Data Recovery Methods – Chip-Off and JTAG

There are two main techniques when dealing with mobile phone data recovery and flash recoveries. By interrogating the NAND memory chip, both of these techniques give data recovery engineers access to a low-level image of the data, although they are both very different. Mobile phones, flash storage and solid-state-drives all rely on memory chips for…

There are two main techniques when dealing with mobile phone data recovery and flash recoveries. By interrogating the NAND memory chip, both of these techniques give data recovery engineers access to a low-level image of the data, although they are both very different. Mobile phones, flash storage and solid-state-drives all rely on memory chips for storing information in contrast to hard disk drives, which use rotating platters and read / write heads.

When it comes to hard disk drives they all tend to use a common approach to storing data, meaning that data recovery tools can be generic. Flash devices on the other hand vary a lot more having a wealth of different data formats, file structures, algorithms, memory types and configurations, data extractors are often 'device specific'. This means that the only way to gain a bit for bit copy of the raw data is to interrogate the memory chips directly, effectively bypassing the operating system. This is where chip-off and JTAG technology comes into play.

The first method is the chip-off approach. This technique requires de-soldering the memory chip from the circuitry. In order to remove the chip from the device without causing any damage it requires precision skill under a microscope as making any tiny mistakes risks losing all the data permanently. After the chip is removed it can be read with data extracts. NAND chips are usually much easier to read than other types of chip and are typically what SD cards and iPhones use. This is due to the memory architecture and pin configuration being standardized. The pins are on the outside meaning there is no need to rebuild the connectors. Other common types of chip such as the BGA have multiple connectors on the underside which are directly soldered to the motherboard with thousands of different configurations so are much more difficult to remove.

The second method is JTAG which does not require removal of the chip. A data recovery engineer can sometimes access the memory through the JTAG ports. This is a much more lengthy process and does not damage the media. This means it can be kept in a working state which is sometimes a critical requirement in forensic investigations. A downside of this method is that it is not always as successful and can be a riskier option.

Both methods will produce a low-level image which is then 'decoded' and the user's data can be rebuilt. Both chip-off and JTAG technology is growing and becoming much more reliable meaning that the success rates of data recovery from mobile phones is almost as good as that of hard disk drives.

Intent-Based Networking and Why You Should Care

There's always a “next big thing” in networking … Five years ago, it was Ethernet Fabrics in the data center, then came SDN, and currently it is SD-WAN. As SD-WAN adoption flows and shifts from boring to leading edge, the next big thing on the networking horizon promises to be Intent-based Networking. Whether you've heard…

There's always a “next big thing” in networking … Five years ago, it was Ethernet Fabrics in the data center, then came SDN, and currently it is SD-WAN. As SD-WAN adoption flows and shifts from boring to leading edge, the next big thing on the networking horizon promises to be Intent-based Networking. Whether you've heard about the concept of “intent-based networking” or not, the approach is one we will unduly be listening a lot more in the coming months and years. More than just a specific technology it's the holy grail of networking. A drastically new approach that enables the network to continuously align itself to the disparate demands of the organization. It brings together all the latest networking innovations including SDN, virtualization, machine learning, model-based APIs, and many securities related innovations into a closed loop system capable of identifying, predicting, and responding to business needs. Intent-based networking system incorporates these four key things:

Translation and Validation – The system takes a higher-level business policy (what) as input from end users and converts it to the necessary network configuration (how). The system then generates and validates the resulting design and configuration for correctness.

Automated Implementation – The system can configure the appropriate network changes (how) across existing network infrastructure. This is typically done via network automation and / or network orchestration.

Awareness of Network State – The system ingests real-time network status for systems under its administrative control, and is protocol- and transport-agnostic.

Assurance and Dynamic Optimization / Remediation- The system continuously validates (in real time) that the original business intent of the system is being met, and can take corrective actions (such as blocking traffic, modifying network capacity or notifying) when desired intent is not met.

What are the benefits?

Intent-based networking promises to bring many benefits to organizations of all sizes. All IT administrators want better access control, massive scalability, security and multi-vendor device management and the most compelling-the ability to manage hundreds to thousands of heterogeneous devices on a network as an aggregate, and do so with speed, automation and simplicity.

Is intent-based networking a rehash of software defined networking?

Software defined networking or SDN is a series of network objects (switches, routers, firewalls) all deployed in a highly-automated manner. Intent-based networking leverages the capabilities of SDN but marries it to intelligence.

What are the risks involved?

Intent based networking requires a fair amount of re-skilling and process change that is not without their own risks. Additionally, as with every major technology transition, there are technology and process risks associated with implementation. You will need to carefully plan your migration, so that you can quickly reap the rewards without affecting existing service levels.

Intent-based networking is nascent, but could be the next big thing in networking, as it promises to improve network availability and agility, which are key as organizations transition to digital business. I & O leaders responsible for networking need to determine if and when to pilot this technology.

