The importance of prevention
We can find two reasons that tend to be caused by software failures occurring at the same time as the data is being used, or malware that directly affects the stored data. So here we are talking about files being deleted (accidentally or deliberately) or becoming corrupted.
Both of these reasons can be caused by the user making a bad decision or by a system failure, but in recent months we have seen how ransomware has become a major threat to corporate environments and its malicious actions can include the two causes of data loss.
Data corruption is self-evident, given that ransomware encrypts the files, making them inaccessible unless they are decrypted. In order for that to happen, cybercriminals will demand a ransom, which may be large or small. It goes without saying that we do not advise paying such ransoms, because by doing so we would be giving these criminals more of an incentive to keep creating new versions of similar threats.
As for data deletion, we have recently seen cases of ransomware like Jigsaw, which deletes a certain number of files every so often if we do not yield to its demands, and deletes even more files if we try to restart the system.
Faced with such incidents, which can put companies in a serious predicament if they do not respond in the right way, the best solution is prevention and having sufficient measures in place to recover the affected data as quickly as possible, so that the company can keep its operations running normally.
Here we are talking about things like security measures provided by an Endpoint Security if we want to prevent the kinds of damage that malware can cause. For hardware failures though, the best thing is to have a backup system that can quickly restore not only the data, but also the system on which it is stored, thus minimizing the response time and enabling the company to keep operating normally.
We have to bear in mind that the results of this type of incident can be irreparable, so it is best to be prepared so you can respond adequately if and when it does happen.
“In the ongoing game of cat and mouse–while we rush to patch a broken window, hackers are already picking the next lock–we need to begin thinking like the enemy.”
– Christopher Skroupa, Forbes.com