Security

Weekly Tech Roundup — February 20

It’s becoming apparent that our dedication to data protection needs to become more resolute. We need to be smarter when it comes to our data, because cybercriminals are certainly getting sneakier. We’ve seen first-hand how innovative ransomware can be, and research shows that it’s only going to get worse—doing more damage and causing more harm. Malware is taking advantage of existing vulnerabilities and if we don’t start upping our security game, our data will be increasingly at risk. What threats are headed your way? Last week’s biggest tech headlines say it all.

Weekly Tech Roundup — February 13

As the weeks roll on, ransomware continues to dominate most cyber security headlines. But it wasn’t just stories of data loss and malware attacks that made the front page. Hackers continued to take advantage of the growing number of data vulnerabilities that permeate our digital world today—but some of them took it upon themselves to fight fire with fire, exposing some particularly harmful websites to the kind of attack they themselves perpetuate.

This week’s tech roundup is full of stories that detail the horrors of cyber-attacks. What did you miss?

Acronis Backup 12 Now Protects Microsoft Office 365 and VMware vSphere 6.5

We are excited to announce the addition of Microsoft Office 365 backup functionality and support for VMware vSphere 6.5 to the world’s fastest and most complete small business backup solution, Acronis Backup 12. It’s the update you’ve been waiting for! Find out how it can help you protect your valuable data.

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?

Shadow IT: Healthcare Industry Scourge or Opportunity for Growth?

In May this year, two New York City hospitals — New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center — were slammed with a whopping $4.8 million fine from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the biggest HIPAA fine in U.S. history. The hospitals were fined for failing to protect patient information under HIPAA privacy laws due to an incident in 2010 when the electronic health data of 6,800 patients were made public on the Internet. According to the HHS investigation, the incident unfolded because a Columbia faculty member attempted to deactivate a personally owned service that was connected to the hospital's network where the patient data resided. 

High-Profile Data Breaches Spur Debate on Consumer Notification

The fallout continues from last year's major data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus. The U.S. Congress, state agencies, retailers and consumer advocacy groups are now locked in a larger debate about data security and consumers' right to know when their data may be at risk — and if a national notification standard makes sense, according to the Associated Press