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Ransomware attacks are at an all-time high, and security experts warn it has become a matter of “when” not “if” your company will be breached. The number of victims has grown exponentially in 2016, spanning large enterprises to small businesses, across industries.

Enterprises are particularly at risk because the potential payoffs attackers receive are higher. Those hit with system-wide breaches impacting multiple users and thousands of files face hefty ransoms, anywhere from $200-800 per file. Furthermore, the restoration process after an attack can be time-consuming and costly, resulting in major disruptions to business operations and productivity.

The FBI and other security experts advise victims not to pay the ransom and instead focus on business continuity with prevention and recovery plans, user education and good security practices.

Although there is no single solution to prevent an attack, there are measures corporations can take to protect themselves and help to address data loss as a result of ransomware. It only takes one employee to open a malicious email attachment for malware to begin encrypting files on local drives and potentially other computers on the same network, locking users out of files.

By deploying a proper ransomware recovery plan before an attack, organizations can mitigate the effects and recover normal operations in minutes or hours, rather than weeks or months.

Behavioral security training and traditional detective controls like anti-virus software should be employed. In addition, enterprises should use an enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) solution as a core component of their ransomware mitigation plan to recover files quickly on their own, without paying a ransom.

Keys to seamless recovery with EFSS
While most companies know they should be using preventive security measures such as firewalls, they may not realize the significance of implementing procedures and safeguards to enable business to carry on as usual after a ransomware attack.

An EFSS solution can be used as part of a comprehensive recovery plan. These solutions provide a real-time backup of critical files and folders, which means copies of all files and data are stored securely in the cloud, while providing additional benefits including:

  • Enabling IT to implement
Full Article. How to implement an EFSS ransomware recovery plan - Help Net Security