Intermedia FSS Solution Seeks to Nullify Ransomware Attacks

SecuriSync is billed as an effective counter to the recent rash of cyber-attacks that have crippled hospitals and other businesses.

Aldrin Brown, Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2016

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Intermedia FSS Solution Seeks to Nullify Ransomware Attacks
Methodist Hospital of Henderson, Ky., was forced to operated under an "internal state of emergency," following a ransomware attack in March.

Cloud IT services and business applications provider Intermedia today released a new tool aimed at negating the most damaging effects of ransomware attacks by restoring access to locked files and letting employees get back to work almost immediately.

SecuriSync is a cloud-based backup and file sync-share (FSS) solution that allows enterprise users to instantly restore an archive of files to its pre-infected state, and give employees immediate access to the unlocked files from any available uninfected devices.

The service is billed as an effective counter to the recent rash of ransomware attacks that have crippled hospitals and other businesses, after cyber-attackers encrypted critical data files and extorted thousands of dollars in Bitcoin ransoms in exchange for decryption keys.

Intermedia’s 2016 Crypto-Ransomware study found that 72 percent of ransomware attack victims were unable to access data for at least two days and nearly a third (32 percent) were locked out for five days or more.

“In the event of a ransomware outbreak, businesses previously would spend multiple days recovering locked files off outdated backups, or they would pay the ransom hoping to regain them,” said Richard Walters, senior vice president of security products at Intermedia.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.”

SecuriSync service can be deployed as part of Intermedia’s Office in the Cloud virtual desktop offering, or integrated with Office 365 and other IT environments.

Prices start at $4.99 per user, per month.

At least 14 U.S. hospitals were hit by cyberattacks during the past two months, with some paying thousands of dollars in ransoms to regain access to crippled networks.

The MedStar Health chain was particularly hard hit, and operations at several of the company’s Maryland- and Washington, D.C.-area hospitals were unable to return to normal for more than a week following one late-March attack.

Such breaches prompted a flurry of technological innovation seeking to defend networks against malware or enhance the efficacy of backup and disaster recovery (BDR) responses.

“We’ve picked up half a dozen or more new customers as a result of ransomware attacks,” Koert Council, a partner at IT solutions provider Kosh Solutions, said in a statement. “Heightened media exposure has made businesses realize they are vulnerable and need protection.”

“No business today can afford the potential loss of three or more days of revenue while they scramble to recover,” Council said. “Now with SecuriSync, our clients can skip paying the ransom altogether.”


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Aldrin Brown

Editor-in-Chief, Penton

Veteran journalist Aldrin Brown comes to Penton Technology from Empire Digital Strategies, a business-to-business consulting firm that he founded that provides e-commerce, content and social media solutions to businesses, nonprofits and other organizations seeking to create or grow their digital presence.

Previously, Brown served as the Desert Bureau Chief for City News Service in Southern California and Regional Editor for Patch, AOL's network of local news sites. At Patch, he managed a staff of journalists and more than 30 hyper-local and business news and information websites throughout California. In addition to his work in technology and business, Brown was the city editor for The Sun, a daily newspaper based in San Bernardino, CA; the college sports editor at The Tennessean, Nashville, TN; and an investigative reporter at the Orange County Register, Santa Ana, CA.


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