Hard question: How do you recover from ransomware?

Harder question: How can you prove you can recover?

These two questions led our recent Winter Release event, where we discussed how to take the uncertainty out of ransomware recovery and prove that your recovery plan actually works. 

Read on to see how you can get peace of mind out of your ransomware recovery plan.

How do you recover from ransomware?

Ultimately, recovering from ransomware comes down to two things: speed and confidence. 

To achieve both, you need a reliable data backup and security solution. The right solution can help you avoid ever paying the ransom by providing you with a clean, immutable backup of your data that you can use to recover.

But not all data backup and security solutions are created equal. 

Some, like the one CISO Eric Wall described during the event, could make the recovery process longer and more complicated than it needs to be.

I have experienced a ransomware event in a previous role. It was easily the worst 2-3 weeks of my professional career, working 100, 120 plus hours a week to rebuild the environment. Our previous was a monolithic, distributed solution. It was so much work to just rebuild that…we really ran into a lot of problems where this solution just wasn’t friendly and didn’t allow us to do simple steps like restore VMs after the event

Eric Wall

What capabilities should your data security solution have so you can feel confident you can recover what you need?

During Rubrik CEO Bipul Sinha’s opening keynote, he outlined five.

  1. You must have a single, centralized platform to secure your data across the enterprise, in the cloud, and in SaaS applications, so your teams can quickly and easily find their data.

  2. You need automated data asset discovery, automated enforcement of data security policies, and automated testing and execution of recovery workflows, so your recovery time isn’t slowed down by manual tasks.

  3. You need automated discovery of sensitive data, so data exposure is visible and data risk can be proactively remediated.

  4. You need machine learning that intelligently detects malicious changes and threat indicators over time to ensure fast and safe recoveries. 

  5. You’ll want a common view of threat and risk insights to foster cross-functional collaboration. 

Click here to watch the event on demand for more details on the requirements and how Rubrik can help you recover.

How can you prove you can recover?

Recovering from ransomware and proving you can recover from ransomware are two separate obstacles.

The State of Data Security report from Rubrik Zero Labs unveiled that one-third of IT and security leaders believe their board has little to no confidence in their ability to recover from a cyberattack.

You need to be able to test your ransomware recovery plan, correct any faults you see, and not just know that it works, but also be able to demonstrate it to leadership.

That’s why we were eager to announce Rubrik Cyber Recovery, a new way to test and validate your ransomware plan. 

Cyber Recovery gives you a way to simulate a ransomware event and perform a recovery in a controlled environment. You can validate the sequence, timing, and potential failure points of your recovery strategy, so you can be sure you can meet your recovery SLAs.

You can launch recovery workflows, monitor the recovery progress, track metrics, and download reports to prove that your plan actually works.

Click here to learn more about Cyber Recovery and request a demo to see it in action.

Proving you can recover from ransomware is a difficult matter. How can you know where your plan’s weaknesses lie? How can you fix those weaknesses? How can you make sure your plan can withstand the real thing? Now, you can play out your recovery strategy, identify and remediate any weak points you find, and hand over a report to leadership that shows in writing that you’re prepared.

Winter Release covered more than we could condense in this short blog, so we recorded the entire event and made it available on-demand here.