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2016: Year of the Cybercriminal

Brian Heckert

Principal Content Editor, Dell EMC
My first long-term exposure to technology was the typewriter. I still love that invention, which really sparked my interest in writing. For the past 20 years, I have worked in high tech as a content development specialist, marketing writer, and documentation editor. Prior to working in the software industry, I was a journalist, photographer, photo editor, and military fire fighter. After hours, I enjoy spending time with family, reading, and hiking in the mountains.

cyberattackUS$1,000,000,000. That’s the estimated cost of ransomware to individuals and businesses in 2016. In the first quarter of 2016 alone, ransomware cost organizations US$209 million. Keep in mind that ransomware is just one type of cybercriminal activity. Although final numbers for 2016 are not yet known, based on the frequency and sophistication of the attacks so far, it’s likely that 2016 will end up as the most lucrative year on record for cybercriminals. The latest numbers show that there were more than 2 billion records leaked in 2016.

Here are just a few of the biggest cyberattacks in 2016:

Government
Even the U.S. government is not immune to cyberattacks. In February, the Department of Justice was attacked by hackers who published contact information of 20,000 FBI employees. That was just a day after the same hackers posted contact information of 10,000 Department of Homeland Security employees. Shortly after these attacks, the cybercriminals taunted the Feds, stating that they did what they said they would do.

High tech
Data from at least 500 million user accounts was stolen from Yahoo! users. The cybersecurity breach actually occurred in 2014 but was only confirmed by Yahoo! this past September. According to Yahoo!, “The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.”

Healthcare
Hospitals operated by the $5 billion healthcare provider MedStar Health were attacked by ransomware in March. Thousands of patient records could not be updated and in some cases could not even be accessed by healthcare staff. As a result, patients were turned away or were treated without important computer records.

Education
A data breach at the University of California, Berkeley, affected the institution earlier in the year, compromising the financial data of 80,000 students, alumni, employees and former employees. The hackers exposed Social Security and bank account numbers. The breach occurred when software was being patched.

No organization is immune
The attacks just mentioned are just a few of the thousands of cybercrimes that occur worldwide each day. Government, high tech, healthcare, education, etc.—no one is immune from a cyberattack. Cleary, if you’re connected, you’re vulnerable. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to prevent a cybersecurity disaster. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (which is the lead federal agency for investigating cyberattacks), you can protect yourself and your organization from cyberattacks by: (more…)

Backing Up Your Data Should Be a Routine, Not a Tradition

David Tye

Product Marketing Manager
As a recent graduate from Sacramento State University I am able to take what I have learned in school and apply it to the high tech industry and the problems companies are facing today. I am a California native, die hard Green Bay Packers fan, and an outdoor enthusiast.

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With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to break out the lights, decorations, gifts and, of course, good food. Thanksgiving is a time for all of us to give thanks and spend time with the ones we love. Like many families, my family partakes in a variety of holiday traditions. Every Turkey Day we bring out the “Giving Tree.” The Giving Tree contains blank leaves, which are filled out anonymously with phrases and sayings of what each of us is thankful for. After dinner, each leaf is pulled off the tree and read aloud. Family members then have to guess which leaf belongs to whom. I’ll give you a hint: any leaf that mentions the Green Bay Packers is probably mine.

People Talking Celebrating Thanksgiving Holiday Concept

The Giving Tree is a one-time occurrence that takes place on the night of Thanksgiving. Backing up your data, on the other hand, is something that needs to be routine. The most important information that resides on any endpoint is your data. Operating systems and applications can be reinstalled relatively easily; however, getting your original data back is not so easy. Backing up your data is paramount when it comes to data protection. According to the Global Data Protection Index, a third-party study that surveyed 2,200 IT decision makers across 18 countries, 30% of respondents had lost data in the last 12 months!

There are a variety of methods you can use to back up data. In the past, backing up data to an external hard drive or tape was standard operating procedure. In today’s IT landscape, businesses large and small are adopting more modern and automated approaches such as cloud backup. Backing up data has moved from a cumbersome manual process to a simple automated process in a relatively short amount of time. For example, Mozy by Dell lets you log in to an easy-to-use admin console and set backups to happen automatically on a weekly, daily or hourly cadence, depending on user needs. (more…)

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