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February 19, 2024
FBI, British authorities seize infrastructure of LockBit ransomware group - CyberScoop
An international law enforcement operation on Monday seized servers and disrupted the infrastructure used by the LockBit ransomware syndicate, a government official confirmed to CyberScoop after websites used by the ransomware group displayed messages that they had been seized.An operation carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the UK’s National Crime Agency together with a range of international partners took control of a site used by LockBit to leak data belonging to its victims, the group’s file share service and communications server, various affiliate and support servers and a server for LockBit’s administrative panel, the government official said. The takedown is the latest in a string of FBI operations targeted at disrupting cybercrime and cyberespionage infrastructure around the world under Rule 41, a legal framework that enables the FBI to access computers across multiple jurisdictions and modify them. Last week, the agency announced the takedown of a Russian military intelligence-controlled botnet. In January, the FBI disrupted a Chinese botnet used to penetrate sensitive U.S. targets.LockBit first emerged in September 2019 and is believed to be the world’s most widely used ransomware variant.The takedown operation against LockBit raises questions about how lasting it will be. Previous operations against such groups have seen their operations temporarily disrupted only for the groups to return using new infrastructure. In December, the FBI seized some of ALPHV’s infrastructure, but the group “unseized it,” and a version of the site remains active.
February 15, 2024
How To Optimize Your Data Center Against Ransomware Attacks
Many strategies for fighting ransomware, like taking regular backups, are the same no matter where you host data — in the public cloud, in a private data center, or on-prem.However, companies that operate data centers can deploy some special practices that may reduce their risk of falling victim to ransomware attacks. When you control all aspects of your infrastructure and hosting facility, you can do things to mitigate ransomware threats that wouldn't be possible elsewhere.Related: 'Cactus' Ransomware Strikes Schneider ElectricTo that end, keep reading for a look at actionable strategies for mitigating ransomware risks in your data center.Basic Ransomware Mitigation StrategiesBefore diving into anti-ransomware strategies that apply to data centers in particular, let's discuss generic tips for preventing ransomware in any type of environment. Standard best practices include:Back up data: If you take regular backups of your data, you can restore from a backup following a ransomware attack instead of paying the ransom.Monitor for threats: Continuous monitoring can help you detect the presence of malware that ransomware attackers use to encrypt data, making it possible in some cases to stop the attack before your information is held for ransom.Educate users: Educating employees, customers, contractors, and other stakeholders about ransomware and related risks reduces the chances that someone will fall for a scam that results in the deployment of ransomware inside your IT estate.Minimize exposure: Practices like closing unnecessary network ports, following the principle of least privilege, and turning off extraneous workloads make it harder for threat actors to carry out ransomware attacks.Related: A Guide to Cloud Resilience: Maximize Security, Minimize DowntimeAgain, you can do these things anywhere, not just in environments hosted in private data centers.Stopping Ransomware in the Data CenterHowever, when you operate your own data center (or use a colocation facility) to host workloads, you can take additional measures to protect against ransomware — measures that would be challenging or impossible to take in most other environments.Air-gappingFor one, you can air-gap data and workloads. Air-gapping means disconnecting resources from the internet completely, which will totally prevent any network-born attacks. This is especially valuable in the context of ransomware protection because it means you can virtually guarantee that data backups won't be accessed by attackers, who sometimes seek to compromise backups so their victims can't recover data without paying the ransom.Air-gapping is not typically possible in the public cloud because there is no way to disconnect cloud resources from the network; the best you can do is place them on private networks that are not directly exposed to the internet but may still be exposed to attackers who already have a presence inside your environment. With a private data center, however, you have total control over your infrastructure, and you can physically disconnect data from the network if you wish.Offsite backupsPrivate data centers also make it easier to maintain offsite backups, meaning backup data that is stored in a physical location separate from the one that hosts production workloads. Offsite backups provide another line of defense against ransomware by ensuring that you have a secure set of information you can recover, even if your entire data center facility is compromised in an attack.While it's possible to create offsite backups from the public cloud by downloading backup data to a location of your choosing, you have to rely on the network to move the data, which can take a long time