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Avira Antivirus end of life

Avira Antivirus end of life

The Avira announcement, states that the following products will be discontinued on 1 November 2022 and reach their end-of-life.

Avira was acquired this year by Investcorp and as a result have decided to end support for its enterprise products. See this announcement for further information Investcorp from Bahrein acquires German AV vendor Avira.

The following products will no longer be supported by Avira beyond December 31, 2021

  • Avira Antivirus Pro Business Edition
  • Avira Antivirus for Server
  • Avira Antivirus for Endpoint
  • Avira Antivirus for Small Business
  • Avira Exchange Security

Existing licenses with an expiry date of up to December 31, 2020, can be renewed via your reseller until November 30, 2020. This deadline has not passed so you will need to contact your account manager for an alternative solution.

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How to stop ransomware

How to stop ransomware

Organisations come to MR Backup who want to mitigate the risks or getting caught out by cybercriminals locking them out of their systems.

Businesses have experienced a 50% increase in the rise of data breach reports due to cybersecurity attacks. Criminals are now using sophisticated ways to target your employees to open infected emails that will encrypt all your network data. A recent survey showed 93% of data security breaches are caused by human error.

ABC to Ransomware

Step 1 Antivirus Protection should be installed and up to date and auto-update is turned on.

Step 2 Backup your data and ensure it is encrypted and stored off your network.

Step 3 Continuity solutions from Mr Backup will roll back and restart your servers before the attack.

Contact us today to discuss your concerns and we will advise you on the best route to reduce your risk of getting caught out from ransomware

How to stop ransomware

Simple steps to secure your data and protect your business

Simple steps to secure your data and protect your business

Data protection legislation goes further than simply asking the IT department to implement “appropriate measures”, it also adds many new technical requirements to an organisations data and the systems that contain the data. It expects a commitment to invest time and money, it requires ‘board level’ focus to manage risk and a shift in culture. In truth, data protection is as much behavioural as it is technological. Expecting that systems, process and policies will provide enough security is simply put, naive.

Regardless of systems implemented no one is safe from an attack or data breach.

The first step to better security in the organisation is employee awareness. Employees are the greatest asset when it comes to data security, and, not surprisingly, the greatest liability.

Making employees think of cybersecurity and the role they play in the securing the data of the organisation is imperative.

Much like taking measures to secure your premises from intruders (burglars) with fences, bars, alarms and more; organisations are now expected to take similar measures to protect their digital assets; having an aware workforce puts more eyes and ears in the game. Emphasise data ethics, if it isn’t yours why take it?

Run awareness refresher sessions, make sure any and all changes to policy are well communicated and acknowledged. Call in guest speakers to chat with employees. Make awareness a key step when on boarding new staff.

The second key step is to draft data security policies. New systems, processes and procedures that are not under-pinned by solid policy-making, understood and supported by all concerned will remain weak, at best.

These policies must cover key issues such as:

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Setting up off-site storage
Document data management procedures
Test recovery frequently

Keep anti-virus, ransomware and malware protection software up-to-date

Run regular scans to confirm the validity of the protection software

Password management
Set down a password policy that combats:
Re-using passwords
Sharing passwords
Drive a minimum password length of eight (8) alpha-numeric with one ‘character’
Implement two-factor authentication wherever possible

Build a tightly secured network

Audit for default admin logins and passwords
Ensure, as minimum, SSL security is in place for web sites
Use strong encryption on all firewalls
Manage and monitor the use of external storage devices such as USB keys

Have a strong and clear approach to BYOD (bring your own device)

Keep operating systems and applications up-to-date

Never decline or postpone for too long an update from the OS or Application vendor.
Once an OS, Application or Browser has reached end of life make every effort to get it out of the organisation.
Limit the use of local admin rights.
Regularly audit laptops for obsolete, no longer used user accounts – get rid of them
Thirdly, engage with third-party specialist cybersecurity and data protection experts. Cybersecurity and counter measures a fast-moving target, expecting in-house IT shops to keep up is a nearly impossible ask. Larger companies may setup a dedicated team of experts organisational cybersecurity as their focus, it will still be a difficult job for them to keep up. Setting up strategic partnerships with experts.

