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Recovering from 
a Ransomware Attack

Unfortunately, sometimes all of your defenses fail. Here are the steps to recover from a ransomware attack.

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What Do You Do When the Worst Happens?

Your Initial Response

Minute zero. All of the defenses against ransomware have failed and the security team watches as machine after machine gets encrypted. It's time to act to limit the damage. Learn what organizations should do when they find themselves in the middle of a ransomware attack.
YOUR INITIAL RESPONSE - LEARN MORE
Don’t Panic
Limiting the Damage During an Attack
Assess the Damage Once the Attack Is Contained
Getting Everyone in and Putting Together Your Plans

Implementing Your Disaster Recovery and Incident Response Plans

After you create your incident response and disaster recovery plans, it's now time to put those plans into action. Here are the steps organizations should take after the ransomware attack has stopped and the long, slow road to recovery has started.
IMPLEMENTING YOUR DR AND IR PLANS
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Take Care of the Basics: Food and Shelter
Find the Initial Access Point and Shut It Down
Ignoring Outside Pressure While You Implement Your Plans
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
Prepare Everyone for a Long Slog

When You Need Outside Help

Sometimes a ransomware attack is even worse than the worst-case scenario an organization planned for and you need help. Learn how to get outside help, what's expected when outside help shows up, and what happens next.
WHEN YOU NEED OUTSIDE HELP
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How To Determine You Are in Over Your Head
Know Who To Call
Where Outside Help Is Useful, and Where It Is Not
Listen to the Experts

Should We Pay the Ransom?

Everything has gone wrong, and outside help isn’t able to assist or the data stolen by the ransomware group could bankrupt the organization if it's released. Even though everyone will say not to, sometimes a ransom has to be paid. Determine when that needs to be done and what the repercussions are for doing so.
SHOULD WE PAY THE RANSOM
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You Have To Pay the Ransom, What’s Next?
Your Work Is Just Beginning

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