if you have lots of data to move. With your own data center, you can copy your data directly to storage media, then move the media to a location of your choosing.Digital twinningIn the context of data centers, a digital twin is a complete replication of an IT environment. Digital twins help protect against ransomware risks by providing an environment that organizations can switch to in order to maintain continuity if their primary environment is compromised through a ransomware attack.You can maintain digital twins in the public cloud if you wish, but doing so tends to be more expensive and complicated because it essentially doubles the volume of the cloud resources you pay for. You also have to implement a plan for switching from one cloud environment to your backup environment, which can be complex due to the many variables (like network rules and IAM policies) that are involved.In a data center, you can maintain a digital twin more cost-effectively by, for example, using older hardware to host the twinned environment. You also don't need to worry about adjusting configurations such as IAM rules to redirect requests to your backup environment in the wake of a ransomware attack.Physical securityRansomware attacks carried out by malicious insiders (such as employees) are an increasing risk. Here, private data centers offer the advantage of giving organizations more control over physical security, helping them to manage in a granular way who can access infrastructure and data inside.Physical security controls are excellent in the public cloud, too, but the difference is that if you use the public cloud, you have to entrust physical security to a third party, which can't guarantee that no malicious insiders are present in its facilities. In your own data center, you have full ability to manage access to the facility, as well as to monitor activities as a means of detecting ransomware risks and other threats.ConclusionIt would be wrong to conclude that data centers are inherently less prone to ransomware attacks. Like any setting, data centers can be and often are hit with ransomware. However, data center operators can take precautions against ransomware that are not practical in other types of environments. By adopting those measures, companies that use data centers to host their workloads gain a leg up in the fight against ransomware.
February 15, 2024
Ransomware disrupts utilities, infrastructure in January - TechTarget
Ransomware disrupted important U.S.-based utilities and services organizations in January, including a municipal water treatment organization, which is a sector that's become a growing target for attackers.The persistent ransomware threat continued last month following what many cybersecurity vendors and threat reports called a record year for ransomware in 2023. New victims emerged last month, but many of the targeted sectors and industries remained consistent from last year.Throughout January, ransomware impeded operations for victims in the government and critical infrastructure sectors, including water and wastewater treatment services. Last month, CISA published an incident response guide for water utilities warning that attacks "could cause cascading impacts across critical infrastructure." The guide also confirmed that the sector has already been hit by ransomware in recent years.On Jan. 19, Boston-based Veolia North America disclosed that ransomware had hit its municipal water division the previous week, affecting "some software applications and systems." In response to the attack, Veolia took its internal back-end systems offline, which disrupted customer access to the billing system. The water utilities company operates in 550 communities across North America.As of Jan. 19, Veolia said there was "no evidence" that the attack affected its water or wastewater treatment operations. However, the company said the personal information of a "limited number of individuals" was stolen. An investigation into the attack remains ongoing, and the incident forced Veolia to reexamine its cybersecurity posture."We are partnering with a leading third-party forensics firm to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and to examine additional measures we can take to help prevent incidents of this kind in the future. We are putting our full resources behind these efforts," Veolia wrote in the statement.There were more public sector utilities and services disrupted last month. A ransomware attack on Jan. 21 against Bucks County in Pennsylvania temporarily disrupted the county's emergency communications database. The Akira ransomware group claimed responsibility for the attack, which rendered Bucks County's computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system inoperable for nine days. Law enforcement agencies, the fire department and ambulance services use the tool to record incident data, but the attack forced them to revert to pen and paper. Around 650,000 residents live in Bucks County and were able to make 911 calls despite the attack, but fallout was still substantial.On Feb. 7, the Bucks County Board of Commissioners approved contracts with cybersecurity forensic and legal firms and issued a Declaration of Disaster Emergency to help with restoration efforts. While CAD is now functional, the Board of Commissioners said the system requires additional rebuilding."The County did not engage in negotiations with those claiming responsibility for the attack, nor did it pay any ransom to restore functionality to