How bad can a Ransomware attack be for a small business?

Our partner Datto has just released their ‘Datto State of the Channel Ransomware Report 2017’.

With survey findings gathered from 1,700+ Managed Service Providers (MSPs) serving 100,000+ small-to-mid-sized businesses (SMBs) around the globe, Datto’s State of the Channel Ransomware Report provides unique visibility into the state of ransomware from the perspective of the IT Channel, Data service provider and their SMB clients who are dealing with these infections on a daily basis. The report provides a wealth of detail on ransomware, including year-over-year trends, frequency, targets, impact, and recommendations for ensuring recovery and continuity in the face of the growing threat. Ancero partners with Datto to provide complete data solutions to maximize protection and minimize threats.

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Should Your Company Outsource IT?

Should Your Company Outsource IT? Key factors to help you decide what’s best for your company.

IT service providers deliver the technical expertise small businesses need at a much lower cost than hiring IT staff. They can recommend, install, and manage technology according to business’ objectives and core competencies and ensure that critical data is safe. That’s why nearly 70% of U.S. small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) work with an IT service provider for some or all of their IT needs. There are many considerations for SMBs thinking about moving their IT to another company. In this eBook, we’ve summed up the key factors to help you decide what’s best for your company.

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Securing Your Small Business, Keeping Up with the Changing Threat Landscape

With broadband providers increasing access speed while reducing costs, small and medium businesses (SMBs) are using more internet content. This increased threat surface makes SMBs appealing prey for cyber-criminals, who are starting to look at SMBs as rich targets with low security, as well as promising avenues to compromise enterprise partners.

In order take advantage of the opportunities offered by broadband improvements while minimizing your risk from cyber-criminals, your SMB needs a firewall that delivers the same protections big businesses require.

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Backup and Data Protection for the SMB

Today’s small to mid-sized businesses, or SMBs, are creating more data than ever. Their growth calls for more robust solutions to back up their business-critical data. Due to limited financial and IT resources, it is crucial for SMBs to know exactly what to look for in a backup solution. This guide will outline key criteria for SMBs to keep in mind when seeking out total data protection.

 

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SonicWALL 2017 Annual Threat Report

2016 could be considered a highly successful year from the perspective of both security professionals and cyber criminals. Security teams leveraged groundbreaking technologies to successfully fend off attacks that would have devastated their organizations in years past. At the same time, we saw the rise of new cyber threats that targeted organizations of all sizes and led to serious financial consequences for many.

It would be inaccurate to say the threat landscape either diminished or expanded in 2016 – rather, it appears to have evolved and shifted. Cybersecurity is not a battle of attrition; it’s an arms race, and both sides are proving exceptionally innovative.

As cybersecurity enters a new era of automated breach prevention, not just breach detection, security companies may begin to achieve even greater victories in the cyber arms race. But it’s ultimately up to the businesses at the center of the fight to ensure they’re armed for battle. The goal of the SonicWall Annual Threat Report is to define the cybersecurity battlefield in order to enable companies and individuals around the world to mount an impenetrable defense in 2017 and beyond.

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Office 365 Exchange Online Research Results

Get the Facts on Today’s Email Security Systems. Not all email security systems perform the same. Incumbent email security systems missing millions of email threats. Lots of false negatives get let through. That’s what Mimecast found in its new email security risk assessment (ESRA), an inspection of email security systems to uncover the number, type and severity of threats getting into organizations. This report of ESRA tests examines the threats that Mimecast catches and other email security systems miss.

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What is Office 365? Microsoft Solution Brief

With Office 365, you get the latest Office applications – and much more. At its heart is Office itself—the familiar Office applications businesses use every day—now offered as a cloud service, so it’s always up to date. But Office 365 is also so much more. It’s about bringing enterprise-grade services to organizations of all sizes, from online meetings to sharing documents to business-class email.

Transitioning to Office 365 can be complex. Ancero removes the challenges by handling your migration, management and support so your integration is smooth and secure. Ancero is a Microsoft Silver Small & Midmarket Cloud Solutions Provider.

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Mimecast – Maximum Security, Minimum Complexity, Zero Compromise

Mimecast Email Security reduces risk by protecting your organization against malware, spam and data leaks – cutting complexity from your network without compromising on performance. Undoubtedly email brings countless benefits to your organization. It makes it easy for customers to get in touch, it lets you respond quickly to their requests and it supports internal business processes. However, if email security isn’t properly addressed the consequences can be disastrous. User productivity can drop as spam clogs up mailboxes, networks can fall prey to malware attacks, infrastructure can slow under the weight of unwanted email and sensitive data can be vulnerable to leaks and eavesdropping. It is essential therefore to mitigate these risks, but without reducing the benefits that email brings.

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The Ultimate Disaster Recovery Checklist

Stay one step ahead of potential disasters. Prepare yourself before disaster strikes. When it comes to data backup and disaster recovery (BDR), being prepared for potential disasters is key to keep your business running. It’s not only important to have a disaster recovery solution you trust, but to make sure you test it as well. Keep this DR checklist on hand.

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CEO? Here’s Why You Care About Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery

As a proactive CEO, you know that implementing a solid business continuity and disaster recovery plan, also referred to as BCDR, is essential for your business. After all, why would anyone in your esteemed position ever put a business at risk to downtime or data loss when prevention is so easy? While some negligent CEOs fail to give BCDR the proper attention it deserves, we’re not worried about you. But if anyone asks, here are four critical reasons that you, the CEO, care about business continuity and disaster recovery.

