The first line of defense is a regular, smart backup strategy, according to Shawn Smith, DevOps engineer at nVisium.

“Attacks like this are why proper backups and disaster recovery plans are so vital,” Smith said in an email to Threatpost. “In the unfortunate event a breach manifests, as long as you have proper backups, you can restore files, resume operations and start to mitigate the fallout. Attackers aren’t trustworthy given the nature of what they do, and if you put yourself in a situation where you’re forced to pay them money, your results may vary wildly depending on the group you have to deal with.”

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