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Local File Storage Is a BAD IDEA for Businesses

Gil Cattelain

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July 6, 2016 9:44 am

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Envision this scenario:

One of your employees opens his laptop, only to discover he is locked out. The machine is infected with the malicious form of malware known as ransomware.

The situation gets worse. All of his files are stored locally, instead of on your business’s servers. There is no backup, leaving you with a tough decision: Pay the hackers (and risk them refusing the unlock request), or say goodbye to your data.

In case you’re not up to speed with ransomware, it’s a huge cybersecurity epidemic right now. And according to the FBI, ransomware is expected to keep growing if businesses don’t wise up and plan for attacks.

“Hospitals, school districts, state and local governments, law enforcement agencies, small businesses, large businesses—these are just some of the entities impacted recently by ransomware, an insidious type of malware that encrypts, or locks, valuable digital files and demands a ransom to release them,” the FBI recently stated in an advisory.

So, how do you even begin preparing for a ransomware attack?

The first step is to gain control over of your business’s private information. You can easily do this using Filr from Micro Focus. Filr is an on-premises file-management platform that IT can use to store and provision access to documents.

The second step, once Filr is up and running, is to back up your data in case there is ransomware on your network.

Filr is much safer than using a third-party cloud storage service, as you will always know where your data is being stored and who is managing it. Your own IT workers can also set firm access controls with Filr, which will prevent data from leaking to the public.

In the event that a machine gets infected with ransomware while using Filr, there is no need to worry about losing data or making a payment. Workers can easily access their information by logging into any other machine that is registered for use with the Filr system.

So don’t wait for a ransomware attack—click here to learn more about Filr.

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  1. By:chriss

    Ok, so HOW does Filr protect files from Ransomware

    (1) Say I have Files in MyFiles which are Synced to the Server.
    (2) I have Netfolder Shares so these files are available to me.

    If Ransomware strikes and & I’m on the network – how will Filr protect these files ?

    • By:jameshar

      From the article: “once Filr is up and running, is to back up your data in case there is ransomware on your network”

      Delete the locked files and restore from the last good Backup before the ransomware.

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