its systems. Rather, the County's IT and Emergency Communications departments' meticulous cyber maintenance and backup practices were key to the system's quick restoration," Bucks County wrote in the statement.The Medusa ransomware group, which was highly active throughout 2023, claimed responsibility for an attack against the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) that occurred on Jan. 23. KCATA disclosed the attack on Jan. 24 and confirmed that it disrupted the regional RideKC call centers and landline service. However, transportation services remained operational. Customers looking to schedule a trip were redirected to new phone numbers while KCATA worked "around the clock" to restore systems. KCATA engaged the FBI and security professionals following the ransomware attack.Medusa's public data leak site also listed Denver-based nonprofit Water for People, which provides drinking water and sanitation services to communities in nine countries around the world. A Water for People spokesperson told cybersecurity news outlet The Record that the affected data predated 2021, and more importantly, the attack did not disrupt business operations.U.S. government agencies have issued multiple advisories of increasing threats against critical infrastructure organizations. Earlier this month, CISA, the National Security Agency and the FBI warned that a Chinese nation-state threat actor known as Volt Typhoon had compromised organizations in the communications, energy, transportation systems, and water and wastewater sectors. U.S. agencies also confirmed that the threat actor has been hiding in some victims' IT environments for at least five years to maintain access in preparation for any major conflict that could arise with the U.S.Education, financial services also hitRansomware did not spare the education sector last month. One particularly damaging attack occurred against Clackamas Community College in Oregon, which has an enrollment of more than 18,000 students. The Clackamas Print reported that authorities traced the attack to a Russian IP address.In a Facebook post on Jan. 21, Clackamas revealed that the incident began on Jan. 19 and shuttered online services, including its website, internal systems and ability to disburse financial aid. Because online services were affected, Clackamas canceled two days of classes, and teachers were instructed to push back assignment due dates for at least five days. The attack also coincided with the last day to drop winter classes, so that deadline was delayed.As of Feb. 12, some websites were restored. In response to the attack, students were asked to reset their passwords. The infamous LockBit ransomware group claimed responsibility for the attack on its public data leak site.One of the biggest attacks in January hit an enterprise in the financial sector. California-based mortgage lender LoanDepot disclosed an attack on Jan. 8 in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, in which the company said the attack "included access to certain Company systems and the encryption of data."In a press release on Jan. 22, LoanDepot said it forced systems offline to contain the incident, but doing so disrupted and delayed many customer portals used for services and payments. LoanDepot also said it was still working to restore all services and that the attack affected a significant number of customers."Although its investigation is ongoing, the Company has determined that an unauthorized third party gained access to sensitive personal information of approximately 16.6 million individuals in its systems," LoanDepot wrote.Arielle Waldman is a Boston-based reporter covering enterprise security news.
February 15, 2024
2023 Ransomware Payments Hit $1.1B Record - InformationWeek
It seemed that the tide had turned in the ransomware landscape in 2022. Reports showed a declining numbers of attacks and more victims refusing to pay. But in 2023, ransomware activity surged. Ransomware gangs successful extorted a record $1.1 billion in cryptocurrency payments from victims, according to a report from blockchain analysis firm Chainanalysis.What factors drove the upswing in ransomware activity? And following a year of record payments, what can enterprise security leaders expect in the ransomware landscape of 2024?The Top Threat ActorsRansomware remains a lucrative business for cybercriminals, and the barrier to entry is relatively low. Threat actors can seek easily exploitable vulnerabilities or opt to pay for ransomware-as-a-service. While the volume of attacks is significant, several notorious groups take the lead as repeat offenders.“LockBit we see … almost 25% of all ransomware attacks are from that group,” Jonathan Braley, director of threat intelligence at the Information Technology-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC), tells InformationWeek. “So, every week we’re seeing 10 to a dozen attacks coming just from LockBit.”Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and IT products and services company CDW were among LockBit’s victims in 2023. The group demanded $70 million from TSMC and $80 million from CDW. In 2024, the group claimed responsibility for attacks on Saint Anthony Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.Related:China's Volt Typhoon Found Lurking in Critical Infrastructure for YearsThe Clop Ransomware Gang was also a big player last year. The group was linked to the MOVEit breach, which impacted thousands of organizations and millions of people, according to software company Emsisoft.ALPHV/Blackcat was another prominent player in 2023. The group made waves in the fall when it reported one of its breach victims to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for not disclosing the breach. In December, the Justice Department announced that the FBI developed and offered a decryption tool to more than 500 ALPHV/Black Cat victims. The disruption campaign saved victims approximately $68 million in ransom demands.