A Practical Approach to Data Protection

Where to start with “A Practical approach to Data Protection” Customer Data Protection When someone says data protection people's eyes glaze over, it's understandable that the data protection act of 1998 is important not just to businesses but the public in general. The Data Protection Act will however, be replaced in 2018 by GDPR. Do…

Where to start with “A Practical approach to Data Protection”

Customer Data Protection

When someone says data protection people's eyes glaze over, it's understandable that the data protection act of 1998 is important not just to businesses but the public in general. The Data Protection Act will however, be replaced in 2018 by GDPR.

Do not worry, this article is not going to depths on the data protection act, instead we want to focus on what you can do to protect your data and the clients data.

This article applies to everyone in business no matter if you are one man band with client contact details held on your mobile phone, a shop owner who does or does not have to comply with PCI DSS or a multi-national corporation. If you have data about your business and / or your clients held anywhere (even on paper) then this applies to you!

First Thoughts on Security Considerations

As Microsoft Windows has developed, one of the key issues that Microsoft has tried to resolve is that of security. With Windows 10 they have taken a leap forward in protecting your data.

Many people seem to have focused on the working of the license for Windows 10 and what it allows Microsoft to do; removing counterfeit software etc. Is this wrong? Of course not. In fact if you are in business and your systems have counterfeit software you are opening yourself up to data loss in a big way.

Pirated software usually has additional code in it that allows hackers to gain access to your system and therefore your data. With Cloud Based services these days, using legitimate software should be easier than ever, after all the monthly cost of a copy of Office 365 is a pittance.

While we are on Cloud Based systems, it is worth remembering that unless you encrypt your data on the cloud then chances are it could end up in the wrong hands no matter how security conscious the vendor is. New hardware is already being developed that will take care of this for you, but it is not here yet, so be warned.

We will come back to security a little later after we have looked at the severe fines that you could incur by not taking Data Security seriously.

This is about BIG companies is not it?

No, definitely not, your companies data security is the responsibility of everyone in your company. Failing to complain can be expensive in more than just monetary terms.

Through this article I will drop in a few rulings from the ICO that demonstrate how important it is to take these issues seriously. This is not an attempt to scare you, neither is it a marketing ploy of any sort; many people believe that getting “caught out” will never happen to them, in fact it can happen to anyone who does not take reasonable steps to protect their data.

Here some recent rulings detailing action taken in the United Kingdom by the Information Commissioners Office:

Date 16 April 2015 Type: Prosecutions

A recruitment company has been prosecuted at Ealing Magistrates Court for failing to notify with the ICO. Recruitment company pleaded guilty and was fined £ 375 and ordered to pay costs of £ 774.20 and a victim surcharge of £ 38.

and here's another:

Date 05 December 2014 Type: Monetary penalies

The company behind Manchester's annual festival, the Parklife Weekender has been fined £ 70,000 after sending unsolicited marketing text messages.

The text was sent to 70,000 people who had bought tickets to last year's event, and appeared on the recipients' mobile phone to have been sent by “Mum”.

Let's look at the simplest way in which you can protect your data. Forget expensive pieces of hardware, they can be circumnavigated if the core principles of data protection are not addressed.

Education is by far the easiest way to protect data on your computer's and therefore in your network. This means taking time to educate the staff and updating them on a regular basis.

Here's what we discovered – shocking practices

In 2008 we were asked to perform an IT audit on an organization, nothing unusual, except that a week before the date of the audit I received a phone call from a senior person in that organization, the call went something like this: –

“We did not mention before that we have had our doubts about a member of staff in a position of authority. work not related to our organization using the computer in his office.

This claimed in this individuals computer being the subject of an all but forensic inspection, apart from an un-licensed game, we found and believing that the information we were looking for may have been deleted we performed a data recovery on the disk drive.

The results caused consternation and required us to contact the ICO. We found a lot of very sensitive data that did not belong on that drive. It looked as though it had been there for some time and most of it was not recoverable suggesting it had been removed a good while ago.

As it turned out the disk drive had been replaced several months before and the IT company had used the drive as a temporary data store for another companies data. They formatted the drive and put the new operating system on thinking nothing of it.

It just goes to show that formatting a drive and then using it for months will not remove all the previous data. No action was taken other than a slapped wrist for the IT firm for poor practices.

So who should be trained?

The best way to demonstrate the importance of data protection is by using top-down learning sessions where management is trained first, followed by junior management followed by the staff. In this way it's obvious to management as well as the staff the data protection is not something that one person does it in fact the duty of every employee within a company.

A data break will affect everyone within the company not just the person responsible but, those extremely responsible as well.

The training is not lengthy or difficult, but it should be provided by an expert in the field or a company whose expertise is beyond doubt.

