A recent study by Allianz Global Corporate found that Brazilian businesspeople are more afraid of being targeted by hackers and of business interruption than they are of inflation.

This concern, far from being exaggerated, shows that they are aware of the problems that occurred throughout 2016 and 2017 around the world. There were cases of attacks and ransomware that affected from small businesses to government companies, such as the Public Health System in the United Kingdom.

Petya, Wannacry and ransomware

Hacking has evolved from traditional computer viruses to something more destructive. This new type of malware is called ransomware, which comes from the English word ransom, or ransom.

When propagating, these applications encrypt the contents of your computer and place a password that will only be sent in case of payment of a virtual ransom, usually bitcoins to a secret account. The system is restarted and you only have access to one screen, which contains payment instructions. Once it's done, you theoretically receive the data decryption key. In many cases, you might even pay and not have access to your data again.

The range of the attacks was immense. In a short time, according to the British newspaper The Guardian, giant companies such as Maersk, Mondelez, WPP, were affected.

Vulnerabilities in Intel processors

At the end of 2017, two critical vulnerabilities in Intel processors were discovered, which were named Specter and Meltdown. Both have great potential for damage, affecting Windows, Mac and even Linux equipment. Desktops, laptops, smartphones are all vulnerable, and recently, other chip makers such as ARM have been found to be at risk as well.

The problem is so complex that the patches that Intel has developed to fix it in Windows have been disabled by Microsoft itself. There is still no complete solution and both Microsoft and Apple continue to work to prevent problems on Windows, Mac OS and iOS.

cloud to the rescue

Having access to real-time information and agility in negotiations is essential for any successful company. This led to the accelerated growth of cloud computing in the world, and in Brazil.

It has also changed the way CIOs are thinking about their infrastructure. High availability and redundancy solutions, which used to be very expensive and required equipment with long lead times, are now available in near real time. Online backups can be made on remote servers, with high reliability and low cost. Entire systems can be installed and left on stand-by, ready for use in case of emergencies or disaster recovery.

Cloud and Intel

One of the biggest advantages of using cloud servers, such as those from Amazon Web Services, AWS, is that these problems are handled by highly competent teams in infrastructure and storage.

Bulletins, with detailed explanations, are published and sent to system administrators, who can take proactive action. For Specter and Meltdown, the recommendations are available in English at the AWS website link.

online backup

Within disaster recovery and prevention planning, also known as Disaster Recovery, the presence of a continuous backup is essential. Online tools allow this to be done in low-cost, high-security locations such as Amazon Glacier or faster recovery systems such as Amazon S3.

To use them, we provide tools that facilitate configuration, backup and data recovery. In addition, our team of experts is on hand to assess your environment and provide a recommendation with the best combination of cost and benefit.

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Sky.One Team

This content was produced by SkyOne's team of cloud and digital transformation experts.