In an age littered with cyberattacks being launched from behind screens halfway around the globe, it’s hard to imagine the idea of someone willing to entertain the risk of physically stealing a corporate backup appliance from a secure data center. Obviously this scenario isn’t as common as the data breaches that continue to make headlines; however, certain industries require data to be encrypted at rest for compliance purposes — ensuring that any lost or stolen data can’t be viewed by anyone other than its owner.
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Barracuda Backup is a unified, cost-effective data protection solution for protecting physical, virtual, and SaaS environments. Simple to deploy and easy to manage, Barracuda Backup supports scalable retention and offsite disaster recovery to the Barracuda Cloud with Unlimited Cloud Storage or between sites for private replication.
With an extensive range of supported environments organizations can replace multi-vendor solutions with Barracuda Backup. Barracuda Backup can be deployed as a purpose built backup appliance or a virtual appliance for organizations that prefer to leverage existing infrastructures.
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*Note: This is the third and final post in our multi-part blog series that addresses ransomware threats and solutions in K-12 environments.
Last month, I discussed the two most pivotal steps in preventing ransomware attacks from wreaking havoc on your organization: user education and securing your network. While these steps establish a robust security posture to combat cyberattacks, there is still one more layer your organization can add to ensure recovery when an attack does strike: having a solid backup plan. Let’s chat about a few recent K-12 school districts that had to leverage their backup plan. In the news, we heard about Montana’s Bigfork Public School District who in November 2016 was hit with Ransomware and a payment of $10,000 was demanded. Rather than pay, they restored with an offsite backup. The same is true for Rhinebeck Central School District in New York who was also hit by a ransomware attack and did a restored with off-site backup files as well. As you can see, having a solid backup plan in place can not only prevent a ransomware payment and spare your data but it can also provide peace of mind.
The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team provides some guidelines to help organizations optimize their backup solutions in combatting ransomware:
Since launching Barracuda Backup many years ago, we've added several capabilities that give customers the option to deploy the data protection strategy that best fits their own unique business environments. Barracuda LiveBoot, Cloud-to-Cloud backup, and SharePoint Online Backup are just some of the exciting and innovative technologies we've introduced over the years. Now we're taking another step forward by adding support for replication to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Take a look at our press release here and our corporate site here for details.
Barracuda Backup has supported secure and efficient offsite data replication for several years. Customers could configure replication to the Barracuda Cloud or to an offsite Barracuda Backup physical or virtual appliance. This met the needs of customers who either had no additional Barracuda Backup appliance or who are required to maintain strict ownership over data. With our new support for replication to AWS, our customers can now meet these needs by replicating to their own AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket.
*Note: This is the first post in a multi-part blog series that addresses ransomware threats and solutions in K-12 environments.
In February of 2016, South Carolina’s Horry County School District had no choice but to pay a $10,000 ransom to unlock critical data and systems following a ransomware attack. But, could the attack have been prevented — or perhaps after the school district was attacked, could they have avoided paying the ransom?
It’s no secret that we’re right in the middle of a ransomware epidemic, where the example here of Horry County having to pay to unlock critical files has become far too common. But what if Horry County’s users were more aware of how to detect possible threats like ransomware? Would the outcome have been different? Let’s take a look at why proactive user training and awareness can help keep students and faculty stay safe from cyber threats.
It's been a hectic day in the world. 99 countries were hammered with a ransomware attack against industries of all kinds. Over 75,000 machines were infected as of this afternoon.
What's going on?
A relatively young piece of ransomware called WanaCrypt0r has been spreading rapidly since this morning. A variant of WanaCrypt0r, named WeCry, was originally discovered in February of this year .
What makes this piece of ransomware so prolific today is that it is packaged as part of an exploit tool called ETERNALBLUE that leverages a known vulnerability in Windows that was patched in March as part of Windows Updates. This was an SMB vulnerability (MS17-010), which allowed malicious code to travel from system to system. Older Windows systems that are no longer supported would not have received a patch, and many supported systems were simply not updated. Delays caused by compatibility testing and limited resources often leave systems unpatched and at risk.
We are excited to share the news that Barracuda and Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda (Intronis) have been nominated for the ChannelPro 2017 Readers' Choice Awards in the following categories:
Barracuda – Best Security Hardware Vendor
Barracuda – Best Email Security Vendor
Intronis – Best Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery Vendor
Intronis – Best Backup and Disaster Recovery Vendor
Readers' Choice Awards are annual awards presented by the ChannelPro Network, which is a media company that focuses on the small and midsize IT marketplace for IT channel partners. ChannelPro readers tend to be IT consultants, VARs, and MSPs, and most of them work in some level of management.
Millions of people have turned to Office 365 and other public cloud solutions to meet their productivity and collaboration needs. Microsoft's FY16 Q4 results revealed better-than-expected performance, with growth across multiple products and segments. For example, compared to prior year:
- Azure compute usage has doubled, and cloud revenue is up 102%
- Office and Dynamics (Microsoft Productivity) segment increased 7%
- Office 365 commercial seat growth is up 45%
- Microsoft Intelligent Cloud grew 7%
You can see more details in this earnings release from Microsoft.