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8 Epic Hacks For Office 365

While collaborative cloud software can be a fantastic tool to increase overall productivity in the workplace, when utilizing software like Office 365, it’s easy to get bombarded by all of the features available if you’re new to the product. To make navigating the platform easier for new Office 365 users, we’ve listed 8 helpful hacks in this handy eBook.

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Best Practices for Managing Risk in an Office 365™ World

There is a major shift in the world of technology happening right now. Many businesses are trading in their focus and investment in the LAN for the cloud, a move that brings virtually limitless data scalability, storage and accessibility–at a lower cost and with reduced complexity. In fact, adoption of numerous cloud applications, such as Microsoft Office 365™ and Salesforce, has almost doubled – and in some cases, even tripled – since 2014. If you’re a longtime Microsoft user, the logical first step in making the journey from on-premises to the cloud is to move your email to Office 365. You aren’t alone. Office 365 is Microsoft’s fastest-growing service, ever. And a recent study reveals Office 365 has overtaken Google Apps as the top vendor of cloud-based office productivity software.

If Office 365 is the cloud email management service of choice for a growing majority of businesses, it must be pretty flawless and risk-free, right? On the surface, it seems to check all the right boxes: resilient architecture, ease-of-use, decent security features, to name a few. However, what isn’t as obvious is the potentially risky new relationship you enter into when you become an Office 365 customer. The reality is, you become fully reliant on a single vendor – a world often referred to as a monoculture.

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Law Firms: Don’t Take A Recess From Business Continuity

As attorneys, you’re committed to providing your clients with the best legal advice and service possible. In order to do so, you recognize that in the world of law, time stops for no one. Court dates are appointed, not chosen. Contracts have deadlines. Client meetings are a must. Any type of power outage, therefore, is a huge threat to law firms. As a lawyer you have a finite amount of time to build your case, gather materials, research, etc. Should an outage strike your firm as a result of a natural (or most likely man made) disaster during your last few days before court, for example, it could be detrimental to the outcome of a case.

With technology on the rise, law firms can be more productive and achieve faster results, but there are also potential pitfalls when client data is digital. Like any other business, law firms are vulnerable to fire, flood, severe weather, power surges or any other calamity including accidental or malicious deletions that could take systems off-line and/or wipe out your valuable client data. In addition to these potential threats, there’s the “human factor” where Larry the lawyer accidentally opens that seemingly innocent email attachment inflicting the latest malware.

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Resetting Your Email Security Strategy

It’s no secret that organizations find themselves the target of increasingly sinister and highly sophisticated phishing, spear-phishing, whaling and ransomware attacks –typically delivered through emails. While risks are clearly mounting, many organizations still aren’t keeping up with the challenge. The list of companies recently in the news, includes: Seagate, Snapchat and Weight Watchers International, among others. Each one either suffered multi-million dollar financial losses or saw critical employee data compromised.

Addressing these threats requires different strategies, tactics and technologies than in the past. It’s important to recognize that a “castle and moat” or hard network perimeter approach to cybersecurity is no longer viable. There are no perimeters in an era of clouds, mobility, computing and applications are easily accessed by even the most technically challenged employees, often without IT knowledge.

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The Business Guide To Ransomware

More and more, ransomware has emerged as a major threat to individuals and businesses alike. Ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts data on infected systems, has become a lucrative option for cyber extortionists. When the malware is run, it locks victim’s files and allows criminals to demand payment to release them.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are probably well aware that ransomware is a hot topic in the news these days. Organizations of all types and sizes have been impacted, but small businesses can be particularly vulnerable to attacks. And ransomware is on the rise. In a recent study conducted by security software vendor McAfee Labs, researchers identified more than 4 million samples of ransomware in Q2 of 2015, including 1.2 million new samples. That compares with fewer than 1.5 million total samples in Q3 of 2013 (400,000 new).

Ransomware is distributed in a variety of ways and is difficult to protect against because, just like the flu virus, it is constantly evolving. There are ways to protect your business against ransomware attacks. In this e-book you’ll learn how the malware is spread, the different types of ransomware proliferating today, and what you can do to avoid or recover from an attack. Hiding your head in the sand won’t work, because today’s ransom seekers play dirty. Make sure your organization is prepared.

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The Essential Cybersecurity Toolkit for SMBs

Today’s employees are connected to the Internet all day every day, communicating with colleagues and stakeholders, sharing critical information and jumping from site to site. With hackings, data breaches and ransomware attacks on the rise, it is essential for all companies to plan for the worst, with mandatory cybersecurity trainings for all employees and with the recommended solutions for mitigating the risks.

Today’s data threats don’t discriminate; businesses of all sizes are susceptible to attacks. However, small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are often less prepared to deal with security threats than their larger counterparts. The reasons for this vary from business to business, but ultimately it comes down to the fact that SMBs often have less resources to devote to cybersecurity efforts.

This ebook contains practical advice and easy tips for training employees on cybersecurity and industry best practices with real-world examples. We also outline the essential solutions designed to help today’s businesses defend against and recover from a cybersecurity incident. There has never been a better time for this guide!

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