While back-up, business continuity and disaster recovery can be different for every company, involving numerous strategies and tactics, there is no doubting the need for solutions to support over-arching BDR plans.
Almost daily, organizations of all sizes are getting hit with ransomware threats, for example, which puts whole systems, databases, files and more at risk.
As well, nation state attacks and unexpected weather events have prompted companies to be more prepared for down-time and quick recovery to keep their businesses up and running.
Solutions for this category can support various components of BDR plans and efforts – from supporting backup protocol when systems have been threatened or taken offline – to addressing infrastructure demands to get back up and running in the event of physical disasters or online attacks by insiders and outside malicious actors.
Today, cyber disasters inflict more business damage than natural disasters and strike more frequently.
Wipers like NotPetya, Shamoon, Destover and ransomware such as Petya, WannaCry, and LockerGoga have crippled organizations around the globe, encrypting their IT infrastructure and sending them back to manual operations until, or if, they can recover their systems.
In a cyber disaster, Microsoft’s Active Directory (AD) – the distributed security system that controls user authentication and systems authorization in over 90% of the world’s medium and large organizations – is mission-critical because it’s foundational to recovering everything else on the network.
Legacy protocol for AD recovery demands a resource-intensive and error-prone process that cost organizations days or even weeks of downtime.
Semperis Active Directory Forest Recovery (ADFR) fully automates the entire forest recovery process with just a few clicks – ensuring fast, clean, and painless restores.
Their “cyber-first” recovery approach saves millions of dollars in unnecessary business interruption.
Recovery has traditionally taken a back seat to prevention and detection for malware protection, but today – with ransomware being the leading cause of organizational IT disruption – rapid, automated restoration of sensitive systems and data is the most effective and proactive defense against corporate Armageddon.
For organizations that can’t tolerate lengthy outages or degraded service, Semperis Active Directory Forest Recovery (ADFR) orchestrates a fully automated forest recovery process – prohibiting errors, reducing downtime to minutes instead of days or even weeks, and eliminating the risk of malware re-infection.
(Learn More. In today’s cloud-first, mobile-first world, dependency on Active Directory is rapidly growing—and so is the attack surface. How can you defend the keys to your kingdom against the backdrop of escalating attacks? Tune in to the conversation and hear from the experts. Courtesy of Semperis and YouTube. Posted on Apr 7, 2020.)
Semperis Active Directory Forest Recovery (ADFR) Core Capabilities Include:
Automate and accelerate the recovery process, including rebuilding the Global Catalog, cleaning up metadata and the DNS namespace, restructuring the site topology, etc.
Restore AD without reintroducing rootkits and other malware in system state and bare-metal backups of infected Domain Controllers (DCs).
Restore AD to the same or different hardware – on-premises or in the cloud.
Traditional Active Directory backup tools only address recovery from IT operational issues, where AD is affected but host servers are not.
Legacy approaches such as bare-metal recovery (BMR) carry severe underlying issues, particularly when restoring AD after a cyberattack.
For starters, BMR backups, like system state backups, contain boot files, executables, and other OS artifacts where malware can linger and re-infect restored domain controllers (DCs).
With its Active Directory Forest Recovery (ADFR) product, Semperis introduced the only “cyber-first” approach to AD disaster recovery, purpose-built to combat today’s evolving cyber threat landscape.
Semperis ADFR’s patented technology separates AD from the underlying Windows operating system and only restores what’s needed for the server’s role as a DC, DNS server, DHCP server, etc. – virtually eliminating the risk of malware re-infection during restore.
Additionally, Semperis ADFR’s “cyber-first” capabilities empower organizations to recover AD to alternate hardware (virtual or physical) when firmware is infected.
Semperis Active Directory Forest Recovery (ADFR) has a refreshingly transparent pricing model based on parameters such as size and complexity of the customer’s AD infrastructure.
Being a fully automated solution, Semperis ADFR removes the dependence on of the resource-intensive, error-prone AD recovery process.
The product is praised by customers for its patented technical capabilities and ease-of-use.
Semperis ADFR doesn’t require a dedicated FTE to manage the product day to day.
In fact, the product’s end-to-end automation frees up teams to allocate more focus on other aspects of business continuity and disaster recovery planning.
With a customer base that includes some of the largest organizations in the world spanning every major industry vertical, Semperis ADFR effortlessly scales to meet any requirements.
What are the dos and don’ts of recovering AD from a #cyberdisaster? @gkirkpatrick (Chief Architect at Semperis) and @GGrillen (Chief Technologist at @DXCTechnology), are sharing their expertise on May 27th at 12 pm ET.
— Semperis (@SemperisTech) May 22, 2020
Typically, Semperis customers have a bi-annual upgrade process tied to their change management process.
Semperis provides support for later versions as well, so the upgrade cycle is very manageable.
Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, Semperis customers usually prefer to keep case studies anonymized.
However, Semperis can highlight one public study that exemplifies the success that Active Directory Forest Recovery (ADFR) customers can expect.
As the largest air carrier in Israel, El Al Airlines transports millions of passengers each year to 180 destinations worldwide.
Maintaining systems uptime and getting passengers to their destinations on time are key to El Al’s business.
The airline searched for a solution that would maximize AD uptime and help the company meet strict, demanding SLAs.
“The Semperis platform helped El Al reach a point where we are sure that we can overcome any Active Directory outage.” – Deputy Director of Infrastructure
ADFR’s Proven Benefits Include:
AD recovery time reduced from 1 day to 2 hours
El Al Airlines meets uptime requirements and SLAs
Manual maintenance burden is eliminated
Test lab creation is automated
In today’s era of digital transformation, cyber weaponization is commonplace, and the “extinction event” is a genuine threat, especially for organizations with uptime and availability requirements.
Any prolonged downtime of AD – being the gatekeeper to critical applications and data – puts organizations at risk of losing significant revenue, and in some cases, a complete shutdown.
Using a real-world example, recent projections estimate that NotPetya costed the international shipping company, Maersk, up to 300 million dollars in losses.
It’s public knowledge that a least three of ten days were spent on manually recovering AD.
If one considers AD restoration accounting for about 30% of the entire recovery time, it’s clear how valuable automation would’ve been in this situation.
Legacy recovery approaches cost organizations unnecessary interruptions and unplanned infrastructure costs because of one fundamental issue: cybersecurity is not top of in mind.
Semperis Active Directory Forest Recovery (ADFR) is “cyber-first” AD recovery.
Originating as broadly distributed campaigns, ransomware attacks in 2019 have evolved into highly targeted and extremely damaging network-wide infections.
Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that ransomware damages will cost the world $11.5 billion this year and $20 billion by 2021.
In addition to large enterprises, state and local governments have also become targets: 53 were reported in 2018, and at least 24 so far in 2019 including Baltimore and Atlanta.
Being the only “cyber-first” solution on the market purpose-built to recover Active Directory (AD) from cyberattacks, Semperis Active Directory Forest Recovery (ADFR) is postured to continue experiencing rapid adoption from organizations big and small.
Today, Semperis ADFR protects millions of identities.
The product has been adopted by customers in the Fortune 500, government, financial, healthcare, and other industries worldwide.
Semperis is accredited by Microsoft and recognized by Gartner.
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