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Intermedia Steps Up with New Tool in Ransomware Fight

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Intermedia Steps Up with New Tool in Ransomware Fight

April 13, 2016
By Rory J. Thompson
Web Editor

In the tech world, every few months seems to present a new threat or a new problem to be overcome. The most recent one is ‘ransomware’, in which a hacker takes over someone’s hard drive and files, and threatens to keep them locked out unless they pay a huge ransom.

The problem comes in that those attacked are helpless without their files, and the question is should you pay the ransom, or try to break the attack?  If you’re wrong, it could be a costly – or fatal—business error.

Now Intermedia (News - Alert), a one-stop shop for cloud business applications, has stepped into the breach with a new offering. SecuriSync by Intermedia helps address the problem as the only enterprise-grade tool on the market that offers the two capabilities necessary for business continuity during a ransomware outbreak.

According to the company, SecuriSync provides companies with the ability to do the two things vital to getting back up and running after a ransomware attack: 1) instantly roll back an archive of files to their uninfected state; and, 2) give employees immediate access to those uninfected files from alternate devices.

“Intermedia is positioned to facilitate a secure and supported business implementation of enterprise file synch and share (FSS),” said Nick Patience, Research VP for Software at 451 Research (News - Alert), in commenting on the new offering. “The backup and recovery features help ensure a level of file resilience that can be important in certain industry verticals, namely healthcare, legal and financial. In a rapidly commoditizing market, SecuriSync has differentiated itself to capitalize on the typically murky connection between file sync and backup services.”

Intermedia points out that with SecuriSync, ransomware recovery becomes a manageable 3-step process:

  • Close and isolate the infected computer(s) to prevent further spreading;
  • Roll back the user’s file archive using an uninfected computer to the moment just before the infection;
  • Get the user back to work using an alternate device while the original machine is being wiped and restored.

“In the event of a ransomware outbreak, businesses previously would spend multiple days recovering locked files off outdated backups, or they would pay the ransom hoping to regain them,” said Richard Walters, SVP of Security Products at Intermedia. “SecuriSync is a complete file management solution that combines real-time backup, mass restore capabilities and remote access, turning a would-be disaster into a mild disruption.”

Should you invest in SecuriSync? The more important question is, can you afford NOT to?

Edited by Peter Bernstein

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