TORONTO, ON – December 19, 2019 – Asigra Inc., a leading cloud backup, recovery and restore software provider since 1986, today announced a new program focused on defending the backup repositories and data of Canadian public and non-profit organizations against cyber-attacks. The purpose of the program is to ensure the recovery of data that otherwise may have become compromised as a result of malicious malware or ransomware Attack-Loops™ that prevent the recovery of mission-critical data and often put large volumes of personally identifiable information (PII) at risk.
Cyberattacks on public/non-profit organizations have put citizen data at risk like never before as new variants of ransomware and other attacks continue to infiltrate and expose sensitive data to unknown and possibly criminal entities. In a recent attack  covered by the Toronto Star, medical test provider LifeLabs agreed to pay the ransom of attackers in order to retrieve millions of customer records. In a statement, the organization said “the personal information of over 15 million customers was compromised, mostly in British Columbia and Ontario, including name, address, email, login, passwords, date of birth, health card number and lab test results.
Like many organizations dealing with a cyberattack, the last resort for recovery relies on a functioning disaster recovery or backup solution in place. Unfortunately, hackers have now designed ransomware and other malware to seek out secondary storage systems (aka: disaster recovery and backup data) in order to compromise a clean retrieval of the information. As a result, these organizations no longer have a way to reinstate their data, and therefore are faced with either relinquishing or paying a ransom which can be exceptionally high for public and non-profit entities.
As a Canadian company, Asigra is planning to help protect these organizations by partially donating a large percentage of its cybersecurity-enabled backup technology to Canada’s extensive list of public and non-profit organizations. Those establishments in the country that can issue a tax-deductible receipt may contact Asigra to receive the company's complete anti-ransomware/backup software suite with the cost covered in large part by a donation-in-kind.
Asigra’s multi-award winning cloud-based data recovery platform is unique in the industry for converging data protection and cybersecurity for effective malware/ransomware detection and prevention that ensures safe, secure and reliable data recovery. The advanced software includes the industry’s first zero-day Attack-Loop™ preventative technology using bi-directional cyber-threat detection, zero-day exploit protection, variable repository naming, and multi-factor authentication (MFA) for a full defensive suite against aggressive ransomware and other cyber-threats targeting backup data. This is complemented by FIPS 140-2 certification and military-grade data encryption to ensure enterprise-grade data security, making user data unreadable without the proper encryption key.
“The majority of cybersecurity analysts today agree that cyberattacks are evolving from the perspective of what they target, how they impact organizations and the changing methods of attack,” said David Farajun, CEO, Asigra. “For the past year, we have seen an increasing number of cyberthreats begin to target the number one method of data recovery – the backup repository. As a specialist in this area, we have developed a very effective solution to fight against this and now offer the technology to public and non-profit organizations we share our data with.”
To learn more about the Asigra program for public/non-profit organizations, please contact Asigra at 877-736-9901 or visit www.asigra.com/contact-us
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Trusted since 1986, Asigra technology is proudly developed in and supported from North America, providing organizations around the world the ability to quickly recover their data from anywhere through a global network of IT service providers. As the industry’s most comprehensive data protection platform for servers, virtual machines, endpoint devices, databases and applications, SaaS and IaaS based applications, Asigra lowers the total cost of ownership, reduces recovery time objectives, and eliminates silos of backup data by providing a single consolidated repository with 100% recovery assurance and anti-ransomware defense. The company has been recognized as a three-time Product of the Year Gold winner by Techtarget for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software and positioned well in the market by analysts. More information on Asigra can be found at www.asigra.com.
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 Toronto Star, LifeLabs says it paid ransom to secure millions of customer’s stolen medical data, December 17, 2019