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3 Keys to Reducing the Threat of Ransomware
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REISEN1955
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
10/26/2018 | 3:28:55 PM
RECOVER PLAN? HAHA
Most firms THINK they have one - those guys in IT will know how to rebuild 37 servers and 402 workstations without a plan or documentation, right?  That is what they get paid for, right?   Only they undersand it so we can let them do their thing when disaster strikes. HAHA big JOKE.  Nope, IT cannot do everything when disaser strikes and a constantly updated PLAN for rebuild, for backups, for restoration of damn near anything and everything HAS to exist.  Often they do NOT and rebuild EVERYTHING is a poor joke.  A waste of time and effort.  Atlanta lost EVERY SINGLE POLICE DASHCAM VIDEO.   Throwing hundreds of cases off the books in court.  ONE SIMPLE BACKUP SOLUTION would have solved that, right?    BUT FIRMS don't think they need one because only those guys in IT would understand it and, again, they can restore everything without a plan at 2:30 am.  (I had plans when I was consulting, tested because at 2:30 am I AM NOT THINKING STRAIGHT.  WHO IS?)

 

Stupidity rules.   Ignorance rules.  Blindness rules. 
REISEN1955
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
10/29/2018 | 1:09:13 PM
Re: RECOVER PLAN? HAHA
And I hate posting here - the response type is soooooooooooooooooooooo tiny. LOL
Dr.T
Dr.T,
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10/29/2018 | 8:01:42 PM
Re: RECOVER PLAN? HAHA
Most firms THINK they have one - those guys in IT will know how to rebuild 37 servers and 402 workstations without a plan or documentation, right? I hear you, there has to be somebody who can understand security implications.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
10/29/2018 | 8:03:19 PM
Re: RECOVER PLAN? HAHA
IT cannot do everything when disaser strikes and a constantly updated PLAN for rebuild, for backups, Unless they use proper tools to do these in an efficient ways. There are tools available for us to fail over DR site without so much effort.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
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10/29/2018 | 8:04:48 PM
Re: RECOVER PLAN? HAHA
ONE SIMPLE BACKUP SOLUTION would have solved that, right? I hear you, backup does not mean anything unless we can restore it.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
10/29/2018 | 9:18:42 PM
Re: RECOVER PLAN? HAHA
@REISEN: Of course, it's not enough to just have a backup anymore. We've even seen scenarios where entities paid the ransom even though backups existed because the ransom was less than the cost of restoring from backups.
REISEN1955
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
2/6/2019 | 9:40:27 AM
Re: RECOVER PLAN? HAHA
Update - in most data center environments, a "simple" backup and restore plan cannot exist.  The process of making it as simple as practicable is important and TESTING is most important.  My former manager at Aon was part of a test with Girl Scouts of America (of all things) at the IBM STERLING FOREST NY location.  9 hours to rebuild the infrastructure through backup restoration and ALL documented.  Now that was fine, but at the end IBM also wanted their servers restored, so that took more time.  Second, CATALOG backups for each day are necessary with offsite storage too.  Give me three tier backup storage and that is  a good plan.  I survived ransomware for my FAR smaller accounts because I had good plans in place.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
10/29/2018 | 8:00:21 PM
Good options
All good options. They are not for only ransomware but for overall security of the business.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
10/29/2018 | 8:08:20 PM
Backups
Backups are generally not the solution for ransomware unless a good strategy is followed and old data is not overwritten. For example, moving into a table and not using that tape for a while is important.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
10/29/2018 | 9:20:34 PM
User training
To speak more to the point of user training... It's not enough to have the training; it also has to be effective.

The best solutions often tend to be rooted in training users/employees in good cyber hygiene for their personal lives and demonstrating how it's personally beneficial to them -- and then it's just that much more natural and that much easier to get them to extend that into their at-work lives.


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