Disaster Recovery Best Practices

FBI Issues Data Breach Warning to Healthcare Companies

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Hackers have found a new and very lucrative target: healthcare industry companies. The data breach issue is so troubling that the FBI just issued a federal law enforcement bulletin to healthcare industry companies warning of “malicious actors targeting healthcare-related systems”. Pervasive Problem Last year, the healthcare industry accounted for 44 percent of all breaches according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, making it the first time the healthcare industry surpassed all other industries in this measure. In contrast, the financial services industry represented just 3.7 percent of the total in...
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Safeguard Data Centers against Physical Security Threats

Data Center Physical Security

To some extent, every person with a digital persona—the majority of first-world inhabitants—has been threatened or dealt with the fallout of a data breach. When news reports blast out information on the latest hacker attack, users rush to change passwords and secure accounts while organizations debate the best way to safeguard digital assets in any way they can. It’s most often the physical security of the data center—the heart of any modern organization—that gets overlooked by high-profile attention to cyber security, but, if compromised, it quickly becomes a major issue...
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Record-Breaking Data Security Breach: IT Disaster Prevention Tips

MissionMode data security breach

It’s happened again. Another data breach. And this is the worst one yet. 1.2 billion user name-password sets 500 million email addresses 420,000 websites After the theft of tens of millions of records from Adobe Systems and the 40 million credit card numbers plus other personal information stolen from Target in the midst of last year’s holiday shopping season, we thought we had seen the worst. We were wrong. This time a group of 20 Russian hackers managed to secure information from thousands of business websites both large and small,...
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IT Security Breach Disaster Recovery Best Practices

IT Breach Plan

In today’s world, it’s probably more realistic to accept that it’s a matter of when your organization will experience an information security breach, not if. And it won’t be cheap. According to the Ponemon Institute, the 2014 Cost of Data Breach Study sponsored by IBM estimates the average cost to a company of a data breach at $3.5 million. The level and development and testing of your response plan prior to the breach makes all the difference in how severe its impact will be to your organization. There are also...
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Spring World Conference IT Disaster Recovery Mobile Apps

spring world IT disaster conference

We’ll be exhibiting in booth 406 at Disaster Recovery Journal’s Spring World 2014, the world’s largest conference dedicated to business continuity and IT disaster recovery. More than 1,000 business leaders from around the world will be in attendance. The show will be held on March 28 to April 2 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL. If you’re attending, stop by our booth and enter to win an iPad Mini or one of 5 Amazon.com gift cards. Ask about a demonstration of our innovative emergency notification, incident management and...
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10 Steps to Effective IT Disaster Recovery

Cyber crime steps

Organizations of all sizes are being targeted by cyber-criminals. A cyber breach is almost inevitable and you need to be truly prepared to respond. In a recent Harvard Business Review article, the authors found that many plans are developed in silos and too many plans sit on a shelf collecting dust. They lay out 10 principles to guide companies in creating and implementing a cyber-incident response plan. View MissionMode IT Disaster Recovery. 1. Assign an executive to take on responsibility for the plan. Executive support for the plan is critical....
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Infographic: Business Continuity Best Practices in an IT Environment

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The constant parade of new hardware and software that necessarily comes into a data center makes for a lot of moving parts that can be extremely difficult for IT managers to integrate into a business continuity best practices plan. Data center managers need to hold down capital expenses while maintaining and supporting ever-expanding demands. This infographic from eWeek contains interesting statistics and practical guidance for ensuring that your systems are “Always up, always on”. The image is courtesy of eWeek. Click on the image to view it full-size.   MissionMode’s smarter mass...
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Build a Shield against Cyber Threats: IT Disaster Prevention

Cyber security threat

If you’ve been watching the headlines for the past several months, you’ve had a series of major reminders about the importance of cyber security. From the Twitter hackings of Burger King and Jeep, to the NY Times’ announcement that hackers gained and held access to its systems for several months, to the big one—a report from computer security firm Mandiant. The report details the actions of an aggressive group of hackers that appear to be connected to a foreign government that’s been stealing data and infiltrating systems across the U.S....
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5 Surprising Effects of Hurricane Sandy: Business Continuity Planning

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Most of the impact of Hurricane Sandy will be obvious—flooding, fires, buildings destroyed, lives lost. There are some effects, though, that may surprise you and might affect business continuity planning. In the photo above, an Atlantic City, New Jersey resident inspects the area around her apartment building. Image credit: Getty Images 1. Blizzards? From a hurricane? Sandy is one of the widest hurricanes on record—more than twice as wide as Katrina—and its westerly winds spawned a blizzard in West Virginia, according to the Weather Channel. The snowfall was as deep...
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Lies, #@!* Lies and Data Loss Statistics & IT Disaster Recovery Stats

Lies lies and data

Doom and gloom! If you listen to many studies about data centers and loss risk, you’ll be afraid to turn out the lights. Numerous dire statistics about data loss have almost become gospel. “70% of companies go out of business after a data loss!” Scary! Can you guess who is proclaiming these IT disaster recovery statistics? If you said “data protection vendor”, you guessed right. Stats like these have been quoted in articles time and again, with the assumption that they’re accurate. After all, many are said to have originated from well-respected...
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