Disaster Recovery Service: Prepare for Ransomware Attacks

When running a small business, there are many potential issues one needs to be prepared for. And while no one wants to say it out loud, you need to be prepared for total disaster. You also need to have a plan in place that helps you crawl your way out of that disaster with your business intact.

As the name suggests, disaster recovery service is the methodology set in place by an organization to get control back after events like a natural disaster or a cyber attack.

While it varies from business to business, disaster recovery almost always relies on a copy of data that is stored off-premises. So in case of, say, a natural disaster, it is this off-location copy of data that will allow you to regain much-needed functionality.

Of late we have seen an uptick in the number of ransomware attacks, especially on small-to-medium businesses. The frequency is such that it is no longer a matter of if your business will be at the receiving end of such an attack, it is a matter of when. The implications of a ransomware attack become even more serious when the data your business deals with is classified as sensitive.

What is a ransomware attack?

Ransomware attack is a type of cyber attack in which malicious software gains access to your sensitive data. It then threatens to either publish your data or blocks access to it by encrypting it until you pay a ransom. Hence, the name ‘ransom’ware. Government agencies advise against paying ransom and urge companies to report any such attacks to relevant authorities. In fact, its been repeatedly seen that companies who end up paying the ransom are attacked again. Please know that most major companies in North America and Europe have fallen prey to ransomware attacks.

Increased cybersecurity to help with these attacks

The only way to save yourself from such attacks is to try to set up a solid cybersecurity framework and a disaster recovery program. This will allow your business to get back on its feet as soon as possible with minimal data loss. Of course, keeping malicious software and cyber criminals away is the actual preferred approach but it is not always possible. Cybersecurity works best on the “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” lines.

Steps you can take to ensure data security are:

  • Having an updated disaster recovery service in place
  • Having a solid data recovery plan and working with cybersecurity consultants for remote monitoring of threats

Disaster preparedness

One of the first things you can do as a small business owner is make sure you have all the elements in place to recover from such an attack. Disaster recovery plan, highly trained IT team, insurance – all these are necessary. Next, you need to have a predetermined plan of attack. It is always better to have pre-decided plan rather than making decisions under pressure, in the heat of the moment.

You should always consult your legal team, relevant law enforcement authorities and your insurance agency when coming up with a disaster recovery plan. All these entities will be able to provide you with expert information that will come in handy when you are at the receiving end of any kind of cyber security attack.

RCN Networks has business continuity services that you could subscribe to. You can also complete the Free Security Network Risk Assessment form on the website to learn about the potential vulnerabilities in your system and have experts help you overcome them.