Disaster recovery has always been an important consideration for any company working with data. In previous eras, however, simply having a backup was enough to get through an outage. Afterward, you could be up and running quickly enough to mitigate any significant impact.
Now that ransomware is running rampant through business technology, it poses a significant problem for companies making their disaster recovery plans. It is essential to guard against ransomware. This is the type of threat that can cripple your business for good.
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is malicious programming that gives an intruder control over your company’s data. He or she corrupts not just the data on your local computer or server, but the data across any accessible backup servers. You will then receive a message informing you that you can only have the key to release the data if you pay a ransom.
Obviously, this is terrifying. Or at least, it is if you have not made any plans to address the possibility of a ransomware attack.
Disaster Recovery Considerations for Ransomware
The goal with disaster recovery for ransomware is to fix the vulnerability, restore your information, and get back to business as usual, all without having to pay the ransom.
It’s not enough to make regular backups of your data. If an intruder could reach your backups and encrypt them alongside your regular data, they are not going to help you in a crisis.
The solution to that problem is to keep your backups entirely separate from your regular computer system. If an intruder cannot reach them, they cannot be affected by ransomware. The ideal is to have backups saved in a completely different location, using credentials other than those you normally use.
In the event of a ransomware attack, you can restore your files from a secure backup. It if has been physically separated from the rest of your information in advance, it will not be affected by the ransomware attack.
Ransomware often goes undetected in its first stages. Here, intruders typically make small changes. They might corrupt specific files so that by the time they’re in full-fledged attack mode you have no way to fix things.
Being prepared is the best thing you can do to combat this kind of attack. Train your staff on best practices for Internet usage, including how to avoid potentially malicious links and emails. Ransomware attackers often gain access through unwitting employees who don’t mean to open up the system to harm.
Educate Your Staff
Make sure that everyone understands what they should be doing to protect the network, and why it is so important. If someone thinks they may have introduced a risk, make it known that they should contact someone in IT immediately so the problem can be assessed.
Maintain Your Software
Keep software updated and patched, as these updates often address security bugs. Left unfixed, these weaknesses could provide unwanted access to your data.
Finally, ensure that you have a full disaster recovery plan in place so that if the worst happens you can take known steps to mitigate problems quickly.
In today’s world, backup alone is simply not enough to protect your company’s precious data from emerging threats. Leave it to the team at Techneto to keep your data secure and easily recoverable in times of uncertainty. We’ll always have your back.