FBI and DHS Recommend Data Backup to Lessen Risk of Cyber Attacks : Data Backup & Recovery Plan 2012

January 22, 2012

Have you ever wondered how easy it is for criminals to access your files on your PC? Unfortunately, it’s very easy. It goes without saying that your data is very valuable to you. All kinds of sensitive information is stored on your computer: financial data, taxes, photos, and even items like music that you’ve paid for. If you own a business with several computers in use, you’re probably keeping valuable customer data as well as proprietary company data on those PCs. All of this data, if not properly backed up, is vulnerable to erasure or theft at any time.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security recently released a report on cyber attacks. This report provided several recommendations on mitigating the risk of cyber attacks on individuals and businesses, which mainly employ the tactic of backing up data and protecting it safely off site, where it cannot be tampered with or accessed.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) encourage businesses and individuals to use mitigation strategies and best practices like:

  • Implement a data back-up and recovery plan to maintain copies of sensitive or proprietary data in a separate and secure location. Backup copies of sensitive data should not be readily accessible from local networks.
  • Regularly mirror and maintain an image of critical system files.
  • Encrypt and secure sensitive information.
  • Use strong passwords, implement a schedule for changing passwords frequently, and do not reuse passwords for multiple accounts.
  • Enable network monitoring and logging where feasible.
  • Be aware of social engineering tactics aimed at obtaining sensitive information.
  • Securely eliminate sensitive files and data from hard drives when no longer needed or required.
As a business or an individual, keep in mind that laptops are particularly vulnerable to theft. They are mobile, lightweight, and contain precious data. By scheduling backups regularly, you’ll always be able to recover data to a new machine or laptop quickly and easily.
The report was originally posted on US-CERT on January 19th, 2012.

Cloud Backup Review 2012 : Four Myths About Backing up Business in the Cloud

January 20, 2012

Many business owners have already adopted the cloud for a variety of reasons. The four most common reasons, and benefits of online backup, being:

1.  Need for compliance

2. Inability to maintain an on-site data center

3. Ease of use and implementation

4. Comfort with the level of security provided.

However, some businesses out there (as many as 69% of them, according to IDC) are considering moving their data backup to the cloud, but haven’t done so yet. Some may be avoiding it, because of some cloud backup myths.

Despite all the good reasons for backing up business data online, there are four major myths that still keep businesses from adopting online backup quickly.

Today, January 20th, InfoWorld’s David Linthicum published the article 4 cloud myths that won’t go away. The article includes four very telling anecdotes about why business may avoid online backup and why these reasons are due to go to the way of the do-do.

Myth #1: If I use public clouds, I give up security.

This one is tossed at me about once a day, and I’ve addressed it in this blog many times. The fact is, when you use public clouds, you do not necessarily put data and processes at a security risk. The degree of risk comes down to your planning and the use of the right technologies — just as it does in an on-premises deployment.

Myth #2: Cloud computing will put my job at risk.

Chances are, if you’re worried about the use of some technology taking your job, you’re already at risk. In reality, cloud computing won’t displace many jobs in enterprise IT, but IT roles and responsibilities will change over time.

Myth #3: Cloud computing is an all-or-nothing proposition.

Not really. You can move to cloud-based systems, such as storage and compute services, as needed, both intersystem and intrasystem. Moreover, you can move in a fine-grained manner, shifting only certain system components, such as user interface processing or storage, and leaving the remainder on premises. You do have to consider the co-location of data for data-process-intensive system components.

Myth #4: Cloud computing requires a complete replacement of the enterprise network.

This is true only if your existing network is awful and needs replacement anyway or if you plan to keep most of the data in the cloud, with the data processing occurring within the firewall (a bad architectural call). Other than that, bandwidth is typically not an issue. However, bandwidth does need to be considered and monitored, as it is a core component to the overall business systems that use cloud platforms.

Click here to view the original article at InfoWorld.com.

Backing up your business can save you millions of dollars in the long run. Avoiding a cloud backup solution for even your most basic business data, contained on workstations and laptops, your business is at risk. You may be at legal risk by not complying with government regulations, you may be at risk of losing customer information, or simply at risk of losing competitive advantages if important business information is lost. Disaster is surprisingly common. Make it a business practice to backup your data.


