Cybersecurity – Protection vs. Recovery 

Cybersecurity – Protection vs. Recovery 

How well prepared is your organization to handle a cybersecurity attack? 

Data breaches, phishing scams, and ransomware attacks are just a few of the many examples of cyber-attacks. A cybersecurity incident such as ransomware can be the most expensive event that an organization can encounter. If an organization is not adequately protected and experiences a cybersecurity incident, the cost adds up quickly.  

The well-known primary cost is the ransom itself. The ransom cost, however, is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of cost to the business. The stark reality of the matter is that your organization could be without computers for weeks trying to eradicate the malware from every computer system on the network. This often involves reimaging or even replacing laptops, desktops and servers, a task that can take weeks to complete.  Most organizations are not able to function without computers to access applications and therefore business can often grind to a halt.  This makes the question of “How prepared are you?” that much more critical. 

Additionally, outside of recovery cost and timeline, in many organizations there always seem to be a few critical laptops and desktops that are not included in the existing backup strategy.  Obviously, this data should be stored on a protected server but as a matter of convenience to the users, files are stored locally on laptops/desktops, leaving critical data at risk.  To the point, any backup strategy not including imaged-based computer backups leave a critical gap in protection.  

This is all food for thought regarding you own information technology assets. With that in mind there are two important questions that you may want to consider asking your IT staff and leadership within your organization: 

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rank your confidence level with regard to...
  1. Protecting your organization from a cyber-attack? 
  2. Your ability to recover from a cyber-attack once it has occurred? 

If you feel that your confidence level is not where you like it to be then it might be worth having a discussion with one of our backup and disaster recovery experts at Network Access.  We would be happy to share industry and manufacturer best practices with your team.