2. Make regular backups
The very nature of working with digital files implies unpredictability. Whether it be due to a hardware failure, ransomware, hackers, or other internet threats, sensitive data can be lost in the blink of an eye, even if you consider yourself knowledgeable in information security.
Therefore, you should make it a point to prevent data loss at all costs and make regular backups of your most important data. Ideally, you should have:
- At least one cloud backup
- At least one physical backup (flash sticks, exterior drives, DVDs, etc.)
This way, you will be able to restore it even in the unfortunate event of a disaster (fire, hacking attempts, theft, and so forth). In case you have multiple copies, it’s highly unlikely that you will lose access to all of them.
Ransomware attacks are increasingly more frequent
As ransomware attacks are picking up the pace in the latest cyber safety and security trends, the safety net of having a reliable way of restoring your data is becoming that much more crucial to your peace of mind. In essence, a ransomware attack is when you get infected by a specific type of malware that encrypts your files against your will and throws away the key.
The last thing you want to do is pay a ransom to the hackers if your files do end up getting encrypted and the key tucked away. Not only would this entice them to continue in their nefarious ways, but you’d also be placing a sizeable chunk of your department’s finances on hope and a prayer.
After all, nothing is binding the hackers to follow up on their promise of sending you the decryption key despite having received the payment.
FACT: In 2021, there were more than 78 million attempted ransomware attacks. (Source: Techrepublic)