In its 2022 annual review, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) advised that over the past 12 months, businesses and organisations in the UK reported hundreds of cyber incidents, many of which were ransomware attacks. In 2021 there was a joint advisory from the NCSC and its international partners on this increased global threat. Fast forward to this year, and while the number of attacks may be down overall, the threat remains serious – especially for public sector organisations which can be open to many more threat vectors due to their size, the number of users and internet-connected devices. Compounding that threat is the fact that ransomware attacks continue to evolve.
Data storage can play an important role in facilitating a rapid recovery from a ransomware attack
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of cybersecurity teams, it can be exceptionally difficult to keep determined attackers out. For this reason, it’s imperative that public sector organisations have a strategy for mitigating the impact of cyber and ransomware attacks. This should form part of their cybersecurity preparedness plans – the first stage of recovery when all else has failed. Data storage can play an important role in facilitating a rapid recovery from a ransomware attack – a fact that is becoming more well-known.
Cutting-edge data storage software can create an immutable snapshot to protect an organisation’s data – one that can’t be deleted, modified or encrypted by ransomware. In the event of an attack, even though an intruder can still gain access to an organisation’s encrypted data, they can’t delete data snapshots as they’re locked and protected. The end result is no or minimal disruption and the ability to recover without paying a ransom.
Resilience and agility are the keys to public sector cyber defence
The constantly evolving nature of cyber-attacks and demands means that organisations continually re-evaluate their security approach and tooling. It’s essential that public sector organisations double down on building resilience and agility across their function – not only for data but for the business overall. By future-proofing critical IT infrastructure and implementing a modern data protection strategy with effective processes to safeguard application data, organisations can create a meaningful approach to backup and recovery.
This piece was written and provided by Shaun Collings, UK public sector manager, Pure Storage