Tech Alert - Password Integrity & Disaster Planning

Posted by: Reliance Technology

ATT: PASSWORD INTEGRITY AND DISASTER RECOVERY PLANNING

As a follow up on last week's email on brute force attacks using Crysis ransomware which hopefully explained the dangers of using simplistic passwords. I'd like to go further and encourage everyone to test the strength of their current network password by test it at : https://howsecureismypassword.net/

The above site will not capture your password and is a safe and secure utility that will give you the estimated time it would take hackers to brute force crack your password.

More often than not, network security is only as strong as the weakest password used on the system.


In the ACCC's annual Small Business in Focus report is states it has received 7,600 enquiries and complaints from small businesses in the first half of 2016. The report shows Ransomware is one of the biggest problems faced by small businesses with a reported loss of $1.6 million in scam activities recorded in the past six months.

The best security strategy is to avoid Ransomware altogether, however this requires planning, work and for there to be no such thing as human error, before it hits your network. To that end our strategy for SLA clients is to ensure a best practice disaster recovery plan is in place.
  • What can you do safeguard your business against Ransomware?
  • What are the best practice strategies for protecting your business?
There are a number of critical components of any ransomware security strategy, firstly a robust Anti-Virus / Threat Protection package is a must. Secondly, regular backups of your files, systems, and application data is vital. Having a clean copy of your mission-critical data will minimise the impact of the ransomware infection. In addition, scheduling regular restore tests will ensure that your backup plan is working and identify any kinks that need to be worked out before the attack hits. For our SLA clients, we automatically implement a Disaster Recovery Plan which we continually refine to meet and improve on industry best practice.

If backups and restore testing are done regularly, a ransomware infection won’t have a devastating impact; you’ll have a safe, recent and clean restore point.


As always, if you have any questions feel free to send an email to support@relianceit.com.au or give us a call. We'd be happy to hear from you.
Until next time,
Lucas Bradley
Role: Director
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