UK Survey Shows Poor Backups are Putting Businesses At Risk : Online Backup for Business

November 18, 2011

Today Vanson Bourne released a study which showed that on average most businesses in the UK backup data only once per month. One tenth of the 1,000 businesses surveyed backup only once per year.

Businesses are displaying a worryingly lax attitude to backup which could cause problems in the event of a disaster, as it will make data recovery much more difficult and time consuming.

A recent survey conducted by Vanson Bourne on 1,000 UK companies revealed that the average firm only backs up data once a month, while one tenth only backup once a year, making them vulnerable to lost data.

The firm explained that by leaving it this late, businesses often have a huge amount of data to back up, leading to a bottleneck situation which can mean that backups take a considerable length of time or even, in worst case scenarios, fail altogether.

Furthermore, should firms be hit by a disaster or equipment failure prior to their backup, they may find data recovery is much more complicated, meaning the time it takes for them to get back up and running is increased, costing them money.

It’s very possible that your business is at risk for data loss even if you believe to be backed up. SOS Online Backup’s software platform includes SOS ForeverSave and unlimited versioning for all products. These two features provides full backup and recovery for files and folders. As soon as changes are detected in a file or folder, SOS jumps into action and saves a version of that file. With SOS Timeline Recovery, SOS users can go back to any point in time and restore a version of a file.

If you’d like to learn more about online backup and keeping your business data secure, contact an SOS backup specialist at 877.896.3611.


Channel Reseller News: SOS Online Backup Adds Bare Metal Recovery to Cloud Backup

November 11, 2011

Joe Kovar of CRN announced SOS ServerSave to the reseller community on CRN.com today. Joe spoke with Ken Shaw, CEO of SOS Online Backup, earlier this week about SOS’s newest announcement and how it will change the game in the MSP, VAR, and reseller community.

 The company provides a complete “business-in-a-box” with all the needed tools to help partners add on-line backup and recovery to their business, Shaw said.

“We’re helping partners move from break-fix to managed services, all at 50-plus-percent margins for partners,” he said.

New this month is ServerSave, which combines bare metal recovery along with on-line protection for Microsoft Exchange and Windows servers and applications into a single solution.

The new bare metal recovery capability manages all SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint images, dedupes them, and backs them up to the cloud, Shaw said. If customers need to recover an application, the images can be downloaded onto any available physical server and booted, he said. “You can even boot them in the cloud sometimes,” he said.

SOS has also added the ability to roll back an application to any point of time in the past, a feature that allows a business to recover the data in an application from as far back as needed. Shaw said that typical cloud storage providers are limited to recovery points stretching back only 30 days.

SOS ServerSave has changed things drastically for the reseller community, take it from Matt Bernard of One Click Technology Group who spoke to Joe about the product launch.

 “The release of ServerSave changed how our company approached this business,” he said. “To say my mind was blown away was an understatement. This is a real game changer.”

Cloud-based backup had been offered to customers, the largest of which has 25 employees, as an impulse buy, Bernard said. “We’d say, yeah, we sell that, too,” he said. “Now we’re working with a partner bringing out a product we’re super-psyched about.”

Before SOS introduced ServerSave, it was hard to find a good centralized bare metal recovery solution, Bernard said.

“Most solutions fail,” he said. “SOS has integrated bare metal recovery and the other features into a single system. That’s awesome. No more jumping to another system for SQL backups, and no more doing some magic tricks to get bare metal recovery. If ServerSave does 40 percent of what SOS promised, it will be a great solution.”

Check out the article here on CRN.com. If you’re interested about finding more about our reseller program and SOS ServerSave, call our Partner Specialists at 877.896.3611 or visit our SOS ServerSave webpage.


SOS Online Backup: Four-Time PC Mag Editor’s Choice Award Winner

November 9, 2011

Last week PC Mag published this glowing review of the new SOS Online Backup Home Edition product. We were very proud of the praise, needless to say. This week we’re ecstatic to announce that we’ve won PC Mag’s Editor’s Choice Award for Online Backup for the fourth time. 

PC Mag reads:”

“With its intuitive and well-though-out interface, reasonable price covering five PCs, Live Protect feature, versioning, top performance and many more unique capabilities, SOS Online Backup Home Edition remains our Editors’ Choice for personal online backup, and continues to add to its lead.”

See the announcement in StreetInsider and the review on PCMag.com. 

