The Elephant in the Room Keeps Growing!


It seems that no one wants to talk about it, or acknowledge its existence, but the elephant in the room is the continuing and constant growth of ransomware (malicious software designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid).

One of our partner companies, Datto, produces a fantastic yearly report on the global state of ransomware as reported by over 2400 managed service providers (MSPs) around the world. The report is filed with excellent information in a very readable format.  You can download the whole thing here.

If you don’t want to tax yourself with the whole report, below are some of the key points and main takeaways that are important to you and your business: Read more

Downtime got you down? Here are 5 steps to stay up and running!

IT downtime in your business can be caused by so many things – hardware failure, power surges, security breaches, storms, coffee spills, just to name a few. But no one cares WHY they’re down when they count on being up and running!

So, what’s the quickest way to get your business running again? At IT Direct, we use the axiom “proper preparation prevents poor performance,” in other words, plan ahead!

Yup, not the answer you were hoping for, I’m sure, but it’s the best way to ensure that downtime doesn’t ruin your day, your week, or even, possibly, your business.  Read more

Top 5 ways to prepare for a ransomware attack

Ransomware attack!
A top cybersecurity threat for businesses today is ransomware – a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. In fact, 12 Connecticut state agencies were just attacked with ransomware, with 160 computers affected. Luckily, the attack was thwarted by the state’s excellent multi-layered cybersecurity strategy.

Your business needs to be prepared too. And just like the state of CT, the multi-layered approach is the best way to do it.

Here are the top 5 ways to prepare for a ransomware attack: Read more

Data Recovery Service

Come Out on Top with Data Recovery Services

Your business data is one of the most valuable aspects of your company, representing hugely important information relating to such things as contracts and orders, client details, and business operations files. Without this data, you would be floundering. Unfortunately, if you don’t take the right steps to protect it, you could lose it.

There are lots of different ways companies can lose their data, from natural disasters to technical issues and malicious events. A data recovery service can allay your fears of all these possibilities, keeping your data safe from every threat.

How Does Data Get Lost?

Whether accidental or purposeful, and on whatever scale, data loss presents issues for your company. Some potential eventualities are easier to handle than others.

Sometimes data is lost through employee error. Accidental deletions and overwrites happen all the time. If you have no way of getting that information back, you might need to find a way to recreate the data. Faced with the time and effort this would take, you might even consider it preferable to give up on ever having that information again.

Malicious individuals and organizations often try to take data hostage. They frequently try to get a ransom from a company that desperately needs its information back. Malicious computer programs, like viruses, can overwrite your system, locking you out.

Natural disasters pose a huge risk in geographical areas prone to problems like flooding, earthquakes, and wildfires. If your physical location is affected, your data may go down too, unless you have it stored off-site.

The Benefits of Data Recovery Services

Handling backups and data storage is a lot to ask from an in-house department. This vital data takes a lot of effort to store properly. It is best kept outside of your physical location. You are far better off to outsource to a data recovery service that specializes in protecting your data at all times.

In the event of a disaster, whether it’s a hacking attempt, a fried computer, or a natural event that takes out your system, having your information stored off-site through a data recovery service will allow you to get your system up and running again, without delay.

Especially if you are dealing with customer data, you have an obligation to keep your files safe, confidential, and protected. Using data recovery services keeps you safe from any liability issues stemming from lost information, as you will have done your due diligence.

Redundancy is the best way to protect your data, thereby protecting your company. Using a data recovery service is a small price to pay to ensure the long-term health of your business. Many companies underestimate the impact of losing their data and are unprepared when it happens. For whatever reason it occurs, they find themselves unable to get up and running in the same successful manner ever again.

IT Direct to the Rescue

Don’t take risks by partnering up with IT Direct. It’s possible that data loss might never affect your business, but if it does, you’ll be glad that you took precautions by using our data recovery services!