2016: Year of the Cybercriminal

US$1,000,000,000. That’s the estimated cost of ransomware to individuals and businesses in 2016. In the first quarter of 2016 alone, ransomware cost organizations US$209 million. Keep in mind that ransomware is just one type of cybercriminal activity. Although final numbers for 2016 are not yet known, based on the frequency … READ MORE

Brian Heckert January 4th, 2017

Ransomware Hits Light-rail System, Resulting in Lost Revenue

Ransomware really gets around, faster than even the best form of mass transportation can move busy commuters to work. Recently, ransomware caused the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) light-rail system to lose revenue when the organization shut down ticket machines and fare gates as a precaution to the malware … READ MORE

Brian Heckert December 6th, 2016

Losing Data Is No Treat

The truth is, when it comes to Halloween, we all like the treats (the best), but none of us want the tricks (the worst). That’s an easy choice when it’s October 31. But when we’re facing life as it really is, we don’t always get to choose. For example, sometimes … READ MORE

Brian Heckert October 31st, 2016

Backing Up Your Data Should Be Obvious

Keeping a safe distance from large mammals with large canines should be obvious, especially when they can weigh more than a couple of tons. But what’s obvious to one person may not be so obvious to another. On a recent excursion to the Central California coast I had the opportunity … READ MORE

Brian Heckert October 5th, 2016

Keep Close to Nature’s Heart and Don’t Litter!

It’s always disappointing to come across litter on my weekly Saturday morning hike. Things like beer and soda cans, candy wrappers, energy bar and supplement wrappers, plastic water bottles, fast food wrappers, etc. Sometimes when I see litter I try to put myself in the litterbug’s place by asking myself, … READ MORE

Brian Heckert June 29th, 2016

Emergency Preparedness for Today’s Businesses

Being prepared for a natural disaster makes good sense no matter where you live. Whether it’s the possibility of an earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, tornado, mudslide, etc., there is peace of mind in knowing you have quick access to some basics so that you can weather the storm. One way to … READ MORE

Brian Heckert February 8th, 2016

Which Cloud is Right for Your Business?

A cloud is not just a cloud. Just look up into the sky on any given day and you’ll notice a wide variety of sizes and unique characteristics that define each type. For example, there is the stratus variety. These clouds are very horizontal and are usually seen at lower … READ MORE

Brian Heckert January 18th, 2016

Yes Virginia, The Internet of Things and Big Data are Real

The following email recently arrived from one of our readers. Dear EMC: Some of my colleagues say there is no Internet of Things. Or big data. Or Santa’s workshop. Please tell me the truth; are these things real? —Virginia from IT The following is our response. Virginia, your coworkers are … READ MORE

Brian Heckert December 23rd, 2015

Pitching a Perfect Game with the Cloud

Baseball is in the air. In fact, it’s in full swing. Naturally, I’ve been thinking of stats. You’ve gotta have stats. Like any major sport, stats play an important part in keeping things interesting. Baseball in particular, with its natural breaks between innings, pitcher changes, practice swings, and before stepping … READ MORE

Brian Heckert September 21st, 2015

The Cloud is Not a Passing Fad

Remember those plastic Star Wars action figures? They were the must-have toy for any kid in the late 70’s and early 80’s. By the mid-80’s it was Cabbage Patch kids and Transformers, followed by the Nintendo NES gaming console, the Furby, and Tickle Me Elmo. The list goes on and … READ MORE

Brian Heckert July 22nd, 2015
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