Municipal IT Security Is Top of Mind at MISA Infosec, but Few Are Prepared

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The rise in cyberattacks on local and municipal governments was the focus of the recent MISA Ontario Infosec conference held in October, and we at ioFABRIC learned a lot. Unfortunately, what we learned wasn’t all good. The event attracts municipal IT professionals and managers, and we talked to most attendees about their information security strategies.…

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Trick or Treat! It’s a Treat from Network World

Thank you Network World for naming ioFABRIC on its list of 10 hot business continuity startups to watch! “Business continuity is about a lot more than natural disasters,” said editor Jeff Vance Denial of service attacks, ransomware and even network outages can undermine business continuity.” “The startups listed offer everything from blockchain-based distributed storage to…

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Don’t Let Your City Be Held for Ransom

ZDNet has reported that 19 percent of all ransomware attacks are directed at government agencies, 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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A Backup, Untested, Is No Backup

Different data storage formats, including USB, hard disk, floppy, SD, etc.

Backups are key to your data’s survival, but even if you have a backup, you are still vulnerable. Some of the biggest reasons are: It’s the first place ransomware encrypts when it infects your systems User error can delete the files or access to them Most backups aren’t complete and recoverable. They have to be…

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How MSPs Have an Edge on Big Cloud Providers

Recently a channel partner told me in no uncertain terms what their customers need. These are: No-hassle customer support Products that don’t need an IT expert to use The fewer products to manage, the better Over the course of the conversation we talked about how MSPs are making the most of these needs – and…

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Making Sense and Dollars of the CCPA and GDPR

If you’re a solution provider, system integrator, reseller, MSP, xSP, et cetera, you already bear great responsibility for helping your customers comply with data protection and security mandates. In fact, you are probably their trusted go-to advisor. Unless your head has been in the sand for the last year, you’re already aware of the GDPR…

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The Scary Truth about Backups and Data Loss

75 percent of IT managers unable to restore
In spite of how common backup products and practices are, one in five companies won’t be able to recover all their data when suffering from a data loss incident – ransomware or otherwise. Are you protected? Do you know the best practices? Our latest infographic shares the latest stats and best practices for handling data…Read More

In IT, Don’t Be Afraid to “Trust, but Verify”

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So goes the adage, a staple of Russian wisdom brought to the west by former U.S. president Ronald Reagan (and attributed wrongly to many in the tech industry, including Bill Gates and Scott McNeely). More than 30 years later, U.S./Russian relations continue to be a thrilling drama, but data protection should not be. Key to…

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There’s More to Backup than Backup

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Despite the efforts of every storage software company to integrate data protection services, including backup, recent surveys show there is still great cause for alarm. In “The 2018 State of Resilience” report, Syncsort surveyed 5,632 global IT professionals and found almost half of all businesses suffered a failure within the previous year that required “a…

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