The term Restore, also known as Recovery, is the process of retrieving production data from a backup copy of that data. Having to recover your data following a security incident or event can be stressful if your organization does not have a well tested data recovery process. Most companies have a disaster recovery and business continuity plan in place to handle these events. However, if that plan hasn’t been tested, you might be surprised how much technology and process has changed since the initial plan was created. SMB’s are encouraged to have a plan and to regularly exercise the plan (*a minimum of annually).
Historically, Ransomware attacks are mitigated with strong backups, however, its important to know that recent developments in ransomware (MAZE) have made recovery efforts more challenging and led to many more companies paying hacker’s ransom demands. It’s far better to never need to exercise your backup strategy in real incidents whether technical or malicious in nature, but having a strong recovery plan in place will provide business owners peace of mind.
Additional Reading: MAZE Ransomware: 3x Threat to Data Security
What should SMB Owners do for Recovery?
- Have at least three (3) copies of your data.
- Store the copies on at least two (2) different media types.
- Keep at least one (1) of those copies offsite.