“You’re seeing some wins on the law enforcement side to help to degrade the ability of these groups to operate there effectively as they have been,” says Craig Hoffman, partner and cybersecurity team leader at law firm BakerHostetler.While law enforcement works to disrupt ransomware activity, threat actors continue to evolve.“Originally, when ransomware started it was quite disjointed, but I believe that the actors have become more streamlined. I think they’re working closer together,” Andrew Costis, chapter lead of the adversary research team at AttackIQ, a security optimization platform, shares.Related:Expect the Unexpected: How to Reduce Zero-Day RiskThreat actors are also increasingly leveraging data exfiltration as a means of extortion and profit: pushing companies to pay ransoms to prevent publication of sensitive data or selling that sensitive data.Richard Caralli, senior cybersecurity advisor at Axio, a cybersecurity performance management company, points out that major cyberattacks on companies like MGM and 23andMe in 2023 involved data exfiltration. “It’s far more lucrative for these groups on the dark web, selling it or using it for future attacks, than I think we’re giving them credit for,” he says.The Popular Attack VectorsRansomware groups do not necessarily need to pursue the most sophisticated techniques to gain access and exploit their victims. Social engineering and phishing tactics have proved effective. “We’re not giving enough attention to the basic fundamental practices and fundamental controls,” says Caralli.Threat actors are also exploiting zero-day vulnerabilities, like the one in the MOVEit file transfer tool, to execute ransomware attacks.Related:Sign Up for InformationWeek's New Cyber Resilience NewsletterWhile ransomware groups are more than happy to pick the low-hanging fruit, they are also finding new ways to execute their attacks.“They’re switching to different programming languages, so using things like Rust,” Braley explains. “They can go after macOS, they can go after Linux. They can go after potentially even some of these mobile operating systems as well.”Threat actors are also leveraging more advanced social engineering tactics, according to Costis. “So, for example, multifactor authentication [MFA] fatigue attacks or SMS phishing rather than traditional email phishing. Obviously, AI and generative AI are starting to play into this as well,” he says.The Worst-Hit Ransomware VictimsRansomware groups are financially motivated; their activity tends to be opportunistic.“If you’re connected to the internet and you use a VPN that bad guys know to be vulnerable, they will just scan the internet look for that VPN,” says Hoffman. “In a way, they don’t care who they find as long as they find someone they can attack that [becomes] someone who might pay them.”Ransomware attacks are reported in many different sectors, ranging across finance, health care, education, government, and more. IT-ISAC tracks ransomware activity across critical US sectors. “Critical manufacturing is typically number one, sitting around 15 percent,” says Braley.Critical infrastructure victims may be more likely to pay because they cannot afford downtime, and they offer threat actors the tantalizing possibility of valuable data. “I think we might start seeing more targeted ransomware attacks … in the future,” says Costis.In December 2023, a group affiliated with the Iranian Government Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) hacked a municipal water authority in Pennsylvania. The month prior, a water utility in Texas was hit with a ransomware attack.“To some degree, that is about disrupting operations and putting fear out there,” says Caralli.A Continuing TrendIn 2024 thus far, Comparitech has tracked more than 60 ransomware attacks across the business, education, government, and healthcare sectors. Braley shares that IT-ISAC has seen 185 attacks in January, up from 120 attacks last January. What could enterprise leaders expect to see as ransomware activity continues?Dual ransomware is a growing concern. “No sooner has a company paid out a ransom and then they’ll get infected by a different variant. So, we might see an uptick in that,” says Costis. Threat actors will likely continue to execute social engineering campaigns and look for zero-day vulnerabilities to exploit. The increasing use of AI could power more sophisticated attacks. Ransomware groups may also increasingly target hypervisors.“If groups start focusing more on virtual environments -- and those are sometimes less hardened than other parts of a company’s network -- you may see, at least temporarily until companies adapt, more impactful ransomware events,” says Hoffman.Public company compliance with the SEC’s cybersecurity incident reporting rule that went into effect in December 2023 may shed more light on ransomware activity. More visibility and continued threat actor activity could mean that we will see a new record amount of known victim payments. “I would not be shocked if we get another report by the end of the year or this time next year with a much higher … figure,” says Costis.Yet, there is hope for enterprises and the cybersecurity community. Basic cyber hygiene, patch management, and access control can go a long way toward mitigating the risk of ransomware. “We should see companies being more resilient and needing to pay less often,” says Hoffman.While 2023 was a record year for ransomware payments, Hoffman shares a positive trend seen in his work. “In 2022, in our ransomware matters, our clients paid about 40% of the time, and that was kind of split between our smaller clients paying for a decryptor and our larger clients paying to prevent publication,” Hoffman shares. “In 2023, we dropped; our clients paid about 25% of the time.”
