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Dodge ransomware payments with a disaster recovery plan


According to Newsweek’s article, “Your Money or Your Data: Ransomware Viruses Reach Epidemic Proportions”, it seems ransomware is costing victims hundreds of millions of dollars! Americans reportedly paid about $325 million because of ransomware attacks in 2015. What are ransomware predictions for 2016? Analysts estimate it’ll be much higher than 2015.

After reading the article, one defensive measure against ransomware stuck out to me…

“The best thing to do is to back up data frequently, on a cloud storage platform, with cold storage or on an external hard drive.”

Sure, companies have security systems in place to catch and prevent the latest ransomware from causing havoc. However, what happens when ransomware is ahead of your own security controls? Disaster Recovery solutions won’t prevent ransomware…but DR solutions will quickly sidestep ransomware after its caused such a ruckus. With a plan like disaster recovery and proper backup, you can quickly bring critical systems online and continue to operate. Solutions like that will prevent the discussion of ‘do we pay the ransom’ from ever being considered.

What defenses are you using to protect yourself when ransomware attacks? How often do you back up your data?


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