Yearly Archive 2019


Ransomware and Air Gapped Backups

Think Ransomware is dead? Think again!

Here’s a chilling example of a Ransomware attack that will likely lead to the closure of the attacked business. The attackers are asking for US$14 million.

Ransomware Attack on Healthcare Provider

A Healthcare IT provider based out of Milwaukee Wisconsin is struggling to restore services to 110 nursing homes after a ransomware attack that was still ongoing at the time the article was written.

The attack affected

” virtually all of their core offerings, including Internet service and email, access to patient records, client billing and phone systems, and even VCPI’s own payroll operation”

It’s not stated in the article from Krebsonsecurity if backups were available, but if they were it sounds like they were also compromised.

Air Gapped Backups

air gapped backupA Cloud Backup like we offer at CloudPockets is an air gapped backup system.

What does this mean? It means your files are enumerated locally, encrypted, compressed, and then a connection to the server is made and they are sent to the server. After the backup is finished the connection to the server is closed.

This is different than having your backup server also on-premise and visible from within the network. On-premise backups have their place, to be sure, but Ransomware has been known to encrypt the on-premise backups, rendering them useless.

With a cloud backup the connection to the backup server closed so there is no way a ransomware attack can leap across that air gap to access the backups sitting on the cloud server from the local network.

This is the air gap, and it’s part of the 3-2-1 Backup Rule. The “1” is the cloud backup piece.

Ransomware and Healthcare

Ransomware attackers seem to be focusing more on the healthcare industry. This may be partly due to centralized services like the one in this article.

A French hospital was attacked November 22, and a Missouri health system was attacked November 21.

Ransomware doesn’t look to be slowing down, however it has become more focused on specific markets.

Local governments is another target, with Georgia county having to pay US$400,000 in order to recover files. Riviera Beach Florida paid US$600,000 to get files back, and the city of Baltimore refused to pay, but has since incurred US$18 million to recover.

Get An Air Gapped Backup

Whatever your industry; the likelyhood of a ransomware attack is increasing. Be prepared with a backup, and make sure one of them is an air gapped backup.


Riviera Beach Ransomware

After a computer outage of almost a month, Riveira Beach in Florida has decided to give into Ransomware demands and pay $600,000 to – hopefully – get their files back.


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Don’t Be A Fool

World Backup Day is March 31st – the day before April Fools Day.

Don’t want to look like a fool? Get an automatic backup plan in place!

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What To Back Up?

In a word: Everything.

This includes:

  • Desktop
  • Documents
  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Emails

You may have other special places that you store your data. Now would be the time to make sure you know where all your data is so you can capture it with an automatic backup.

How To Back Up?

In a word: Automatically

Backups are not a one-shot “there I did it!” type of activity.

Your data changes daily: emails arrive and are viewed and deleted, pictures come and go, reports, financials, goals, lists. Our life, and our data, is dynamic, ever changing. Your backup needs to capture this.

Copying files to an external USB drive once in a while is not a backup. It’s more of an archive because everything there will be old. You can guarantee that your computer will die just before you decide to do the next file copy.

The only way to properly capture what you need to preserve is a daily automatic backup. You don’t think about it, it just happens.

What About Cloud Drives?

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Many of us now keep our documents, spreadsheets, and photos in the cloud. Do we need to back that up? Aren’t they backing it up for us?

Most cloud drives such as, dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, are a synchronization mechanism. You work on files locally and they are synchronized to the cloud so they are available everywhere.

The problem with synchronization is that if you change or delete something locally, it changes or is deleted in the cloud as well. There is no “previous version”. You often can’t go be to last week and retrieve that document you accidentally deleted.

With an automatic backup – you can.

So Just Start

You need a backup to preserve your important files and photos. You need an automatic backup to make sure it gets done daily – because you won’t remember to do it.

You can get this in place today with an easy backup solution for your individual computer. Runs daily, is easy to set up, and is an automatic backup.

Start a backup today – and don’t be a fool on April 1st.