Any day, your company can suffer a cyber-security incident. And it is possible that when it comes to recovering the files you won be able to, either because the hard drive has failed, or because you don’t have backup copies or for any other reason.
In case you have no choice but to go to external professionals specialized in data recovery with advanced techniques, we will tell you what this process consists of and what tools you can use from now on to guarantee for data recovery.
Reminder: What Is Data Recovery
Cybersecurity data recovery is the process of restoring data that has been lost or damaged due to a cyber-attack. This process may include file recovery, restoration of systems functionality, and malware removal. In short, we can understand data recovery as the restoration of essential information after a cyber-attack has been carried out.
Types Of Data Loss
Now, data recovery implies a loss of the same, all the more reason to dedicate these lines to the types of loss that can occur in your company:
- Logical data loss: This is the most common form of data loss and occurs when information is accidentally deleted or changed.
- Physical data loss: Occurs when data is lost due to a hardware failure, such as a damaged hard drive.
- Data loss due to viruses: They can damage or delete data stored on a device, leading to data loss.
How To Perform Data Recovery After An Incident
Is your company prepared to prevent, protect and react to a possible cybersecurity incident?
Whatever your answer, you need to protect core business processes through actions that allow you to recover. Therefore, we are going to tell you the steps you must follow in your disaster recovery plan:
- Make a complete inventory of digital assets: information systems, databases, websites, mobile devices, computing equipment, applications, etc.
- Evaluate the risks: they can include lack of access to the data, loss of its functionality and integrity, and even its destruction.
- Define the objectives: ensure business continuity by minimizing downtime, reduce the risk of data loss through adequate protection, minimize the cost of recovery through an efficient plan, or another.
- Determines the Recovery Time Object (RTO): it is the maximum time in which a system or service must be restored, a kind of system recovery measure established in the data recovery plan.
- Determines the Recovery Point Objective (RPO): it is a metric used to measure the maximum time in which data can be lost in a data recovery plan.
- Choose the right tools: they depend on the type of information you want to recover. However, the automation of information retrieval is essential in any of the solutions that you finally choose.
- Establish responsibilities. Define roles involved in the data recovery plan.
- Involves all stakeholders: they must contribute their point of view during recovery planning.
- Document and communicate the recovery plan: It is important to have a documented plan to guarantee the conservation of the defined protocols.
- Put it to the test: check that everything works correctly and avoid errors.
- Update: It is important to update the plan when necessary, either when there is a material change that affects the RTO and RPO, or at another time.
Remember that a correct data recovery in time will allow:
- Resume business operations as soon as possible.
- Maintain connections with the main customers or suppliers of the organization.
- Avoid financial and reputational losses.
- Maintain customer confidence in the company.
- If you are going to hire a backup service, it is important to have your data recovery plan at hand beforehand.
Final Lesson on Data Recovery
Do you bet on your business continuity services? Do you know how to prevent, protect and recover your information in the event of a cyber-security incident?
Do not let anything or anyone paralyze your business, because a single hour of inactivity has a very high cost for companies. Regardless of the scope of the incident, data loss can have serious implications for any business.
Despite this, there are currently many companies that do not even have a disaster recovery plan. Perhaps the time has come to use tools that allow you to minimize damage and recover normality in the shortest possible time and at the lowest cost. Because it is the only way to protect your business from adverse situations like these: Ransom ware, human errors or unforeseen hardware failures.