Ransomware may be a big culprit for data loss – but it’s the wrong fall guy

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With researchers seeing a 3500% increase in the use of net infrastructure which criminals use to run ransomware campaigns, it’s not surprising that ransomware has been making big headlines.

The media laments the growing rings of cyber criminals that launch ransomware threats, but there’s another culprit that tends to slip under the radar: people like you and me. Sure,...

By Matt Kingswood, 22 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

Big data loss: What to do when the almighty cloud fails

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If you use the cloud, it's probably for a few main reasons: you can store large amounts of data, you can share your data easily, and you're very unlikely to lose your data. But cloud data loss does happen, and even if the chances are low, it still might happen to you. Make sure you've protected your data from every angle to make sure you never lose it, no matter what happens.

Server failure

When you or your business stores something on the cloud, to you it seems like it's backed up in...

By JT Ripton, 17 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

AWS EC2 falls over in Sydney for six hours, stormy weather blamed

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) took a hit in its Sydney region for six hours over the weekend, according to official status updates, with stormy weather being blamed as the source of the problem.

The alarm was first raised on June 4 at 2247 PDT – or 1547 on June 5 Sydney time – with AWS announcing it was investigating increased connectivity issues for EC2 instances in the AP-SOUTHEAST-2 region. An hour later, a “power event” was cited as the culprit, with power...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Top 10 UK business disasters revealed: Is your business ready for the worst?

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Managed IT services provider IT Specialists (ITS) has put together a list of the top 10 business continuity disasters to hit the UK over the past 12 months, including storms Abigail, Desmond, Katie, as well as a fire at Holborn and power cuts at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Heathrow Airport.

The list of disasters encompass various business situations, from the Forth Road Bridge Closure in December where 80,000 vehicles were diverted daily for 19 days, to the Heathrow power cut which...

Opinion: How to achieve a solid business continuity strategy

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Over the last 12 months, the UK has seen floods and fires upend businesses of all sorts – from hospitals, to factories, to recycling centres. Commuters faced their own significant set of challenges, with incidents such as the closure of the Forth Road Bridge and the Heathrow Airport power cut, which diverted more than 130 flights. Meanwhile, the Met Office has plenty of opportunities to test the new convention of naming storms, with the likes of Katie, Abigail and Desmond...

How watertight is your case for keeping data safe and dry?

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By Steve Davis, marketing director, NGD

It is 2016 and Britain is on flood alert - again. The latest terrible flooding suffered by residents and business owners in the North of England were made even worse with it happening in the run up to Christmas and through the New Year period.

Flooding of course is not limited to the North. It is a nationwide phenomenon bearing in mind the dreadful events down in Somerset a couple of years ago, the same winter which also saw the Thames burst its...

By Steve Davis, 11 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management.

Disaster recovery: How to reduce the business risk at distance

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Geographic distance is a necessity because disaster recovery data centres have to be placed outside the circle of disruption.

The meaning of this term depends on the type of disaster. This could be a natural phenomenon like an earthquake, a volcanic eruption, a flood or a fire. Calamities are caused by human error too; so the definition of the circle of disruption varies. In the past, data centres were on average kept 30 miles apart as this...

By Graham Jarvis, 18 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Bringing DRaaS to the C-suite: The key job roles analysed

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A series of large scale cyberattacks have been in the headlines this year and, according to McAfee, the situation will only worsen as hackers use more advanced techniques to infiltrate networks.

Despite this, there are still a large portion of companies that remain vulnerable, mainly due to the lack of executive interest in preparing for worst-case scenarios. The same report states that 79 percent of C-level US and...

By Monica Brink, 13 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

The verdict on city council disaster recovery plans: Good, but could do better

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The good news: all of the UK’s major city councils have disaster recovery (DR) plans in place. The bad news: two in five will not have tested them within the past 12 months.

The figures come amidst a new Freedom of Information (FoI) request from disaster recovery specialists Databarracks, which found that 38% of city councils in the UK’s major cities are not regularly testing their DR systems. Databarracks argues this is more of an issue with public sector organisations;...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Lightning can strike twice: Don’t be complacent backing up cloud data

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Last month, one of Google’s data centres was struck by lightning; not once, but four times. The result was that some of its data and, worse, other people’s data, was lost forever. This should be a wakeup call for businesses everywhere that they need to back up data in the cloud, because when it comes down to data loss, all data – be it on premises or in the cloud – is created equal.

Most businesses already know that backup is essential, and backing up...

By Jon Thordarson, 28 September 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management, Google.

