The FBI reports that ransomware attacks increased 62% YoY in 2021, and cyberattacks are only accelerating in 2022 with governments around the world issuing warnings about increased attacks from Russia. In the U.S., President Biden issued a cybersecurity warning and stated that companies carry the “responsibility to strengthen the cybersecurity and resilience of the critical services and technologies on which Americans rely.” The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) issued a similar warning.
Whether it’s due to a cyber-attack or some other disaster/natural disaster, if an organization’s network is compromised, they often can’t afford to have data center outages that result in downtime that impacts their business operations. They must have a disaster recovery plan & business continuity plan in place to help ensure their people can continue to access the applications & data they need to do their jobs and keep the business running.
That’s why today we introduced a new business continuity cloud service designed to help organizations keep their networks & data safe and their people productive in case of an emergency and/or ransomware attack. The new Cameyo Rapid Recovery service runs in Google Cloud and provides organizations with a separate, secure cloud desktop environment from Cameyo that they can instantly switch to if their on-premises environment is attacked or disrupted, enabling their employees to maintain access to all their business-critical apps in case of emergency. Paired with Chrome OS Flex – the cloud-first, easy-to-manage, fast, and secure operating system – organizations can install Chrome OS Flex on compromised Windows & Mac devices to quickly recover the devices and experience the benefits of Chrome OS, all while continuing to access their business-critical applications through Cameyo.
Ensuring Business Continuity in Tumultuous Times
The new Cameyo service, running on Google Cloud, provides organizations with an ultra-secure business continuity solution in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recent “Shields Up” advisory, which recommends that “all organizations—regardless of size—adopt a heightened posture when it comes to cybersecurity and protecting their most critical assets.” This means that every organization – from small businesses to Fortune 500s and everything in between – need the IT infrastructure and recovery solutions in place to ensure high availability, data protection, and to automate the optimization of business continuity.
“In this time of heightened cyber-attack risks, every organization needs both proactive protection as well as an insurance policy in case something does go wrong,” said Andrew Miller, Co-Founder & CEO at Cameyo. “Cameyo Rapid Recovery combines Cameyo’s deep expertise in delivering zero trust cloud desktops with the enhanced security of Chrome OS devices and scalability Google Cloud to provide restoration of access for an organization’s people within hours of an attack.”
“Often times insurance policies come with a significant price tag and are infrequently utilized, so it’s refreshing to see two market leaders provide an affordable service designed to give organizations of all sizes peace of mind in these tumultuous times,” said Mark Bowker, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). “Cameyo and Google are both known for their commitment to zero trust security technologies and principles, so the combination of these offerings is very compelling for any organization looking to protect their operations.”
Bringing Together Best-In-Class Zero Trust Security
The Cameyo Rapid Recovery business continuity service brings together and leverages the following technologies and cloud computing services and cloud solutions from Cameyo and Google, each of which is committed to delivering best-in-class zero trust security:
- Cameyo Virtual App Delivery (VAD) – Built with zero trust capabilities at its core, Cameyo’s VAD platform is the most secure way to deliver cloud desktops without the complexity of traditional virtual machines. With Cameyo Rapid Recovery, Cameyo pre-configures an environment in Google Cloud so secure cloud desktops can be provided for an organization’s employees within hours. If an organization’s network or data is compromised, they can continue to give their employees access to all the business-critical apps – including legacy Windows apps, internal apps, and SaaS apps – they need to do their jobs, while maintaining separation from the compromised network. This protects critical data while enabling a real-time, cost-effective way to reduce the business impact of an outage.
- Chrome OS Flex – Chrome OS Flex is the secure, cloud-first, easy-to-manage, and fast operating system for PCs and Macs. It enables organizations to experience the benefits of Chrome OS on their PCs and Macs, ensuring they boot fast and can be managed from the cloud. After a cyber-attack, this enables organizations to quickly recover potentially compromised Windows and Mac devices by installing Chrome OS Flex, maximizing the life of the existing hardware they already own and refreshing them with a modern, fast, operating system. This reduces e-waste while optimizing older computers’ value alongside Chromebooks when new device purchases aren’t possible. Chrome OS Flex is in early access, and organizations can try it out here.
- Google Cloud – Google Cloud protects your data, applications, infrastructure, and customers from fraudulent activity, spam, and abuse with the same infrastructure and security services Google uses. Google Cloud’s networking, data storage, and compute services provide data encryption at rest, in transit, and in use. And Google Cloud’s advanced Zero Trust security tools support compliance and data confidentiality.
“When we faced a ransomware attack, our cloud provider recommended Cameyo as both an immediate incident response solution and a simpler, more secure long-term solution for giving all our people access to their business-critical apps from anywhere,” said the VP of Technology & Operations at a large New York-based fashion retailer. “We were able to deploy Cameyo and give all our people access to our ERP system within one day. It’s unfortunate it took an incident like this to get us there, but now that we have Cameyo in place, I can say that this is exactly the cloud-native solution we should have had in place the whole time. ”
The Cameyo Rapid Recovery service is available today to all organizations except for those based in Russia, Belarus, Eritrea, North Korea, and Syria. The service costs $300 per organization, per month with an annual commitment. And due to the increased business need for Business Continuity as a Service (BCaaS) solutions in all businesses around the world due to the heightened risk of cyberattacks, Cameyo is providing all organizations with the first four months of the Cameyo Rapid Recovery service for free. In the case of an attack, organizations can quickly activate their environment in Cameyo and decide the number of monthly users needed at that time. To get started, organizations can request access here.