On paper, ransomware isn’t nearly as scary and devastating sounding as the reality tends to play out. Imagine if one day your company was locked out of all its data. Its financial records, its client information, your billing system, and the like all ransomed. In many cases the ransom while steep is a pittance compared to the cost of your business losing its data and the productivity losses that go with it. The thing is, more than half the time the ransom is paid, the data remains locked. After they’ve anonymously taken your money, they have little motivation to take the extra steps to unlock your data, if they even bothered to retain the encryption key in the first place.

Office 365 now has two tools that allow organizations to safeguard their data against ransomware attacks and restore your files even if you are compromised by a ransomware attack.

File Restore

This tool has been part of OneDrive for a while now, but Microsoft recently made available on all Office 365 licenses including Home and Personal. File Restore allow OneDrive users to roll back their entire OneDrive to any point in the previous 30 days. So if your files are ransomed, the hard drive they’re on gets destroyed, get corrupted, or your hapless coworker accidently deletes all of them, you can get back up and running in moments.

Ransomware Detection and Recovery

Office 365 now detects ransomware on the device its installed on and lets you know it's happening. Whether it's you phone, tablet or PC Office 365 will alert you and send you and email with instructions on how to respond to the attack. In this notification you're given a link to the aforementioned File Restore feature. This link also includes the data and time of the attack to you can quickly see what happened and restore your device to before it was infected.

The choice for file storage is clear

We've been telling businesses to stop using file servers for a while now, but now that all version of Office 365 include these features with OneDrive, it now the right choice for everyone, including home users. If you have data that you value, whether it's your company's financial records or family photos, don't leave it to hard drives to keep it. Put it in the cloud, make it indestructible.