March 31st is World Backup Day – an independent initiative aiming at raising the awareness on backup and data protection. As nowadays, the knowledge concerning backup is still very limited, it is worth to have a closer look at this issue and check what Polish IT market can offer.
How to protect ourselves
It can be seen that cybercriminals are motivated by money and all computer users, without any exceptions, are vulnerable. If you get attacked by a ransomware virus, first switch your computer off. Some malicious software first shows the message concerning infection and then it encrypts our files. In such case we can prevent the encryption of at least some data. Files should then be restored by connecting the disc to a different computer, which hasn’t been connected to the network in order to eliminate for the virus the possibility to connect with the CnC server. Without this it is unable to encrypt files.
Malware, classified today as ransomware (combination of words ransom and software) became a widely discussed topic already a few years ago. In 2013, the most famous virus belonging to this category – CryptoLocker – allowed its creators to “earn” as much as 27 million dollars during its first attack. According to the estimations of McAfee Labs, during one campaign of sending CyptoLocker criminals are able to get even 325 million dollars. Even FBI did not avoid the attack and ransom demand.
Creating good relationships with clients constitutes the basis of development of each business. It is necessary to take into consideration the needs of the other part and try your best to meet them. Especially at the beginning of cooperation it is worth to devote a lot of attention to each other in order to understand your partner in the best possible way and build expert’s authority.
Cloud computing technologies, especially in SaaS model (Software as a Service), are beginning to play an increasingly important role in the corporate reality. With their popularisation, entrepreneurs are also beginning to wonder whether it is worth to move other key business processes to the cloud. Today, cloud backup is among the most frequently considered options. But this immediately raises some concerns – is this a reasonable solution to the problem?
As we often say in IT, all computer users can be divided into two groups. The first group consists of those who archive data, since they have once lost it. The second includes users who do not backup their data yet, because serious data loss is still ahead of them.
This little humorous saying is confirmed by experience of many IT administrators and regular users. Many of us start to think about the safety of our data once we lose it. Meanwhile, backups are one of the best, cheapest and surest ways to protect critical data from loss.