February 09, 2024
Rediscovering tape storage: The unconventional innovation for modern data challenges
Matt Ninesling, Senior Director of Tape Portfolio Management, Spectra Logic, highights the secure and sustainable nature of tape storage and why its steady resurgence shouldn’t be ignored amid data explosion requirements.Matt Ninesling, Senior Director of Tape Portfolio Management, Spectra LogicData is relentlessly expanding and is slated to reach a staggering 175+ zettabytes by 2025. The unprecedented storm of data generation in recent years has left many organisations seeking more scalable and cost-effective storage solutions. Amid this data deluge, traditional tape storage technology has always provided safe harbour, offering unparalleled advantages in scalability, security and sustainability. But through recent innovation and adaptability, modern tape storage solutions are helping organisations navigate the ocean of data to be protected and preserved in new ways.From humble beginnings as magnetic tape reels in the early days of computing, tape technology has undergone a transformation, evolving in formulations, read/write mechanisms and storage densities. Today, as a testament to its resilience and adaptability, tape remains a cornerstone in long-term data retention and security.Tape meets growing AI storage demandsOne of the key drivers behind the resurgence of tape technology is its inherent ability to accommodate vast volumes of information, making it an ideal storage solution for Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiatives. Multi-petabyte archives are becoming standard as AI increasingly drives every aspect of business, research and development. Modern Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology, for instance, offers up to 19TB of data storage per cartridge in its latest generation. Moreover, offerings such as IBM’s TS1170 take it a step further, providing 50TB of native storage capacity and up to 150TB of compressed format capacity per cartridge.When compared to other storage methods such as disk and cloud, tape not only maintains its cost-competitive edge but is also the dominant leader in affordability due to new developments in tape density.While disk-based storage systems cater to the instantaneous demands of real-time operations, tape’s role as a secondary or tertiary storage tier meets the need to store AI training data and outputs for the long term. Preservation of training data is crucial given recent lawsuits over the use of copyrighted materials for AI models and defamation litigation in response to false information generated by AI chatbots. Moreover, these long-term archives must be accessible and searchable. The introduction of S3-compatible object-based tape makes today’s tape technology the ideal building block for such archives. Object-based tape is highly scalable, searchable and can even be tagged for future retrieval. In the case of catastrophic data loss or corruption, AI training data archived on tape provides for a reliable means of recovery. Tape can be stored offline, making it less susceptible to accidental deletions through true air-gapped protection. Archiving AI training data on tape also ensures data remains intact and can be successfully retrieved if, and when, it is needed.The role of tape in cybersecurityAnother significant factor propelling the resurgence of tape technology is the escalating importance of data security. Amid the increasing frequency and sophistication of ransomware attacks, tape’s offline nature provides a robust defence, making it an invaluable asset across diverse sectors.AI is expected to heighten the near-term impact of the global ransomware threat. Over the next two years, organisations can expect with an almost certain likelihood that AI will increase the volume and impact of cyberattacks, as reported by the UK’s National Security Centre. As threat actors are able to analyse exfiltrated data faster and more effectively, the assessment predicts they will use this data to train AI models to enhance existing tactics, techniques and procedures.Tape storage technology, with its air-gapped nature, provides the most resilient layer of protection against such threats, ensuring that the data remains secure and accessible in the event of an attack. Modern tape solutions that incorporate an object storage interface are particularly useful as a secondary storage target for S3-compatible applications. A mainspring of modern data protection, object-based tape allows organisations to maintain traditional methods of backup while simultaneously deploying S3-compatible applications in a single infrastructure. The technology is often seen in large backup environments leveraging cloud-based APIs, where tape serves as a