Ransomware and Disaster Recovery Plans

Businessman looking on laptop at an online backup.

Disaster recovery is a fundamental element of good business continuity planning. Business continuity planning refers to the broad range of plans created so that a business can continue to be operational no matter what negative event might occur. Business continuity planning addresses catastrophic events, from loss of a CEO, director, or other principal in the organization to severe natural disasters that incapacitate a physical location. Disaster recovery planning is one piece of this broad planning. Specifically, disaster recovery plans refer to how to quickly recover from some event that compromises your IT infrastructure.

Part of Your Disaster Planning: Ransomware

In general, smaller businesses without any or single-person IT staffs utilize the services of a managed service provider (MSP) to develop disaster recovery plans. One piece of your disaster recovery planning needs to address how the contact center can protect its data from a ransomware attack. Unlike more well-known viruses, ransomware doesn’t just access your data, it locks it down so it is unusable. The business model behind this approach is simple: they are betting you will have no segregated backups and will be willing to buy back access to your data.

Is Your Data Properly Backed Up?

The only real defense against a ransomware attack is offensive. Just routinely making backups of your data may not necessarily protect it from being held hostage. Talk to your managed service provider about the design of your backups and how they are structured, so you will always have a “clean” copy of your data. If you want to defeat the designers of ransomware, your only real solution is to have uninfected backups. As long as you have these, you can simply refuse to pay the ransom. In the case of this virus, offense is the only defense that will keep your business data safe.

Make Sure Your Backup System Get Audited

The most important thing you can do to make sure your data cannot be held ransom is strictly adhering to a regimen of backups. Routinely backup your data. However, even backups may not be foolproof. If your data has been infected and you are unaware of it, or the backup is not segregated from your network, your backups may also become corrupted. Given the severe consequences of a ransomware attack to a business, consider having a security evaluation done by a managed service provider who will have the security expertise to advise you on the best backup protocols for your situation.

From providing superior managed online backups to business continuity planning, Triton Technologies is here to help. We can be called in to help proactively prevent ransomware, as well as provide full IT infrastructure audits and consultation. Contact us today to get started.