300 Employees Lost Jobs Following a Botched Ransomware Recovery Process

300 Employees Lost Jobs Following a Botched Ransomware Recovery Process

Data Backup, Information Security
300 Employees Lost Jobs Following a Botched Ransomware Recovery Process More than 300 employees of The Heritage Company, an Arkansas-based telemarketing company, lost their jobs following a botched ransomware data recovery process. Just a few days before Christmas, Sandra Franecke, Owner and CEO of The Heritage Company, informed the more than 300 employees of the company that in October last year, the company’s servers were “attacked by malicious software that basically ‘held us hostage for ransom’ and we were forced to pay the crooks to get the ‘key’ just to get our systems back up and running”. While not naming the attack as ransomware attack, the attack described by the owner and CEO of The Heritage Company is typical of a ransomware attack – a type of cyber-attack that uses…
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Importance of Protecting Your Organization’s Server from Malware

Importance of Protecting Your Organization’s Server from Malware

Data Backup, Information Security, Servers
Importance of Protecting Your Organization’s Server from Malware The recently disclosed data breach at Algonquin College highlights the importance of protecting your organization’s server from malware. Algonquin College, in a statement released last July 16, said that on May 16 cyberattacks illegally accessed one of the College’s servers by infecting it with a malicious software (malware). The educational institution didn’t indicate what specific type of malware that the attackers installed on the infected server nor indicate how the attackers were able to get inside the server. The infected server, according to Algonquin College, hosted access to databases which contained personal information. Sensitive information, including date of birth and home address, of 4,568 individuals (students and alumni) may have been exposed, while non-sensitive information of an additional 106,931 individuals (students, alumni…
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9 Dangers of Using Aging Hardware

9 Dangers of Using Aging Hardware

Data Backup, Information Security
9 Dangers of Using Aging Hardware Chipmaker Intel recently announced that it won’t issue updates to fix the security vulnerability called “Spectre” in some of its processors. According to Intel, the following processors, won’t receive an update for Spectre: Bloomfield line, Clarksfield, Gulftown, Harpertown line, Jasper Forest, Penryn/QC, SoFIA 3GR, Wolfdale line and Yorkfield Line. The processors not supported by Intel for Spectre update are older chips, some more than 5 years old and some are even more than 10 years old. The only exception to the list is the processor SoFIA 3GR which was released in 2015. Spectre is a security vulnerability that affects, not just Intel, but also most of the modern computer processors and operating systems. This security vulnerability enables computer programs to steal critical data processed…
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Importance of Cloud-Based Data Backup

Importance of Cloud-Based Data Backup

Cloud Computing, Data Backup
Importance of Cloud-Based Data Backup The deluge of digital data in today's digital economy is unprecedented. Cloud-based data backup creates an opportunity to support both fast disaster recovery and business continuity for organizations of all sizes. In a study conducted by IDC and commissioned by EMC, in 2020, digitally created data is expected to reach an astounding 40,000 exabytes – that’s equivalent to 40 trillion gigabytes or over 5,200 gigabytes for every man, woman and child in 2020. Not all digital data are created equal. Some are meant to be kept for a long period of time, while others are short-lived. For instance, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a European Union (EU) law that’s scheduled to be implemented on May 25, 2018 requires EU and non-EU based organizations that…
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Why Data Backup Matters

Why Data Backup Matters

Data Backup
Why Data Backup Matters Loss of your company’s sensitive and important data is no longer a question of if, but when. Data loss in the corporate setting is bound to happen sooner or later. As such, it is important to backup your corporate files. What is Data Backup? A data backup is the copying of sensitive and important data for the purpose of being able to restore them in case of data loss. By having several copies of your organization’s valuable data, it does not matter if one is destroyed as you can easily get another copy. Data Loss Causes Your organization’s valuable data is susceptible to potential loss through the following: 1. Hardware Failure Hardware failure is bound to happen. Computers have a lifespan. They cannot be used forever.…
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