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Ransomware: Malware That Makes You Pay

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What is ransomware?

One of the fastest and most damaging cyber security threats falls under a category called “ransomware.” Ransomware is malicious code that encrypts all the user’s files and is usually downloaded unknowingly. This type of malware gets its name from what it does when a user tries to open an infected file: it prompts the user to pay a ‘ransom’ within a timeframe to receive a decryption key, which would then allow you to decrypt your files.[1] Even if you choose to pay the ransom, there is no guarantee you will gain access to your data. In this article, we will explain steps you can take to protect and secure your environment.

The numbers

Ransomware is a real threat to any business that allows user access, as it depends on users to spread it. Different industries also have different risks, with healthcare usually opting to pay the ransom to protect patient data, while the education industry has the highest rate of infection.  Other lucrative targets include classified documents, financial documents, and intellectual property[2]. With names like Telecrypt, iRansom, FSociety, and CryptoLuck, the goal of ransomware is all the same for their creators: making money. According to Lavasoft, the CryptoWall 3 ransomware cost users $325 million just in 2015 alone.[3] As ransomware grows and evolves, they become even more costly. At the end of 2016, one of the most harmful ransomware is named “Cerber.” Not only does it lock your files from being accessed, but recent variations have incorporated the stealing of personal information and scripts that cause your machine to target other servers.[4]

Source: https://info.bitsighttech.com/bitsight-insights-ransomware

Source: https://info.bitsighttech.com/bitsight-insights-ransomware

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Healthcare IT – Cloud Computing & Managed Server Hosting

This document explains the difference between dedicated, virtual, public cloud, and private Cloud Hosting environments; along with essential information that healthcare professionals may require.

We introduce the concept of virtualization, its many benefits, and the reasons why it effectively contends with dedicated hosting services. Virtualization has created new possibilities and opportunities for the healthcare segment of technology. Healthcare IT professionals specializing in virtualization technologies have recently found more attractive and lucrative opportunities, especially with the new Healthcare Reform and healthcare IT initiatives introduced during the Obama administration.

Virtualization is the technology behind cloud computing, and it makes a vast pool of network resources a genuine possibility.

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Microsoft Hyper-V or VMWare?

When choosing the right hypervisor for your enterprise environment, it is essential for IT managers to know which features are most important, the pros and cons of each of the technologies, and the appropriate implementation methods.  Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware should be examined thoroughly and rated on factors such as performance, scalability, and ease of integration with the company’s existing system.

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VPS and VPN – Similar Names, But Much Different Functions

Glenn December 7, 2012 by under Dedicated Hosting, VPS 0 Comments

Although VPS Hosting (Virtual Private Servers) and VPN (Virtual Private Network) have similar names, they are extremely different things altogether.  A Virtual Private Server is a place to host your website, where you have root-level access to the server while still sharing the hardware.  However, a Virtual Private Network is a way to browse the Internet securely and anonymously.

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