How to recover from a Ransomware Attack

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Please do not panic if your organization is hit by a ransomware attack. Just follow these steps as it helps in recovering your organization from a ransomware attack.

Detection of the infection is vital- It is a known fact that ransomware infections are hard to detect as only a threat monitoring solution from a noted company helps in detecting the file encrypting malware as soon as it enters a network by presenting very few false positives by warning against abnormal file sharing behaviors.

Restricting the damage- The best way to stop the spread of a ransomware infection is to contain it in an automated way. Most of this can be achieved by putting in various security policy rules and scripts in place in a proactive way. The other way to protect an organization from incurring financial losses is by purchasing a cyber insurance that protects a business from all variants of cyber threats and that includes ransomware.

Backing up- unfortunately, if none of the security policies help and backing up data and restoring the information when a need arises is important. But to have an effective backup in place, a company needs to follow a 3-2-1 backup rule and that’s as follows-

  • Keeping a 3 copies of vital files, one as primary and 2 as backups

  • Storing a file in at least 2 different media like a hard disk and an SSD

  • And 1 copy has to be backed up offsite- most probably on a cloud storage platform.

Notify the law enforcement- It is better to notify the law enforcement agencies like FBI about the attack as most organizations have to comply with the regulatory rules like HIPAA, GDPR and PCI-DSS.

Test your business continuity plans in place- As a proactive measure, all CEOs and CTOs must have a business continuity plan in place that could help them remediate their data and services unfortunate takes place.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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