Leader in secure multi-cloud data management, Veritas Technology has enhanced its unified backup and recovery solution, Veritas Backup Exec, trusted by more than 45,000 small and midsize businesses (SMBs) worldwide.

The latest updates include malware detection capabilities, role-based access control and additional optimisations for fast backup and recovery of business-critical data.

Malware detection equips SMBs with another line of defense 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 by hackers, the hackers can only corrupt the small volume of data associated with that specific 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.

Over the last two years, two-thirds (65%) of businesses had fallen victim to a ransomware attack in which bad actors infiltrated their systems, according to recent Veritas research. A majority also said data security risks are increasing.

Veritas vice president for Asia Pacific and Japan channel sales and alliances, Gary Sievers said, “SMBs often lack the comprehensive cyber resiliency infrastructure that large enterprises have in place, making them a prime target for hackers. Although smaller in size compared to large corporates, the risk is, unfortunately, just as large and consequences as significant should an SMB fall victim to a cyber breach.

“Having a reliable backup system is the only way through which businesses can guarantee themselves the ability to recover, should a malicious actor find their way in. With Veritas Backup Exec, SMBs can protect critical data through a simple-to-use, all-in-one solution, no matter where it’s stored – be it 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 SMBs a 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.