One of the most compelling reasons to use an integrated file backup and file sharing service is business continuity in the event your PCs become infected by ransomware.

This is shaping up to be the year of ransomware. Ransomware is malicious software that locks up a computer or whole network until a ransom is paid.  In 2016 there have been over 40 different variants of new ransomware discovered, and there's no end in sight.

When it comes to ransomware, it’s not the ransom that’s so damaging to your business. It’s the downtime.  Just ask the folks at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center.  After 10 days of their data being held hostage by the Locky ransomware, they finally gained access to their files, but only after paying the ransom demand of $17,000.

Many businesses have plans in place for natural disasters, power outages or other disruptions. Few have plans for cyber threats such as ransomware. That’s one of the reasons ransomware has been so disruptive to businesses and so profitable for criminals.


In order for users to continue working during a ransomware outbreak, two capabilities are required:

  • the capability to roll back to uninfected files instantly.
  • the capability to immediately access those clean files using alternate devices.

CloudDrive, our file sharing, syncing and backup service offers both: in the event of a ransomware infection, just select the folder you want to restore, select the target point in time and start the restore. Your folders are instantly rolled back to their state at that point in time. A user can then access those files instantly through a web portal or mobile device, even as they’re re-syncing data to their computer.

CloudDrive allows you to set continuous, real-time backups of synced files and folders, local folder backups, custom or unlimited retention, and restore files and folders from the cloud, including Mass Revision Rollback.

The benefits of having a business continuity plan in place using CloudDrive:

  • For users: Ransomware becomes a mild disruption instead of a major disaster
  • For IT: User productivity is restored immediately, so you can carefully focus on containing the outbreak and preventing future infections
  • For The Business: Avoid lost sales, angry customers and bad PR - Plus, no need to pay ransom.

For more information on how CloudDrive can help you avoid paying ransom in the event of an ransomware outbreak, please contact us.