Before we go into the benefits of how Rapid Recovery can help in a Ransomware case lets level set on what Ransomware is and how it affects a system. Ransomware threats such as CryptoLocker or CryptoWall are becoming more prevalent in enterprises. The goal of these threats is to extort money from their victims by encrypting their data until they pay ransom. There have been many examples of when businesses paid the ransom and the attackers then asked for more money. In some cases they didn’t decrypt the data at all and walked away with the money.
“For example, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, which recently paid the equivalent of $17,000 to cybercriminals, the ransomware didn't just encrypt files but severely affected operations for about 10 days, forcing staff to go back to paper records and fax machines. Local news organizations reported that some emergency patients were diverted to other hospitals.
"The malware locked access to certain computer systems and prevented us from sharing communications electronically," said CEO Allen Stefanek in a letter to the public.
For the hospital, the quickest way to restore the systems was to pay the ransomware.” – CSO Online
Some businesses feel that paying the ransom is the quickest way to a clean resolution. In reality all they are doing is funding the attackers to attack someone else or themselves again in the future. Who is to say they won’t take the money and run?
NUMBER 1 RULE: DON’T PAY THE RANSOM!
What are my options?
Rapid Recovery lets you protect anything — systems, apps and data — anywhere, whether it’s physical, virtual and or in the cloud. Run without restore, with zero impact on your users, as if the outage never happened. Connect to cloud simply and easily, and protect growing virtual environments automatically. Manage and configure your data protection in just a few clicks using one friendly, comprehensive GUI. With Rapid Recovery, you get one advanced, admin-friendly solution — with all capabilities included.
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Rapid Recovery has 4 unique recovery options built to help with this style attack:
How do I prevent this from happening again in the future?
There are many different ways you can protect your environment from attacks like this. Some are software or hardware fixes but others are simple culture changes you can make in your business.
If you don't want to become a victim of ransomware and want to keep you business safe take a look at Rapid Recovery and how it can restore your data back near-instantly. Please go to Quest Rapid Recovery to learn more.