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Veritas Backup Exec strengthens resilience against ransomware for SMEs

Latest release of all-in-one data protection solution features new malware detection, role-based access control and faster backup and recovery.

Johannesburg, 03 Apr 2024
Veritas Backup Exec.
Veritas Backup Exec.

Veritas Technologies, which positions itself as the leader in secure multicloud data management, today announced enhancements to Veritas Backup Exec, the unified backup and recovery solution trusted by more than 45 000 small and midsize businesses (SMEs) worldwide. The latest updates include malware detection capabilities, role-based access control and additional optimisations for fast backup and recovery of business-critical data.

With ransomware attacks on the rise, data security is a growing concern for all businesses. Veritas research found that over the last two years, 65% of businesses had fallen victim to a ransomware attack in which bad actors infiltrated their systems. A majority also said data security risks are increasing. Small businesses can be especially vulnerable to ransomware attacks, without the in-house expertise to manage the complexities of data security. Many also forgo cyber insurance with a mistaken assumption that by virtue of their smaller size, they are more likely to fly under the radar of cyber criminals.

Simon Jelley, general manager for Backup Exec at Veritas, said: “Make no mistake, SMEs face the same danger as large enterprises. Hackers target smaller companies just as frequently and with more devastating consequences. Only one thing can guarantee recovery if attackers get in – having a reliable backup system. Veritas Backup Exec provides a simple-to-use, all-in-one solution for protecting SMEs’ critical data wherever it lives – in SaaS or specialised applications and workloads, on-premises or in the cloud.”

The unified design of Veritas Backup Exec eliminates the need for multiple point products and offers SMEs a powerful, cost-effective way to keep pace with the changing data and threat landscape. Customers can also manage their entire data estate from a single console. Veritas continuously strengthens the solution’s capabilities and defensive measures, adhering to a rapid development cycle. The latest release of Veritas Backup Exec introduces several new features:

  • Malware detection – Equips SMEs with another line of defence against viruses propagating within their data environment. Veritas Backup Exec malware detection, powered by Microsoft Defender, can be used to scan both VMware and Hyper-V backup sets at any time or prior to recovery.
  • Role-based security – Limits access to data based on a user’s specific role. In the event an account is compromised, hackers can only corrupt the small volume of data associated with that specific user’s account.
  • Faster backup and recovery – Optimises protection performance with forever incremental backup of VMware and Hyper-V. Protection of virtual machines is now faster with parallel backup of multiple virtual disks and the included ability to recover virtual machines instantly.

Steve Walcott, server administrator at WalCorp, said: “Ransomware attacks have become inevitable in today’s world. Veritas Backup Exec helps us stay prepared and ready to recover quickly. The all-in-one design is cost-effective and gives us everything we need to keep our data secure, making it simple to protect data across environments.”

Christophe Bertrand, practice director at Enterprise Strategy Group, said: “Whether they realise it or not, SMEs have a target on their backs. Hackers know they lack resources, and our research confirms that SMEs think ransomware is more complex than other attacks and are more likely to pay extortion demands. Veritas is aiming to ‘democratise’ cyber resilience through Backup Exec, giving SMEs data defence tools to help them detect and recover from ransomware attacks with full confidence.”

Veritas Backup Exec is available as a subscription service and can be installed in 10 minutes or less. Once installed, completing the first backup takes only five minutes. Find a Veritas-certified partner or sign up for the Veritas Backup Exec free 60-day trial. To learn more about how the solution helps SMEs, watch the webinar on pinpointing cyber threats and recovering quickly from ransomware attacks.


Veritas Technologies

Veritas Technologies is the leader in secure multi-cloud data management. Over 80,000 customers—including 91% of the Fortune 100—rely on Veritas to help ensure the protection, recoverability and compliance of their data. Veritas has a reputation for reliability at scale, which delivers the resilience its customers need against the disruptions threatened by cyberattacks, like ransomware. No other vendor is able to match Veritas’ ability to execute, with support for 800+ data sources, 100+ operating systems and 1,400+ storage targets through a single, unified approach. Powered by Cloud Scale Technology, Veritas is delivering today on its strategy for Autonomous Data Management that reduces operational overhead while delivering greater value. Learn more at

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