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Don’t Let A Lack of A Cloud Backup Melt Your Chocolate.

What can happen if you don’t have a cloud backup?

Ransomware and other malware will adversely affect you and your business if you don’t have a cloud backup.

The recent ransomware called Petya/NonPetya/GoldenEye caused Cadbury to stop production of their famous chocolate in Hobart, Australia. Sadly, Cadbury was not the only company to suffer a halt in their day-to-day functions. NPR has reported that companies in at least 65 countries have been affected by the recent ransomware. One of the purposes of such an attack is to have the compromised companies make payment through the form of the digital currency known as bitcoin. Bitcoin is hard to trace and cyber-criminals prefer to use it as means of payment. Experts initially thought that this newer version of Petya was a means of extorting payment from companies but, according to experts, it now appears that the main focus was to lay the groundwork for future sabotage. With attacks becoming more sophisticated and the potential for future problems, are there precautions that businesses can do to prevent future attacks?

 

In what ways can business prevent future attacks?

Below are some preventative ways in which companies can stay ahead of an attack:

  • Updating their systems to the most recent security patch/ software update.

  • Have a strong antivirus program.

  • Avoid: suspicious emails, questionable links and websites. For example, check the file extensions in Windows settings to see if a suspicious file has an “exe”, “vbs” and “scr” attached to it. If so, it may be a malicious file.

  • Verify the details of what appears to be a credible email, link, and/or website i.e., correct spelling of names, events, meetings, etc.

  • Have a disaster recovery program in place.

  • Making sure pertinent files (if not all) are backed-up.

  • Use a cloud service to help restore data.

 

What happens when the worse case scenario happens?

When your business gets hit by malware and you don’t have a cloud backup: this is the worse case scenario.

If your business has taken all the preventative measures, then your business doesn’t have to worry about retrieving their information from a cloud backup. As hackers progress in their ways of getting protected data, the responsibility of being one step ahead of the hackers is up to businesses who care about their confidential information. You don’t want your business to put in the same position as Cadbury. Melted chocolate, indeed.

If your business is concerned with not having a cloud backup, then feel free to contact us for any further information that you may want concerning cloud backup.

 

Hard Drive Shredding Time?

Do you have hard drives lying around holding sensitive data that need destroying? Do you have any storage devices containing personally identifiable information (PII) at your place of business or remote worksite?

Deleting information is not the same as destroying it. With the proper technology and knowledge, deleted files can easily be recovered. These devices are also taking up valuable space in work areas and could be a liability for your business. The Data Vault ensures electronic information is unrecoverable by shredding the actual hard drive and other media devices.

The Data Vault’s hard drive shredding service offers your business a secure solution for preventing the theft of digital data stored on your media devices. Need to destroy other types of digital media? We offer media destruction for other digital devices too.

Does your company have a need for regularly scheduled shredding services? We make it easy and cost-effective to securely dispose of your sensitive and confidential business information. With The Data Vault’s scheduled destruction services, you get the peace of mind that comes from knowing your hard drives, media, and documents are being destroyed and recycled in accordance with industry best practices.

Our drivers arrive at your location according to the schedule you set up with us. Your empty bins replace your full bins, which are placed on our truck with the lids still locked. They remain locked until they reach our secure facility. For media and hard drive destruction, we bring our mobile shredding truck, “The Data Shark,” and destroy all of your digital media on-site at your facility.
At your request, The Data Vault will provide you with a Certificate of Destruction after each scheduled shredding service.

For additional information and pricing, please contact our Customer Service department at 502-244-1151. If you’ve reached us after hours, or would otherwise prefer, you may fill out and submit our Contact Us form. A representative will contact you within one business day.

7 Questions You Need to Ask About Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions

There are a number of reasons why your business may be looking for a Cloud Backup provider. The Data Vault can help you find a viable solution that may one day save your business and its assets in case of an emergency or any unforeseen circumstance.

The Data Vault Cloud is a backup and disaster recovery solution that provides a single, integrated approach to data protection. It’s complete range of tools and capabilities ensure the secure protection of more data while using less network. Backed by the longstanding reputation of The Data Vault, you never have to worry about the security or integrity of your information.

Below are 7 questions that every company should be asking themselves regarding disaster recovery:

  • Who is assigned to monitor the backup process? Who verifies that oversight?
  • Have all compliance requirements been addressed in your backup plan?
  • How long can you go without computer services until your business is in trouble?
  • Has application recovery been prioritized?
  • Is there critical information residing on workstations?
  • Is your backup data encrypted? How is the key managed?
  • Is regular recovery testing performed?

At the very least, consider protecting and backing up three different copies of data: on premise, off premise, and in the cloud. The Data Vault is responsible for monitoring, securing, encrypting and delivering your data when you need it; minimizing employee time spent managing the processes.

If you and your company need assistance answering thoughtful questions concerning backup or coming up with a plan of action, please call us today 502-244-1151. The Data Vault will lead you and your company to a Disaster Recovery Plan that is compliant, secure, reliable and affordable. We will take the time to understand your data protection needs and find the right solution for you and your business.