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Responding to ransomware requires a good deal of planning and hands-on expertise. This piece explains the main issues to address in responding to a ransomware incident and provides five key steps that can be customized to your specific environment and
Below outlines the fundamental steps and process for responding to ransomware. However, many different ransomware malware samples are in use today, and specific responses should always take that, as well as your organization’s specific needs into
account. This piece is intended to be used as a general starting point for any incident response team or security operations center team creating a formal incident response plan for a ransomware incident.
Preparing for a ransomware attack is key to a successful response. To ensure you are as prepared as possible for a potential ransomware incident, focus on:
Many early warning signs of ransomware attacks may be detected before widespread damage is done. Some items to assess include:
There will still be much work to be done, but this step may well reduce the amount of damage done.
During the initial response process, numerous key pieces of information should be collected, if possible. They include:
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After collecting as much information as possible, the next thing to consider is the specific course of action to take. This includes:
The final stage of ransomware response is restoring the damaged data and getting all affected systems back into a production state. This includes:
Preparing for handling a crisis is time-consuming, but worth the effort if/when disaster strikes. To ensure your plan is as successful as possible:
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