In-house training on this subject is not recommended as it is only an outsider who will be taken seriously and who will have the 3rd party credential required to enforce the importance of the issue.

Information Security is everyone's business

Information Security Awareness Training: Here's what should be covered:

  • Provide an easy-to-use online 40 minutes information security awareness training course for your employees to log on and learn best information security practices from.
  • Provide best practice course content of your compliance requirements.
  • Teach employees in simple non-technical language, how and why hackers hack.
  • Instruct employees in the best methods of protecting your systems and the sensitive information you process.
  • Explain employee inherent responsibilities for protecting your business information and identifying and reporting suspicious activity.
  • Provide this information efficiently and effectively, an information security threats risk assessment should be completed.

A good threats and risk assessment should answer the following questions:

  • What do I need to protect and where is it located?
  • What is the value of this information to the business?
  • What other vulnerabilities are associated with the systems processing or storing this information?
  • What are the security threats to the systems and the probability of their occurrence?
  • What would be the damage the business if this information were compromised?
  • What should be done to minimize and manage the risks?

Answering the questions above, is the first and most crucial step in information security risk management. It identifies exactly what your business needs protect and where it's located and why you need to protect it in real cost impact terms that everyone should understand.

Do not end up like these guys:

Date 22 December 2014 Type: Monetary penalies

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined a marketing company based in London £ 90,000 for continuously making nuisance calls targeting vulnerable victims. In several cases, the calls rejected in elderly people being tricked into paying for boiler insurance they did not need.

In plain English, make it very clear to every employee within the company exactly what their responsibilities are to the data that is within their custody on an everyday basis, explain how to protect it, explain why we need to protect it and point out the consequences to the business of not doing so.

Most un-trained employees would probably think that data protection has little or nothing to do with them; but, if a data break occurred the company could lose business when the news hits the press, that may lead to lay offs due to lost business. It really does fall on everyone in the company from cleaning staff to the CEO to take responsibility.

Who should deliver the training?

This topic is not something that any training company can deliver correctly. You really need to work with real security experts, companies that are highly qualified and well experienced.

Unfortunately, in the IT industry many individuals and companies have presented themselves as IT Security Guru's and most are just scare mongers with an agenda. They want to sell one specific service no matter if you need it or not.

However, there are some very well qualified, genuinely helpful professional companies out there.

In 2011 I was fortunately enough to be at the eCrimes Wales when Richard Hollis from the RISC Factory spoke. His presentation spoke to the audience in a way that few others did that day, it established him in this authors mind as my go to person in the UK on data security issues. I managed to grab a quick word with him during a break and he was really helpful.

Why do I rate Rich so highly? Well his background is interesting to say the least, a background in service for the NSA means he knows what he's doing and has more knowledge in this area than the average Joe. It also means that where other IT Security experts see an issue, Rich sees a much bigger picture.

Of course many other companies offer similar services and in the current economic climate it is good to shop around if you need to.

Getting started

First of all, watch and re-watch the video (linked below) and find it's second part on YouTube, watch that as well. Take notes during the video and get those steps planned out in your mind, answer the key questions about your company, data and security.

Next, speak with your IT department if you have one, your IT support company if you do not and see if they have any cost effective idea that you can implement without impacting on your IT budget too heavyly.

You can start protecting your company data from outside sources for a couple of hundred GB pounds by installing the right kind of Firewall, with cloud based updates 24/7.

Quality Anti-Virus with built in Anti-Malware does not have to cost the company a fortune either, but again, take advice. Many of these products slow the computer system down so much that they have a negative impact on performance. One of the most famous of these (beginning with N) is often sold in High Street electronics, stationary and consumer goods stores as being “the best”; in fact it is the best profit margin and not the best product, it slows the system down and needs a special piece of software to remove it completely!

Store sensitive data in an encrypted area of ​​a RAID storage drive system with restricted access control. A NAS drive is a cheap and effective way of achieving this.

Do not store sensitive data on Cloud Based systems like Dropbox, sure it's cheap and easy to use, so if you are passing none critical data such as graphics, logo's and promotional material; great! If you are passing your accounts to your accountant, a new product schematic to a machine tooling company etc. – use something else that has better security.

Nothing personal against Dropbox and similar products, but like Microsoft OneDrive as it is now both have been hacked in the past. Although the security has been dramatically improved, you should not take the risk.

Finally take advice from real experts when you have any doubts. People like Richard Hollis have dedicated their careers to security. As they park up outside a company for a meeting they have already analyzed several security considerations automatically. When they walk through the front door they make a dozen more calculations and risk assessments. All before they even sit down and talk to you about your concerns.

Layers: Security is all about a layered approach. Think of it as an Onion. Here's an example at a Physical level for a company that I used to work for many years ago.

As you entered the building you could not get past reception unless they “Buzzed you through” the security barriers in the reception area. These were swipe card controlled for staff.

