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Are You Keeping Your Data In Canada Yet?

We heard a lot about President Trump’s executive order shutting out foreign nationals from certain countries from the US and causing panic and disruption at airports.

However did you know that the executive order also included a section on privacy policies that affects us directly here in Canada? Read More


The Ransomware Solution

Yet another news story this morning about a school hit with Ransomware and paying the $28,000 extortion fee. It’s not a matter of pay the ransom or lose files. A ransomware solution exists, right now, that will protect you and cost less than paying the extortion. Read More


The 3-2-1 Backup Rule – How To Implement It

Do you know the 3-2-1 backup rule? It is a fundamental principle for protecting your data. Following the 3-2-1 backup rule will ensure you have good copies of your data to go to when a failure occurs in your organization.
Learn it and plan for it up front and you will be protected when disaster strikes. Read More


How To Organize Files And Folders For Backup

If you organize files and folders it not only helps the company more easily find their files, it makes backups easier. How will you know what important files need to be backed up? You need a plan, a method to ensure your business files are backed up. Here’s what we have found works.
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Ransomware Story: Recovered Without Paying

It’s the phone call you don’t want to get. It’s something that companies and organizations say; “We’re careful, that won’t happen to us”. You don’t really plan for it but it’s more and more likely to occur: Ransomware.

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95% of Companies have used their Disaster Recovery plan

A June 2016 survey reveals that a whopping 95% of respondents had to use their Disaster Recovery Plan in the past twelve months! The survey reached out to 250 UK decision makers to see how they approach and leverage their DR plans. Read More


What Is A Seed Load And Why You Need One

You’ve decided to start backing up to the cloud, good for you! However your company has been around for a while and you have a lot of data to backup. How do you get 500Gb or more up to the cloud backup server using your current Internet bandwidth restrictions?

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Non Profit Cloud Backup Guide

This Non Profit Cloud Backup guide is for Canadian organizations thinking about backing up to the cloud.

We answer the questions you may have about cloud backups and explain the features.
We explain the 3-2-1 rule and why you need it.
We will show you why cloud backup is the most effective way to protect your data and get it offsite.

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Should You Backup Everything?

You would automatically think you should backup everything, but should you? Just as you should think and plan what it is you want to backup, you also need to give thought to what you don’t need to backup. Backing up what you don’t need wastes time and backup disk space on your backup server and won’t help you recover from a disaster. So what don’t you need? Read More


Best Way To Remove Ransomware

96% of US companies are not confident in their ability to remove ransomware. Eighty percent have suffered a cyber attack last year, over 1/3 lost revenue,and 20% had to stop business completely.

Ransomware is scary and the chance of getting attacked is increasing. Here’s some statistics from a report sponsored by Malwarebytes.

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  • 46% of ransomware attacks originated from email (30% in Canada)
  • 40% paid ransomware demands
  • 64% spent more than nine hours to resolve the attack
  • 96% of US organizations are not confident in their ability to stop ransomware

source: Cantech letter

How To Remove Ransomware

In fact, it is not difficult to remove ransomware – if you plan ahead, the study says;

“Switch from protection to disaster planning: The most popular way of addressing the problem is not through protection, but by backing up data (over 71 percent).”

The easiest and most popular way to remove ransomware is to go to your backup prior to the attack and restore the data.

Backing up is something all businesses should be doing as a regular part of their process, and cloud backups make this process even easier. Backup your critical data an set a retention period (the amount of historical days you are backing up) to a reasonable length of time – by default our backup sets a retention period of seven days.

Should you get attacked you will still have some work ahead of you, to be sure, but you will not have to pay ransomware demands and your business will survive and continue to move forward.

Is that It?!

Sounds easy doesn’t it? It does, however, mean that you need to plan, you need to do something now. You cannot recover your data if you do not already have a backup. Trying to do a backup after the fact will only copy the ransomware encrypted files, it won’t help.

You should also invest in protection software so that attackers don’t continue to attack you repeatedly, and this is where products such as Malwarebytes comes into play. Your IT department or consultant should be focused on ransomware especially if you are a healthcare or financial company, as these are the top industries to be attacked.

Start a backup now. Make sure your backups are working properly and make sure they are backing up everything you need should a disaster strike. Test a backup restore to make sure you know the process and that it actually works as expected.

You can beat and remove ransomware attacks with some planning and an effective backup plan.