Another Ransomware Attack Raging Across Europe

And ... Here we go, again. Another Ransomware attack is raging across Europe, right now, and has hit at least one US business.  Here is the basics of what you need to know:  The Petya virus is successfully detected by only a few of the tested anti-virus softwares. Webroot (which I offer to my clients) [...]

By | 2017-06-27T11:49:02+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Backups, Business, Monitoring, Policies, Procedures, Security, Services|0 Comments

How-To Protect Against Ransomware

Today in a networking meeting, I was asked "What is the best way to protect against these ransomware threats?" As an I.T. guy, my immediate answer was … well, sarcastic. Something about air-gapped systems with no internet access and so on. In reality, not a practical, though accurate answer. Fortunately, Stephanie understood I was giving [...]

Why WannaCry was so easily spread

This past weekend, May 13th of 2017, the WannaCry ransomware virus spread like wildfire, around the planet. Worming it's way form machine to machine, the WannaCry virus used a network vulnerability in the Windows Operating System. A vulnerability that Microsoft had already released a patch for, the previous February. WannaCry infected thousands of computers, including [...]

By | 2017-05-15T10:37:33+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Backups, Business, Business Continuity, Policies, Security, Services|0 Comments

File Replication Between Two Servers

In a small business environment backups are just as critical as in any other business. If not more critical for larger businesses with dedicated technical staff. One issue with backups is the time delay between a file accidentally being deleted or over-written and when it can be restored. Fortunately, MS Windows Server 2008 and forward [...]

By | 2017-02-09T14:20:40+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Backups, Business Continuity|0 Comments

How to Backup Single User Data on a Windows 8 Systems

A Facebook conversation today lead a contact to ask how to perform a Windows 8 backup. This lead to a few questions and answers and a promise to create this blob post. So, let's just jump into it. Before getting started, we need to recognize that Microsoft removed the NT Backup utility from Windows 8. [...]

By | 2017-02-02T18:49:14+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Backups, Business, Business Continuity, Documentation, Policies, Procedures|0 Comments

10 Reasons to get a Tune-Up

If your company has never had a Network Tune-Up then you may not realize all of the immediate benefits that you will receive upon its completion. Below are ten of the most compelling benefits to your company. As you know, a tune up will not solve all problems. The tune up catches problems early, before [...]

The 4 C’s of Business Continuity Planning

If you have or run a business, then you have had those nights of no sleep, as you worry about 'What if'. Every business owner has had these worries. Ranging from 'What if the weather guy is wrong and we are hit with a blizzard?' to 'Fred is my strongest employee. What would we do, [...]

You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted

"You Hacked, All Data Encrypted" was the message on computer systems through the San Francisco Municipal Transportation System, known as MUNI, after a piece of malicious software got on their network. The screen left by the hackers included an e-mail address to supposedly contact for the decryption key. Reports say the hackers were asking for [...]

By | 2016-11-29T22:58:45+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Backups, Business, Business Continuity, CIO/CTO, Policies, Security|0 Comments

Backup Rule of Three

Just a quick and short point I wish to remind everyone about is the 'Rule of Three' for using backups in protecting your data. It's actually a very simple thought process, but so many people just … don't do it/don't get it/don't worry/don't care … Until it is too late. THEN they care. A LOT. [...]

By | 2016-11-04T11:26:44+00:00 August 3rd, 2016|Backups|0 Comments

Workstation Backup – What to include?

Previously, we discussed the necessity of documenting backups, what was included, where the backups were stored with the time and frequency of those backup jobs. With the growth and accessibility to 'always on' cloud backup solutions, such as DropBox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Mozy and Carbonite, many people are not getting the full experience they need [...]

By | 2016-11-04T11:26:44+00:00 May 15th, 2016|Backups, Business Continuity, Documentation, Readiness, Security|0 Comments