How Ransomware can ruin Christmas for IT Teams

If you ask a sysadmin what annoys him or her the most about their job, chances are pretty high that you’ll get, in no particular order, answers like “users”, “faulty updates”, or “calls on a Friday afternoon”. Some will also give you random answers like “after hours’ work” or “having their systems breached”. 

Having a ransomware incident on your production servers will tick almost all the boxes. Systems will be down, your users (or customers) will complain, and you’ll have to spend an inordinate amount of time getting everything back in working order. 

Now picture this happening in December, and the procedures to get things back in working order taking an expected three weeks. Christmas spirit will be sorely missing.

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