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Posts by Deborah Brooks

When Disaster Strikes, Will Your Backup Be Ready?

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Did you know that 140,000 hard drives in the US fail each week? If you’re in charge of protecting valuable business data, this number should scare you – especially if you aren’t certain about the reliability of your backups. Disaster can come in all shapes and sizes, from end-of-life hardware failure to human error to…

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Don’t Let Your City Be Held for Ransom

CSO explains why governments are becoming an increasingly large target for ransomware attacks, and it’s no surprise why. As we discussed previously, small IT teams and small budgets set up some difficult conditions for data protection. City, county, and other municipal government offices are vulnerable for a number of reasons. They have lots of sensitive data…

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How to Solve the Problem of Ransomware in a GDPR World

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Lately, we have been engaging in a very concerted educational effort in two very important areas: ransomware and GDPR. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), of course, covers the protection and privacy of the personal data of EU citizens. Ransomware, certainly, is a nightmare. Attacks have been increasing and hitting cities with huge ransoms so they can start…

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Ontario Municipalities Still not Ready for a Ransomware Attack

I had a great time last week at the MISA Ontario Annual Conference in Niagara Falls. We chatted with visitors about privacy compliance and ransomware protection and made over 150 specialty coffees, thanks to our friends at LatteBooth. Hopefully, those who visited our booth took away more than just a complimentary coffee! Our ransomware solution…

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How to Stay Safe From Ransomware

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In the time it took for you to open this document and start reading it, a new ransomware variant has been developed. Every 18 seconds! And unfortunately, these new ransomware variants are intelligently developed and deployed. It is unlikely that your data is sufficiently protected to stop this new breed of ransomware. They first target…

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Compliance Is a Word You Are Going to Keep Hearing

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If you are not familiar with the new compliance regulations, it’s time to take note. Europe (GDPR), Japan (APII), Singapore (PDPA), and recently California (CCPA) have announced sweeping regulations governing personally-identifiable information (PII). The acronyms for these compliance regulations are almost as bad as the fines attached to them. Europe’s GDPR has fines starting at…

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