What is Data Recovery?

The current age we live in is waist deep in the world of technology and the Internet, and while these tools have enriched our lives in countless ways, they have also provided new avenues of attacks for the bad actors of our society. Businesses relay on data, sometimes paying up to millions of dollars to gather the data in the first place. Hands down the most lucrative activities for identity thieves in this day and age is the stealing of private information in cyber space; businesses especially are favoured targets of hackers, because if someone is able to get in and delete or prevent you from accessing your (or your customer’s) critical data, that could potentially spell the end of your business.

One of the only sure-fire ways to keep yourself protected is practice data recovery. Data recovery is the process of restoring data from a backup into the live network. This usually involves wiping clean all data on your devices, then copying the backup data, and then returning the device to its state when the backup was taken. This can be done manually or be automated using complex networking devices.

Your Business Data Needs Protection

One of the largest growing threats to IT security is an attack known as the ransomware. This attack can cost your company thousands of dollars as you have to rebuild your computer infrastructure. This attack functions by gaining access into as many computers, servers, and/or networking devices as possible, and then it encrypts all the data. Once encrypted, anyone who does not have the encryption password can no longer access the data, making it completely useless to the user. The ransomware software will then display a message prompting the user to transfer money into a bank account in order to receive the encryption password.

Whether or not the attacker will actually give you the password once paid is a complete gamble. Some attackers have done it, others have requested further money, and others simply drop all communication, leaving your data useless. The price requested by the attacker can also vary and is usually tailored to the size of your company, providing maximum payout for the attacker.

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How Does Data Recovery Help?

Once you get your backup and recovery environment installed and configured, a ransomware attack is effectively no longer a threat to your security or finances. All it takes is to simply press a few buttons, or plug in a few flash drives, and you will be back up and running in no time. The only thing the attack will have cost you was the time it took to restore your devices, and depending on the asking ransom price of the attacker, potentially thousands of pounds.

Over the lifetime of the system and after recovering from dozens of attacks, a data recovery service or contract agreement with a specialist is guaranteed to pay for itself many times over. Choosing a data recovery system is no small task and many options should be considered. From tape drives and automatic recovery from NAS or cloud storage to just regularly backing up data to a flash drive, every company can benefit from implementing data recovery.

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