even if your devices have been compromised, you can recover your data and applications by restoring your backups from a NAS or an off-site location.
Take back your files and folders
Quickly restore access to LUNs and shared folders on a primary NAS, or fail over to another NAS in seconds with Snapshot Replication. Previous versions of files stored on computers can be restored from a NAS using Synology Drive Client.
Reclaim your system
If any of your endpoints are compromised, you can recover PCs, servers, and virtual machines to a previous clean state using backups on your NAS with Active Backup for Business. Your NAS can also be fully restored from an off-site backup with Hyper Backup.
Recover with the cloud
Cloud backups are not directly connected to compromised on-premise devices, making them a safe and secure location for retrieving data. C2 Backup helps you restore entire PCs or individual files, while C2 Storage for Hyper Backup stores copies of your Synology NAS files and system configurations for fast and reliable recovery.
More ways to protect your data
Protecting businesses with backups
An integrated off-site backup solution was implemented using C2 Storage to fend off the threat of ransomware attacks.
Active Backup for Business delivers fast backup speeds and efficient storage use to protect all mission-critical data.
Morgan, Steve. “Global Ransomware Damage Costs Predicted To Reach $20 Billion (USD) By 2021”. Cybersecurity Ventures, https://cybersecurityventures.com/global-ransomware-damage-costs-predicted-to-reach-20-billion-usd-by-2021/
Johnson, Joseph. “Annual number of ransomware attacks worldwide from 2014 to 2020”. Statista, https://www.statista.com/statistics/494947/ransomware-attacks-per-year-worldwide/