What to Do When Ransomware Strikes – Ransomware Recovery Best Practices

(Guest Post from Alvaka Networks)

In the world of business, you can be attacked by hackers and other kinds of cybercriminals at any point. Nobody is safe, and with technology continually improving, the likes of cybercrime will, unfortunately, continue to grow.

A hugely significant method of obtaining data and money via cybercrime is that of ransomware. Many businesses, including hospitals, are dealing with these kinds of attacks every single day. To get business back on track, it feels as though you must comply and deal with the consequences.

Fortunately, there are things we can do to combat ransomware attacks and get back on track effectively once the danger has passed. So, let’s talk about best practices for ransomware recovery.

 

Firstly, What Exactly Is Ransomware?

Ransomware is malware that infiltrates a business and demands money or anything else of value. Bad actors will steal data, information, and important aspects from a business and will not return them until their demands have been met. Ransomware can infiltrate via email, software, and plenty of other methods. A note will be left explaining what must be done. Only when all steps have been completed, will they return the business’ valuable information back.

 

How to React After A Ransomware Attack

 

Collect Yourselves (First and Foremost)

Every single ransomware attack is different in its own way. While this can be a stressful time, you will not solve anything by letting it get to you. If you have a calm mind, you will be able to take the right steps to defeat this issue. Expect to go through a tedious, expensive, and time-consuming set of events to get out of this hole. Do not act rashly or emotionally, however.

 

Acquire Legal Representation

This is more than just a technical, digital, and business problem. If you have legal backing, then you will be able to push forward with more pressing issues. Hiring a lawyer that will work with all parties involved will help with legal protections going forward. For instance, if your records are subpoenaed, a lot of the information on the record will be confidential.

It is also wise to recruit a ransomware negotiator if you feel as though your ability to speak to the hacker(s) is not quite up to scratch.

 

Review Your Insurance Policy

If your insurance covers this kind of attack, then you are going to be in a much better position than lots of other victims. The chances are that general liability insurance on its own will not be too valuable to you in this regard. It is possible to possess a cyber-breach insurance policy, however, which can cover forensics, recovery, legal representation, PR, and so many other areas. Think about this if you feel as though you might one day come under attack.

 

Create and Implement a Cybersecurity Plan – And Work with The Right Firms

If you make cybersecurity planning a big part of your annual capital expense, then you are going to have more priority in this area.

Prevention is a lot better than cure. Evaluate and improve your current cybersecurity plan and ensure the gaps left in the previous plan are addressed.

It would be worth working together will specialists in ransomware recovery. Alvaka Networks has assisted companies who have been through all kinds of instances and experienced the worst attacks. If you have skilled and experienced groups on your team, you will benefit hugely going forward.