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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, G Suite, Salesforce, and so much more.

Stop Wrestling with the Salesforce Export

Save Hours Each Week While Protecting Salesforce Data. Experienced Salesforce admins and developers, like those attending #SalesforceTour Chicago, know the value of their Salesforce data and metadata for managing and meeting organizational goals. But even experienced Salesforce professionals can be unaware of the causes, and real risks, of data loss—much less how to recover quickly. […]


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Can You Count on Your Data Protection Vendor to be Resilient?

Failures happen. Whether it’s a flat tire, a ransomware attack, or a service outage of a SaaS application that you rely on, it isn’t a question of if but when. To be fully prepared for a SaaS data loss event you need to have a strong recovery plan and you need to test it to […]


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Protect Your Organization Against Ransomware Attacks in Three Easy Steps

It happened. Over  the last few years, security experts and technologists alike have been talking about the potential impact of a global ransomware attack, and on a Friday morning, starting in the UK and rippling across Europe and Asia Pacific, more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries were compromised. As organizations assess the overall impact, […]


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What Yesterday’s Gmail Attack Taught Us

Data Protection is a shared responsibility. The Internet was all abuzz yesterday when a sophisticated Gmail phishing attack hit.  The rogue email, often appearing to be sent from one of your contacts, masqueraded as a Google Docs sharing request, but in actuality was a link that requests the user to grant access to an application […]


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Best Practices for Lowering Cyber Insurance Costs and Cyber Risk

If your cyber insurance vendor offers discounts for companies who meet high data security and protection standards, they will likely focus on these processes and controls. With cybersecurity threats on the rise, companies are increasingly taking advantage of cybersecurity insurance. And while cyber insurance can be worth it, it’ll cost you. Last year, U.S. insurers […]


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The Salesforce World Tour Hannover at CeBit 2017: Growing Salesforce Interest in Germany

The Salesforce World Tour Hannover was held at CeBIT 2017, focusing on their new Lightning Experience, and supporting the rapid growth of Salesforce in Germany following the launch of their German data center in 2015. In this post, you’ll learn more about Salesforce’s impact in Germany, the Salesforce World Tour in Hannover, and what Salesforce […]


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What State and Local Governments Need to Know About Risks in G Suite and Office 365

Software as a Service (SaaS) collaborative platform adoption is increasing among state and local government for many good reasons–but along with increased adoption comes added risk. In this blog, you’ll learn more about why SaaS collaboration platforms are becoming more widely used by state and local governments; the new division of responsibility for those adopting […]


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Spanning Backup for Office 365 Extends Global Data Protection to Australia and New Zealand

Back in September, we announced that our backup and restore solution for Office 365, the best way for businesses to protect their Office 365 data, was expanding overseas for the first time with a data center in Dublin, Ireland. We were thrilled to have Office 365 users across Europe join the Spanning family, knowing they […]


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How G Suite admins can prepare for the next Google Drive service disruption

Google reported a four-hour long disruption of service for Google Drive customers on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017. If you are an admin for any of the impacted Drive customers, you may have heard from your users that they could log in, but could not access their data. Hopefully, none of your executives needed to access […]


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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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