If it’s springtime, then there’s likely a spicy scent to the air around the Global Data Vault. We were happy to celebrate our 15thAnnual Crawfish Boil surrounded by our families, friends, business partners and customers at the Texas Ale Project in Downtown Dallas. Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to either blow us away, rain us out, or freeze the day, the sky came clear and the sun peeked out for our party at the craft beer garden for the afternoon.
If you joined us, thank you. You make this event better and better with every passing year. If you were unable to attend, we missed you and hope you can share a table with us in 2019.
Photo credit: Becky Branch Photography
According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, concerns are escalating over one of North Korea’s three major hacking organizations because of both their adeptness and sheer brazenness. APT37 aka, “Reaper,” is the hacking group is well known for attacking South Korea, but has since decided to attack companies in Japan, Vietnam and the Middle East. What is especially noteworthy about its recent slew of attacks is the heightened level of sophistication — and that they have made little effort to disguise their bad deeds.
Cybersecurity company FireEye, Inc. monitors Reaper’s attacks and in a report issued earlier this month reveals that Reaper is utilizing a toolset that includes access to zero-day vulnerabilities and wiper malware. Reaper has shown preference to hacking information within companies involved in automotive, aerospace, chemicals, and health care industries. They also recently attacked South Korea when they discovered a vulnerability with Adobe Flash which was then able to install malware on infected computers who opened the corrupt Adobe Flash files.
FireEye squarely points the finger at the North Korean government as the true face of Reaper due to malware development artifacts and targeting that supports state interests. FireEye claims to easily trace these attacks back to the Pyongyang IP addresses that Reaper has been using.
Reaper is just one of a growing collection of hacking groups linked to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s regime, including “Lazarus,” which the US blamed for the Sony pictures Entertainment data theft in 2014. Bloomberg Technology posits that North Korea has been widening its cyber-operations to gather cash and intelligence to offset the penalties of international sanctions. The sanctions against North Korea have been on the rise, yet North Korea seems unconcerned and continues to ramp up attacks on foreign countries.
Whether your company is a Reaper target or potentially attractive to another cyber-criminal, attacks are on the rise. Being vigilant within your own company is mission-critical to prevent losing data. The best defense to a cyber-attack is to have a comprehensive and tested disaster recovery plan in place that include an air-gapped backup. You may still be vulnerable to cyber threats, but your day-to-day impact is significantly minimized.
STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, is one of the most talked about subjects among educators today. The youth who pursue these fields often find themselves with lucrative careers after graduating because each of these skills is in incredibly high demand.
The problem, however, is that more and more young people are hesitant when it comes to STEM fields. In fact, U.S. News & World Report highlighted the situation when they cited a study by the Lemselson-MIT Intervention Index. According to this study, 60-percent of the young adults that the researchers surveyed said that there was at least one issue that stopped them from pursing an education or a career in a STEM field. Here are some of the reasons the survey’s respondents gave for avoiding STEM fields:
- 34-percent were unfamiliar with STEM fields
- 33-percent thought that STEM educations and careers were too difficult
- 28-percent felt that their education didn’t give them the tools they needed to pursue further education in a STEM field
This is a huge problem, not just for the young people that are missing out on great educations and excellent careers, but for the United States as a whole. The fact is that we need people in these fields in order to stay competitive at the global level. People with strong educations in the STEM fields are what make our country a leader in innovation, and as time goes on, we’ll need more and more people to step up and fill these positions.
At Global Data Vault, we’re committed to giving back to the community and to supporting STEM educations and the youngsters that benefit from them. We know that talented young people in STEM fields will go on to become industry leaders. As they do so, everyone benefits, not only through technological and engineering advancements, but also from a healthy economy and diverse community.
This is why Global Data Vault supports efforts to promote STEM education at the local level. To that end, we’ve recently sponsored a local school, Prestwick STEM Academy, a Kindergarten – 8th grade school located in Little Elm Independent School District, with their recent Color Run efforts to fund an outdoor learning center. It is our belief that by giving back to institutions like these, we can help ensure a bright future for our nation’s youth.
The team from Global Data Vault hit the strip in Las Vegas last week, exhibiting at the datacenter availability event, VeeamON 2015. VeeamON 2015 connects the world’s leading IT experts and visionaries to learn how to ensure Availability for the Modern Data Center™.