cost-effective repository for storing cold data at scale.Tape as a pillar of complianceCompliance with long-term retention requirements is crucial for businesses today. The focus is on ensuring that records, whether related to architecture or performance, can withstand the test of time and iterations.Mandates for compliance are typically instated by top-level executives such as a compliance officer, CIO, or security manager. These mandates may involve the retention of critical records, especially for industries where changes to formulations or architectures need to be preserved for legal reasons. For example, companies like Coca-Cola will often implement long-term data retention mandates to preserve previous formulations offline and protected, ensuring records can be accessed into the future in the event of litigation but remain shielded from unauthorised access.The decision to retain data for an extended period is not arbitrary; it involves evaluating the value of the data to the company. The length of retention is directly proportional to the significance and utility of the data for the business.Tape’s longevity makes it the ideal technology for retaining data for extended periods. The advantages of tape storage include Write Once Read Many (WORM) functionality, air-gapped security and the ability to be taken offsite for added protection. Furthermore, to ensure minimal data degradation over time, modern tape offerings feature greater data integrity and reliability by incorporating error correction codes and automated data integrity verification checks.Sustainability in data storageThe energy consumption of data centres is a pressing global concern, with data centres consuming approximately 200 terawatt-hours of electricity annually. Tape storage’s minimal power consumption and reduced cooling requirements provide a more sustainable alternative to disk-based storage systems, delivering significant savings in electricity usage and contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions.Tape technology’s durability and cost-effectiveness make it an attractive proposition for organisations seeking long-term data retention solutions that are not only reliable and secure but also environmentally friendly.The road aheadTape storage technology’s adaptability, resilience and enduring relevance make it a worthy contender in the data storage arena. Moreover, when it comes to storing large amounts of infrequently accessed data for the long term, tape is in fact the undeniable leader. Whether it’s managing the surge of Big Data, safeguarding against cybersecurity threats, ensuring regulatory compliance, or championing sustainability, tape storage continues to thrive, demonstrating its timeless value.The horizon promises even more sophisticated tape solutions, hinting at greater storage capacities, enhanced data transfer speeds and strengthened data integrity checks. Modern tape storage technology, with its ability to complement big data analytics, fortify cybersecurity defences, meet compliance mandates and contribute to a greener planet, underscores a compelling truth – sometimes, the tried-and-true ways prove to be the most successful.Click below to share this article
February 13, 2024
WORM Functionality – Understanding its Importance in Data Storage - Tycoonstory Media
In our digital world, keeping data safe is crucial. WORM functionality (Write Once, Read Many) helps by ensuring that data, once written, cannot be changed. This article explains why WORM is important, how it’s used, its benefits, and challenges. Let’s explore why WORM matters in data security.Understanding WORM FunctionalityWORM functionality embodies the principle of immutability, whereby data can be written to a storage medium only once and subsequently accessed multiple times for reading purposes. Once it’s written, the data becomes impervious to alteration, deletion, or tampering. That ensures an effective creation of a digital seal of authenticity. This attribute is particularly invaluable in industries governed by strict regulatory frameworks, like finance, healthcare, legal, and archival sectors.The Implementation of WORM TechnologyImplementing WORM functionality encompasses a spectrum of storage technologies, each offering unique advantages and considerations. Historically, optical disks like CD-R and DVD-R served as the primary medium for WORM storage, owing to their innate write-once nature. However, with the evolution of sophisticated storage solutions, including tape drives, specialized disk arrays, and cloud-based platforms, WORM functionality has transcended traditional boundaries and embraced modern architectures.Contemporary WORM implementations often rely on software-based mechanisms integrated into storage arrays or cloud platforms, facilitating seamless integration with existing IT infrastructures. This software-driven approach enhances flexibility and scalability, and that’s not all! It also enables organizations to adapt to evolving regulatory requirements and technological advancements.Applications of WORM FunctionalityThe versatility of WORM functionality extends across diverse domains, where data integrity, compliance, and security are paramount considerations. Some notable applications include:Financial Transactions and Audit TrailsIn finance, WORM plays a key role in creating unchangeable audit trails and transaction logs. That helps organizations be more transparent, accountable, and compliant with regulations.Healthcare Records ManagementThe