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Welcome to "Cracking the Cloud," Spanning's blog about all things cloud, including backup and recovery, data protection, SaaS, data security, Office 365, Google Apps, Salesforce, and so much more.

What G Suite and Office 365 Admins Need to Know Now About Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware has proven to be a growth industry in 2016, in part due to increases in “Ransomware as a Service” and the risks ransomware poses to SaaS applications like G Suite (formerly Google Apps) and Office 365. In this post, you’ll learn: What’s changed over the past year What that might mean for 2017 The […]


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Automate Licensing in Spanning Backup for Office 365 with Our New API

Almost every IT manager and admin I meet is looking for ways to work more quickly and efficiently. Rather than viewing automation as the enemy of job security, these pros realize that it can free up time for IT to focus on more strategic tasks. Automation can also help ensure traditional processes like backup occur […]


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Don’t Be a Statistic: Protect Your Office 365 Data

Don’t Be a Statistic: Protect Your Office 365 Data It’s a fact – 77% of companies that use SaaS applications have suffered a data loss, according to a recent survey by Dell EMC. That’s a lot higher than the 58% in an IDG survey a year earlier than ours. Clearly, the risk of losing data […]


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Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover: Mitigating the Risks of Cyber Security

The news headlines about cybersecurity threats and ransomware attacks seem to be a daily occurrence, both in IT industry news and in the mainstream media. And it’s scary. Here are a few headlines from just this week: After the NSA hack: Cybersecurity in an even more vulnerable world ‘Massive’ Locky ransomware campaign targets hospitals Hackers […]


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Spanning Backup for Office 365 Launches Overseas Just in Time for Microsoft Ignite

Back in May, we officially announced that our backup and restore solution for Office 365, the best way for businesses to protect their Office 365 data, was expanding to include OneDrive. Since then, we’ve empowered many organizations from all industries and of various sizes across North America with automated backup of their Office 365 data. […]


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Office 365 Data Protection: Part 2 – Litigation Hold

Part 2: Litigation Hold In part 1, we discussed how you need to rely on more than the default retention times in Exchange Online to fully protect your data from accidental deletion. In part 2, we’ll discuss if Litigation Hold is a good-enough data protection solution for Office 365. Does Microsoft protect against human error? […]


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Office 365 Data Protection: Part 1 – Is Doing Nothing Really Good Enough?

Spanning Backup for Office 365 is backup as a service for Office 365 Mail, Calendars, and OneDrive for Business. We do the backups, and restores, that you would have done on-premises for these applications. People still ask us…”Wait, doesn’t Microsoft do this for me?” After all, you pay Microsoft a monthly per-user fee to host […]


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Are you covered? 3 Critical Data Protection Functions for Cloud IT

Regardless of where you are on your cloud migration journey, there are three data protection practices that you must consider to ensure your critical business information is safe and always available. These are: managing user access, defining data security policies, and implementing proper backup and recovery. Identity and Access Management Every organization moving to a […]


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Spanning by EMC Teams up with Schinnerer and Microsoft to Deliver Cyber Security Protection Solution

No organization – regardless of size – is immune to cyber security-related data loss. Even small to midsized businesses aren’t safe. That’s why we have joined forces with Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, a leading underwriting manager, and Microsoft to provide a comprehensive cyber security protection solution for small to mid-sized businesses. Our solution includes […]


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What You Need to Know about Ransomware Attacks and Office 365

You’ve likely seen the headlines by now: Microsoft Office 365 hit with massive Cerber ransomware attack, report Widespread Attack on Office 365 Corporate Users with Zero-day Ransomware Virus Cerber ransomware targets enterprises via Office 365 These are some pretty alarming stories. Just as organizations have begun to trust putting their collaboration applications – and data […]


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