Cyber attacks have been running rampant in recent years. Even huge corporations such as Yahoo have been targeted laTely. While these companies have the resources to combat hackers, they are still vulnerable. Unfortunately, for all the large companies that get targeted, hackers attack many more small businesses. In fact, some hackers claim attacks that never get reported or disclosed. Some hackers do it plainly for notoriety, but often they do it for financial gain or data collection. Without the proper monitoring systems and disaster recovery plans in place, a company's whole network can be compromised.
Discovering Point of Entry
There are a few ways in which a hacker can access a company's network. One of the most common ways that a hacker gains control of a computer is by utilizing a virus. This virus typically opens a backdoor into the network and will allow the hacker full access to the system. If this is the point of intrusion, the infected computer should be taken off the network and the integrity of the network should be checked. The best case scenario is that a sole computer was compromised; the worst case would be a network wide attack. Other points of intrusion can occur because of software vulnerabilities, web application vulnerabilities, lack of firewall protection and lack of monitoring
Disaster Recovery Plan
Disaster recovery should be something that every company takes seriously. However, when a network has been compromised, disaster recovery must be done much differently. Before a restoration can take place, a company must find the point of entry. This will require a full backup of all access logs and, possibly, compromised systems to inspect. A disaster recovery plan needs to take this into account and also have a fool proof way for systems to be restored with minimal downtime. While there are many solutions available, a tiered replication and point-in-time solution will be the best option.
Every business needs to have a backup solution to combat any data loss that may occur. Regardless of the way the data was lost, recovering will be essential for any business to continue operating efficiently. When a network is compromised, they will need to have very meticulous backup plans in place. While a data replication system is always optimal, in the case of a hacker attack, this must be coupled with a point-in-time solution. This will ensure that any vital data can be restored and that the point of entry can be identified and fixed appropriately.
Hackers are getting smarter as more security measures are put into place. This is forcing businesses of all sizes to adapt, or risk the chance of losing their data. However, preventing attacks can be implemented into any business' current operations. All that is needed is a knowledgeable backup solutions provider and a proper disaster recovery plan. Otherwise, a company's data can be permanently lost or vulnerable to similar attacks. This is something that no businesses can risk. If their networks go down and they lose all of their data, they risk the chance of permanently harming their reputation.