Securing your data centre from human error with a multi-step security approach

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10 years ago, few could have predicted that the world would generate data on today’s colossal scale, that a new social media environment would emerge, or that the Internet of Things (IoT) would integrate devices with intelligent IT. These changes have impacted the way we access data, and the way that businesses manage and store data.

Recently we have seen an evolution in infrastructure and storage to support these new trends, both for the business community and for consumers, which...

By Sean McAvan, 22 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management, Infrastructure, Security.

A moral tale: The bank, the insurance company, and the ‘missing’ data

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By Steve Davis, Marketing Director, NGD

Last week, a well-known insurance firm revealed a report berating business owners for not safeguarding themselves against cyber attack and failing to take out sufficient cyber insurance cover.  At the same time, another leading insurer was found to have lost a portable data storage device containing thousands of customer files belonging to a major bank.

As for the first insurance company, sure, cyber data loss insurance is a line of...

By Steve Davis, 17 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management.

SMBs urged to put disaster recovery plans in place after damning report findings

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Smaller businesses are less likely to have a business continuity plan in place – and according to disaster recovery (DR) and backup provider Databarracks, there needs to be a stronger culture shift to put it right.

According to the vendor’s most recent Data Health Check report, only a quarter (27%) of small businesses have business continuity plans, compared to 68% of medium-sized firms and 75% of large organisations. Of the organisations with a plan in place, 88% had a...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

The case for disaster recovery services beyond business continuity

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Disaster recovery isn’t a new concept for IT. We’ve been backing up data for years to offsite locations, and used in-house data duplication in order to prevent the risks of losing data stores. But now that cloud adoption has increased, there have been some shifts in how traditional disaster recovery is being handled.

First, we’re seeing increased adoption of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery. Gartner stated that between 2012 and 2016, one third of organisations are going to...

Disaster recovery and backup - and all that is between them

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Everyone should back up important or valuable data, whether that data is family photos for individuals or business documents for companies. Individuals may be happy to buy a local hard drive and put it in the attic but for companies where their business depends on their emails or file records it would make sense to have a more robust solution.

Many companies are now backing up their data with cloud vendors. Besides the relative simplicity of this solution, it makes commercial sense to store...

By Joseph Blass, 13 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Is your data centre prepared to withstand a natural disaster?

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Research from Zenium Technology Partners has found that one in two organisations are not operating a data centre that could continue to function after a natural disaster.

The report, entitled ‘Managing Growth, Risk and the Cloud’, found that half of companies polled has experienced disruption with their data centre due to Mother Nature, with respondents experiencing five incidents in total on average. Despite this, 45% of those polled insisted their data centre was flood...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Suffering a cloud outage? Look closer to home for the potential cause

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If your systems are down, and you’re just about to get on the phone to tear a strip from your cloud vendor, remember this: technical errors in failed cloud implementations are more likely to come from the user organisation itself than the supplier.

That was the surprising finding from a report recently released by The Economist Intelligence Unit, with 36% of respondents saying errors were more likely to come from within than outside (29%). The report noted commercial errors were...

By James Bourne, 21 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Councils have disaster recovery systems in place – but they’re not being tested

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There’s good news and bad news: councils in London do have disaster recovery (DR) systems in place; but many haven’t tested them in at least a year.

The findings from disaster recovery provider Databarracks, following a Freedom of Information (FoI)request, arrive at a time when the United Kingdom takes to the polls in the General Election. And the results represent a worrying sign, according to Databarracks managing director Peter Groucutt.

“As expected, all councils...

By James Bourne, 07 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Gartner’s first DRaaS Magic Quadrant sees IBM, NTT, Sungard AS at summit

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Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), a commoditised offering whereby organisations can recover if their cloud service hits the skids, has had relatively slow uptake. Yet the trend has garnered enough ground for Gartner to put together a Magic Quadrant on it – and the analyst house has seen fit to put IBM, NTT Communications, and Sungard Availability Services at the top of the pile.

Not surprisingly, the platitudes have not been slow in forthcoming. Peter Groucutt, managing...

By James Bourne, 29 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Google Drive, Facebook and Twitter most popular business cloud apps – but are they safe?

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More than 15% of European organisations now use more than 1000 cloud apps with Google Drive, Facebook and Twitter the most popular, according to a report from Netskope.

The findings, which appear in the April 2015 Netskope Cloud Report, saw iCloud and Salesforce make the top five. Five cloud storage apps (Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive for Business, OneDrive and Dropbox) made the top 12, alongside four social apps (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn).

Of the organisations analysed in...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security, Software.