The article discusses how immutability can help protect against ransomware attacks. Immutability refers to the ability to make data unchangeable, which can be achieved through technologies like write-once-read-many (WORM) storage or blockchain. By using immutable storage, organizations can ensure that their data remains safe and intact even if their systems are compromised by ransomware. The article also discusses some of the challenges and considerations that come with implementing immutability in an organization's data storage strategy.

"Immutable backup of storage implies that your data is fixed, unchangeable and cannot be deleted for a period of time or sometimes, forever. Having an immutable backup is important for industries so that their data is secured from undesired accidents or circumstances."

"Immutable backups have gained traction with the rise in ransomware attacks. However, there are different approaches to immutability and external factors that come in to play." - Use immutable backups to prevent data loss, boost compliance - TechTarget

"Immutable backups are an important component of cybersecurity and compliance, and they ensure backups are secure, accessible and recoverable. However, they are not the only piece of the equation. Authentication and access control tools and policies are important additional safeguards, as are isolating or air gapping immutable backups and encryption."


Hardware-integrated Veeam Immutability...

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"Protection against malicious intent or accidental deletion of backup data has become critical in anyone’s data protection strategy– and with immutable backup functionality for Amazon S3 and S3-compatible object storage repositories, data that is shifted or copied into the Capacity Tier is further protected. This feature relies on the S3 API to set a period of time on each block of data uploaded to Object Storage where it cannot be modified or deleted by anybody. Yes, we mean anybody:  intruders, malicious actors, accidental deletion by admins and more." - Veeam

Forrester analysts write:
“Implementing an immutable file system with underlying WORM storage will make the system watertight from a ransomware protection perspective.”

V11: Immutable primary backup storage with a hardware-agnostic touch - "Veeam Backup & Replication v11 enables you to store your short-term retention backups locally onsite for fast recovery with the protection of immutability. In addition, you can now tier those backups into an immutable object storage offering offsite, giving you additional protection against unforeseen malicious activity or accidental deletion."

Double-Play Immutability Made Easy to Beat Ransomware with Veeam - "Double-play or even triple-play Immutability is where the implementation has two backup copies that are ultra-resilient."

Veeam ONE 11a Immutability Metrics...

Veeam: Improved visibility of our immutability policies in Veeam ONE v11a

Monitor Hardened Repository with Veeam ONE v11a

Immutability is a key component of a layered Ransomware strategy

WHAT IS: "Offline", "Immutable", and "Air-Gapped"?

Block Generation

"To reduce I/O operations and associated costs, Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically add from 1 to 10 days to the immutability expiration date. This period is called Block Generation. You do not have to configure it, the Block Generation setting is applied automatically.

For example, if you set your immutability period to 30 days, Veeam Backup & Replication will add from 1 to 10 days to specific objects to reduce I/O operations with the storage over time. This will not change the retention and their effective immutability. It is a background optimization. Thus, if you need 30 days immutability period, set the period to 30 days.."