Ransomware Data Recovery: 5 Methods to Save Your Data
Ransomware attacks use malware to encrypt data and systems to demand ransom. Cybercriminals can hold your data hostage and take over your systems in a ransomware attack. A ransomware attack on your data can cause catastrophic data loss and disrupt your business continuity. Learn how to make a ransomware recovery strategy. This includes five methods to recover ransomware encrypted files.
What is Ransomware Attack?
Ransomware attacks are malware attacks that encrypt your data and systems. Ransomware attackers demand payment in ransom to unlock your data and allow you to access it again. Because cryptocurrency is anonymous and less traceable, attackers often ask for ransom in cryptocurrency. You can request ransoms for small amounts or large amounts of money.
How to Prevent Ransomware: Building Your Ransomware Data Recovery Strategy
Preventing ransomware from being installed is the best way to protect your system. It is also possible to predict how ransomware might enter your system and which data will be affected. This allows you to focus your protections and ensure data is backed up before an attack.
It is often easier, to begin with, your data, and then work your way up. These steps will help you create a solid ransomware recovery strategy.
Take stock of your data–take inventory to identify the data categories and storage locations. You might categorize your data as critical, valuable, or regulated. Once you have an inventory you can decide how data should be protected and then you can start data backup.
- Identify your Endpoints– To identify ransomware infections, you need to know where your Endpoints are. You can also categorize your endpoints in the same way as you do with your data to identify priority and protect high-value endpoints.
- Create a ransomware recovery plan, prioritizing mission-critical assets. All assets should be restored or rebuilt, with the master backup or an image preferred.
- Backups should be protected. Backups can only be useful if they are accessible and secure. To ensure you can recover data from backups, and that your data is reliable, you need to ensure your backups are as secure as your data.
- Keep at least one copy offline or offsite of your data. This allows you to restore data even if your backups are on-site encrypted with ransomware. These backups should be stored in the same way as your primary copy.
5 Ways to Recover Ransomware Encrypted Data
There are many ways to recover ransomware encrypted files if you’ve been victim to ransomware.
1. Restore From Backup
You can recover from ransomware the fastest way is to restore your systems from backups. This method will only work if you have the most recent versions of your data and apps that aren’t infected by ransomware. Be sure to remove ransomware before you restore it. Resetting your systems to factory defaults is a common way to do this.
2. Restore Windows System
Windows System Restore may be able to retrieve your data if you use Windows systems. This utility stores point-in-time backups of your Windows devices that you can roll back whenever necessary.
Go to the Control panel, and then select Security. Next, select Backup and restore. You will be taken to a wizard which guides you through the entire process.
3. Versions of Windows Files
Windows offers the option to restore specific file versions as an alternative to System Restore. This feature is useful for specific encrypted files. This feature can only work if your target file is included in a previous backup, Windows Backup, or File History.
To restore files from Windows earlier versions:
- Right-click on the file that you wish to restore and choose Properties.
- Select the tab ” Previous Versions“.
- Choose the version you wish to restore from the list. You can check the version by selecting From the options.
- After verifying your version, you can create a copy (using Copy) or overwrite your encrypted file (using Repair).
Data Recovery Software
Data recovery software can be used if you don’t want to try to recover Windows devices or you simply need a third-party solution. If you don’t have backups or recovery points to restore from, this software can help. You can use ransomware backup software to recover ransomware files.
Data recovery software can be used to:
- Data that has been corrupted or lost from storage devices can be extracted
- Deformation or repair hard drive partitions
These solutions can be used to recover data from all storage devices, including system-created or user-stored. These solutions can be used to recover data from flash drives, hard drives, external storage, tape drives, and other storage devices. You can also recover deleted or corrupted data using this software. Stellar Recovery, Prosoft Data Rescue, and Disk Drill are some of the most popular options.
5. Ransomware Decryption Software
There may be tools that can decrypt the ransomware depending on what type you have. These tools are designed to break ransomware encryption that has been placed on your files or systems by using algorithms created by security experts.
These tools can be found online at multiple places, including the Project. Be sure to verify the authenticity of any tool you download before downloading it. There are many fake tools available that include additional malware. Ransomware-Resilient Backup from Cloudian
Cloudian(r), HyperStore(r), is a large-capacity object storage system that can be used to store data that is resistant to Ransomware, and more easily recover from attacks.
HyperStore can store up to 1.5 Petabytes of data in a 4U Chassis device. This allows you to store as many as 18 Petabytes within a single rack. HyperStore is fully redundant in power and cooling. It also has performance features such as 1.92TB SSD drives that store metadata and 10Gb Ethernet ports to speed up data transfer.
You can deploy clouding storage devices:
- Used as a backup target in data protection applications such as Rubrik, Commvault, and VERITAS.
- Enterprise sync and share solution that allows client systems to synchronize their data and keep a copy of important files in a central repository.
- Client systems use to save important files.
- Write once, read many (WORM).–Cloudian guarantees that data cannot be modified or deleted after it has been written. Ransomware is ineffective because the data can’t be altered. Cloudian secure storage devices provide WORM as a system-level function.
- Data versioning -Cloudian creates new copies of data whenever there are changes, but retains the original copy for a specific period. A copy of an unencrypted file can still be found if malware encrypts it.
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