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A Plan for Data Recovery Can Help Counter Ransomware Attacks

Having a data backup plan in place is crucial in protecting data from ransomware and other cyber attacks.

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You’ve probably heard of the term on the news. “Ransomware” is a type of malicious program developed to block you from using your computer or from accessing certain files. In order to access your computer or data again, you’ll usually be prompted by a message telling you to pay a certain amount of money, hence the “ransom” in ransomware.

Ransomware has been a growing cybercrime for years, however, attempts to put a stop to these kinds of malicious software have done little. From individuals in their homes to corporate businesses, and even state governments, nobody is safe if they are struck by ransomware without the proper layers of protection.

The Calamitous Effects of Ransomware

The most obvious effect of ransomware is the money demanded, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. In one poll, 69 percent of state IT heads and agency leaders said that it took them anywhere from “12 hours to over a month” of costly and inconvenient downtime before they were able to get their important data back, and that’s IF they were even successful. In another study, 1 out of every 4 surveyed said that they paid off the ransom, but only 1 out of every 10 that did…ever got their data back.

Over 70 state and local governments in the United States were struck by ransomware in just 2019 alone. Here are just a couple of examples of what kind of damages some of those cities suffered:

  • The city of Baltimore, MD had city data ransomed for $76,000. After refusing to pay, the trouble it cost to restore and recover everything led to a total bill of 18 million dollars.
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts suffered a larger ransom of 5.3 million dollars, but thankfully they were able to rescue their data on their own, but not without having to use insurance to cover the costs of recovery.

Currently, about 8 out of 10 governmental IT officials now see ransomware becoming an even greater threat in the near future. From the bleak predictions to the astounding amounts cities are having to pay, a more secure data recovery solution is required.

What Measures Do State Agencies Have?

Most state agencies typically employ a team of IT professionals to protect their data. Along with their IT teams, state agencies may use other established means of protecting their networks, such as Cyber Awareness and Security training, with lessons including anti-phishing strategies. One would expect that to be enough, since ransomware’s favorite vehicle is through spam and phishing emails. But hackers are creative and persistent, a dangerous combination for companies and agencies with a lot to lose.

Cases like these require multiple layers of protection. The human element is bound to produce error at some point. All it takes is the opening of a bad link, and one person to fall into a phishing trap.

Leave Nothing to Chance, Create a Plan with Secure Data Recovery

These ransomware attacks will only grow in complexity as hackers discover ways to infiltrate systems in all industries. When your company suffers a ransomware attack, do not pay the ransom. Director of Forensics at Secure Data, Allan Buxton, says there is no guarantee that paying the ransom will get your data back. He said it only opens you or your business up to more attacks in the future because you have identified yourself as a compliant target.

Instead of stressing over data loss due to a ransomware attack, create a quality backup plan in the case of any cyberattack. Having a data recovery solution is a vital part of any digital disaster recovery plan. Secure Data Recovery engineers work with all devices and operating systems and offer the fastest turnaround times in the industry. We can recover your personal or corporate files to limit downtime and keep you or your business from having to pay ransom or attempt to overcome the attack without certified IT specialists. Call our 24/7 customer service line at 1-800-388-1266 for more information on how to protect your data with the right defense plan.

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