Swipe cards for staff allowed them access only to those areas that were authorized to enter; so for example only IT support staff and some developers had access to the server room. Note here that unlike some companies the cleaner did not have access to the server room or to the developers area of ​​work.

Get the idea?

On an electronic level, all critical systems were duplicated with independent power, backup power from a generator that had backup power from a UPS system.

Firewalls separated the different LANs and the inside from the outside of the company. Each department ran on its own LAN with connections between LANs for only those people who absolutely needed them.

You can carry on to much lower levels of protection like making sure that all USB drives are encoded and encrypted so that they can only be used to move data between the companies own PC's.

These sorts of security measures are actually very simple to achieve, they are not rocket science, nether they have to cost you an absolute fortune.

Remember – Plan, Do, Check, Act – repeat as required. But always get advice from professionals. Believe me, the kid next door who builds his own computers and sells them does not know enough about the threats to your company.

If you are in the UK, consider undertaking Cyber ​​Essentials the government scheme to get businesses to a minimum standard to protect data. This is seriously worth while looking at; during the recent NHS attack, none of the NHS Trusts that had completed and been certified Cyber ​​Essentials standard establishments were penetrated.

We trust that you have found this article interesting, please tell your friends.

One final thing, May 28th 2018 will see GDPR replace the data protection act and businesses within the UK will need to be ready for the change, do not wait. Get started today.

What Are the Different Methods Used for Data Cleansing?

What is data cleansing and why is it important? Having an updated database is a vital requirement for organizations these days, given that most of the business comes through marketing. An updated database will ensure that the contacts are correct and you can connect with the customers efficiently while keeping up with the compliance standards.…

What is data cleansing and why is it important?

Having an updated database is a vital requirement for organizations these days, given that most of the business comes through marketing. An updated database will ensure that the contacts are correct and you can connect with the customers efficiently while keeping up with the compliance standards. Now, with everyday use by different team members there are high chances of the data getting corrupt (incorrect or jumbled up). It is also a possibility that some contacts may become obsoleste over the time and needs replacement.

That is where data cleansing coming to rescue, since with this process you can ensure that you identify any inaccurate data and consequently correct them. Then, the data cleansing process aims to maintain clean (steady and correct data) customer database by finding out any inaccurate data (incorrect, obsolete, or incomplete) and remove the dirty data theby, creating a single record for individual customer with all of their related information. While manual maintenance is usually followed, using the data cleansing tools is also picking up pace these days due to the complexity the database administrator has to face. Before we discuss the different methods used for data cleaninging let's see why clearing data and maintaining an accurate customer database is so important.

1. Keeping up with the compliance standards that is, Data Protection Act is an important aspect for any organization and so, the data cleaning plays a vital role here.

2. Cleaning data on a regular basis ensures that there's minimum waste of information, that is, less wrong emails. This automatically cuts down the mailing costs so, help your business save some resources.

3. Customer data is crucial for any business and so, you must make sure to maintain a clean database that enables quick repair of customer information thus, lowering the turnaround time.

4. Having all data at one single place not just enhances the quality of service, but also offers improved customer experience.

5. Marketing your business to potential clients is the major survival strategy for all enterprises, and so, a clean customer database will ensure that you have correct client information helping to generate better sales targets and proper management.
That being said, it's still a tough task to manage a clean customer database.

Customer information keeps changing frequently and so, get obsolete very soon. Moreover, the customer databases in many businesses may have multiple information based on different parameters such as, buying history, list of prospects, or email list. This can create a lot of confusion and mix up since the details of the same customer may appear on different databases with fragments of significant information under each parameter.

So, if you are asking for the methods used to clean data, it's important for you to know that that it absolutely depends on the different software used by the business like, the type of CRM, marketing automation and any other software that you are using . Irrespective of the method you choose, it's typically a lot challenging to clean data manually as it will consume a lot of time and efforts that directly affects the overall productivity of the company. But, if you are looking for a specific method, you would first need to identify the type of data clean-up you want to perform. The method adopted would totally depend on whether you want to append data, remove duplicate entries, standardize data, delete non-usable contacts, verify the email list, and so on. And, that's the

Therefore, your life is much easier when you outsource the data cleaning process and seek help from different data cleansing tools available in the market. Data Ladder is one such efficient tool that's known for it advanced semantic technology that helps maintain the customer database by removing any unwarranted errors or duplicate entries that might be creating all the confusion. It therefore, reduces the time spent on the entire data cleaning process and cuts down costs considering that, helping to improve the productivity of the company.

Methods used for data cleaning:

Reviewing Data
The cardinal step for data cleaning, should always be to review the customer databases completely right at the start. Check any deviations or inaccurate data by analysing / auditing the database with the help statistics and database techniques. The data generated via these methods should then help you to figure out the location and attributes of the deviations helping you to reach the root of the problem.

