No organization – large or small – can afford to take a lackadaisical approach to disaster recovery planning. Considering the frequency at which our infrastructure evolves, the plan for recovering data and protecting it must be visited frequently. Furthermore, the number of cyber criminals on the periphery requires a more robust approach.
What is the target time for getting your data up and running following a disaster? The standard used to be an hour – but that might not be sufficient today in preventing a significant loss of reputation and profit. As more and more risk is associated with your online dealings, it is time to take stock of where you can make improvements.
The Usual Suspects
Floods, fires, wind in the form of tornados or hurricanes, power outages, and cyber attacks — these are the usual suspects that your recovery process can be planned around, to some extent. Should Mother Nature come down hard on you, you should know how to access your off-site, backed-up data that will reside safely on a server far away.
You might not know where a cyber attack is going to come from, but everyone should know how to respond the moment an attack is detected. But what about ransomware attacks? One of the most popular forms of attack today is the ransomware attack: which can be classified as a disaster. How can you protect yourself from this invasive problem?
- Store your backed-up data in the cloud, rather than on premise. Cyber criminals are targeting backups these days, so get an added layer of protection by going with a robust cloud-based provider.
- Scan your backups for anomalies as they are created. Criminals are being more patient these days and are creating scenarios where they attack at just the right time, making it nearly impossible to work off your backups. Be proactive and derail their attempts.
- Lock down your administrative privileges. Criminals aren’t content to just sit back and take the easy pickings — they’re actively gaining access to administrative areas where they have more control to set up shop for the long haul. Look deep for nested groups that might otherwise be difficult to detect.
You can gain a lot of insight that helps you in the future by looking back at where you’ve been. You can spot trends and perhaps even have foresight about what’s coming next. The act of constantly monitoring your disaster recovery strategy and implementing changes as needed means you’re being thorough and proactive – rather than sitting back and just waiting for something to happen.Staying current also involves making sure you have the latest technology working for you. At Compass Solutions, we’re completely informed about the latest data breaches and common cyber security threats, which is why we are able to keep you and your data safe. Contact us, and let’s talk about how you can better protect your data and your reputation.