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Data Recovery is a Critical Part of Cybersecurity

Data Recovery is a Critical Part of Cybersecurity

While backing up your data is the one sure-fire method to protect your data from cybercriminals, a backup is only a part of the equation. If you can’t recover your data quickly and effortlessly, it will further exacerbate the pain you face when dealing with an emergency. Take a moment to learn why data retrieval is critical to your cybersecurity plan.

Your Backup is Your Best Defense Against a Cyberattack

Ransomware continues to dominate the cybersecurity world as attacks increase and cross into all industries and across the nation, including South Dakota. No business, regardless of size or purpose, including hospitals, school districts and manufacturers, is exempt from being a target. In fact, even South Dakota’s rural clinics are at risk of cyberattacks

While the steps we have previously posted to protect your business from cyberattack are valuable, they are not foolproof. Best practices such as cybersecurity training for your team and using 2FA everywhere are proven techniques for protecting your business, but cybercriminals are constantly evolving their tactics and security measures always playing catch up.

Cybercriminals understand that if you’re able to recover or retrieve your data, they no longer have the ability to extort you. There is a reason why one of the first things they do when they gain access to your system is to either encrypt or delete any backup they can find. Their goal is to remove your ability to recover your data, forcing you to rely on them to restore it… for a price. 

Sooner or later, your business will suffer data loss whether due to a cyber-attack, human error, or a natural disaster. The only sure-fire method to protect your data and your business is with a robust and consistent backup plan in place. While you must have a backup device, your backup is only the first part of protecting your data; the second part is retrieving it. 

Recovering Your Data is the Second Step

What good is a backup if you’re unable to retrieve the data it contains? As we noted, one of the first things a cybercriminal will do is attempt to separate you from your backup. We’ve mentioned the 3-2-1 method of backing up data in the past. You need multiple backups to ensure in case of a disaster or attack, you will be able to retrieve your data from at least one location which remains secure. 

Moreover, if you are currently backing up your data to a physical device (hard drives, USB drives, or tape drives) in your office, you don’t really have a backup you can rely upon. Devices like these are portable, which means they can easily be lost or stolen, and they can break. That’s why entrusting your backup to a single device isn’t best practice.

The correct method? Keep your data centralized on your network (typically to a server) and back it up on a local storage device. That storage device should encrypt the data, making it difficult for a hacker to exfiltrate it, and making it nearly impossible for the data on it to get stolen. Finally, and this is the important part, your backed up data needs to be pushed to the cloud in its encrypted state. This means you have three copies of your data, two are onsite, and one is offsite.

Utilizing the cloud for your backup is critical, but not all cloud solutions are created for backup and recovery. In fact, most aren’t. The services you use for file transfers or document collaboration are pretty fantastic for what they are designed to do, but when it comes to recovering large amounts of data, they will fail you.

  • Cloud storage like Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive is often used for additional storage space and to make it easier to access and share files between team members in different locations. In contrast, cloud backup is designed from the ground up to restore files if you lose your data.

  • File versioning is a critical component in data retrieval because it allows you to recover your data from a point in time before your data becomes compromised. For example, if you have been a ransomware victim, you could retrieve your data from an earlier non-infected version. Cloud backup is also designed to automatically back up your data in its entirety, removing the need for someone to select which files to backup manually.

  • Cloud backup providers have developed protocols to keep your data secure. Not only are your files encrypted both on transfer and on storage, but they have redundancies in place to ensure your information is safe in case they suffer any issues. However, with most cloud storage services, your files can only be encrypted on the server side, making the data transfer process subject to cybercriminals being able to intercept data.

When investing in a cloud solution, consider that cloud computing has a variety of applications which go beyond cloud storage and cloud backup. Some additional cloud computing services include:

Does Your Business Have a Complete Backup And Recovery Solution In Place?

Cybersecurity is a multi-tiered process: not only is there more than one service required to make cybersecurity work, but each business is also unique in what services they need. Despite this, cybersecurity can only be useful if you're able to backup and retrieve your data. One step without the other leaves your business vulnerable to data loss, whether it is due to a natural disaster or a bad actor.

Cybercriminals count on businesses not having their ducks in a row, especially regarding their data backup. This is why ransomware attacks have been steadily on the rise; cybercriminals know their target audience's behavior. The lack of a comprehensive cybersecurity plan is an issue plaguing too many businesses. The inability to recover your data can have a profound effect on your business' long-term survival, and most companies that suffer a data loss will not be able to survive it. If you haven’t considered investing in a data backup and recovery solution, the time has come to do so.

As South Dakota's premier cybersecurity experts, KT Connections can help you meet and even exceed state and industry cybersecurity recommendations. As South Dakota has one of the strictest data breach laws in the Union, it pays to be ahead of the curve regarding protecting your data. 

If you're interested in developing a cybersecurity strategy right for your business, call 888-891-4201 today to schedule an appointment.

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