If it hasn’t happened to you yet, imagine it had: You were too confident, you didn’t take all the previsions and now, your company is facing a fearful zero day. Ransomware shows its ugly face on every screen, demanding to pay an amount of money to recovering your sensitive data, otherwise... just say goodbye to all your company's information. Bad, really bad for your business (and even worse for pockets).
It seems that there isn’t much to do... except paying for the rescue, doing it on your own, or hiring specialists to help you to recovering your sensitive data after a ransomware attack.
But between frustration and other things, you are probably not so sure about the best option to solve your particular case to recovering sensitive data after a ransomware attack... So, as a team working for the digital security of your company, what can you do?
First of all, don’t lose your temper. Although your first instinct may be going nuts and screaming while you flip your PC; the truth is that there are plenty solutions to recovering sensitive data after a ransomware attack... and drowning in misery isn’t one of them.
The second thing you should do, is thinking about money: Does your company have an emergency budget intended for recovering sensitive data after a ransomware attack? If so, how generous -or strict- is it? Do you prefer to recovering sensitive data on your own, and save that money to the company? All these options are valid, and you should answer these questions before moving forward.
If you’re confident enough and you decant to recovering sensitive data by yourself, be realistic about your expertise to going into such process. Ideally, you shouldn’t spend your life in researching, or conducting trial and error tests that not necessarily will end in success.
While there are many options for recovering sensitive data after a ransomware attack, the ugly truth is that not all options are friendly... and not all options apply neither to all operating systems, nor all files.
However, if you prefer to hire experts to help you to recovering sensitive data after a ransomware attack, prepare yourselves to do some research: Are you in expert hands? Do you have any guarantee that they will respect your company's privacy politics and will not disclose or take advantage of its sensitive data? And more, do you have all the permits and necessary elements to put in their hands the information you need to recover for your company?
In terms of protection and professional care about valuable information, no caution verges on paranoia: Even if it isn’t your company's case, imagine that its sensitive data is linked to confidential information that jeopardizes the national security, or has the power to collapse an economic system, or that every single strategic plan may expose your company to the point of bankruptcy. It is really tricky to put sensitive data in hands of third parties, so, for your your company's sake, you better verify in deep your options before doing anything.
Third, learn from mistakes. All this mental exercise is, somehow, a way to measure the effects of ransomware. The key to everything in this particular exercise, is avoiding to expose your company and yourselves to the unpleasant experience of recovering sensitive data after a ransomware attack.
In this sense, there is the fourth and final option: Prevention. The best weapon you have to expel ransomware attacks that may take away your peace of mind and put your company in the predicament of recovering your sensitive data, is acquiring solutions backed up in The Cloud with digital forensics. These solutions will help you to encode and store sensitive data in ways and places away from hackers, with full confidentiality and professionalism.
This mental exercise also applies to more profane scenarios, such as voltage surges that may compromise your company's devices and equipments, or robbery. And in all these cases, you should always look for the advice of experts who can help you to choose the best option to prevent losing sensitive data, and help you to keep it always safe.
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