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Tony Howlett
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May 31, 2017
It isn’t bad enough that the WannaCry ransomware is sweeping the globe, with even more dangerous variants  going after your servers. Now some forms of malware attempt to infect your backups. Unsuspecting IT managers will assume they can recover from a ransomware infection by restoring their backups, only to find those copies are infected as well. The Slow Burn Some versions of  malware will wait 16 or even 32 days to launch once they’ve infected a host, knowing most IT departments only keep two to four… Read More
Tony Howlett
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Apr 26, 2017
If your company uses cloud computing vendors such Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, IBM Softlayer or Google GCP in any significant capacity, you probably some rogue clouds. Even if you don’t think your company does cloud, you may have a rogue cloud instance or two. What are rogue clouds? These are clouds that are operating under the radar of the formal IT department, or perhaps authorized clouds that have spun out of control either via costs or in taking over functions they aren’t approved to… Read More
Tony Howlett
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Mar 28, 2017
If you host critical company infrastructure solely on a public cloud like AWS or Azure, you might be wondering how resilient that infrastructure is. After a major AWS outage, their largest region (Virginia) was affected for hours a few weeks ago. Large organizations like SnapChat and NetFlix were affected, as were many small- to medium-sized companies. Your company may have decided that it makes financial sense to use the public cloud as a primary rather than a secondary (or tertiary) backup site. But when AWS… Read More
Tony Howlett
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Mar 21, 2017
The current readout on the eastern region outage of Amazon’s popular AWS cloud service is that it was caused by single technician’s errant command.  The four hour outage caused downtime for many large websites and apps that depend on the service – including Netflix, Slack, and the SEC. It also made headlines in all the major news services.  And while the popular view holds the root cause as a techie typo, this was not the ultimate underlying problem.  Sure, the sequence of events was put in… Read More
Tony Howlett
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Mar 15, 2017
Compliance Regulations for Data Nowadays online backup has become in vogue thanks to a combination of faster, cheaper bandwidth and the increased need for off-site backups. In fact, in many ways online backups have greatly improved the practice of disaster recovery. However, if your company is one that falls under any regulation or standards body, it could bring as many pitfalls as solutions. If you accept or store any kind of financial, health or personal information,  you probably fall under some local, state or federal regulation  And its possible… Read More