How to Implement a Ransomware Backup Strategy

Modern businesses are managed almost entirety through software, web services, and digital files. We all rely on a stack of software technology and stored data to handle day-to-day business tasks.

Disaster recovery is your protection if something goes wrong. If a ransomware virus takes your computer’s encryption hostage, the right ransomware backup strategy can have your team back online with everything you need to conduct business as usual.

Here is how to backup your data.

1. Version Control Backups

Version control is something many project development and collaboration software products will like.

These backups keep copies of active files and record recent changes. Version control allows your teams to revert a file back to a previous state before a recent change.

Let’s say an employee accidentally saves over an important client file with incorrect information. A version control system will note who made the last change, what that change was, and will have a copy of the file before the change was made. This makes it quick and easy to revert mistakes or recover from corrupted data.

However, version control data is also limited to active files and tends to be locally stored unless stated otherwise. It also usually works only with the program that created the version control file in the first place.

This means that while version control is very useful, it only applies to active files and is susceptible to almost any deeper level data problem.

2. Infrastructure Backups for Full Recovery

Do not underestimate the importance of backing up your network configuration, servers, software stack, and overall data infrastructure.

It would take your small IT team or single admin a long time to get everything back into place after a disaster.

However, with a recently taken comprehensive infrastructure backup, recovery is cut into a fraction.

3. Database Backups and Corrupted Data

Every database your company uses, and there are a surprising amount behind the curtain in modern software, will also need to be backed up. From your CRM’s record of contact and personal information to your website resource database, these face a surprising amount of risk in terms of data disasters.

Databases are often the target of hackers. However, the real problems occur if a database spontaneously corrupts due to an error, hack, or overload. A backup of your databases can save your reputation and revenue because these massive stacks of data will be easily recoverable.

4. Workstation Backups for Quick Recovery

What software is installed in every one of your company work computers? How does your IT like to have workstations set up for security and networking purposes?

No doubt, setting up a brand new workstation takes some time if all your workstations get wiped. Reinstalling every piece of software in the stack and reloading local data could take days without backup.

Or you can take a top-to-bottom image of a workstation basic configuration and turn recovery into an issue of minutes or hours instead.

Implementing Your Ransomware Backup Strategy

How deep is your current data recovery plan? Without these essential layers, you could be putting your business at risk of serious data loss or, in the event of a catastrophic disaster, days of time spent putting your systems back together.

For more information about the right ransomware backup strategy and solutions for your company, contact us today!

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