What is the worse that could happen to your computer?
Perhaps you think it’s losing the Wi-Fi or internet connection. Moreover, for some, it’s losing the data for a day or so, like a minor glitch in your system. However, in today’s world, the most dangerous and riskiest thing computer users of any industry, business or a company experience is a ransomware attack.
The first steps you should take or include in your ransomware recovery after the attack happens are as follows:
A) Notify all your IT and Security Team
– First things first, you should notify the security and IT team of the attack.
– Request them to look for clues in the metadata. That’s where cyber attacks usually leave their clues and inadequacies.
– Map out a timeline of the breach to learn about your contemporary security systems.
B) Take a screenshot of your system
Before any further ado, you need to realize the importance of taking a snapshot of your system memory. The location of ransomware’s attack vector is easily found out this way. This also helps to decrypt your data in the future.
C) Shut off your PC
The second step you should consider after taking a snapshot of your system is shutting off your PC.
What it does:
– Prevents ransomware from spreading further
– Keeps the ransomware intact in one place where it already is
– Puts a stop to inevitable damage to data
D) Update the authorities
According to GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation in Europe Law), you must inform the ICO within 72 hours. Because of the data belonging to European Citizens inside the European Union.
If you fail to inform the ICO within the time given, you will be faced with a fine of 20 million pounds, and trust us when we say that it is better to inform than to pay this fine.
E) Inform the relevant people
Your customers place trust in you with their data in your computers and systems. So, once you find out about the breach before the media reaches out to the core and informs the public, make sure you’re the first one to inform your customers and relevant people who are in business with you.
It is better that you first make yourself and malware experts as well as IT experts and your security advisors aware of the breach, understand deeply, observe keenly and then make a statement rather than being in haste and fear of media.
F) Unplug the whole internet connection
Ransomware quickly and swiftly starts to permeate, intrude and infiltrate other connections once it finds a place in one of the systems.
Even if somebody is not available at their desk, you should to help your own company by unplugging their whole internet connection as well as checking each other’s’ in the office.
Make sure to make all of these steps a part of your ransomware recovery plan.