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Morehouse School of Medicine Fends Off Ransomware Attacks with Veeam

Veeam Software, a leader in backup, recovery and data management solutions that deliver Modern Data Protection, announced that Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) chose Veeam to replace two unreliable backup solutions and modernize its data protection strategy to defend against growing cyber threats. With ransomware attacks in the education space proving to be highly lucrative for hackers, MSM knew it needed to improve its Disaster Recovery strategy and placed its trust in Veeam's proven track record of protecting critical data assets.

MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists and public health professionals. An independent, private and historically Black medical school, MSM works diligently to increase patient access to high-quality care and eliminate health disparity in underserved communities. When MSM decided to be proactive about defending against ransomware, the IT department quickly realized its legacy backup solutions weren't equipped to handle cyber-attacks - they were unreliable, difficult to use and expensive. That's when MSM turned to Veeam Availability Suite as a more affordable, efficient and secure solution, saving MSM $75,000 in backup costs and 500 hours of IT management each year. Veeam Availability Suite attaches the monitoring capabilities of Veeam ONE to the powerful data protection features of Veeam Backup & Replication in one Enterprise bundle to meet both your protection and analytics needs.

"After attending VeeamON, I knew immediately Veeam was the right choice for MSM. It's the only product I've ever used that does exactly what it says it will do - every single time. It's precisely what we needed to boost our disaster recovery strategy," said Mark Dean, Senior Systems Administrator at Morehouse School of Medicine. "Veeam supports our mission for health equity by helping us protect against cyberattacks - while saving us time and money."

Ransomware attacks against universities increased by 100% in 2020, with the average cost to recover being $447,000. MSM knew that it was a matter of when, not if, it would experience a potentially devastating phishing attack - it only takes one student or faculty member clicking on a phony link. With Veeam, MSM can create air-gapped tape backups to recover from these attacks quickly and avoid paying ransom.

Veeam backs up and replicates nearly 1 PB of data for MSM across more than 400 virtual machines (VMs) on-premises and to a private cloud, while also monitoring and reporting on the efficacy of each backup job. Veeam copies backups to tapes that are stored off-premises, making them air-gapped so MSM can follow the 3-2-1-1-0 rule (3 different backup copies on 2 different media with 1 copy offsite, 1 copy air-gapped, immutable or offline and 0 backup recovery errors). Veeam also backs up VMs in Azure Active Directory, which enables users to sign in and access critical education resources such as Microsoft Office 365.

Working with Veeam lets MSM focus on its health equity mission, giving the university peace of mind that it won't be the next victim of a malicious ransomware attack. By being proactive with its Disaster Recovery strategy, MSM is also assured that when the inevitable attack does happen, data can quickly be recovered without disruption to its students, faculty or staff.

For more information and to learn about Veeam solutions, visit https://www.veeam.com.

Published Tuesday, August 24, 2021 9:32 AM by David Marshall
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