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Use These Five Backup and Recovery Best Practices to Protect Against Ransomware

Published: 08 June 2016

ID: G00304601

Analyst(s): Roberta Witty , Robert Rhame


Ransomware is on the rise, and its perpetrators are effectively evading countermeasures. I&O and business continuity management leaders should plan for the inevitable limited or widespread ransomware incident.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Step 1: Form a Single Crisis Management Team
  • Step 2: Implement Endpoint Backup
  • Step 3: Identify Network Storage Locations and Servers Vulnerable to Ransomware Encryption
    • Enumerate Obviously Vulnerable Storage Locations
    • Don't Forget the Not-So-Obvious Vulnerable Storage Locations
  • Step 4: Develop Appropriate RPOs and Backup Cadences for Network Storage and Servers
  • Step 5: Create Reporting Notifications for Change Volume Anomalies

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