Third party specialists can help with understanding legislation in the context of the organisation, carry out audits and vulnerability assessments, assist with simulations (specifically data recovery), construct communication campaigns in the event of a breach and lastly, give Board Members the comfort that the measures being taken to secure the company data are not just adequate but tried and tested.

Got a question or need help to secure your business?.

How no Data Protection or Cybersecurity can impact your business reputation

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How no Data Protection and Cybersecurity plan can impact your business reputation.

Why does data need to be protected?  Before answering this question, we need to agree on what Data Protection and Cybersecurity are.

 

Data protection is a set of laws, regulations and best practices intended to secure digital information without limiting the use of the data for business purposes all the while not compromising the data in any way, thereby safeguarding the data from unstated or malicious use.

Cybersecurity is the measures and processes taken to protect a computer system or data against unauthorized access or attack.  Both set down minimum standards and reporting requirements for serious breaches.  There are essentially two reasons organisations should protect data, legislation and reputational damage.

 

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Legislation

In the European Union, the expectation that data is protected is a right. As such, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), since coming into force in May 2018, has provided a robust framework for ensuring that right.

Data Protection laws vary from country to country, but the principle of the laws are similar. Many countries have derived their legislation from GDPR.  A fiduciary obligation is the legal obligation of one party (a fiduciary) to act in the best interest of another. The fiduciary is someone (a person or persons – not an organisation) entrusted with the care of assets or property. The fiduciary, in most cases C-Level Executives, have the same obligations for data since it is considered as an asset, failure of these obligations may lead to personal liability and legal consequence.

Reputational Damage

The greatest harm a breach can cause is the loss of the customer’s trust. It can take years to build a company’s reputation and one breach, in a matter of hours, can destroy that. The actual breach is the tip of the iceberg, in most cases, a breach is closely followed by customer or shareholder lawsuits.

It is for these reasons that adopting sound data protection procedures to avoid any sort of cybercrime is no longer optional.

In general, data protection legislation distinguishes ‘personal data’ and ‘sensitive personal data’ (data pertaining to, for example, ethnic background, religious beliefs, health, etc.). Data protection frameworks provide suggestions and rules on how data is to be stored and used in business activities (e.g. for marketing).

Organisations are to ensure data is:

  • Used in ways that are stated up-front with the owner of that data
  • Stored only for the period of time it is needed
  • Stored safely and securely
  • Recoverable for data forensic usage if ever required, in line with local legislation (for example financial transactional data must be stored for 7 years in many countries)

Organisations have two sets of data – that belonging to the customer and that of the employees – all of which need to be protected, to prevent misuse by unauthorized third parties for purposes of fraud.

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Why do backups fail

Backup Software alone is not enough!

Dont trust your backup software to protect your business

We belive you must check your backup jobs everyday to ensure you stay on top of issues causing backup software to skip files, or stop working altogher. This could leave your backups useless when you need them most.

7 Reasons why data backup and resotres fail

The data below was created from a sample of 200 customers looking at common failures due to external forces causing backups to fail which Mr Backup Support desk resolve for cusotmers on a daily basis

“60% of Backup jobs are incomplete”

“50% of data restore attempts fail”

30%

CONNECTIVITY 

Backup jobs fail due to external networking, security settings, ISP connectivity, cyber-attacks and bandwidth to the internet causing backup jobs to fail.

26%

CHANGE

Backup jobs fail due to infrastructure change from passwords, network settings, security updates, machines replaced, moved folders. The list is endless and anything you change in your system could affect your data backup system and stop jobs completing or skipping files.

26%

SPACE

Often overlooked is free space to store backup data. Backup drives can become full very quickly if not monitored and backup jobs will fail. Our support desk find that 20% of support tickets are generated to make more space for backup by freeing up space, archiving, deleting temp files or adding more backup storage space.

10%

OFFLINE

10% of backup job failures are caused by services going offline. This can be hardware being offline, software services stopped or paused caused by updates or system restarts.

5%

CORRUPT

Software and file corruption often occur when applications crash or machines lock up causing 5% of backup jobs to fail.

5%

LAN ISSUES

Maintaining a high-quality of service LAN is vital to protecting your data. Backup jobs can handle minor network delays but 5% fail due to network availability between the data being protected and the backup target.

4%

USERS

4% of backups fail due to user intervention. Mainly caused by manually stopping backup jobs that are running during critical times to free up system or network resources. Or users have changed and edited jobs and have failed.