Ransomware has been in the news a lot as of late. The WannaCry ransomware attack began on May 12, 2017, and hit over 230,000 computers that were located in more than 150 countries. Many of the infected systems were in hospitals, putting patient care at risk. This attack is the perfect example of how dangerous ransomware can be. Whether you are in charge of a hospital’s system or you run a small business with a single employee, it is essential that you protect yourself from ransomware.
Follow RingStor’s three-step process to you won’t have to worry about your data being held ransom.
Protect Your Business with a Well-Designed Plan
A well-designed plan is the first step in protecting your business from ransomware. While some businesses only protect the IT infrastructure, you actually need to protect your business operations, as well. That means that your plan must include two essential parts: frequent companywide data backups and business operation recovery procedures.
Frequent Companywide Data Backup - You will need to determine how many copies of your data that you need. This is where the 3-2-1 rule comes in handy. You need to make three copies of all of your data. The copies should be made saved with two different types of media, and at least one copy needs to be stored in a secure location that is away from your production servers. If you don’t have access to an off-site storage location, use the cloud.
It is important that you don’t use a Windows backup system. As the WannaCry ransomware attack illustrates, Windows can leave a system vulnerable to attack. Instead, go with a hardened-Linux system, as it is more secure.
Business Operation Recovery Procedures - You need first understand the risks and cost should your IT infrastructure goes down for extended period of time. While all parts in your business are important, but the priority may differ, your plan should design to recover the most important part of your business operation first to avoid bigger financial losses to your business.
Test Your Plan Regularly
Once you get your plan running, you need to test it to make sure it is working. That means that you need to verify your backups to make sure that the system is backing your data up properly. Run trial recoveries throughout the year to make sure that you can retrieve your latest backup. Also, you should always know when the last backup was made.
Recover Your Business Operations According to the Plan
If an attack does occur, your plan will allow you to get everything back up and running in a timely fashion. Your plan for business operation recovery will prioritize certain tasks and data groups to ensure that the most important data are restored first. When you use RingStor, this step is fully automated. It is also incredibly fast, as long as you follow the first two steps. That way, RingStor can pull from working backups while scrubbing your system clean of ransomware. In many cases, it only takes seconds to get your system back to normal.
Ransomware has completely disabled IT systems around the world and disrupted business, but you don’t have to be a victim. These three steps will protect you from this harmful virus and ensure that you can serve your customers with minimal downtime, regardless of what happens.