healthcare industry heavily relies on electronic health records (EHRs) to store patient information. WORM storage ensures the integrity and confidentiality of EHRs, helping healthcare providers comply with regulations like HIPAA.Data Archiving and Long-Term PreservationWORM storage is vital for archiving historical data and documents for extended periods. Whether it’s financial records, legal contracts, or scientific research data, WORM technology helps maintain the integrity and authenticity of archived information.Compliance and Regulatory Requirements:Industries like finance, healthcare, and law use WORM to meet strict data retention and security regulations; by making critical records unchangeable, organizations in these sectors can reduce compliance risks and avoid legal liabilities.Benefits of WORM Functionality:Adopting WORM functionality yields many benefits, ranging from enhanced data integrity to regulatory compliance even beyond. Some key advantages include:Data Integrity and AuthenticityWORM makes sure data stays the way it was first written. That keeps information true and reliable, and this helps build trust among the people who use it and the ones who make the rules.Compliance AssuranceIn businesses where there’re strict rules to follow, like finance or healthcare, WORM helps to stick to these rules. It helps store data safely and meet legal requirements without any worries.Protection Against Cyber ThreatsWORM keeps data safe from hackers and malicious online stuff. Even if there’s a cyberattack, data stays safe and unchanged, which lessens the harm caused.Cost-Effective Storage ManagementEven though setting up WORM systems may seem expensive, in the beginning, they save money in the long run. They do so by preventing data loss and legal troubles, which ultimately helps avoid costly fixes and fines.Legal AdmissibilityIn legal matters or fights, data protected by WORM stands strong as proof. Since it can’t be changed, it’s trusted and believed subsequently, making an organization’s position stronger.Challenges and ConsiderationsDespite its undeniable benefits, the implementation of WORM functionality presents several challenges and considerations that organizations must address:Initial InvestmentSetting up WORM-enabled storage systems requires a considerable upfront investment in specialized hardware, software licenses, and infrastructure upgrades. Before diving into WORM implementation, organizations must carefully assess the costs against the potential benefits and regulatory requirements. This evaluation ensures that the investment aligns with the organization’s strategic goals and budgetary constraints.Performance ImpactSome WORM storage solutions may experience slower write speeds or higher latency when compared to traditional storage systems. This performance difference can potentially impact overall system performance and user experience. To mitigate these issues, organizations should conduct thorough performance testing and optimization measures. By fine-tuning the system, they can minimize any adverse effects on operational efficiency and ensure smooth performance.Data AccessibilityOnce data is written to a WORM storage medium, it becomes immutable, meaning it can’t be changed. That poses challenges in situations where data amendments or updates are necessary. To address this, organizations must establish robust data management policies and procedures. These policies should cover aspects such as data access, retention, and archival requirements. By implementing clear guidelines, organizations can ensure data accessibility while complying with regulatory mandates.Compatibility and InteroperabilityEnsuring compatibility between WORM-enabled systems and existing IT infrastructure is crucial for seamless integration and data accessibility. Organizations need to assess interoperability considerations, including data formats, protocols, and APIs. By understanding these factors, they can facilitate smooth data exchange and interoperability across different systems. That ensures that WORM functionality integrates effectively with existing workflows and technologies, enhancing overall operational efficiency.Regulatory ComplianceMeeting regulatory requirements is a key consideration for organizations implementing WORM functionality. Industries such as finance, healthcare, and law are subject to stringent data retention and security regulations. WORM technology helps organizations comply with these regulations by ensuring data immutability and tamper-proof storage. By adhering to regulatory mandates, organizations mitigate the risk of non-compliance penalties and legal sanctions, safeguarding their reputation and financial well-being.ConclusionWORM technology is crucial in modern data storage and management, providing unmatched benefits such as data integrity, compliance, and security. By using WORM storage, organizations protect critical data, meet regulations, and reduce risks like breaches and legal issues. Despite challenges in setup and operation, WORM technology significantly improves data governance and risk management.As regulations and cyber threats become more complex, WORM’s importance grows. It has become a key part of data protection and governance strategies for organizations. Embracing WORM helps strengthen defenses, build trust, and fully utilize data assets in the digital world. Overall, WORM is vital for organizations looking to navigate the evolving landscape confidently and effectively protect their data.

