Organizations are very aware of ransomware and the dangers of infection. Yet many of those same organizations don’t really have a good idea of how to recover quickly and efficiently if they’ve encountered a ransomware attack. Unfortunately, not all organizations that pay the ransom end up getting their precious data back; it might remain encrypted and unrecoverable. Having a solid recovery plan is a must, so that you can avoid paying the ransom. But after a ransomware attack, things aren’t as simple as restoring from backup and returning to business as usual. A holistic recovery plan can help your organization avoid reinfection and suffering from extended downtime (the real cost of ransomware).
This blog post is the fifth in a six-part series that discusses how you can detect and prevent ransomware by using native NetApp® ONTAP® features, recover quickly from an attack, and avoid paying the ransom. It’s best to read them in chronological order:
Now on his 2nd tour at NetApp across 10 years, Matt is a Security Evangelist with a primary focus on ransomware prevention and recovery, cyber resiliency, and data-centric portfolio security. This includes but is not limited to Zero Trust, Data Governance and Privacy Frameworks, Security Tools, and Security Best Practices. Prior to this Matt held the dual role of Product Manager and Technical Marketing Engineer for ONTAP Security driving the latest security features and capabilities into NetApp’s flagship product. He has also held the position of Staff Engineer at NetApp during which he focused on ONTAP product Supportability specifically in the areas of networking and SMB/CIFS. In between NetApp stints Matt worked with a NetApp partner (Eze Castle Integration) for 7 years as pre sales/post sales storage architect focusing on early 7-mode to cDOT migration. He has also focused on Microsoft Windows Active Directory, Exchange, SQL and VMware during his 23 years of IT experience with 17 of those years coming in the storage industry. Prior to NetApp and ECI, Matt worked a contract at Microsoft as a Technical Support Engineer.