Following Friday’s incidents and what could turn out to be the largest ransomware attack to date, we all have questions to ask ourselves and those who deliver our IT systems. Can these attacks be prevented or, at very least, protected against? This is top of mind for many. Although, we would all prefer these situations to never occur, it seems it’s a trend that is only gathering pace.
In a perfect world, we would be in total control of our IT systems and data; but encapsulation is not an option. To live and operate in today’s world the Internet is a must; and that means we must connect to the outside world. Securing our network connections is the first line of defence for our governments, businesses and personal technology devices: but if man makes it, man breaks it!
Hackers Criminals will most probably be ahead of the defences that we employ to protect us from malicious harm from the outside world. Therefore, protection is our second line of defence; not our primary method. As George Washington wrote in 1799: “…make them believe, that offensive operations, often times, is the surest, if not the only (in some cases) means of defence”. Put simply: the best defense is a good offense. I think this translates to ‘don’t pay the ransom’.
To protect ourselves against ransomware attacks we must have a means of recovery. Now, if you are a prudent home user and perform regular backups, restoring your documents and photos is not too onerous. For businesses this is not normally as straight forward. Today we generate and keep more data than ever and we put our IT systems on the outside of the business to interact with our customers and staff: so, in a cyber-attack and needing to revert to our backups, we don’t know what data will be lost, let alone how long it will take to be recovered and the organisation back to business as usual. Traditional nightly backups mean that if we suffer an attack we must accept that we will lose all data created between the attack and our last backup; but, also, we must wait many hours or days to restore our information and systems. And only then will be able to discover what data we sacrificed; information that may never be retrieved.
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Posted: 11/23/2016 12:41:11 PM
It’s the final quarter of 2016 and this period of the year is always the busiest time for the business continuity and disaster recovery sector, but why is this?
I suspect that the main reason is that business continuity and disaster recovery – let’s call it BC/DR since they are often managed hand in hand – is one of those projects which unfortunately slips down the list in many organisations due to other core business priorities taking precedent. BC/DR management can be a bit of a grudge activity, especially when it is a role that is performed in addition to someone’s main job; and it is easy to let it slide when there are many other competing objectives. This situation may continue through the year until we reach the final quarter and realise that BC/DR is still there on our to-do list.
While the above situation is understandable, is protecting the critical systems which run your business really a back-burner project?
I’m passionate about businesses staying available and thriving and I certainly don’t believe in scare mongering and proclaiming that doomsday is just around the corner; it’s clear that in any business BC/DR can’t be the only focus, but… just for a few seconds, imagine your business today operating without some or all of its data or critical IT systems being available. How long would it be before your staff or customers experience challenges? How would you explain to your superiors that the reason that your business continuity and disaster recovery plans didn’t work properly was because a review of the procedures - or, worse, the whole BC/DR project - is still on your to-do list?
Finger snap… and you’re back in the room!
Whether your IT systems are on-premise or cloud-based, they all require a solution to ensure they are continually available to enable optimal business activity.
So, as the festive season draws closer please check your business protection and recoverability is in good shape; and, if you still need any encouragement to do so, please seriously consider moving your BC/DR project to the top of your list.
Lee Exall - Capital Continuity
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