Employing different methods
The reviewing of the database should not be restricted to just using the statistical or database techniques. The reviewing process must also include methods like purchasing data from outside and then analyze it in comparison to the internal data. But, if that does not suffice and the enterprise is facing a challenge with limited staff and time, use of an external telemarketing company is a better idea. However, here it's important for the company to be careful about their brand image and the work standards followed by the external organization (third-party).

Data integration
Data cleaning is not just about finding and deleting inaccurate data from the customer database, but it should be rather used to the company's advantage to integrate customer information and added details such as, phone numbers, email address, or any other contacts time and again.

Reporting of information
Businesses must ensure that there is a robust management system within the organization that can timely and effectively identify and report any incorrect data and it's update in the database. This can be achieved by a managed and feedback system intended for emails and any email that bounced back because it was not the right address. This anomaly should be reported and the incorrect email address should be removed from the customer database.

Repeat the same process
It's a constantly progressive world where everything is changing so fast, that businesses must be able to keep up with the fast pace and so, customer data like, company email address, phone numbers, mailing addresses, etc. change very often. Therefore, simply running a one-time data cleaning process would not be the solution and thus, repeating the same data cleansing process on a regular basis is extremely important. Filtering of such inaccurate data and update of the customer database on a regular basis is the only way out to make sure that the company has a clean database.

Yes, data cleansing is a major process that is critical and time consuming. Given that it requires a lot of time, effort and resources, it is a wise decision to use the reputed data cleaning tools available these days. Using data ladder for de-duplication or managing customer database along with cleaning is one of the best ways to keep clean records and ensure consistent growth of the company.

Benefits of Disaster Recovery As a Service

In any business, especially in an IT firm, data is one of the key elements used in running daily operations. There are several ways in which a firm can store and protect its data. In the past, disaster preparation would often require IT staff to travel to off-premise data centers and / or copy corporate…

In any business, especially in an IT firm, data is one of the key elements used in running daily operations. There are several ways in which a firm can store and protect its data. In the past, disaster preparation would often require IT staff to travel to off-premise data centers and / or copy corporate data onto tapes. However, advances in technology and computing platforms have enabled the creation of better and more scalable data storage mechanisms. These have paved the way for complete Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions that can be used instead of internal IT teams.

When data is broken or hacked into, uncontrollable losses will occur. To prevent this, many companies opt to have in place disaster response measures and even dedicated teams for managing such situations.

Today, you'll find two main categories of computing: cloud computing and hardware server-based computing. This includes the use of DRaaS or traditional backup methods to protect and store data. With current technology, DRaaS offers several advantages over traditional backup and disaster recovery methods.

DRaaS is quite reliable and helps address many challenges, including mobility, portability and high performance, among other features. Traditional disaster recovery does not offer the capabilities that DRaaS can today. In the following section, we'll look at some of the reasons why you should shift away from other methods and instead rely on DRaaS for disaster recovery.

Fewer Necessary Resources

DRaaS recovery data is stored in the cloud, which reduces the on-licenses hardware requirements. Traditional disaster recovery services generally need expensive on-premises hardware and are complex to implement and manage.

DRaaS can be used for a group of critical servers or just a single server, something that may not be economically viable using traditional DR. This means companies can resume limited operations much more quickly.

Cyberattack mitigation

Cyberattacks pose one of the biggest threats to businesses. Earlier this year, the “WannaCry” ransomware attack made headlines when it took over 300,000 computers in 150 countries.

Cyberattacks also come in the form of email phishing scams, wherey scammers trick unwary employees to give out confidential information, and data hacks, whereby cybercriminals gain access to the company's network and exploit sensitive data.

With DRaaS, you can mitigate these security incidents and prevent a disaster situation. In this type of event, you just invoke your DR plan to bring your applications live in the cloud using the most recent, clean copy of your data. When you have cleaned your production systems from the attack, you can replicate your cloud versions back to your data center.

That beats negotiating with an attacker for your data back!

Lower Cumulative Costs

Most businesses do not have a good disaster recovery plan because they are concerned about the expenses. In general, backup and disaster recovery can be expensive if you choose methods which necessitate the purchase of hardware. For example, if you want to back up all your data in private servers physically, you must invest in the same number of servers as you have now. DRaaS is a solution provided by a third-party. Therefore, the hardware and software used for your disaster recovery strategy are owned by the service provider. Your initial investment will be small.

Easier testing.

Failover testing is now as simple as pointing and clicking, which takes a lot of the effort (and risk) out of testing. And, as I have made clear, if it is not tested regularly, it is not reliable.

DRaaS comes with a lot of really good tools for monitoring and protecting critical and sensitive information-and provides auditors with an easily verifiable “paper” trail.

