Florida Just Paid $1M+ in Ransomware Payments Because They Didn’t Know about DRaaS

Less than a week ago we broke the news about Florida being forced to pay $600,000 to ransomware hackers. Now both Lake City and Riviera Beach have been hit and forced to pay more than a million dollars in total.

Who got this money? No one knows. As we’ve reported previously, organized crime groups and terrorists like ISIS use ransomware as a funding mechanism.

There you have it – two city governments in the United States could be unwittingly funding terror.

For more on the ISIS connection to ransomware check out our article in 2016 as well as one in May about getting indicted paying the ransom.

How could Florida and for that matter a slew of companies and city governments avoid being put in a position of having to pay criminals to get back to work?

One solution is disaster-recovery-as-a-service or DRaaS.

Speaking of which – good news for Webair, their DRaaS solution was just named as a notable vendor in the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

We believe that Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service Report is a respected resource which industry leaders utilize to help them assess the vast array of DRaaS providers in the market. “The disaster-recovery-as-a-service market consists of hundreds of providers, all with different approaches and capabilities,” the Gartner Report states. “This diversity creates immense complexity around vendor selection. Infrastructure and operations leaders should use this Magic Quadrant to help evaluate providers of DRaaS.” **

“As enterprise organizations are forced to constantly adapt to the ever-changing requirements of IT security, compliance, and hybrid cloud, we are seeing that more and more are deciding to shift accountability, ownership, and management of their complex Disaster Recovery needs to us,” stated President and CEO of Webair, Michael C. Orza. “By embracing each customer’s unique networking and security requirements, along with providing support for both legacy platforms and new digital transformation initiatives, we believe that Webair is able to handle DRaaS needs across complex landscapes.”

“We’re quite proud to be included as a Notable Vendor in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service Report, for the third consecutive year,” Orza added. “And, we believe that this inclusion demonstrates that shifting accountability for critical and complex infrastructure does not have to come at the cost of service and support, it’s rather the opposite.”

The company has colos in New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Montreal and has a range of solutions from hybrid IT to load balancing.

There are a host of vendors out there that could have saved Florida – the first step is to reach out to industry vendors and get some estimates on the cost.

We have put together cybersecurity best practices for every organization. We urge you to read the document and live by it.

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