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Georgia's Jackson County Pays $400K to Ransomware Attackers
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3/18/2019 | 10:44:51 AM
Re: AND AGAIN - BACKUPS AND DISASTER RECOVERY?
You are indeed correct on this particular case but larger issue remains such as City of Atlanta - rebuilt everything from scratch and you would think THAT entity has a good budget and obbviously did not have a restoration plan.  I am not talking ransomware either ---- servers DO FAIL sometimes so what do you do then.  Lost data may as well be encrypted data.  I am beginning to think of ransomware entities as good backup entities --- pay them a monthly ransome, eh, fee for backup and then you have encrypted saved off-site data.  Think about it, it almost is a viable idea!!!!!

Added comment - if I remember well, the IT folk had a plan but it was judged more expensive to restore than to pay a ransom.  Well, why backup up ALL then.  Just let ransomware steal it and voila --- restoration problem solved on the cheap. 
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3/14/2019 | 3:35:56 PM
Re: AND AGAIN - BACKUPS AND DISASTER RECOVERY?
Before crucifying the IT Admin look at the technology budget for the past five - ten years for this agency.  Chances are they were scraping by on the crumbs left over from Public Safety (police/Fire) and Public Works.  Municipal and county IT have never been at the forefront of any annual budget and have been neglected for decades.
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3/11/2019 | 1:13:03 PM
AND AGAIN - BACKUPS AND DISASTER RECOVERY?
YET ANOTHER DEMO that IT departments do not take backups and DR planning seriously.  What if a server crashed or data center went down?  Happens - see Delta at Hartsfield-Jackson.  See Atlanta.  EGAD they do not have plans and instead pay a ransom and STILL that data is not guaranteed destroyed!!!   IF they had a competant staff and true professionals then these events would be prevented.  On a very small scale, I had a catalog backup system dedicated to my accounts when a consultant in NY State.  Restored a Cryptolocker infection for a small 501C3 account in 3 hours.  Whole network compromised and gone. 

Now this was a small network but the rules fit.  If you FAIL TO PLAN you are really in a PLAN TO FAIL mode and  you will have a disaster.  This is a broken record for me.    (Survived the south tower on September 11 so I am somewhat familiar with a true disaster scenario.  Worked for Aon. )

Secondly - who initiated this disaster?  Which staffer opened up a bad email.  User education might have gone a real long way here. Like the one user who brought down North Carolina last year.  All it takes is a click of a mouse on an infected PDF and off to the races you go.  IT admin should be fired. 


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