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Kroll Ontrack Helps to Eliminate Funding for Ransomware Criminals

Kroll Ontrack helps to eliminate funding for Ransomware criminals.  Kroll Ontrack has developed a set of solutions to restore corporate data fast and eliminate payments in the event of a Ransomware attack. Ransomware is a lucrative crime Payments to Ransomware criminals are expected to reach over one billion dollars in 2017. New attacks are being reported daily and they are not expected to decline anytime in the near future. Anyone …Read More

Zero-Day, Cyber Espionage, Cyber Conflict Defined

While recently catching up on technology news, I came across the terms zero-day, cyber espionage, and cyber conflict.  I realized I know the meaning of these words, but do I really understand them? Do you really understand them and their implications? I decided to take a deeper dive into these terms to get a clearer picture. Zero-day Zero-day is a term recently used when describing the recent bug affecting Microsoft …Read More

Encryption decrypted

What is encryption? Encryption is the process of transforming information (referred to as plaintext) to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing special knowledge, usually referred to as a “key”. The result of the process is encrypted information. In many contexts, the word encryption also implicitly refers to the reverse process, decryption (e.g. “software for encryption” can typically also perform decryption), to make the encrypted information readable again (i.e. …Read More

Maybe DIY Data Recovery Isn’t Always a Good Idea

Reading through the stats of our recent SSD Survey, I realized that DIY data recovery might not always be the best answer. Now, you might say that I’m jumping to conclusions, but there is some evidence to suggest that DIY recovery isn’t always the best solution. We’ll need a lot more data to see a clear connection, so for now these are my own thoughts. Survey Background In May 2016, …Read More

HDD vs. SSD – which lasts longer?

Many comparisons can be made between a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and a Solid State Drive (SSD); cost, speed, data storage capacity – there’s no end of areas to consider. However in this post, we’ll be looking specifically at the durability of HDDs and SSDs to assess if there is any difference in life expectancy between the two data storage types. Physical failures It’s important to firstly note that any …Read More

GDPR – 8 things you should be doing now to prepare

With the approval of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the European parliament on April 14th, almost every company doing business in the member states of the European Union need to comply. (Great Britain and Denmark have negotiated several exceptions in justice and home affairs – the regulations will therefore be limited in those two states). For every other member country the regulation is now valid and its rules …Read More

Common IT challenges: Shadow IT and more

IT always has its fair share of challenges, but are some of them preventable? Recently updated information shows that technological progress and cost or resource restraints are putting businesses at risk for data loss and possible data security issues. Organizations are struggling to effectively manage corporate data in light of rise of shadow IT, poorly implemented storage solutions and lack of employee know-how, all of which pose challenges that can …Read More

Migrating data? What to watch out for

Everybody loves a hardware upgrade, be it a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop or even a new server. It’s something shiny and new. When we talk about upgrades or migrating data though, it’s often more of a ‘must-do’ than a ‘nice-to-have’, whether it’s updating back office ERP systems, moving users from desktops to laptops or simply introducing a new back-up system. So while not the most exciting part of an IT team’s workload, …Read More