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Today GRAU DATA, specializing in cost-effective solutions for the security and long-term retention of data, announced the availability of Blocky Ransomware Protection software for Veeam® customers. Blocky offers Veeam Backup & Replication™ customers the ability to seamlessly integrate Microsoft Windows-based ransomware protection into their backup and recovery operations.

According to the Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report, ransomware is growing at a yearly rate of 350%. Without a sufficient security strategy, ransomware can impact business operations and have a significant financial impact. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that ransomware damage costs will exceed $8 billion in 2018, up from $5 billion in 2017. Projections that ransomware will attack a business every 14 seconds by the end of 2019 further illustrate that it is no longer a matter of if but when such an attack may occur. According to Hans-Wilhelm Dünn, President of Cyber Security Consultants e.V., “Ransomware is increasingly becoming the tool of choice for cybercriminals. At the same time professionalization of attack vendors can be observed. Holistic (cyber) security concepts are therefore indispensable.”

Blocky reliably protects against ransomware by leveraging GRAU DATA’s long-standing WORM technology, FileLock. Originally developed as archive software, FileLock offers the robust protection against ransomware by preventing unauthorized changes to data. Blocky allows legitimate applications such as the Veeam Backup & Replication™ to modify data at any time while preventing ransomware and other applications from making unauthorized changes, aiding your defenses against cyber criminals.