There has been a ton of talk about the cloud. Cloud this, cloud that. But what actually Is the cloud? It’s okay if you don’t know, most people don’t understand it and even some tech people tend to wave their hands towards the sky when trying to explain it!
A MASSIVE RANSOMWARE attack spread across the globe early Friday morning, locking up thousands of hospital, telecommunications, and utilities systems in nearly 100 countries. The attack used data stolen from the NSA to exploit vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and deliver the WanaCrypt0r ransomware. The demand was for $300 per PC.
As TrendMicro predicted, hackers are increasingly using ransomware to encrypt businesses' files and hold them for ransom. As a result, headlines about these attacks abound in print and electronic media, making them seem almost routine. In 2016 there have been over 40 new families of crypto ransomware discovered.
February 5, 2016, started out like any other day for the doctors, nurses, and other staff members at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. But by the end of the day, many of them could no longer access or update patients' medical records. Nor could they send or receive emails. When the hospital's IT department investigated, it found that the computer systems were infected with ransomware.
Should you be entrusting your data to the cloud or keeping it down to earth on your own servers? This is a decision facing every CIO. And it’s one they’ll be forced to justify and revisit regularly for the foreseeable future. That’s because there’s been no knock-out blow in the argument between the cloud and the in-house server. There’s plenty to be said for both, which makes the question one of what’s right for you.