23Jun 2016

Ransomware is a type of malware that can be covertly installed on a computer, without the knowledge, or even interaction, of the user. Once held to ransom, a company has three options: restore, the data to a previous point in time, lose the infected data, or pay up. As with all areas of disaster recovery and business continuity, preparation and testing are the key forms of defense.

15Dec 2015

For some businesses, Christmas means a slowing down of operations; fewer staff, reduced orders, and more time to catch up on the filing. For other organizations Christmas is the busiest time of the year. Either way, there are definitely some precautions you can take to ensure a Grinch-like machine failure doesn’t steal your holiday cheer!

06Nov 2015

Many recent studies have revealed there is a worrying lack of regular testing of the viability of backups, and there are good reasons for that. Finding time to run tests without disrupting day-to-day usage seems an impossible task, which is why many organisations rely on a ‘fingers-crossed it will work’ strategy. Risky – but frighteningly common.

07Sep 2015

When support for an IT product is withdrawn, the formal announcement is greeted by many with a cursory glance; the rumour mill let them know months, or even years, ago and they have already executed Plan B. But this still leaves a number of organisations for vendors to peck over, vying for their business. And that’s where the scaremongering comes in.

03Sep 2015

Although often perceived as a necessary evil – regular disaster recovery testing is about more than seeing how well a business will cope if their systems fail. Comprehensive, objective DR testing can throw up interesting information about what is and isn’t working properly in your IT infrastructure, as well as give you a much needed level of recovery assurance.