Flexibility

Compared to more traditional methods of backup, DRaaS is much more flexible. The various DRaaS services offer clients more options in how to handle different business systems. Any enterprise using DRaaS solutions can select from a variety of recovery scopes, depending on the type of the disaster. These can include server failure, human-caused disasters, loss of power or building access, data hampering, and much more.

Rapid and Immediate Recovery

Your company can never be sure when a disaster might occur. If one happens, how much downtime is acceptable? Each second the power is out or your servers fail means huge losses for your organization. With a DRaaS solution in place, you do not have to worry about this: if a disaster strikes, you will be able to restore normal operations within minutes.

Reliable Security

Security in DRaaS is commonly misunderstood, so choose your provider wisely. For example, it's important to ensure that the provider is compliant with all relevant regulatory bodies. In addition to making sure the data center itself is physically secure, you should also verify that data is encrypted in-flight and at rest. DRaaS providers should implement automatic systems to monitor the health of your data. For peace of mind, they should also be able to provide you with reports for any specified period.

Streamlines In-House IT Needs

Many small to medium-sized businesses do not have the IT expertise to manage disaster recovery solutions. Managing processes like data recovery or disaster prevention require knowledge of business process and a specific IT skillset. DRaaS allows businesses to leverage the expertise of the consultants providing a more effective way to implement a disaster recovery solution for your business.

Mid-Sized Companies Using DRaaS Are Anticipated to Dominate the DRaaS Market Over Forecast Period

The mid-sized companies using DRaaS accounted for the largest market share in the year 2016, owing to increasing economic conditions, better functionality at lower cost, secured infrastructure, fast recovery, rising regulatory pressures, and improved disaster recovery & business continuity. An advanced technology has reduced the significance of economies of scale and has led to potential…

The mid-sized companies using DRaaS accounted for the largest market share in the year 2016, owing to increasing economic conditions, better functionality at lower cost, secured infrastructure, fast recovery, rising regulatory pressures, and improved disaster recovery & business continuity. An advanced technology has reduced the significance of economies of scale and has led to potential growth for mid-sized companies to grow globally. Most of the firms are now upgrading the management skills and their technology base to compete with major companies. Various problems such as system's crashing, network intrusion and others can occur due to natural disasters or human caused disasters. This may also lead to huge data loss as well as financial loss. Mid-sized companies are now investing into cloud-based DRaaS for quick back-up and to protect their business data. DRaaS not only offers data recovery protection but also ensures full continuity of business for mid-sized companies. Increasing population globalization, expanding industrialization, subsidiaries by government for start-ups, ability to adopt changing technologies, and improved utilization of human assets and capital have increased the demand for mid-sized companies globally, enhancing the growth of the DRaaS market.

Mid-sized companies using DRaaS have gained high popularity in developed regions such as North America and Europe, owed to increasing adoption by public and government organizations, and adoption by various other end-users. For instance, The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) is a legislation that assigns various agencies with responsibilities to secure data in the federal government. They have made a framework to protect the government information against any natural or human-made threat. Moreover, the UK and other European countries have also witnessed an increasing trend for DRaaS, due to increasing government support and rising awareness of data breach and data loss deterrence. DRaaS is also increasingly gaining popularity in Asia-Pacific region. The dramatic shifts in economic development, rapid industrialization, growing number of small & medium sized companies and high adoption of cloud-based services have led to increase use of DRaaS.

Various manufacturers are planning to apply various innovative technologies to gain customer's attention and increase their market presence. However, the major players in the market such as Amazon Web Services, SunGard Availability Services and IBM Corp., have been applying various strategies to meet the increasing demand for DRaaS market . The established companies have adopted technological advances, partnerships and mergers and geographic expansion as their growth strategy to strengthen their presence in the market. For instance, in October 2016, VMware and Amazon Web Services have announced the strategic alliance to develop new integrated hybrid offering that will provide customers with full software-defined data center (SDDC). VMware Cloud on AWS will assist customers in running various applications across VMware vSphere-based private, public and hybrid cloud environments. Likewise, in July 2016, Sungard Availability Services announced Sungard AS Cloud-based recovery for Amazon Web Services that would provide automated recovery of virtual workloads on the AWS cloud in countries such as US, Canada, the UK, and Western Europe. However, high network bandwidth requirements and lack of security and compliance may hinder the growth of the market.

Website Recovery Services And Why You Should Consider Them

Your website works as your online brand identity. It is here that your targeted audience, existing customers and potential customers come to find relevant information regarding your products or services. It means, therefore that your website needs to be up to date and as interesting as possible if at all it is to deliver conversions.…

Your website works as your online brand identity. It is here that your targeted audience, existing customers and potential customers come to find relevant information regarding your products or services. It means, therefore that your website needs to be up to date and as interesting as possible if at all it is to deliver conversions. There are so many things you can do to ensure that your site remains relevant to your market and your approach can also help improve rankings.

