How Cloud Based backup can give you better Data Security

Backing up to the cloud has always been an interesting subject, clients not sure that they want their data stored in some remote server, the added cost of data transfer over slow internet connections, high ongoing cost.

Then there are the benefits, with faster internet connections (NBN) high speed and fast backups, no need to remember to take the backup off site or to change the backup device, and not the real kicker, security from the latest crypto locker/ransomware variants, the cost is now much more attractive too.

Yes, by backing up to a remote service you could well be protecting yourselves against a ransomware attack.

The latest variant of crypto locker not only encrypts your data but turns of any local images and wipes attached backup devices and any network storage or other devices it can gain access to.

So if you have looked at backing up to the cloud before maybe it’s time to look again, if you haven’t maybe you should be looking now.

Cloud Backup should be part of your Business Disaster Recovery Plan.

If you would like to discuss your options give us a call.

 

David Halberg

Delta Office Solutions

www.deltaoffice.com.au


How to avoid getting Ransomware (CryptoLocker – CryptoWall)

So Ransomware as it implies holds your data to ransom having first encrypted it, dependant on the variant it may also have encrypted any attached USB drive and network attached storage that it can access.
Now if that sounds scary, it should, more than 650,000 PC’s and over 5.25 billion files have been infected in the last 3 years and in 2015 in the USA alone well in excess of $325 million was extorted by this method.
So how to defend yourself.
Ensure that you have good anti-virus and anti-malware protection, it doesn’t cot the earth.
Restrict user network access to only what they need.
Manage network traffic and access points.
Backup everything and ensure that you have a copy of your backup that is not connected to your network.
Have a Business Disaster Recovery or Business Continuity plan so if the worst happens you are prepared.

Speak to you IT service provider and work with them to help ensure you are safe.

If you need help or advice, please get in touch.

David Halberg
davidh@www.deltaoffice.com.au
www.deltaoffice.com.au


Your next security breach is already in your business.

The likelihood of having a security breach or malware attack is currently at an all-time high. The most likely attack will come from some form of “ransomware”, this is where malicious software encrypts your files and demands payment to decrypt the files.

 

The like hood is that the way the infection will get onto your systems is already in your business, this form of attack is normally a result of someone within the business opening an infected email attachment. So it will be you or your employees that let it in.

 

So what can you do to minimise the risk?

Start with Employee awareness training, let them know the dangers and use examples if you can. Explain how attachments and click through options on email should be avoided unless you are 100% sure of the source and were expecting it.

Ensure that your Anti-Virus \ Malware are up to date.

Ensure that your systems are having security patches applied.

Check you Backup and Business Disaster Recovery policy.

Work with your IT provider to check your systems security.

For more ideas on how to protect your Business why not contact us at Delta Office Solutions.

David Halberg

Davidh@www.deltaoffice.com.au

www.deltaoffice.com.au