When Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Ky., recently fell victim to a ransomware attack, the organization told local media that it was using backup data unaffected by the attack while the main network remained down.

The degree to which Methodist Hospital continued to have the data it most needed isn’t known. But a good backup policy makes recovery from cyber attacks a lot easier, says Doug Abel, managing director of strategy and planning at Encore, a consultancy unit of Quintiles, and a former CIO and emergency manager at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Maryland.

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