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Petya Virus

Another Battle in the War of Cybersecurity

The Petya Virus is the newest cyber attack circling the globe and experts believe it to be even more dangerous than other recent threats. The Petya Virus first originated in Ukraine and was thought to be ransomware, but has been discovered to be something much worse. When the attack hits, a message appears on a user’s computer monitor stating that their data is being held until they pay a fee of about $300. In return the user receives a digital key that they are assured will unlock their data. However, unless the user has a recent backup of their data they are often forced to pay the price or lose their files.

This process describes a typical ransomware attack, but as mentioned before there is something different about the Petya Virus. Matt Suiche, founder of the cyber security firm Comae, analyzed the virus and came to the conclusion that the virus is a “wiper.” This means that Petya completely destroys the computer’s hard drive and a victim of the attack will not receive their data back even after electing to pay the fee.

There are speculations that the hackers behind the Petya Virus are not a group of cyber thieves looking to make money, but potentially a national state looking to cause harm on other states and nations. Over 60% of attacks occurred in the Ukraine, but the other 40% spread across the globe to the United States, Asia and other parts of Europe. Constant cyber attacks, especially one as destructive as Petya, are causing concern among nations across the world.

The rise in cyber attacks makes it even more imperative that users are constantly updating their tech systems with the latest software and security. To learn more about the importance of updates, read ABS’s recent blog, Protect Your Devices with Routine Updates

With security breaches on the rise, it is imperative for all companies to have a backup and recovery plan in place. Read more about disaster recovery and ways to protect your crucial data here, Back up and Disaster Recovery

We understand that ransomware and security can be a complicated topic, but we are here for you. If you have questions or concerns about the security of your IT, contact ABS. We can find the right solution for your needs.

Microsoft Releases Security Patch due to Looming Threats

Could last month’s WannaCry Ransomware attacks be considered a “warning shot” in the war of cybersecurity? Microsoft seems to think so.

On June 13, 2017 Microsoft released new security patches with the purpose of protecting computers from the “elevated risk for destructive cyberattacks.” The looming threat is so imminent that Microsoft not only sent out the update to supported versions of Windows, but toWindows XP and Windows Server 2003 as well. This is especially notable because these two operating systems are no longer under support of Microsoft, yet received downloadable protection anyways.

It is currently unknown if Microsoft has a confirmed suspicion of an upcoming attack from government officials or security researchers. But it seems this patch is more than just a routine security update. Eric Doerr, general manager of the Microsoft Security Response Center, states that security updates “address vulnerabilities that are at [heightened] risk of exploitation due to past nation-state activity and disclosures.” This means it is likely Microsoft has received some type of warning of future strikes.

As the battle of of cybersecurity continues forward, it is important to protect yourself and your computer with all the shields possible. So keep on the lookout for critical updates to assure software safety.

Backup & Disaster Recovery: Even More Crucial Today

As technology constantly builds and improves over the years, businesses and people alike are having to adapt and grow along with it. In order to keep up with the fast-pace changes, ABS is constantly upgrading its systems and processes in order to provide top notch tools and solutions for its customers. That’s simply the ABS Way.

So when it comes to backup and disaster recovery, we have a solution and plan to fit properly with an ever-evolving model.

Here’s how it used to work:

In the past, backup and disaster recovery was more about protecting yourself against that .001 percent of a chance that something substantially bad might happen to your business, such as a natural disaster. Your business would want a plan in place for securing your necessary data if your workspace suffered from a flood, fire, theft, or even a major hardware failure. On a day-to-day basis, your backup and disaster recovery may involve something like recovering a file that was deleted, a relatively simple operation. Overall though, you were protecting yourself against threats of a large scale, that thankfully, tended to be a rare event.

Here’s how it works now:

Today, backup and disaster recovery, while continuing to be all of what it was in the past, has now become even more crucial to the day-to-day operation of a business and the protection of its essential data and files.

While you certainly wanted to get your files up and running as quickly as possible after a major catastrophic event to your premise or hardware failure, the natural timeline was much longer back then.

Now, the growing presence of sophisticated hacking schemes like ransomware have IT companies and businesses on their toes daily. Ransomware is a growing scam that can take a number of forms. Essentially, ransomware is spyware or viruses that get on your network, get into your files and encrypt them, holding your files ransom until you pay the hackers their requested dollar amount to release them. This can cause a lot of headaches and financial woes for a company, especially one without the proper backup and disaster recovery plan and system in place to begin with.

The worst part of all? Anyone can, in a matter of seconds, become the latest victim of ransomware. At any moment you or someone at your company could make the mistake of clicking on the wrong file, opening the wrong attachment, or any other method that hackers can find to steal or hold your sensitive data hostage. Ransomware is also becoming more sophisticated. It can often times be nearly impossible to detect once a simple wrong click has begun the process of encrypting your files before you even know that it has happened to you.

We understand that this can be a bit intimidating, but with the right backup and disaster recovery system in place, your business can get back up and running quicker.

In other words, a good backup and disaster recovery solution makes the routine file level recovery operations, that have been around for many years, faster and more efficient. A great solution provides flexibility to recover files from 1 day ago, 1 year ago, and all scenarios in between. While ransomware will unfortunately continue, our customers can rest assured that ABS has recovery options that make it easiere to get their data back quickly and without having to pay a ransom to a criminal. In the event of a distaster of any scale, our job is to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible, while minimizing data loss. Technology is more essential to today’s business environment than ever before, and it’s still growing. It’s much more than convenience. Your business depends on its cooperation and efficiency, daily.

That is why the role that backup & disaster recovery plays now is so crucial. Not only as a means for executing file level backups, but to have methods and solutions in place to adapt to data security problems of tomorrow. With a backup & disaster recovery plan that you can feel confident in, and an IT company like ABS with the right expertise, we’ll work not only to protect you against disaster situations, but every other threat to your business and how it operates daily.

In partnership with industry leading companies like Datto and Veeam, ABS can provide you with not only the most innovative solutions to secure your data, but to provide peace of mind, as well. Need help? Contact us today to learn more.