Intelligent CIO North America Issue 8 - Page 46

CIO OPINION
In adopting an approach to cybersecurity and data protection based on recoverware concepts and products , CIOs take the view that it ’ s smarter and more logical to prepare to recover than to pay any ransom .
when data is then recovered , the recovery points may be different times with significant gaps , further complicating the challenge for IT teams and impacting the overall quality of recovery . But with data now available , file servers can be reconstructed and files restored . With testing carried out , the organisation can then begin a return to business as usual .
Business leaders can then assess the full cost of downtime , lost revenue , potential compliance breaches , as well as the impact on company reputation and customer loyalty .
For some , this process is so painful that it presents a very real existential threat to the business . For those hit by a major ransomware attack , full recovery is far from certain .
The new alternative
The recoverware alternative , in contrast , seeks to restrict data loss to a matter of seconds and limit recovery time to minutes .
By selecting a recovery checkpoint immediately before the ransomware attack , IT teams then immediately recover , test and reconnect servers to the network .
By assuming recovery will be required and by building it into the standard playbook for defeating a ransomware attack , IT leaders acquire a protection ‘ reflex ’ against the worst implications of a malware breach .
In adopting an approach to cybersecurity and data protection based on recoverware concepts and products , CIOs take the view that it ’ s smarter and more logical to prepare to recover than to pay any ransom .
This is not an admission of defeat , but a pragmatic perspective that prevention strategies must go hand-inhand with the ability to quickly move on from the impact of an attack and get back to business as usual . p
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