Global Data Vault served as an event sponsor of VeeamON 2015, hosting a booth to share how our Veeam Cloud Connect with full disaster recovery service differs from the competition: Our solution is fully-managed and monitored. We also offer an EZ Dash web portal view of your protection. Plus, our risk-free 30 day evaluation is a great way to test-drive our expertise – and then enjoy our simplified pricing based on the size of the VMs on your storage.
VeeamON wasn’t all business however. Embracing the Star Trek theme, VeeamON featured the legendary William Shatner as master of ceremonies at the closing event. We felt it only fitting to show our sense of humor by giving away these punny shirts.
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Dallas, TX August 13, 2015 – Dallas-based Global Data Vault (GDV) has once again been named to the LSU Top 100, an annual list of the top 100 fastest growing companies in the world. The list focuses on companies that are owned or operated by graduates of Louisiana State University.
“We are again both honored and delighted to be named alongside the innovative companies that comprise the LSU 100 Class of 2015,” says GDV CEO William Baccich. “Our success wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated team of employees and loyal stakeholders.”
Companies who are candidates for recognition on the LSU 100 are ranked using compound annual growth over a two-year period. The purpose is to recognize business leadership, growth and business ethics standards that are consistent with the values and image of the Stephenson Entrepreneur Institute (SEI) and LSU. The LSU Top 100 is also a forum to help illuminate the impact LSU graduates have on the local, regional and national economies. The LSU 100 was created by SEI to offer encouragement, education, networking and assistance to entrepreneurially-minded students, faculty, and businesses.
Global Data Vault, a cloud-based disaster recovery and data protection company, is led by CEO Will Baccich who graduated from LSU in 1980. After obtaining his computer science degree from LSU, Baccich was in involved in accounting and computer software. In 2004 he started Global Data Vault, offering disaster recovery as a service and online backup.
Headquartered in Dallas, the company serves its clients with data centers in Dallas, Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada. Today the company is a leader in disaster recovery, data backup and cloud storage solutions.
Global Data Vault will be recognized at the 2015 LSU Honoree Luncheon to be held October 23rd at the L’Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The “LSU 100” is more than just a recognition and award ceremony however. It celebrates the spirit of success by providing a vehicle to pass lessons on to the next generation of LSU entrepreneurs. The weekend also happens to feature a home football game for the LSU Tigers.
Global Data Vault is a market leader providing cloud-based disaster recovery, advanced data protection, online server backup and online PC backup for businesses of all sizes. Combining disk-to-disk backup, secure remote replication, and fully-automated virtualized recovery technology, Global Data Vault delivers superior solutions to ensure the business continuity of customers across the U. S. and around the world.
Global Data Vault delivers services from secure, redundant, geographically diverse data centers that have achieved quality standards including a Service Organization Controls 1 (SOC 1) Type 2 report, as well as meeting SSAE 16 standards, and the SysTrust (SOC 3) seal for service organizations. For information about Global Data Vault, visit www.globaldatavault.com or follow GDV on twitter @globaldatavault.
For additional information about the LSU 100 visit www.lsu100.com or The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, which is an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, utilizes the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program, LSU Executive Education, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, and the Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series to address the challenges of entrepreneurship and to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana and the nation. For more information, visit sei.lsu.edu or call 225-578-0313.
Global Data Vault Web Portal
At Global Data Vault, we ensure the quality of your recovery environment through constant monitoring. Nothing is more important to your business operations than your data and the systems that support it. Not only do we monitor your readiness, we make it easy for you to check in on the status of your data protection as well. Today, we’d like to introduce our improved customer dashboard.
Built as a Global Data Vault web portal, this single screen allows our customers full visibility of the status of their local and remote recovery options. The beauty of it is, it’s available – securely — 24/7/365 and can be viewed from any device with a browser. It works well on PCs, tablets, and mobile devices.
The keys to note are:
- 100% of the environment is recoverable locally
- 100% of the environment is recoverable remotely
- The Restore Points “RP” are all within the last 2 hours – locally and remotely
- The green “Yes” in the “Loc” and “Rem” columns indicate these restore points are within the promised agreed service levels, which are generally 4 to 8 hours
This same portal is available for physical and virtual environments as well as for much larger environments.
We provide this dashboard for all clients, from enterprise level to small office. Here’s an example of the portal screen of a company with 2 servers and 6 protected disks:
The details of the portal are explained in this screen shot:
To access your own client web portal, visit globaldatavault.com, select “support” and then login with your customer id and password.
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