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NYPD Shock Admission: No Backups for Evidence Data

Friday, October 20th, 2017


“That’s insane.” These were the words a Supreme Court Judge uttered again and again, when the NYPD admitted it had no backups in place for its Property and Evidence Tracking System (PETS).

And it’s hard to disagree. If the database was to go down, all the NYPD’s data on stored evidence would simply cease to exist. Millions of dollars’ worth of property seized each year through arrests and civil asset forfeiture would simply be… gone.

If you’re a baffled IT expert, there’s more. The NYPD also claimed they couldn’t provide the Manhattan judge – or anyone – with data on what they had seized because queries would “lead to system crashes and significant delays during the intake and release process.”

That’s right. A audit query would allegedly cause the system to fail. The City Attorney then stated the police department’s IT department did not keep backups, and only knew the database “was in IBM.”

The judge’s response was immediate. “Do you want the Daily News to be reporting that you have no copy of the data?… That deserves an exposé in the New York Times.”


Think Your WPA2 Wi-Fi Connection is Secure? Think Again.

Thursday, October 19th, 2017


If you’ve been living under a rock since Monday, here’s some news you need to know. A huge, dangerous flaw has been discovered in the industry standard Wi-Fi protocol.

This flaw affects every type of device out there, so long as it’s got a Wi-Fi connection using the WPA2 protocol (Which is pretty much every Wi-Fi capable device out there).

So how bad is the flaw? Well, it’s known as KRACK, and it allows someone to read information transmitted across your Wi-Fi – information previously assumed to be safely encrypted. This could include things like credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails and photos.

While KRACK works against WPA2, it also works against WPA1, personal and enterprise networks, as well as Ciphers WPA-TKIP, AES-CCMP, and GCMP.


Storage Switzerland Releases New Report, “Can Ransomware Infect Your Backups?”

Thursday, October 5th, 2017


Offers Guidance to Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for Eliminating the Threat of Ransomware – Reminds that Replicating Data to the Cloud Can Simply Amplify the Infection

Melbourne, Australia and BOSTON (October 4, 2017) – BackupAssist®, a leading provider of automated Windows server backup and recovery software for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), today announced that Storage Switzerland, a premier authority on virtualization and storage, has released a Briefing Notes featuring its newly announced BackupAssist CryptoSafeGuard™ ransomware protection entitled, “Can Ransomware Infect Your Backups? – BackupAssist Briefing Note.”

In the report, Storage Switzerland’s findings include the fact that one of the biggest challenges with ransomware in a business environment is what some call “infection magnification.” This refers to how malware products start with one infected computer and spread throughout the environment.  (more…)

Why Your Office Fax Refuses To Die

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

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You know that feeling; a user has strolled confidently up to you, and demanded you fix some gadget around the office. It doesn’t matter if you actually know anything about that device. That’s entirely beside the point.

“You’re the tech person. The printer is technology. Fix it!” they exclaim.  You can see it in their eyes. They fully believe you have memorized all 200+ pages of that printer model’s user guide, all ready to jump into action for a “three flashes, two beeps” scenario.

Instead, you suppress the urge to send them a sarcastic e-mail with a LMGTFY link.

This is why you want to get rid of a lot of the tech around your workplace. Of course, you can’t get rid of the printer. While you hate dealing with it, you understand it serves a purpose. But there’s one device that does boggle you.

The fax machine.

WHY on earth do they need it? Surely this 1960’s relic has had it’s day? In the age of e-mails, cloud technology, and smartphones, that antiquated plastic brick seems completely out of place.

If you’re wondering this, you’re not alone. Approximately 89% of organizations still use fax, and 62% of IT pros have to offer support for them. So why are fax devices still a thing?


How To Get Zero Downtime: The Waffle Playbook

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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There is a business well known for able to stay open 24/7/365 – even if they’re hit by tornadoes, hurricanes, or snowstorms.

Is it an IT company? No, it’s actually a chain of waffle stores.

These waffle stores are so resilient, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses them to gauge how bad a storm is – they call it “the Waffle House Index“.

“When you get there and the Waffle House is closed? That’s really bad,” the FEMA Administrator famously remarked in May 2011. This was after the 2011 Joplin tornado, when two Waffle House restaurants in the city remained open.

So how does the Waffle House manage to keep their business running no matter what disaster strikes? Here’s how they do it.


Human Hacking Fears; Half a Million Pacemakers Recalled

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017


You know you’re living in the future when half a million people are called in for a personal firmware update.

Two weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled 465,000 pacemakers after discovering security flaws that could allow hackers to run batteries down or alter people’s heartbeats.

In May, researchers at a security firm discovered these and many other pacemakers could be intercepted using equipment as cheap as $15, and all bought on eBay.

Since pacemakers are battery-operated devices that are surgically implanted into a patient’s chest to control their heartbeats, the risk to human life was obvious.

“As medical devices become increasingly interconnected via the Internet, hospital networks, other medical devices, and smartphones, there is an increased risk of exploitation of cybersecurity vulnerabilities, some of which could affect how a medical device operates,” the FDA stated in a security advisory.


CryptoSafeGuard & BackupAssist 10.1 now available

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

BackupAssist 10.1 is now available! With this latest version, we introduce a powerful new feature designed to protect your backups from ransomware called CryptoSafeGuard.

When ransomware infects your system, it can spread fast. But so long as your backups are uninfected, you can avoid paying a ransom. But what happens if ransomware manages to infect your backups, or you accidentally back up an infected file?

That’s where CryptoSafeGuard comes in. CryptoSafeGuard actively protects your backups from ransomware, alerts you when it detects suspicious behavior, and more. This way, you’ve got a clean copy to restore your data from.

CryptoSafeGuard will be available to all users with both BackupAssist 10.1 and active Upgrade Protection. To represent this new generation of service, we have decided to change the name of Upgrade Protection to BackupCare.

To learn more about CryptoSafeGuard and how it protects your backups, read on. You can also try out CryptoSafeGuard by downloading the free trial of 30 day Trial of BackupAssist 10.1.


Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Coming Out Oct. 17

Monday, September 4th, 2017


New and updated security features will be the name of the game with Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update, according to Microsoft.

The update, scheduled for 17 October, will expand on Microsoft’s threat detection and protection services. It also heralds the return of a much-loved, but strangely yanked Windows 8.1 feature everybody wanted in Windows 10.


Performing Network Backups? Use a Data Container!

Friday, August 25th, 2017


If you’re performing full image backups to NAS or RDX, you’ll want to seriously consider using a data container.

Normally, when you back up to an external device, Windows records your backup history on that device. Because of this, you can choose any day in the past you performed a backup, and then restore your data as it was on that particular day.

However, when you back up to a NAS or RDX drive, Windows can’t keep this backup history. You will only be able to restore your data from the last backup unless you create a data container.

Read more about the benefits of data containers and how to create one in this article.


How Secure Are Your Passwords? Probably Not Very.

Monday, August 21st, 2017


Using numbers and symbols in your passwords to keep them secure? You’re doing it wrong.

Chances are, all you’re doing is making it harder for you to remember – and super easy for a computer to guess.

Here’s some password protection myths blown right open, and what you should actually do to make them secure.