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Port of San Diego Hit by Ransomware

The bustling Port of San Diego is recovering from a ransomware attack that hit on Tuesday, September 25, striking the administrative computer systems. The FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security are currently on-site investigating the ransomware further. And while the Port remains open to the public and shipping traffic is unaffected, certain systems are being shut down as a precaution while Port officials develop and implement their recovery plan.

The incident marks the second cyberattack on an international port this week, as the Port of Barcelona was forced to fall back on contingency plans in response to an attack on their servers. Yet these are just two of the latest examples in a troubling epidemic of cybercrimes that target transportation, municipal, and governmental infrastructure.

AI can unlock a new level of security sought by experts

How well protected is your company’s data? If you’re like the majority of IT professionals, probably not well enough. That’s not our opinion, but rather the honest answer from 62 percent of IT professionals from around the globe who reported that their security infrastructure has gaps that would allow attackers to penetrate their defenses.

That revelation is just one of the troubling findings from the Ponemon Institute’s recent report on the modern IT security gap and how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) could help.

 

The Atlanta SamSam attack proves prevention is best

According to Atlanta’s chief of Information Management, more than a third of the city’s 424 essential applications were laid low by the SamSam ransomware attack in April, with 30 percent of those supporting vital municipal functions like the court system and police department. According to reports, the City Attorney's office lost all but six of its 77 computers and 10 years' worth of documents, while the police department lost all of its stored dash cam recordings: serious losses of critical data.

The attack illustrates the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure -- especially since there is a free anti-ransomware solution that would have stopped the attack and saved the city $10 million. 

Cyanweb Solutions taken down in online attack

Cyanweb Solutions taken down in online attack

On June 27, 2018, Australian web and IT services provider Cyanweb Solutions experienced a data terrorist attack: the stuff of business nightmares. A coordinated attack against the Perth-based company deleted all but 12 percent of the client data stored on its cPanel administrative server.

As a company that not only designs websites but acts as an in-house IT department and online marketing advisor to its business customers, the attack’s speed and sophistication is a reminder that even the savviest technology companies are at risk.

Thankfully, you have more control over your information than you realize.

The Trump-Kim Summit missed addressing cyber warfare

Now that the U.S. and North Korean officials have left Singapore, the pundits are debating the effectiveness of the recent nuclear weapons summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un. Yet despite the multiple areas of concern covered during the summit, there’s one security topic that wasn’t addressed by either side – cyber warfare.

In fact, just three days after the summit, North Korea was again accused of launching a new attack as the Typeframe malware strain was uncovered.

Given our role as a global leader in cyber protection, Acronis was hopeful that the negotiations would address these concerns. The experts at Acronis’ Singaporean Security Research Centre consider cyber warfare an unfortunate omission from these talks.

Cloud backup saves data from natural disasters

Whether it’s lava flowing through the streets of Hilo, Hawaii or Storm Alberto flooding the southeastern United States, the dramatic footage of the past week captures more than the devastating power of nature – we’re seeing the loss of homes and businesses. When families and business owners are forced to evacuate, they must quickly decide which physical items to bring with them.

From family pictures to payroll records, a backup can provide critical consolation that not all will be lost, no matter how chaotic and terrifying the disaster.

GDPR is a Golden Opportunity for Resellers and Service Providers

GDPR, Europe’s imminent new privacy regulation, presents several urgent challenges to your business customers and prospects. This presents a great opportunity for you to improve their GDPR compliance posture with Acronis products and services. We’ve created a raft of GDPR educational and marketing materials to make your job easier. 

Were the data tapes lost by Commonwealth Bank encrypted

If there’s a universal truth in the world, the phrase “It goes without saying” will always be followed up by an observation that is completely obvious.

Another universal truth that you’d think “goes without saying”? When you put customer data at risk, the reputation of your business is going to suffer.

Need an example? Look at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Then learn how encryption can help protect your customer data and your brand's reputation.

Discover award-winning business backup

Businesses are struggling to keep their digital assets safe because they are saddled with legacy backup solutions that cannot meet today’s data needs. The volume of data that companies must protect is growing at an exponential rate, while the risk from quickly evolving online threats like ransomware continues to explode.

IT professionals looking for an alternative that can keep their data safe and evolve with their changing needs might consider the solution that’s earning awards and glowing reviews from industry observers, the media, and their peers.

 

Ransomware Can Risk Your GDPR ComplianceWhen the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect next month, organizations that handle the personal data of any EU citizens – whether you capture it yourself or process it on behalf of another company – will have to get much more serious about protecting it. That includes building robust defenses to protect against security breaches.

Your GDPR compliance can depend on defending your EU customers’ personal data against ransomware. This Tale of Two Companies infographic explains why.