Is Your Backup a Real Backup? Part II: Combating Ransomware with Traditional Backups

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Jason Thomas

Bush School of Government and Public Service; Excelsior College; Grand Canyon University; Concordia University Texas; Northwood University

Date Written: November 30, 2017


Ransomware is quickly becoming a major issue for many businesses and industries. According to Symantec, in 2016, ransomware accounted for 95% of extortion malware attacks. In Part I of our series on Combating Ransomware with Traditional Backups, we discussed the value of traditional backups to combat ransomware. In Part II, we discuss different backup paradigms.

Data protection and storage management solutions have advanced rapidly in the past decade. What some refer to as "backup" actually may not be a traditional backup that copies and stores data. Mixing up this terminology could be dangerous and could leave vital resources unprotected.

Keywords: cybersecurity, ransomware, malware, backup, infomormation technology

JEL Classification: M1, M2, M5, M10, M15

Suggested Citation

Thomas, Jason, Is Your Backup a Real Backup? Part II: Combating Ransomware with Traditional Backups (November 30, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Jason Thomas (Contact Author)

Bush School of Government and Public Service ( email )

College Station, TX
United States

Excelsior College ( email )

Albany, NY
United States

Grand Canyon University ( email )

Phoenix, AR
United States

Concordia University Texas ( email )

11400 Concorida University Dr.
Austin, TX 78726
United States

Northwood University ( email )

4000 Whiting Dr
Midland, MI 48640
United States


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