Weekly Tech Roundup— February 6

Disaster struck last week, and the victims ranged from everyday users to large organizations. Valuable data was lost, operations were shut down, and some people were even affected physically after a ransomware attack took control of the electronic locking systems at an Austrian hotel.

This week’s tech roundup is full of stories that detail the horrors of failed data protection. What did you miss?

How to find out if your computer is protected against ransomware

Ransomware is on the hunt for your precious photos and important documents. Is your computer protected? Are you sure that your protection actually works? There is an easy way to check. Find out how!

A Series of Unfortunate Backup Events

Gitlab.com is a very popular Software as Service (SaaS) platform for software developers. Recently, they suffered a series of unfortunate events due to incomplete backup practices that resulted in customer data loss and service down time. They are back up and running now (minus some essential client data) and there are a few important lessons we can learn from their backup approach and resulting experience.

Osiris Ransomware:  New Addition to the Locky Family

Locky ransomware has undergone another facelift, as cyber criminals roll out updates to one of the most common and damaging families of file-encrypting malware. The new ransomware is named Osiris, after the Egyptian god of the afterlife, and comes with improved features designed to attack backups and avoid being detected. It appends the .orisis extension to the end of the encrypted files and follows the standard pattern of ransomware infection: Invade, Encrypt, Extort. Riding on the back of Locky’s success, Osiris is one of the most serious cyber security treats computer users are facing today.

Weekly Tech Roundup: January 30

Weekly Tech Roundup: January 30

In a world of increasing cyber attacks and data vulnerability, it’s our responsibility to take action and protect ourselves—even though, at times, it seems ever more difficult. Internet of Things (IoT) devices are flooding the market, becoming a major part of our daily lives; ransomware is preying upon innocent individuals and institutions in the hopes of making a quick buck; and dormant threats are coming out of the cracks, striking fear into those looking towards the future. But even with all of these threats, we continue to innovate, finding new and imaginative ways to protect ourselves and our devices.

This week in tech saw new ways of thinking about security to combat old yet increasingly devious threats. What did you miss?

The Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation NYC Launch Event — Blockchain, Ransomware, and the Race Toward the Future

The Acronis team landed in NYC last week to discuss the global threat of ransomware and present groundbreaking technology that lifts the concept of data protection to a brand new level. The event was packed to capacity with standing room only — hundreds of professionals and media representatives came to hear about the latest developments in the world of cyber security and personal data safety.

It was the launch of Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation. Acronis CMO John Zanni and Acronis VP and GM of Consumer Business Gaidar Magdanurov were joined by a former FBI cyber security expert Eric O’Neill  and blockchain expert Alex Tapscott to launch the new product and talk about the ever-evolving technical landscape and our responsibilities in keeping data protected.

5 Reasons to Back Up Your Employees’ PCs

IT Infrastructure in your small business is becoming complex. Before you only had servers and generic desktops to deal with, but the world has changed. Now you have virtualization, cloud VMs in IaaS clouds, data in SaaS clouds, and even mobile devices to worry about.

However, one very important area of your company operations tends to be ignored when it comes to data protection and business continuity — Windows PCs and laptops. Here are five reasons why you should include personal computers of your employees into your data protection strategy.

Weekly Tech Roundup: January 23

Weekly Tech Roundup: January 23

With much of the news revolving around the inauguration of President Donald Trump, it might have been easy to miss the revelations in the world of cybersecurity. A number of new, and old, malware variants were exposed, and the tech world began doing more to protect themselves against attack. With these revelations came new products ready to fight against ransomware, putting data protection at the forefront of cybersecurity.

The headlines were endless, but we made it our mission to gather the most relevant and most intriguing, topics of discussion. What did you miss?

INDEPENDENT TEST: Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation Outperforms Competitors in Self-Protection Against Ransomware

Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation received the Gold Self-Protection Award from Anti-Malware Testing Lab, being recognized for its capacity to protect itself and its backups from ransomware (Acronis Active Protection™).

The threat of ransomware (a type of malware that hijacks computer systems and demands ransom) is so great that it became paramount for backup vendors to introduce technology to protect backups from such attacks.

Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation: Your Ultimate Backup Destination and Protection Against Ransomware

The wait is over! We are excited to announce the immediate availability of Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation, a powerful personal backup software packed with new ground-breaking features designed to pull the world out of the multi-billion-dollar ransomware nightmare. It also has the capacity to certify and verify the data through blockchain technology.