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Data Integrity Recovering from Ransomware and Other Destructive Events



Anne R. Townsend, Timothy J. McBride, Lauren N. Lusty, Julian T. Sexton, Michael R. Ekstrom


Businesses face a near-constant threat of destructive malware, ransomware, malicious insider activities, and even honest mistakes that can alter or destroy critical data. These data corruption events could cause a significant loss to a company’s reputation, business operations, and bottom line. These types of adverse events, that ultimately impact data integrity, can compromise critical corporate information including emails, employee records, financial records, and customer data. It is imperative for organizations to recover quickly from a data integrity attack and trust the accuracy and precision of the recovered data.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1800-11
Report Number


business continuity, data integrity, data recovery, malware, ransomware


Townsend, A. , McBride, T. , Lusty, L. , Sexton, J. and Ekstrom, M. (2020), Data Integrity Recovering from Ransomware and Other Destructive Events, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 15, 2024)


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Created September 21, 2020, Updated May 4, 2021