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Is Your House Haunted? Rid Your Organization of Shadow IT

Halloween is right around the corner. Costumes, candy, trick or treat — every shadow is a potential fright, every bump a ghost! Halloween comes once a year, but for your organization, invisible threats to your data and productivity happen daily. While the news is filled with stories of external cyber attacks, it’s still important to […]


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[Whitepaper] Preventing a Ransomware Disaster

Ransomware is not just another cyberattack. It can quickly proliferate through shared folders, affecting both those within and outside the infected organization. All in all, it is costing businesses millions of dollars each year. Ransomware gains access to a computer system by way of a network’s weakest link, which is typically a user’s email or […]


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Avoiding Healthcare Data Loss in the Age of Ransomware

With the rapid rise of ransomware attacks across industries, including healthcare, it’s not surprising that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations now require ransomware attacks be reported, given the impact they have on the organizations and clients they serve. Losing data–whether temporarily or permanently–constitutes an unacceptable risk to healthcare organizations and interferes […]


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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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When Ransomware Strikes: Does Your Company Have a Data Disaster Recovery Plan?

Last year, nearly half of businesses were hit by ransomware. In the first half of 2016 alone, ransomware cost enterprises $209M. Even worse, experts predict that ransomware “will spin out of control” in 2017. Apparent in the headlines, ransomware is rampant and those who commit the attacks aren’t discriminating against any industry, company size, or […]


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

According to data from the US Justice Department, ransomware attacks have increased from 2015 to 2016 at a rate of roughly 300% a year. “On average, more than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred daily since January 1, 2016. This is a 300-percent increase over the approximately 1,000 attacks per day seen in 2015.” Further, new […]


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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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Ransomware Is On the Rise – Is Your SaaS Data Protected?

“Ransomware” and “backup” have become a hot topic well beyond the IT security community, due in part to a recent ransomware attack on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. To recap for those who aren’t familiar with the story, the 400-bed hospital in Southern California was forced to move more than 900 patients to other facilities, as well […]


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