Write Once, Read Many is another data storage protocol that can be effective in salvaging data at a business reeling from a ransomware hit. It can allow business operations to resume without total loss. Like a versioning file system, it also doesn’t need an internet connection to work. In WORM storage systems, users are only able to write data once, thus preventing any incursions. It was initially developed to protect the data from accidental deletions. But experts think it can also provide a workable storage option following a ransomware attack.
WORM: One of the Primitive Forms of Storage
Magnetic tapes invented in the 70s also worked on the principle of WORM. In the following years, these magnetic disks were used to store crucial information in order to protect it from unexpected deletions and losses. Some cybersecurity solution firms have developed WORM storage systems that can be used to protect data from the clutches of ransomware activity.
The encryption of ransomware only works on writable files. This means the files stored on the storage medium can’t be ‘modified’ during the activity of ransomware. In WORM storage systems, users have to manually backup the files. Organizations can develop a routine of maintaining regular backups to store the most crucial files on WORM disks. WORM storage can be used in different business environments as an effective data backup during ransomware recovery phase.
- Municipal authorities can use this storage system to preserve citizen databases in order to continue their day-to-day services amidst a cyber attack. We have seen in the effects of the Atlanta ransomware attack where the local administration couldn’t even collect utility bills because ransomware removal was in progress and systems were offline.
- Healthcare establishments can also use storage protocols to make backups of patient records so that they will be able to provide critical health services even after sustaining a ransomware attack.