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How an Outsourced Backup Solution Enhances Data Protection

By |2021-01-05T21:00:07+00:00January 5th, 2021|Backup Recovery, Managed Services, Security|

A backup failure on Oct. 1 forced the Tokyo Stock Exchange to halt all trading for the entire day, leaving frustrated investors unable to capitalize on surging stock prices. Economists have suggested the outage creates uncertainty that may ultimately drive many foreign investors out of the world’s third-largest equity market. Sadly, such backup failures are [...]

Backup Modernization Critical for Thwarting Ransomware Attacks

By |2020-09-15T13:34:57+00:00September 15th, 2020|Backup Recovery, Business Continuity, Security|

Ransomware attacks are up sharply during the coronavirus pandemic, with researchers identifying nearly 80 million such attacks during the first half of 2020 — a 109 percent increase from 2019’s midyear total. In a particularly concerning trend, many of these attacks are now targeting backup data in addition to primary data. Robust backup practices have [...]

Ransomware Payments Produce Unintended Consequences

By |2020-06-30T12:54:43+00:00June 30th, 2020|Backup Recovery, Cyber Security, Internet Security, IT Security, Security|

The University of California at San Francisco announced recently that it paid a $1.14 million ransom to regain access to medical school data that was encrypted during a ransomware attack. The incident illustrates a disturbing trend — ransomware attacks are steadily increasing, as are the ransom amounts being demanded. The average ransom demanded in attacks [...]

7 Remote Security Strategies for Small to Midsize Businesses

By |2020-05-28T01:43:56+00:00May 28th, 2020|Backup Recovery, Managed Services, Security|

The sudden shift to remote work has led many small businesses to adopt practices that may be creating considerable cybersecurity threats. For example, several surveys find that as many as half of remote workers are potentially exposing sensitive company information by using unsecured applications and endpoint devices. The Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity division has [...]

Why Cloud Backup Makes Sense for Remote Offices

By |2019-07-09T21:29:47+00:00July 9th, 2019|Backup Recovery, Cloud computing|

Many organizations, including small to midsize business, have branch and satellite offices spread across a wide geography. That means more and more corporate data is being created outside of company headquarters. Much of this data is mission-critical and must be backed up regularly. However, remote office/branch office (ROBO) backup is much different than data backup [...]

A Founding Father’s Disaster Planning Advice

By |2018-05-21T11:25:19+00:00May 21st, 2018|Backup Recovery, Disaster Recovery|

“Time is money” is an old adage usually attributed to Ben Franklin. There’s nothing like system and network downtime to help you see the truth in that phrase. Given the importance of IT to business operations, even a short interruption in service can be financially crippling.According to a recent global survey conducted by Enterprise Strategy [...]

How to Develop and Implement a Solid Backup Strategy

By |2017-11-30T21:58:00+00:00November 30th, 2017|Backup Recovery|

Backup is one of the most important operations in the IT environment. If data is lost or corrupted due to disaster, security breach, equipment failure or simple human error, backup is the lifeline that keeps your business running. Traditionally, backup has been very difficult to get right. Backup systems fail to run, or the data [...]

Business Continuity: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why It’s Important

By |2017-08-23T12:31:35+00:00March 10th, 2016|Backup Recovery, Business Continuity|

In a previous post, we discussed the heavy burden of regulatory compliance, particularly as it relates to medical, financial and payment card information. Regulations are becoming more complex, threats are becoming more sophisticated, and penalties for noncompliance are becoming more severe. Many regulations now require a business continuity strategy, which is one reason why compliance [...]

What Computer Downtime Costs Your Business — and How to Minimize It

By |2017-08-23T12:31:55+00:00February 12th, 2016|Backup Recovery, IT Management, IT Security, IT Services, Managed Services|

The Ponemon Institute, an independent research firm that studies IT security and data protection, publishes a report on the cost of data center outages every three years. The institute studies data centers of 2,500 square feet or more to determine what causes unplanned downtime and the impact of downtime on the organization. The costs have [...]

How to Overcome the Challenges of Data Backup Once and For All

By |2017-08-23T12:31:55+00:00February 9th, 2016|Backup Recovery, SMB Strategies|

Backup is not the most glamorous of IT functions. Nobody sees data and applications being backed up. It doesn’t impress your customers, or your employees for that matter. It’s not easy to connect the dots between backup and revenue. But backup is one of the most important IT functions that most people don’t think about [...]