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

Backing Up Your Data Should Be a Routine, Not a Tradition

With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to break out the lights, decorations, gifts and, of course, good food. Thanksgiving is a time for all of us to give thanks and spend time with the ones we love. Like many families, my family partakes in a variety of holiday … READ MORE

David Tye November 23rd, 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

Cloud Adoption: Strategy vs. Reality

Myths About Migrating to the Cloud Myth 1: Cloud Bursting One of the original highly publicized use-cases for public cloud was bursting. The story made sense: as your demand for compute increased, you would use the public cloud to increase the capacity of your private infrastructure. Like so many good … READ MORE

Vladimir Mandic September 21st, 2016

Why Do I Need Endpoint Protection?

When I was a kid my parents would always ask, “David, why do you need an Xbox?” or “Why do you need this new game?” As a kid, it was sometimes hard to come up with a valid reason why I needed a new game or gaming device. Now that … READ MORE

David Tye August 22nd, 2016

Ransomware 101

Ransomware is a worldwide phenomenon that is affecting users all around the globe. According to a recent study published by McAfee Labs, ransomware growth increased by 58 percent for the second quarter of 2015. For all businesses, small or large, the question is not “Will I be a victim of … READ MORE

David Tye July 11th, 2016

Security or Protection: Which One?

Ransomware A long time ago I heard an anecdote that the highest level of security certification was given to a system that sat in a secure room and was isolated from a network. Today we live in a connected world, and that creates much bigger surface areas for security threats. … READ MORE

Vladimir Mandic July 5th, 2016

Road to Efficiency, Part 2

As business look at cloud adoption, the question is, “What is the cloud good for?” Yes, the cloud can be efficient and elastic, but what would be its real use in complex environments? A different way of looking at the road to the cloud is by considering where your data—both … READ MORE

Vladimir Mandic May 16th, 2016
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