T he Galactic Empire needed a way to squash the rebellion manifesting across its galaxies. It decided to design the Death Star, which conveniently wipes out planets one at a time, striking terror into the hearts of those thinking of raising their hands with the Rebel Alliance against the Empire. When the Galactic Empire needed a secure way to store the schematics for the Death Star, it turned to a technology that transcends both time and space—the tape drive. Tape offers the Empire an offline backup copy for protection against both ransomware and rebels with the added ability to physically store it at a data center on an offsite planet. Unfortunately for the Empire, too much faith in the dark side and too little faith in IT security resulted in the tape being stolen and the Death Star being exploited for its minor design flaw.

Stars Wars is more than just a space opera that pits good vs. evil; it is really a lesson on the importance of data management and security. This popular blockbuster serves to highlight the exposures in data. While rebels can physically disrupt data, digital attacks such as ransomware occur more frequently. When ransomware enters your systems, it begins to encrypt data and can target network-attached storage (NAS), virtualization, online collaboration tools, and more. Offline and offsite copies are the best means to mitigate this risk. Large enterprises such as a Galactic Empire spanning many galaxies can protect data from data loss, localized disasters (such as rebels exploiting your offsite data center), and ransomware by the 3-2-1 Data Protection best practice that has proven to be more reliable than any storm trooper.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Quantum became an industry leader in tape automation and continues to provide a time tested solution to protect against ransomware attacks using the 3-2-1 Data Protection best practice.

3-2-1 Data Protection can be broken down simply as follows:

  • 3 copies of your data
  • 2 different types of media (tape, disk, and deduplication)
  • 1 air-gapped copy (offline and offsite)

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  • Ian Green
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    Thanks Michael,

    This is a great resource for understanding the 3-2-1 Data Protection best practice.

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