But in as much as you work hard to keep your website functional and relevant, it is possible for it to get lost. There are a number of things that can lead to the loss of your website, including failing to pay for your hosting. Whereas it is possible to for you to download and recover your website from web archives, it may come with lots of errors, meaning you would still have plenty of work to do before it is up and running again. Luckily, there are professional website recovery services you can use to bring back your website just as good as it was, so you can be up and running again quickly. But what makes it a better idea to use the professionals then try to download the website yourself?

1. The professional services will recover your site from the archive completely functional. With the assistance, you can say goodbye to the errors that call for so much of your time to fix. The professionals use the right tools to save you the dull, tedious work of making edits page by page.

2. Recovery services are fast and easy. When you choose to download your site manually, it may mean handling page by page and file by file which can really be time consuming. You would take days to recover everything and this can have a toll on your business. By allowing professionals to handle the process, you can be sure to have your website back within 24 hours or less. For small sites an hour or less would be enough to download and recover the website.

3. The service providers will let you in on what was recovered and what was not from the web archive. This means that you will quickly know of areas that need your attention in terms of improving. It saves you time of getting your website up and running again. You can also enjoy conversions so in the end you have a site that is responsive and easily editable to make necessary edits quick and easy.

4. Site recovery services also maintain your original URL's on the file. This way you will be able to keep your SERP ranking. With the professional assistance, you do not have to worry about losing rankings in search engines for your business.

5. By using the services, you will not only be able to have your site pages downloaded but also videos, flash, images, CSS and Javascripts as well.

Options For Hard Drive Data Recovery

It is important to appreciate the fact that all hard drives crash eventually. You may have a hard drive crash and you may need some professional help so as to retrieve the data within. There are different ways in which you can recover data regardless of how bad the situation is. People do not like…

It is important to appreciate the fact that all hard drives crash eventually. You may have a hard drive crash and you may need some professional help so as to retrieve the data within. There are different ways in which you can recover data regardless of how bad the situation is.

People do not like losing files completely. When such a thing happens to you, there is a need to make an informed decision and find out as much as you can regarding data recovery. You need to make sure that you are given the task of recovery to someone that you can trust and someone that is qualified to handle such a task without completely destroying the information. Data recovery is the process that is used to acquire usable data from the hard drive sometimes the lost data could be very important and without it business can actually fall.

The data recovery companies

Data recovery companies should be technologically advanced so as to be able to handle such tasks with the greatest ease. They can be able to recover the data from storage devices, corrupted media, damaged media, downed media as well as inaccessible media.

One very important component of such companies is the staff. It is essential that they have recovery technicians that have the knowledge and expertise to handle the issue. They should also be able to use result oriented and the latest data recovery software as well as disc recovery tools so as to recover the data that has been lost. These are people who should be in a position to recover lost data even when the situations are critical and hope minimal.

What causes data loss?

There are many ways in which you can lose your hard drive data. The mist common data loss cause is virus attacks. Other cases include technical problems, hardware failures, software failures, human errors and so on. When such things happen, you can lose very personal and important collections like files, photographs and so on. It can also lead to delay of projects, loss of confidential data, and even losses affecting the business if any.

Another scenario in which data recovery could be required is where the operating system fails. In such a situation, the main goal is to copy all files that are wanted somewhere else. This is something that can be done with great ease by the data recovery specialists. In such a case, the system drive as well as backup disks or the removable media is mounted and then files moved into the backup using optical disc authoring software or a file manager.

Data recovery can also include the recovery of office files, photos, deleted files, backup recover and even email recovery. It is essential that the companies that handle such matters have technicians, that are able to handle very sensitive needs. Confidentiality is a very important thing.

It is essential that you only seek the services of persons highly qualified in the area since they can be able to determine the damage, where the problem originates and just how much of the data can be extracted. Serious failures may involve some disassembly as well as manual repairs.

Best Practices to Prevent Data and Privacy Breaches

Before we get started, let's define what we're talking about. The term security break can conjure up all sorts of meanings, but I'd like to focus on how it relates to information technology. So by definition – Security breach: A situation where an individual intentionally gains or misuses network, system, or data access in a…

Before we get started, let's define what we're talking about. The term security break can conjure up all sorts of meanings, but I'd like to focus on how it relates to information technology. So by definition –

Security breach: A situation where an individual intentionally gains or misuses network, system, or data access in a manner that negatively affects the security of the organization's data, systems, or operations.

When it comes to data breaches, the risk for organizations is high, from the easily calculated costs of notification and business loss to the less tangible effects on a company's brand and customer loyalty.

Let's look at some ways that will significantly increase the effort required to breach the security of your network and computers.

Change Default Passwords

It's surprising how many devices and applications are protected by default usernames and passwords. Attackers are also well aware of this phenomenon. Not convinced? Run a Web search for default passwords, and you will see why they need to be changed. Using good password policy is the best way to go; but any character string other than the default offering is a huge step in the right direction.

