Backup and Recovery

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. 

Meet the World-class Stars of the Data Protection Team

Meet the World-class Stars of the Data Protection Team

With just one match to go, getting tickets to the cup championship in Russia this Sunday is as difficult as blocking a shot by Harry Kane. Whether you're hoping to catch a French win or want the English team to "take it home" if you’re at the event you know that your digital media will be your record of the festivities.

With mobile devices becoming a new attack vector, fans need to secure all their information with an artificial intelligence based data protection option that rivals the top players who appeared in the 2018 tournament.

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.

MRG-Effitas - Acronis Test

For the second time in two weeks, an independent lab acknowledged Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation as the best backup solution, in part due to the cutting-edge feature that actively protects against ransomware — Acronis Active Protection™.

Why is an active approach to ransomware protection really necessary? Because just having a backup is no longer enough. In order to protect your data, you have to have multiple copies in multiple places, and they need to be protected against cyber-attacks. You have to be vigilant against the data-encrypting ransomware ghosts lingering just around the corner, looking for sneaky ways to chomp on your data like this is a real-world game of Pac-Man.

Best Home Backup Software

MRG Effitas tested eight popular backup solutions for ransomware protection capabilities, performance, usability, and user experience. Who has the best technology?

WORLD BACKUP DAY - The Golden 3-2-1 BackUp Rule

Backup is important but it is just as important to remember that having one backup copy is sometimes not enough. For example, let’s assume that you backup your computer to an external drive, which you keep in your home office. If your computer crashes, you have the backup copy. However, if a fire breaks out in your home, it will destroy both your computer and the external drive.

For this reason, Acronis has created the 3-2-1 rule (video):

By keeping backup copies both locally and offsite – perhaps in the cloud - you double the protection of your data in the event of any unforeseen event or disaster.

Businesses are desperate to have hosting providers offer a local and cloud backup and recovery solution they can trust. The market is set to explode in the next few years, so now is the perfect time to jump in.

In today's infographic (downloadable version below) we explain why you, as a hosting provider, should start selling backup as a service

The opportunity for hosting providers:

  • Solve customers’ data protection needs quickly
  • Expand service portfolio with backup & recovery today
  • Create new revenue streams with zero entry costs
  • Reduce churn with local and cloud backup and bare-metal recovery
  • Keep growing with DRaaS and more innovations from Acronis

What IT Leaders Can Learn from Facebook's Extreme Data Center Test

Just because a system and its data are backed up doesn't mean the underlying data protection methods will work if something goes wrong. To find out, IT must verify that the systems are in place and function correctly. Facebook recently took that advice to the extreme by shutting down one of its data centers to test how the infrastructure and systems would perform. 

"This is tens of megawatts of power that basically we turned off for an entire day to test how our systems were going to actually respond," Jay Parikh, global head of engineering at Facebook, said at the @Scale Conference in San Francisco. 

The team's motivation for performing the tests was to learn to embrace failure and to react and recovery quickly, Parikh said. 

The True Cost of Lost — or Nearly Lost — Data

If you’ve ever had a device crash, taking all your data with it, you know how painful the experience can be. When that happens on a large scale, the effects can be devastating. Data loss costs the average business $586,000 a year, and that doesn't address the personal, emotional and cultural costs of losing everything from financial data to great works of art. The worst part? It can easily be avoided.

Here are four real-world examples of data that was lost — or nearly lost — but could have been saved with a simple, foolproof backup plan.

Five Tips for a Sound Disaster Recovery Plan

Organizations of all sizes are dealing with more data today than ever before. Much of this data is so integrated into business processes that it ensures businesses keep functioning. Our data dependency makes it vital to set up systems that protect critical data on a day-to-day basis, so now matter what—power outage, device theft or human error—business doesn’t skip a beat. 

 

However, it is also important to build a robust Disaster Recovery Plan for your data in the event of a worst-case scenario. Developing an entire Disaster Recovery Plan from scratch can be an overwhelming process, so I have come up with five simple tips to help you get started in building your own sound and foolproof plan:

 

1. Assume the Worst