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  • Writer's pictureSharon Caro

Rethinking Cyber Recovery in Critical Infrastructures: The Need for a New Approach

The digital transformation of industries has brought unprecedented opportunities and efficiency to the modern world. However, with great technological advancements come great cybersecurity challenges. The standard approach to industrial cyber recovery, involving detection, forensics, and restoration, is no longer sufficient to address the evolving threats and the crucial need to maintain operational continuity in critical assets.

In this article, we will explore the limitations of these traditional methods and present an innovative by Salvador Technologies which offer a groundbreaking approach, that seeks to revolutionize the way OT organizations can recover from cyberattacks.

The Ineffectiveness of Traditional Cyber Recovery Methods

Reactive rather than proactive: Traditional recovery methods are typically reactive, responding to cyber incidents after they have occurred. This approach leaves industries vulnerable to significant downtime and potential data loss.

Slow detection and response: The detection and forensics stages are time-consuming and often require manual intervention. In the fast-paced digital age, delays in identifying and responding to cyber threats can be costly and damaging.

Limited visibility: Conventional methods often provide limited visibility into the scope of a cyberattack. This can result in incomplete incident analysis and, subsequently, ineffective recovery efforts.

Resource-intensive: Traditional recovery methods demand substantial resources, both in terms of time and human effort. This resource-intensive process can strain an organization's capabilities and hinder a timely response to cyber incidents.

Lack of effective restoration: Restoration, while essential, is often complicated by the need to verify the integrity of the recovered systems. This verification process can be both time-consuming and unreliable.

A New Approach: A Security Failover Solution

Recognizing the limitations of standard recovery methods, a new approach to industrial cyber recovery is gaining traction. This innovative method involves the creation of a protected backup that is also bootable. Here's how this approach bypasses the standard recovery protocols and offers a more efficient and effective way to address cyber incidents:

Proactive recovery: The protected backup solution, as envisioned by Salvador Technologies, allows organizations to proactively prepare for cyber threats. By regularly creating air-gap protected backups, we can significantly reduce downtime and data loss in the event of an attack.

Rapid response: With a bootable backup device readily available, organizations can initiate recovery within minutes of a cyber incident, minimizing the potential damage and disruption. It practically bypasses the standard protocols and enable the operation to be up and running in no time.

Comprehensive visibility: This approach provides a comprehensive view of the organization's digital environment, through a monitoring system. Organizations can have full visibility, per endpoint, facilitating a more accurate analysis of the backup status, incident's scope and impact.

Resource-efficient: The protected backup solution reduces the need for extensive manual effort, saving time and human resources. Organizations can allocate their resources more efficiently and effectively.

Salvador Technologies' Innovative Solution

Salvador Technologies is at the forefront of this new approach to industrial cyber recovery. The solution combines the creation of protected Cyber Recovery Unit (CRU) which is also bootable, with several key advantages:

Air-gap data protection: Salvador Technologies' solution provides continuous data protection, ensuring that critical data is always secure and recoverable. This approach significantly reduces the risk of data loss and downtime.

Fast recovery: By creating bootable backups, Salvador Technologies enables rapid recovery with minimal disruption to industrial operations. Organizations can resume normal activities quickly and efficiently, within a record timeframe of 30 seconds!

Isolation and safety: The bootable Cyber recovery Unit (CRU) is isolated from the production environment, making it immune to the same cyber threats that affected the primary systems. This isolation ensures a secure recovery process.

Secure access controls: Access to the bootable CRU is carefully controlled, limiting the potential for unauthorized access or tampering during the recovery process.

Automated verification: Salvador Technologies' solution includes automated integrity verification, ensuring the reliability of the recovered systems and data. This verification process is both thorough and efficient.

The industrial landscape is evolving, and so are the threats that organizations face. Traditional methods of industrial cyber recovery, based on detection, forensics, and restoration, are no longer adequate to protect critical infrastructure. The need for a proactive, rapid, and efficient recovery approach has become paramount, and the development of a protected backup solution that is also bootable, as exemplified by Salvador Technologies, offers a promising path forward.

By embracing this innovative approach, industries can significantly reduce the risks associated with cyberattacks, ensuring the continuity of operations and safeguarding sensitive data. It is imperative that organizations remain vigilant and adapt to the changing cybersecurity landscape, and a proactive recovery strategy is a crucial step in securing the future of industrial systems.


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