Never Reuse Passwords

On more than one occasion, you must have run into situations where the same username / password combination was used over and over realizing it's easier. But if you know this, I'm pretty sure the bad guys do as well. If they get their hands on a username / password combination, they're going to try it elsewhere. Do not make it that easy for them.

Look Beyond IT Security While Assessing Your Company's Data Breach Risks.

To eliminate threats through the organization, security must reach beyond the IT department. A company must evaluate employee exit strategies (HR), remote project protocol, on-and-off data storage practices, and more-then establish and enforce new policies and procedures and physical safeguards appropriate to the findings.

Establish A Comprehensive Data Loss Protection Plan

Your efforts will demonstrate to consumers and regulators that your organization has taken anticipatory steps to address data security threats. Disseminate this plan through the management structure to ensure everyone knows what to do in the event of a break.

Examine Security Logs

Good administrators know about baselining and try to review system logs on a daily basis. Since this article deals with security breaches, I've like to place special emphasis on security logs, as they're the first line of defense.

Do Regular Network Scans

Comparing regular network surveys to an operational baseline inventory is invaluable. It allows the administrator to know at a glance if and when any rogue equipment has been installed on the network.

One method of scanning the network is to use the built-in Microsoft command net view. Another option is to use freeware programs like NetView. They're typically in a GUI format and tend to be more informative.

Provide Training and Technical Support to Mobile Workers.

Ensure that the same standards for data security are applied regardless of location, by providing mobile workers with straightforward policies and procedures, ensuring security and authentication software is installed on mobile devices and kept up-to-date, and providing adequate training and technical support for mobile workers.

Keep Security Software Updated (Or Patches).

An unpatched system is, by definition, operating with a weak spot just waiting to be exploited by hackers. Admittedly, applying patches takes time and resources, so senior management must provide guidance on allotments and expectations.

Do not Try On Encryption as Your Only Method of Defense.

Encrypting data in transit and at rest is a best practice, but, when used alone, it can give businesses a false sense of security. Although the majority of state statutes require notification only if a breach compromises unencrypted personal information, professionals can and do break encryption codes.

Monitor Outbound Network Traffic

Malware is becoming sophisticated enough to avoid detection. One method of exposing it is monitoring outbound network traffic. Suspicions should be raised when the number of outbound connections or the amount of traffic deviates from normal baseline operation. To tell the truth, it may be the only indication that sensitive information is being stolen or that an email engine is actively spamming.

These methods are simple to implement and will certainly go a long way towards making it more difficult for a security break to occur.

Cloud Storage: Your File’s Sanctuary

Have you heard about Google Drive? Dropbox? iCloud? These are some of the most commonly used cloud storage today. Think of it as a USB flash drive, as most of us call it. We can store anything in it – Word documents, PowerPoint slides, photos, videos, and more. A cloud storage works the same. The…

Have you heard about Google Drive? Dropbox? iCloud? These are some of the most commonly used cloud storage today.

Think of it as a USB flash drive, as most of us call it. We can store anything in it – Word documents, PowerPoint slides, photos, videos, and more. A cloud storage works the same. The difference is that cloud storage can store a huge amount of data without having anything hardware device, because everything is done online.

Anything Can Happen with Offline Documents

Most of us save our important files (Word documents, photos, etc.) in our PCs, or transfer them to a USB flash drive or other external devices. But there are unwanted circumstances where our computers get a virus and unexpected shutdowns, or our flash drives get corrupted. We tend to get nervous (especially when there are urgent matters for meetings!) And can not do anything. Is not it frustrating?

Benefits of Cloud Storage Applications

It's free. A lot of cloud storages are free. Meaning, users just need to sign-up for an account and voila! You have your own cloud storage in front of you. Two of the most commonly used are Google Drive and Dropbox.
(Note: Once you sign-up, there's a default storage size allotted to your account.)

It can be accessed anywhere. Files can be accessed through other PCs, a mobile phone, and tablet. It gives convenience to users especially when they are on the go and need to prepare some presentation or reports. You just need to sign-in to your account.
(Note: For mobile phones and tablets, you need to download the application from Google Play or App Store before signing-in.)

It's upgradable. Once an account is successfully created, there is a default storage size. For Google Drive, it offers free 15 GB storage, while Dropbox offers 2 GB storage. Good thing is, users can upgrade the storage to give room for more files, and pay for an affordable monthly fee.
It's user-friendly. Most of these storage apps let you simply drag-and-drop files from your PC, let you create folders and organize them. Files can even be downloaded quickly too!

Get Your Own Storage App Now

Get started with Google Drive and Dropbox. In just a few clicks, you will have your own cloud storage and be able to save files immediately. You do not have to worry about your files because these cloud storage will take care of them. Is not that amazing?