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3 Steps Prevention against Ransomware

3 Steps Prevention against Ransomware

Regrettably ransomware are becoming a regular occurrence. The stories of data loss, locked away data and critical operation disruption are real. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), applicable after 2018, companies are already addressing their backup and disaster recovery plans to ensure that they remain compliant with the data protection regulations. Regardless of compliance reasons, enterprises still need a reliable way of protecting themselves from ransomware.

The following three steps can prepare an enterprise to prevent the damage done by ransomware:

Step 1: Prepare

Preparation is of the utmost importance; something as grand a scale as moving to the cloud takes a great deal of it. It can be classified into these major segments: Training staff, employing security layers, removing outdated operating systems.

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Cloud Compliance: What Auditors Are Looking For

Originally posted on Rentsys Recovery Services’ blog.

In today’s world, many, if not most, companies are either part of a regulated industry or have been identified as a critical vendor in a customer’s supply chain. These organizations are audited by regulatory bodies such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of Civil Rights or by another third-party auditor.

If your company falls into one of these two categories, you’re likely aware that most auditors look to see if your organization has implemented sound risk management and mitigation controls for safeguarding mission-critical data and business processes.

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Recovery based cloud offerings are a shell game!

Recovery based offerings cost so much more than they tell you.  They only show you the tip of the ICEBERG

 I have seen many a cloud offering to backup and recover your data for as low as $.01 per Gigabyte ($10.24 a TB) per month.  BUT that is only the tip of the iceberg. 

 Backup and recovery is really all about the recovery.  All the fancy backup in the world does not do you any good unless you can recover that data, quickly and easily.

 Let’s see what backup and recovery actually costs with this type of BaaS product.  Let’s make it simple and look at the numbers of one of the more popular products on the market (which will remain nameless).

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What to know about private cloud!

Before considering cloud-based data protection, it is important to first understand the basics of cloud, which can sometimes be foggy (at best). With trade magazines and publications defining the "cloud" in a number of different ways, IT managers and executives are often confused about the true meaning of the term; however the recent maturation of cloud-based services has helped the definition become more focused.

 In a nutshell, there are two main types of cloud-based data protection services: public and private. The public cloud is where data is on a shared infrastructure. In a private cloud, data is on dedicated infrastructure and the owners of that data share no part of it with others. There are variations of the public and private cloud, including combinations of the two that result in a "semi-private cloud," but for the sake of clarity, we will stay away from that topic.

In data protection, there are some popular configurations to consider. The first is disaster recovery to a private cloud, which assumes an existing solution is onsite and has a backup copy and perhaps an archive copy. Usually this involves a system with disks and/or tape that keeps the data protected for a set duration of time. It then assumes that users want to automate disaster recovery to another location. Customers who need this cloud offering typically want to move away from a tape solution or have not yet installed a disaster recovery technology.

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The Effects of Cloud Adoption on IT Departments

For both small- and large-scale businesses, there appears to be a growing trend: executives are adopting cloud computing into their everyday activities with little to no aid from their in‐house IT departments.  In fact, the role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) is changing at a rapid pace due to the quick evolution of cloud computing and cloud hosting

Since the introduction of the computer, IT departments have been tasked with fixing various infrastructure issues regarding storage, email and accessibility.  As cloud technology evolves, it would appear that these positions are also evolving; the use of applications such as Dropbox and Google Apps have virtually eliminated these issues, allowing IT employees to work on more critical problems.

CIOs who can see the growing benefits that cloud adoption offers are the ones who will be most successful in the future, as the deliberate non‐adoption of such technology is not only bad for business, but has negative effects for employees who wish to adopt the technology in their daily business routine.

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Cloud Computing Forecasts for 2013

When it comes to cloud computing, expectations are high for 2013. Businesses of all sizes—from garage-based startups to multinational corporations—are putting their resources into utilizing cloud computing technologies and services to help them deliver products and services, while reducing overhead operating costs. 

Nearly 50% of all enterprises in North America and Europe are predicted to set aside budgets for cloud investments this year. Additionally, 50% of software development companies are planning to deploy applications in the cloud. According to a research report by 451 Market Monitor, the cloud computing marketplace will reach $16.7 billion in revenue this year, compared to a revenue of $8.7 billion in 2010. 

Perhaps the most astonishing prediction was one released by Markets and Markets in their Cloud Storage Market-Worldwide Forecasts and Analysis research report: the cloud storage market will astronomically increase in revenue from $5.6 billion in 2012 to $46.8 billion in 2013! 

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How to Calculate ROI from Cloud Computing

In a business world that is embracing the cloud more and more every day, it is interesting to see that, while the cloud benefits companies in several ways, these companies seldom demonstrate their advantage from the cloud in terms of ROI (return on investment).  This may be because many of the benefits from cloud computing are intangible and may not be fully realized until further down the road.  

Therefore, to calculate returns from cloud computing, a business will most likely not employ the standard ROI calculations.  Instead, the company may use one of the following ways to determine ROI from cloud computing:

  1. Rate of adaption in the market:  With the flexibility that the cloud offers in terms of quick transitioning of capabilities, businesses can adapt to ever-changing market trends and therefore improve standing against competitors in the industry.  Consequently, increased revenue may be realized due to their ability to grab market share at an improved pace.
  2. Utilization and control of resources: The scalability of cloud computing allows businesses to avoid under or over utilizing resources, which in turn ensures effective capacity utilization and the avoidance of waste.
  3. Cost of ownership:  With little to no barriers to entry and the low skill level needed to configure and use cloud infrastructure, businesses can save the money that would otherwise be used for staff training, installation, and maintenance of the infrastructure.
  4. Growth potential:  As a business in today’s world, it is important to have room for growth.  Traditionally, if a business demanded additional resources (in terms of infrastructure and IT personnel), it may have taken weeks to acquire the infrastructure and to train/transition the staff.  However, with cloud computing, resources can be scaled almost instantaneously to accommodate the growing demands of the business.

Depending on the specific needs of your business, you may calculate ROI in any one of these ways, or another.  As you can see, it may be hard to quantify the returns on cloud computing, even if the benefits are quite substantial. 

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