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The Role Backup Plays in Combatting Ransomware

Backing up data is an essential component of a proactive security strategy for any business. Without several backup copies, companies are leaving themselves open to the ever-increasing threat of ransomware. Even though properly backing up data can't prevent ransomware attacks, it can protect businesses from losing data when victimized by malicious software. While there are plenty of reasons why businesses should back up their data regularly, ransomware comes first to mind, especially in today's ever-evolving [...]

By |2020-08-06T13:31:32-05:00April 3rd, 2020|Newsletter Articles, Ransomware|Comments Off on The Role Backup Plays in Combatting Ransomware

Ransomware: Its History, Components and Future

Two years ago, the world woke up to a ransomware threat as WannaCry spread around the globe. Within days, the attack hit hospitals, manufacturing plants, and more, grinding operations to a halt as companies struggled to recover their encrypted systems. Ransomware attacks have only arguably become more intense in the time since. In the past year, we’ve seen city and state government operations crippled for days and critical infrastructure systems targeted. These attacks have not [...]

By |2020-08-04T14:04:27-05:00February 21st, 2020|Newsletter Articles, Ransomware|Comments Off on Ransomware: Its History, Components and Future

Can You Spot a Phishing Email?

If you know what to look for, phishing emails are easy to spot. Even though phishing scams are always evolving, knowing just the basics can help you with identifying potentially malicious emails. Scammers use common forms of communication to maximize the reach of their scams — and so far, they’ve been successful. People lost $30 million to phishing schemes in 2017, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. Hackers use phishing attacks to gain [...]

By |2020-08-13T10:16:56-05:00February 7th, 2020|CyberSecurity, Email, Newsletter Articles, Ransomware|Comments Off on Can You Spot a Phishing Email?

Ransomware: Why Your Employees Are the Last Line of Defense

Ransomware has been a growing concern for businesses of all sizes for many years. While there are many ways to prevent the threat from negatively impacting your business, one of the best strategies to follow is to educate your employees on the dangers of ransomware. IT security professionals have been warning their clients about malicious software for years. Even federal agencies have been monitoring the growing threat of ransomware. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency [...]

By |2020-08-13T10:17:14-05:00January 24th, 2020|Newsletter Articles, Ransomware, Remote Working|Comments Off on Ransomware: Why Your Employees Are the Last Line of Defense

Ransomware: What You Should Know About the Latest Attacks

Ransomware is a multi-cloud problem for organizations of all sizes, especially small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), which have become a new favorite target for cybercriminals. A couple of the latest attacks have highlighted the increasing need for SMBs to take proper precautions to better protect themselves against malicious software infiltrating networks across the country. Ransomware attacks aren’t going away anytime soon. There was a 363 percent year-over-year increase in ransomware attacks during the first half [...]

By |2020-08-04T14:05:05-05:00December 20th, 2019|Newsletter Articles, Ransomware|Comments Off on Ransomware: What You Should Know About the Latest Attacks

Survey Says: Data Loss Still High Among Businesses

Even though data loss is still high among businesses across all verticals, there’s been an increase in the adoption of cloud-based data protection.  Some organizations are stalling, however, to make a move. Cloud adoption, in general, has risen over the years, to the point where cloud computing technology is being used somewhere in most organizations. Ninety-six percent of businesses are using the cloud in one way or another, according to the RightScale 2018 State of the [...]

By |2020-08-13T10:48:28-05:00August 2nd, 2019|CyberSecurity, Newsletter Articles, Ransomware|Comments Off on Survey Says: Data Loss Still High Among Businesses

Albany, New York, is Recovering From a Ransomware Attack

The city of Albany, New York, was hit by a ransomware attack on Saturday, March 30, Steve Hughes at the Albany Times Union reports. City officials worked through the weekend in response to the attack, and most city functions were available by Monday afternoon. The city clerk’s office is still affected, so birth, death and marriage certificates will have to be obtained from New York’s Office of Vital Records. Residents are also advised to [...]

By |2020-08-13T10:51:26-05:00April 3rd, 2019|CyberSecurity, Ransomware|Comments Off on Albany, New York, is Recovering From a Ransomware Attack

Ransomware: What SMBs Need to Know

Even though ransomware has been top of mind for cybersecurity experts for many years, SMBs are still trying to grasp the threat. While some reports are claiming a decline in ransomware attacks, cybersecurity experts aren’t writing off the security threat, and neither should small business owners. So what is ransomware? You’ve probably heard or read the term “ransomware” in the last year or so. Maybe you’re somewhat familiar with it but not 100 percent sure how [...]

By |2020-08-04T14:31:24-05:00March 11th, 2019|Newsletter Articles, Ransomware|Comments Off on Ransomware: What SMBs Need to Know

3 Things to Rely on for Ransomware Protection Before You Resort to Backup

Relying on backup recovery is a good backup option to have, but it's equally important to invest in security approaches that help you avoid ransomware in the first place. Here are few things you can easily do to help ensure it doesn't come down to you putting all your eggs in the backup basket: Use a multi-layered security strategy: No security tool is 100% effective, but using a multi-layered approach that includes firewalls, antivirus, and behavioral-based malware [...]

By |2020-08-13T10:59:11-05:00April 5th, 2018|Newsletter Articles, Ransomware|Comments Off on 3 Things to Rely on for Ransomware Protection Before You Resort to Backup

3 Tips to Make Your Backup Ransomware Ready

While all this may look like a lot of bad news, the upside is that there are some quick tweaks you can make to your backup strategy that will make it more effective against ransomware. Embrace 3-2-1 backup: 3-2-1 backup is a backup strategy that requires you to have three copies of your data in two different locations, one of which is offsite. Making your backup 3-2-1 compliant ensures that even if one copy of your backup [...]

By |2020-08-13T10:59:28-05:00March 20th, 2018|Newsletter Articles, Ransomware|Comments Off on 3 Tips to Make Your Backup Ransomware Ready
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