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Keeping Backups Safe Using LTO Tape
Malware in the form of holding data for ransom has been a threat to organizations for years. Ransomware attacks are getting more sophisticated and are targeting a new class of data – backups! Ransomware will now look to delete any type of backups it comes across, for example, any Windows backup files and shared network drives. Learn how to defend against this type of cyberattack.

Video Surveillance Storage Challenges
We review some alarming incidents caught on camera and what IT departments can do to keep up with the demands of storing video surveillance content with help from LTO technology.


Does your organization use an active archive? 

Do you know the benefits of an active archive? Do you know that LTO tape storage is used to securely archive important information and that it does it economically? Learn more in this issue of LTO BlogBytes! #tapefortomorrow #lto #bigdata

LTO Case Studies

Award-winning studio protects workflow with LTO Technology

Aardman is an independent and multi-award-winning studio. It produces feature films, series, advertising, interactive entertainment and innovative attractions for both the domestic and international market. The studio’s work includes the creation of much-loved characters such as Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Morph.

Business Needs

  •  Manage and efficiently store video production material at each phase of the workflow.

  • Protect video assets from any form of accidental or intentional destruction and ransomware attacks.

  • Control costs and stay within planned budget.

  • Easily access archived content for edits, conforms, final productions and future reference.




Solution – Results:

  •  Implemented LTO tape drives and automated libraries with about 100 slot capacity.

  • Production staff can straightforwardly
    retrieve video content from tape libraries for any phase of production.

  • Able to store each step of the workflow securely to LTO tape.

  • Easy to create second tape copy of video content to store offsite for disaster protection.


LTO Tape Shipment Report
Reveals Record Breaking
Tape Capacity Shipments

July 2020

Continued increase in capacity shipments point to reliance on LTO tape in modern-day storage environments.

The LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (TPCs), Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM Corporation and Quantum today released their annual tape media shipment report, detailing year-over-year shipments. 

The LTO Program announces Fujifilm and Sony are now both licensees of Generation 9 Technology

September 2021

LTO Seeing Continued Relevance for Archive and Offline Long-Term storage.

The LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (TPCs), Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM Corporation and Quantum are pleased to announce Fujifilm and Sony are now licensees of Generation 9 technology, meaning that both companies are planning to produce LTO-9 media moving forward. 

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