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City Governments Turn to the Cloud for Data Recovery

More U.S. cities are striving to improve their outdated IT operations — an effort that could save these local governments time and money. Migrating data from legacy data centers to the latest architectures and tools is a complicated process that can be timely and can result in data loss if not carried out correctly. To simplify the process and save on costs, these government agencies are using the cloud in a backup role, as a resource to absorb any data spikes that can occur and as a disaster recovery unit. 

When Asheville, N.C. needed to upgrade its data center, the city was facing a tight budget that only had room to support disaster recovery plans for a limited amount of applications. With the cloud, the city was able to move its disaster recovery operations to a usage-based pricing model that enables the city to use the cloud as a backup as needed during a disaster instead of paying for the ongoing costs of operating an entire physical disaster recovery unit. 

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When Choosing a Data Protection Technology, Remember: Flexibility Matters

To help organizations better understand the challenges of backup, disaster recovery and secure access, Acronis has created the "8 Noble Truths" of data protection. To view all 8 Noble Truths, please download the whitepaper. This is the seventh post in an eight-part series to help you protect your data:

IT departments are contending with several seismic shifts, including the rapid adoption of mobile, cloud and virtualization technologies in the workplace. But the consumerization trend, perhaps more than any other, highlights the desire among employees to use simple and flexible tools to do their work.

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To Protect Valuable Health Data, Address the Human Factor

Data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus last year served as a wake-up call for retailers and customers alike to shore up their data protection. But health care organizations have been slower to follow suit. Earlier this year the FBI warned the industry that it’s particularly vulnerable to cybersecurity threats compared with other sectors.

Courtney Buchanan's picture

3 Tips for Banks to Mitigate BYOD Risks

Banks collect and store mountains of data about transactions, customer accounts and trades, and the majority of that data is highly sensitive. Last December when Barclays failed to properly back up electronic records, emails and instant messages, it faced a $3.75M fine. A failure to back up financial data violates U.S. regulations and has a severe impact on a company’s reputation and database.

In the BYOD era, financial institutions face the same challenge as other industries when it comes to securing mobile data. Bill Carey, vice president of marketing and business development at Siber Systems, notes three solutions to the most common security threats for banks, according to InformationWeek:

Marguerite McNeal's picture

Behind the Design: How One Art Director Protects Her Work

New research backs what IBM founder Thomas J. Watson said more than 50 years ago: “Good design is good business.” Design-driven companies have outperformed the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock market index by 228 percent in the past 10 years, according to an analysis from the Design Management Institute and consulting firm Motiv Strategies.

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Report: Data Breach Cases Rise, Companies Must Rebuild Trust

It's safe to say you've entered your personal information at some point online. Whether it's a new doctor form, a purchase form, or a crowdfunding campaign, most people in today's world have given some pretty intimate details away on the Web. Before the advent of the Internet, this information was usually stored in a file folder behind a desk. Today, though, if not protected properly, it can show up in a myriad of unwanted, sometimes very public places.

Marguerite McNeal's picture

3-2-1: A Simple Rule for Complex Data Protection

When companies lose data, the ripple effect reaches all the way to the bottom line. For a gargantuan company like Amazon, data loss and its associated downtime would cost more than $65 million per minute, Acronis Fellow Joel Berman writes in TechRadar. For small and medium businesses, downtime can be just as painful.

In a study from Acronis and IDC, 80 percent of SMBs estimate that data recovery costs $20,000 per hour. The remaining 20 percent put that figure at more than $100,000 per hour. 

Courtney Buchanan's picture

Behind the Scenes in Space: Protecting Extraordinary Amounts of Data

The scale of data backup for corporations and even wedding photographers and music producers can be impressive, but when it comes to sheer amount of data, space programs are in an entirely different galaxy. The Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder Telescope streams 2.8 GB of data every second — which would take nearly two million years to play back on a music player — and the Hubble Space Telescope transmits 120 GB of science data every week — comparable to 3,600 feet of books on a shelf.

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Shadow IT: Healthcare Industry Scourge or Opportunity for Growth?

In May this year, two New York City hospitals — New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center — were slammed with a whopping $4.8 million fine from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the biggest HIPAA fine in U.S. history. The hospitals were fined for failing to protect patient information under HIPAA privacy laws due to an incident in 2010 when the electronic health data of 6,800 patients were made public on the Internet. According to the HHS investigation, the incident unfolded because a Columbia faculty member attempted to deactivate a personally owned service that was connected to the hospital's network where the patient data resided. 

Jeff Loeb's picture

Data Protection Is Truly About Fast, Reliable Recovery: 8 Noble Truths

To help organizations better understand the challenges of backup, disaster recovery and secure access, Acronis has created the "8 Noble Truths" of data protection. To view all 8 Noble Truths, please download the whitepaper. This is the seventh post in an eight-part series to help you protect your data:

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