Ransomware on the Rise and What You Can Do About It

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Year after year, malware attacks have been increasingly on the rise in frequency and intensity targeting those in the banking, financial services, healthcare, legal and governmental sectors. In fact, according to Kaspersky Laboratory, a source specializing in tracking malware of all types, the first quarter of 2016 had an increase of 30 percent of attempted ransomware attacks from the previous quarter with 14% of it coming from about 29,000 new ransomware modifications.  On top of that, “93 percent of phishing attacks come loaded with ransomware payloads.”

Sadly, once your law firm or business has been afflicted with ransomware, there is nothing you can really do about it except to repair the damages.  Decrypting your files has proven not to be effective since the malware infection cannot be completely removed.  

Additionally, the FBI does not recommend paying the ransom in ransomware attacks. This is due to the fact that there is no guarantee of the data being rightfully returned to the owner even after the ransom is paid.  Also, this may cause cyber criminals to continue to victimize organizations since they are benefiting the most from this illegal activity by obtaining their victim’s money along with their banking information too.

Unfortunately, there is no sure way to prevent malware attacks, but you can stop this malware from succeeding by furthering yours and your employees’ knowledge on security education by acknowledging the following:

  • Password policies should include a provision that forces a password change every few months.
  • Spoofing Users mean that any conversation you may have about personal information over the internet can be fair game to cyber hackers.
  • Advanced Persistent Threats can come in different forms to attempt to compromise data.  Some of these viruses can sit on your computer or server silently collecting your data for months.

 

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Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) 5.0 Released!

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Zerto has announced the release of ZVR 5.0 today with some new and exciting features that enhances the product and solidifies their position as the leader in Cloud replication. Some new and exciting features include:

One-To-Many Replication

  • This feature allows you to replicate to multiple onsite or Cloud targets by placing VM’s into multiple Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs)
  • Each VPG can have it’s own SLA and journal retention policy. For example you can increase retention to a Cloud target like VPLS and reduce storage footprint on-premise
  • Protect individual VM’s from remote site back to HQ

Zerto Mobile

  • This is an Android and iOS application that allows you to monitor your Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM) and VPGs with alerts of tasks that are currently running from anywhere in real time
  • All traffic is encrypted utilizing Zerto’s cloud service

30 Day Journal History

  • The existing 14-day journal setting has been extended to 30 days
  • Compression can be enabled on a per-VPG basis

Improved Synchronization

  • ZVR 5.0 includes improvements to the replication engine for parallel synchronization operations within each disk
  • up to 50% faster synchronization times for initial syncs

Contact VPLS today to learn more about protecting your servers with Zerto and VPLS Cloud Replication!

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The 9.5 Coming of the VEEAM Backup and Replication

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It was a huge victory for many service providers when Veeam Backup and Replication included support for VMware vCloud Director back at the release of the v7.  This was due to the fact that providers could finally properly protect native vCloud components such as Organizations and vApps as opposed to only utilizing underlying vSphere level operations that could not save or restore any information concerning vCloud constructs.  Additionally, service providers with in-house developments were now able to input these capabilities into their own automated procedures and portals thanks to its complete support for RESTful API.

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. improves upon the drawbacks experienced by service providers and customers with the current version. As of now, the only method to be authenticated into the portal is by using Windows credentials.  Adding onto this setback, only restore operations are supported resulting in  customers having to depend on their service providers to either having to configure and maintain backups for them or develop custom procedures as a way to leverage Veeam Powershell or RESTful API.  

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. promises to offer solutions to these issues.  First, Veeam customers will now be authorized to log into Enterprise Manager by Veeam leveraging the native vCloud Director authentication technology. Also with Veeam’s capability to identify the vCloud resources and its automatic filtering,  regulating the visibility of components will be made possible .  This feature will also ensure that the vCloud Director will have the ability to see and manage all aspects of the suite.  This major improvement towards user operations will make it so that it  will only have to be configured once by the customer in vCloud Director and any change such as a new password or a disabled operation will immediately be reflected in Veeam Enterprise Manager.  

Next, Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. will automatically populate all advanced job parameters from the assigned template so that customers will not have to learn every single backup mode and or advanced job setting.   Customers will also be  able to create new backup jobs by specifying which VMs to backup along with being able to set up necessary parameters like retention and notifications. This feature will make it much more manageable for service providers as well. Service providers will be able to limit  or restrict their customer’s ability to schedule jobs to run manually or by using a script.  Service providers will also still have control over the backup destination (all customer’s quota).

Finally, Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. has upped the security factor by allowing customers to input the guest OS credentials required for application-aware processing directly into the Veeam job they create.  Customers will no longer have to go through their service provider as was required before the self-service portal was available.  Both Veeam service providers and customers can have peace of mind knowing that no credential can be misused by the service provider staff.  Additionally, restores will be streamlined much further thanks to the security properties of native vCloud authentication combined with the security of guest credentials.  Customers will have access to a list of protected VMs which will then enable them to quickly restore the entire VM. This includes having the capability of restoring only the damaged blocks of the virtual disk as well.    

All in all, Veaam Availability Suite 9.5. will be an excellent asset to any service provider and or customer with its improved capabilities that will inevitably result in increased productivity and efficiency all the while maintaining its integrity.

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Check Out VPLS’s VDI Services!

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See how your company can benefit with our VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) services offered here at VPLS.  VDI combines the advantages of Cloud Hosting with the security and management tools that IT administrators value such as streamlined application deployment as well as reduced hardware and labor costs usually spent on  maintaining traditional workstations.  In keeping up with the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) generation, our services will enable users to access their Virtual Desktops using their choice of PCs, Macs, tablets, or phones.  Users can easily switch between operating environments, which ultimately eliminates the need to upgrade your workstation ever again. Also, think of us the next time one of your computers malfunctions because with VDI, you will be able to access all of your data and applications at any other workstation.  

VPLS offers two types of VDI services in the form of On-Premise VDI and Cloud Hosted VDI commonly known as Desktop as a Service (DaaS). Our deployment of DaaS is however unique from other service providers in that we deploy the same technology as an On-Premise Solution in a Private Cloud environment dedicated for the Customer. This increases the security for our Cloud Hosted VDI deployments and allows IT administrators greater control and visibility.  In addition to that, when you opt to purchase Thin Clients or Zero Clients, there will no longer be a need to upgrade all of your office’s individual workstations thanks to its longer lifespan that does not require a spinning disk unlike other traditional work stations, so contact VPLS and we can hook you up, literally, with VDI services today!

 

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Independence Day: Movie Premiere Seminar

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Join VPLS Solutions, Brocade & Ruckus on June 23rd for an Exclusive Sneak Preview of “Independence Day”

VPLS Solutions, Brocade and Ruckus are privileged to invite you to our exclusive sneak preview of “Independence Day” at the Studio Movie Grill in Simi Valley, CA. Before the show, there will be presentations from Brocade and Ruckus discussing how their combined wired and wireless solution is the best fit for your next generation 802.11ac network.

Clear you calendar and join us as we discuss the evolutionary shift in how networks are designed for the future. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Studio Movie Grill
1555 Simi Town Center Way
Simi Valley, CA 93065

Thursday, June 23rd
9:30am – Registration and Networking
10am – Seminar
11am – Premiere


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