How to Recover From a Ransomware Attack
in No company is safe from ransomware, that insidious type of malware that captures your data and holds it hostage. Hackers often gain access to your system when an unwitting employee clicks on an infected link. The malware encrypts your data, effectively locking you out. The hackers then usually demand difficult-to-track cyber currency before they will turn over the cyber key to your system. Even if you pay the price, the anonymous hackers may not release your system. These ransomware attacks are expensive and devastating to the companies or even entire business ecosystems they target. If ransomware attacks your business, you will need to take certain steps to recover and help protect your data from future sieges. This article will address how your business can recover from ransomware.
The Ransomware Recovery Process Part I
By the time you have received the ransom note, the malware has already spread, but you can still work to limit the damage. If your system depends on the cloud, the ransomware may be coming from a third party application or browser plugin. If you have a managed IT service, their staff will get to work immediately to identify the source and prevent it from affecting more files. Your goal is to keep outsider control to a minimum. You should then take the following first steps:
- Immediately disconnect the computer from your network. There is a chance that the malware has not invaded all of your backups yet. Do not unplug the computer at first, though, because you may need the data for analysis later.
- Take a picture of the ransom note and contact the authorities immediately.
- Copy your encrypted files so that experts have a chance to recover the data from them.
- Turn off any remote access features.
The Ransomware Recovery Process Part II
Once you have your system running again, you must correct the weaknesses that led to the takeover. These steps include:
- Doing a complete wipe and restore of your system. You may also want to remove any storage drive that was infected and replace it.
- Scan your recovered backup data for malware that might have reached it.
- Install a cloud-based anti-ransomware package that will immediately detect and remove any lingering ransomware and protect you from future attacks.
- Discuss your cybersecurity measures with a managed IT service such as CPI Solutions.
Final Ransomware Recovery Process Notes
You can minimize ransomware damage by creating a strategy for dealing with a future attack. Improve your security measures and create a company-wide plan. Determine if you will pay a ransom if an attack occurs. Often, the hacker is bluffing to some degree and may not know how to unlock your data.
Planning for a ransomware attack by getting expert advice now is your best defense. Call CPI Solutions if you need help in recovering from a ransomware attack.