It starts with a bit of unusual traffic – a surge of access requests from seemingly-unrelated IPs. Slowly but surely, your servers are overwhelmed. Your network-facing infrastructure starts slowing down, until it eventually grinds to a halt altogether. With a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, you realize what this means. You have been targeted by a distributed denial of service attack. And until such time as the attacker decides you are no longer a worthwhile target, all you can do is weather the storm. Continue reading “The Truth About DDoS Attacks”
According to International Data Corporation (IDC), just three years from now mobile workers will make up almost 75% of the U.S. workforce. To anyone who has been paying attention, this should come as no surprise. It is increasingly rare to see anyone without a smartphone in this day and age – and just as rare to meet someone who has not used that device for working remotely on at least one occasion.
You have doubtless heard all the rhetoric by now. Mobile devices are to remote productivity what the automobile was to transportation. Thanks to smartphones and tablets, the time an employee spends on the train or in line at lunch is no longer wasted. Now, it can be spent dialing in to meetings, connecting with colleagues over corporate instant messaging, or replying to emails. With the right applications, it can even be spent editing documents.
It sounds incredible, right? There’s just one catch: security. While the fact that employees can connect from anywhere is a great strength of mobility, it is also its greatest weakness from a security standpoint. Continue reading “Your Employees Are Working Remotely. Is Your Business Protected?”
Happy World Backup Day! On this day we’d like to take today to remind everyone why off-site backups are the best way to protect your mission-critical data. If something catastrophic occurs – whether it is a ransomware attack, a natural disaster, or simply a hardware failure – you do not want to lose anything essential. But you should also think a little more critically about your plan if disaster strikes. If you truly want to disaster-proof your organization, then you need to make sure you think of the following:
Continue reading “Backing Up Your Data is the First Step to Disaster Proofing Your Business”
Recently, a community site known as Myth Weavers suffered a catastrophic database failure. The site, which stores information for a variety of different board games, is – or perhaps I should say, was – widely-used in the tabletop community. Unfortunately, earlier this month, a routine prune by the site’s administrator went horribly wrong. Continue reading “Worst Case Scenario: Here’s What Can Happen If You Fail To Maintain A Backup”
It is easy to forget how ephemeral digital data really is. An errant spark, a burst pipe, or a single malicious individual is all it takes to erase an entire lifetime of memories – or an entire business’ worth of data. Catastrophes aside, data can be lost in other ways, too, by misplacing a tablet, laptop, or phone.
I expect it is something that most of us do not want to think about: our data is always vulnerable to something. Consider, for example, that 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute. 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses every month. 29% of data disasters are caused completely on accident.
Some troubling statistics, no?
Continue reading “World Backup Day Is Around The Corner – Have You Taken The Pledge?”
Data protection and disaster recovery are now more important than ever before. Enterprise data is growing at a faster rate than ever before, to the point that many traditional backup solutions cannot keep up. That is where the cloud comes in.
With its immense flexibility, near-infinite capacity, and ease of connectivity, cloud storage makes for an attractive option when it comes to backing up your files and infrastructure. If you are not careful, however, it can be a double-edged sword. Make any of these five mistakes with your backup, and you will regret it.
Continue reading “Are You Making These Five Huge Cloud Backup Mistakes?”
There is a great deal that can go wrong with your data. Your servers can be damaged by faulty equipment, a natural disaster, or general wear and tear. A bad update can wipe out critical files in swathes, as can user error. And all of this does not even account for cybercrime, which is a constant, pressing issue for all businesses.
You therefore have every reason to maintain backups of critical systems and data – and no reason not to. Presumably, you already know this. But did you know that your backups themselves represent yet another attack surface for your organization? Continue reading “Secure Storage: How You Can Keep Your Critical Backups Safe”
Everyone knows that backups are important. Systems can be destroyed by malware, locked off by ransomware, or damaged by inclement weather. And they can fail, as well – no hardware lasts forever.
So you are probably backing up your data. You have an automated system in place to do so, and a disaster recovery plan. And that is all excellent. These are all measures you need to be taking. If your hardware fails or ends up compromised, you need to make sure you are still able to access your data. Here is the question, though – are you doing enough? Continue reading “Why Off-Site Backups Are The Only Way To Go”
As with any hosting environment, it’s important to regularly monitor the performance of your cloud server. No matter how powerful your cloud server is, if it isn’t optimized for performance, then you will be missing out. But what does that entail?
The short answer is “track and measure everything.” Of course, you can’t know if your server’s performance is good or bad if you don’t understand how your server normally performs by tracking and measuring resource usage over time. By determining what “normal” is, you can quickly determine if a spike in resource usage is something to worry about or ignore. In addition, you will also be equipped to investigate the cause of any unexpected outages or performance hiccups. Continue reading “Are You Monitoring Performance On Your Cloud Server?”
Liquid Web Survey Reveals Business Challenges as Web and Cloud Reliance Grows
LANSING, Mich.– March 7, 2017 – There is no doubt that the adoption of web and cloud technologies continues to accelerate at a phenomenal rate. A recent survey by Liquid Web, LLC, a $100 million managed hosting provider focused on web-dependent professionals, found nearly 80 percent of designers, developers, digital agencies and SMBs expect their businesses will be more reliant on cloud and web technologies in the next five years. Continue reading “Press Release: Security and Reliability Fuel Hosting Concerns for Web-Dependent Designers, Developers, Digital Agencies and SMBs”