September 14, 2021

Jason G. Weiss Provides Guidance on Protecting Data Backups

An Arizona-based family medical practice says it is attempting to reconstruct thousands of patients’ electronic health records following a May ransomware attack that badly corrupted the records as well as backup data reported HealthcareInfoSecurity in the article “Clinic: EHR Data Too Damaged to Recover Post-Attack.”

The publication spoke to privacy, cybersecurity and data strategy counsel Jason G. Weiss for guidance on data security. Weiss highlighted that backups should never be attached in any way to the main network in order to prevent them from cyberattacks such as ransomware.

“There is a big movement to secure cloud-based backups to ensure quick and reliable restoration of victim data in the event of a cyberattack,” Weiss added. “Companies should not only institute a secure backup system, but test it regularly.”

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