Towards the end of July 2016, Kevin Townsend brought it to my attention that Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, had announced an initiative to address the ransomware problem. No More Ransom is intended to provide information and help victims recover their data without paying a ransom to the criminals. As well as being quoted … More Ransomware: To pay or not to pay?
…but the real winner is the security conscious Irish IT and business, with their maturity when it comes to understanding the modern threatscape. All members of the global ESET family gather once per year for the World Partner Conference, where new products and releases are announced and discussed, experience in fighting cybercrime is shared and … More ESET Ireland wins New Business Champion Award 2016
There is no doubt that one of the main assets of a company is the data it stores. Information about customers, employees and finances, among other types of records, should be adequately protected and available whenever they are needed. For this reason, companies that appreciate the value of their data, invest adequate resources into protecting them and recovering them … More The 5 most common reasons for corporate data loss
When it comes to cybercrime, a lot of the focus is centered on external threats and on the individuals who actively attempt to cause harm and damage, whether by infecting a computer system with malware or through the encryption of files for reasons of extortion. This attention understandable. Threats posed by cybercriminals to organizations is great, so … More Insider threats: A persistent and widespread problem
Noticeably, over the last two years, there has been a marked increase in ransomware attacks, which is, in its simplest form, a type of malware that is executed for the principal reason of extortion. The malicious software, once deployed, encrypts data, as well as devices. Access is only achievable if the victim pays a ransom … More Ransomware threat highlights why backing up data is essential
If you use a computer and/or the Internet you might want to think twice about heading to the disco or the movies or whatever else you had planned for this Saturday night and spend the evening backing up your data instead. Why? Three reasons, starting with the fact that today is World Backup Day. Sure, … More Saturday Night Backup Fever, Internet Apocalypse Now
We all pay lip service to the idea of backup, but sometimes you have to actually lose some data that you don’t have backed up before you really appreciate how important it is. In fact, consideration of backup strategies and mechanisms is generally a major component of generalist security courses and certifications, and quite rightly. To … More Backup Basics – The weekend is a good time to make a backup!