Threat Watch: NotPetya ransomware

Posted by Anne Campbell on Jun 27, 2017 4:19:51 PM

Update: As researchers learn more about the malware that quickly spread around the world earlier this week, it has become clear the malware wasn't what it first appeared to be. According to Forbes, multiple security researchers have uncovered flaws in the code that indicate the ransomare now known as NotPetya was designed to cause destruction, not make money. Infected computers become unrecoverable due to the faulty encrpytion, and BleepingComputer reports that victims have stopped paying the ransom. Because Ukraine was a primary target in the attack, a popular theory now suggests that the attack could have been politically motivated



Have you and your customers started to rest easy now that it's been a month since the WannaCry ransomware attack hit more than 100 countries around the globe? Well, a new strain of Petya ransomware wants to change that.

And, let's hope you and your customers all learned your lesson and got around to patching the EternalBlue vulnerability because this new strain is picking up where WannaCry left off. 

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Topics: Ransomware

Demand for cloud expertise from IT service providers is evolving

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 27, 2017 11:03:20 AM

A significant shift is underway in terms of the types of services IT organizations require as they gain more confidence in the age of the cloud. A recent survey of 1,503 large organizations conducted by 451 Research on behalf of Dimension Data, a global provider of IT services that is a unit of NTT, suggests that there’s been significant drop in demand for cloud transformation services in favor of more post-cloud-deployment services.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Highlights from Automation Nation 2017

Posted by Erin Shaw Crowley on Jun 26, 2017 11:44:27 AM

Now that I'm back in the office and have had a chance to recover from a busy week on the road, I wanted to take a look back at our trip to Automation Nation in Orlando, Florida. It was another memorable event!

As one of the gold sponsors, the Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda team got to enjoy so many different aspects of the event. We were excited to host the recharge lounge again this year. This space was set aside so attendees to could stop by and charge up various devices while relaxing, catching up on work, or learning more about the complete data protection Intronis MSP Solutions offers. The recharge lounge was outside the exhibit hall for the first time this year, and we had tons of traffic and plenty of in-depth conversations. Plus, our booth was located close to the Automate Hack-A-Thon, so we had front row seat to the fun!

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Topics: Events and Webinars

Ask Intronis: How can I get techs to log billable hours?

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Jun 26, 2017 7:25:00 AM

Q: We’re having a tough time getting technicians to remember to log their time. Some customers are on an all-you-can-eat service model, while others have an allocated amount of service time. How can I get techs to accurately log billable time?

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Topics: Ask Intronis

Tech Time Warp: The Curious History of QWERTY

Posted by Kate Johanns on Jun 23, 2017 11:30:00 AM

From time to time, your inner Mavis Beacon might wonder about the seemingly nonsensical arrangement of your keyboard. What’s the story behind QWERTY?

On June 23, 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes, Carlos Glidden, and Samuel Soule filed a patent for “An Improvement In Type-Writing Machines,” the Sholes, Glidden & Soule typewriter. This early typewriter promised a “better way of working type bars, of holding the paper on the carriage … [and] of holding and applying the inking ribbon” (all vital for successful typewriter function). The Sholes, Glidden & Soule typewriter was pre-QWERTY; it featured only six piano keys.

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Topics: Tech Time Warp

Cloud 5: Oracle, Cisco tilt to cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 23, 2017 10:10:38 AM

Welcome to the Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

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Topics: The Cloud 5

Is Amazon getting too big for its britches?

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 22, 2017 11:36:38 AM

Amazon shocked a few people last week when it announced it intended to purchase the Whole Foods supermarket chain for a whopping $13.7 billion. It raised all kinds of questions about Amazon's intentions and whether perhaps the company was growing too big and too powerful.

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Topics: Cloud Trends, AWS, Amazon

Battle for control over managed database services heats up

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 22, 2017 10:25:41 AM

One of the fiercest fights now occurring across the cloud is a battle for control over managed database services. The trouble is that rather than being a fight between traditional managed service providers, most of the conflict is between database vendors trying to sell managed database services directly.

For example, this week IBM announced it is making available a fully managed Db2 relational database service. Earlier in the week MongoDB announced it is extending its Atlas managed service for deploying instances of its namesake document database to Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Level of cloud adoption in the channel reflects IT reality

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 20, 2017 12:10:31 PM

A new “State of the Cloud” report based on a survey of 142 channel partners published by Gorilla Corp., a provider of sales and marketing services for the channel, finds that 65 percent of respondents provide hosted and managed cloud services. In addition, a full 70 percent report they manage and support cloud services.

While that may suggest the channel is aggressively transitioning to the cloud, the survey, conducted in collaboration with Kairos Strategic Consulting, also finds that only 38 percent have more than 50 percent of the services they provide delivered via the cloud. More telling yet, 71 percent say they expect to be selling on-premises IT hardware and software indefinitely. In fact, only 42 percent report they are working with more than four cloud vendors.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Ask Intronis: How can employee advocacy help my MSP?

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Jun 19, 2017 7:25:00 AM

Q: We want to get our employees more involved with the company. We do a lot internally to create a good company culture, but we keep hearing about employee advocacy and how it can help you grow your audience on social media. How can we take advantage of this as an MSP?

No matter how big your or small your MSP is, employee advocacy is a great way for your employees to talk about your MSP services, brand, and culture—while reaching followers outside your network. In fact, 92 percent of employees’ followers are new to your brand. It can be a little difficult to get employees started, though, because you want employees to genuinely be authentic and excited about your IT services.

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Topics: Ask Intronis

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