The past 30 days have been very eventful for SOS! We’ve announced SOS Online Backup Home Edition, SOS ServerSave, and won the PC Mag Editor’s Choice Award.

Since 2006, SOS has been known as the technology leader in online backup. We’re working hard to continue that trend and delivery the best possible security, design, forward thinking, and customer service to our customers and the cloud backup industry.

 


SOS ServerSave: Good Words from the MSP Community : Online Backup Partner Review

November 4, 2011

On Tuesday, SOS launched our newest business product suite – SOS ServerSave. We’re very excited about this launch and our partners are as well! Here is the initial response from our partner, Matt Bernard, CIO of One Click Technology Group, LLC.

“…yesterday’s webinar with Ken blew all preconceived notions regarding backup out of the water [and blew my mind].  ServerSave and the latest offerings from SOS, in my opinion, are set to not only change the backup game, the product is poised to kill off many of the ideals and technologies that have been plaguing backup since 1980.  Frankly, this is how this market should work and, SHOULD HAVE worked since the turn of the new millennium.”

The webinar Matt is referring to is located here, available for you to review at your leisure.

Matt goes on to say:

“We can now go to [and back to] our ‘mom-and-pops’ and bring them a FULL, no-hassle, highly available/redundant solution that covers their data and systems, soup-to-nuts.  At a great price.  And, guess what?  We can, immediately, with the same solution…engage mid-size and large companies, at a lower cost as I believe the pure power of ServerSave decreases our cost of acquisition; who wouldn’t fall in love with this solution at the pitch?  Secondly, we know without a doubt, that we have a solid partner to lean on when things get rough.  Lastly, highly competitive price point.  All of this means a product that is highly sale-able for us, all…day…long.”

If you’d like to learn more about SOS ServerSave and see what Matt is talking about, check out our features list and give our Partner Specialists a call to see how you can evolve your online backup business with SOS ServerSave at 877.896.3611.


SOS Online Backup Introduces SOS ServerSave : Server Backup solution for your business

November 1, 2011

We at SOS Online Backup are proud to announce our newest technology leading creation: SOS ServerSave.

SOS ServerSave is truly the next generation in total cloud backup for business. SOS ServerSave brings you a wide array of quality, industrial strength server backup in combined in one centralized area. Managing your backup business and managing your backups has never been easier.

SOS ServerSave offers:

  • Backup and recover Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, and more
  • Full local bare metal backup and recovery
  • Exchange Granular Recovery allows you to backup and recover by mailbox and by message
  • Manage, deploy, and report on backups with Pulse Centralized Management
  • Backup and recover laptops, workstations, fileservers, and files and folders.
  • Military-grade encryption
  • Send transactionally consistent bare metal images of your backups to the cloud

Check out the SOS ServerSave page, learn about our features and talk to an SOS expert about pricing options. Backup and recovery for servers has never been easier – SOS is here for you every step of the way.

Don’t be shy – take a look around!

SOS ServerSave Overview

SOS ServerSave Features

SOS ServerSave – Request a free trial


Online Backup – the Digital Age Locker

May 11, 2011

We are in the midst of a digital age transformation.  Our lives are ingrained in a digital universe, where our most personal information -from photos/videos to important financial records, music files, contact information, or online communications, everything has become digitized.  As a consequence, it has become a necessity now that all these information be protected and backed up, and made available when required, in real time.  Data loss is a fact of digital life. It can happen anytime, even now.  It could be due to natural disaster like floods or fire; or it could be due to failed hard disk drives or data getting corrupted through malware, or accidentally deleted.  A data loss in a home PC can end up with user losing all the contact information, photos, key financial records and music stored in the disk.  A data loss in a small business or enterprise can have a serious impact on their millions of dollars worth of business and thus affects business continuity.

Backup Solutions

Backup industry was established to address all these issues.  Traditional backup methods relied on tapes as a medium to store the data, but it was difficult to maintain, expensive and restoring the data proved to be a complex process.  Storage process then shifted its gear towards CD-ROMs, DVDs, and external hard disks.  Since most of these backup devices were stored in the same location along with PCs they backed up, the chances of data getting destroyed with local floods or fires, or other forms of malafide data breach were higher.   With the emergence of high speed internet services, online backup solutions became a popular and easier method of backup. Read the rest of this entry »


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