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.
Data Protection and Data Recovery
Data Protection and Data Recovery
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Ransomware attacks have taken an especially nasty turn in the last week. An individual or group of people going by the pseudonym Dark Overlord has been terrorizing a high school in Montana after launching a ransomware attack. In addition to demanding the usual amount of digital cybercurrency, the attackers have been evoking the images of multiple massacres involving school-aged children to induce local authorities to comply with their demands. The hackers know precisely what it is in this day and age that parents fear most when they send their children off to school every day.
Dark Overlord is the same nom de guerre employed by the individual or group of people that also launched the recent ransomware attacks against HBO and Netflix this year demanding to be paid to not post stolen intellectual property on the Web before the media companies' scheduled broadcast. Even after receiving a reported $50,000 payment the hackers apparently went ahead in one instance and released an episode of Orange is the New Black before its official release.
*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:
*Note: This is the second post in a multi-part blog series that addresses ransomware threats and solutions in K-12 environments.
Last month, we discussed Horry County School District’s experience with a crippling ransomware attack, having no choice but to pay a $10,000 ransom to unlock critical data and systems. We highlighted the first step in strengthening an organization’s security posture against such attacks: user training and awareness. Educating users to be aware of spoofed emails, misleading links, or suspicious attachments is an integral part of network security that can stop a ransomware attack before it even starts.
While effective user training and awareness can significantly reduce the number of successful attacks, keeping your network free of malware also requires a combination of effective perimeter filtering, strategically designed network architecture, and the capability to detect and eliminate resident malware that may already be inside your network. Here are some additional measures schools can take to can help fortify their networks against cyberattacks:Headed #BacktoSchool? Here are some measures schools can take to stay safe from #cyberattacks: Click To Tweet
Earlier this year, the world recognized World Backup Day (WBD) as a reminder to everyone that data is important and has to be protected. As part of the WBD recognition, Barracuda ran a series of blog posts on the reasons why companies lose data even when they do almost everything right.
As a follow up to our WBD activities, Barracuda conducted a survey of general technologists whose responsibilities include data protection and recovery. To be blunt, some of these results are alarming. In this article, we are going to run through the results, explain what they mean, and take a look at how to resolve these issues of concern.
As you know, ransomware is a global epidemic and is expected to cost over $5 billion in damages in 2017. Ransomware is a dangerous attack because it doesn't just make a system unavailable; it renders the data unusable. This has already caused a great deal of trouble for healthcare institutions, government entities, law enforcement agencies, and of course, businesses all over the world. If you've fallen victim to a ransomware attack, there are only two ways to get your data back without paying the ransom: get a free decryptor from a service like this one, or fall back on your data protection strategy and recover your data.
*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.
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.