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20 Aug

Why CEO’s Shouldn’t Ignore the Human Factor in Cyber Security in Kenya

Why CEO’s Shouldn’t Ignore the Human Factor in Cyber Security in Kenya

In this era and with the world COVID pandemic, the majority of CEO’s are still taking cyber security requirements too lightly leading to serious consequences. The human element is still playing the biggest role in rendering most businesses vulnerable to cyber security threats and attacks. A recent study conducted by Kaspersky Lab on over 5,000 businesses around the globe revealed that about 52% (which is more than half) of businesses believe they are at risk from within. This is to say, the staff, either intentionally or unintentionally through acts of carelessness or lack of knowledge put the businesses they work for at great risk of cyber-related threats. 

Kenya is not exceptional when it comes to cyber risks, therefore CEO’s ought to be aware of how easy it is for employees or the human factor to impact a company’s security by exposing the companies to security breaches. On many occasions, the same employees can be used as the attack vectors by being careless or uninformed hence becoming prone to threats such as phishing and social engineering since they do not know how to spot the difference between a legitimate application or fake one to lure them opening a malicious malware or virus application.

It is very important for businesses not to consider policies alone as a way of covering cyber-related risks since not all policies are always followed. CEO’s therefore should consider solutions that provide more visibility and centralized security management of corporate networks, regular employee awareness training on cyber security so that they can be conscious of the impacts if they are ignoring the risk, they are exposing the company by their null or negative actions to safeguard the company data.

Any individual with access to an organization’s systems and data is a potential vulnerability. Most if not all of the high-profile corporate security incidents and breaches involve a human error or intentional, malicious actions. This is because many of them are usually successful cyber-attacks from external attackers who take advantage of the human weaknesses to lure insiders within organizations to provide them with access to sensitive company information. 

Below are the Human Factor Strategies to consider for your organization

  1. Cyber workforce development:  Build a cyber workforce, capable of rising to the challenge of cyber security through recruiting and retaining efforts. 
  2. Training and awareness: Take a fresh look at information security training & awareness efforts; provide immersive learning opportunities to reinforce behavior change.
  3. Stakeholder and leadership engagement: Set up partnerships with leadership across organizations and ensure that leadership engages and supports cyber security programs.
  4. Finance Security initiatives: Organizations must also adopt more comprehensive strategies and increase their cyber security budgets. Of most importance is the adoption of threat intelligence which is not only based on technology but also human expertise. Threat intelligence systems usually automate the process of identifying important attacks out of vast data, tracking events as they occur with a real-time analysis that monitors the behavior of software, systems, and the human factory to detect a malicious incident. All this has to be planned with a budget in mind.

Do you need a cyber security training or the implementation of threat intelligence systems? 

Call East African Data Handlers today ( +254 0711 051 000) remember your employees urgently need an online cyber security training to protect themselves and the company data against any cyber-attacks. Remember by making employees aware of security threats, how they might present, and what procedures to follow when a threat is identified, you‘re indeed strengthening the most vulnerable links in the chain.

Did you know that Threat Intelligence also enables organizations to draw on evidence-based knowledge, including but not limited to the context, mechanisms, indicators, implications, and actionable advice, about an existing or emerging menace or hazard? Since the event is logged, Threat Intelligence platforms provide forensic data that can be used to conduct the root cause analysis by determining the patterns, predict possible attacks and attack vectors, and help to prevent future attacks.

Did you recently experience a data breach? Get in touch with us today so that we can help you discover when, how, who, and why the breach was successful.  Call now ( +254 0711 051 000) 

The most effective strategy is therefore to recreate an actual working environment and putting employees amid a very real cyber-attack that they must defend against. 

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19 Aug

Ransomware – What Is It & How To Remove It

WHAT IS RANSOMWARE?

East African Data Handlers a Trusted Data Recovery Company in Kenya for all your Ransomware services.

Def:  Ransomware attack  can be defined having as an advanced malware or virus that deters users from accessing their PC or files until a ransom is paid.

Ransomware Encrypted files Recovery

East Africa Data Handlers is a Data Recovery company in Kenya that can help you decrypt and get back your Encrypted Data from a Ransomware Attack.

As we all know, Ransomware is a type of Virus  or malware that denies Access to computer Systems unless a ransom is paid to a hacker. This type of malicious software can be spread through emails or visiting infected websites inadvertently. Its can affect range of storage media including but not limited to Server, NAS Storage, SAN Storage, External Hard Disk, Desktop PC, Laptop & RAID that are designed for specialized application in a busy computing environments.

What are the Symptoms of Ransomware Virus or malware Attack ?

A ransomware Virus  or Malware can take various forms and dimensions. Some of  the signs that should make you begin suspecting that your network or storage device has been affected by ransomware include:

  • A pop-Up Notification that blocks access to files or an entire computer system and displays an message with instruction on how to pay ransomware so that you can restore access

  • Having your  not opening and sometimes the display message informs the user that the system is missing a valid application to open inaccessible files even though you have the right programs installed.

Why Data Handlers for Encrypted Data Recovery?

Data Handlers has more than 15 years’ experience in the Data Recovery Services in Nairobi, Our technicians have the necessary skills and tools required to recover data after a ransomware virus attack and restore the health of the affected devices. Ransomware Virus or Malware mostly target large corporations that can operate without their proprietary software and critical data. The hackers who launch that attack will only withdraw their malicious software from your system if you pay the ransom-even then. It is not a guarantee that these companies will restore access to your data.

We are a legitimate business that charges a considerable fee, which is significantly lower than what the captors of the data could be asking for in a ransom. Contact our customer care service center info@eadatahandlers.co.ke or visit send us a quick chat on our website for all the instructions on “The steps needed  to diagnose your device”. Our engineers will also recommend preventive measures that you should implement to safeguard it against future Virus attacks ransomware.

For direct Reach  for other Data recovery in Nairobi, Call us at 0711051000 and ask to speak with a ransomware recovery specialist.

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17 Jul

Data Recovery Kenya – East Africa Data Handlers – Data Recovery Nairobi

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Data Recovery | Digital Forensics | Cyber Security | Kenya & East Africa. Call +0711 051 000

Do you know Data Loss is only temporary and we prove it every day with the highest Data Recovery Success rate in Kenya and East Africa. At East Africa  Data Handlers this what we do.

We retrieve data from Hard Drives, Laptops, Desktops, Raid Systems, Network-Attached Storage (NAS), Storage Area Network (SAN), Tapes, Servers, SAS and SCSI Hard Drives, Memory Cards, Mobile Phones, Flash Drives, Solid State Drives & Ransomware Encryption.

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Hard Drive Data Recovery

Through our Data Recovery services , We offer world-leading solutions and multiple data recovery service options for virtually all types of hard drives (IDE, EIDE), Serial ATA (SATA), SCSI, SAS, SSD and Fibre Channel in Nairobi, Kenya
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Server Data Recovery

When your server fails or is missing data, we understand the urgency to recover your data and get you back up and running.Our team of engineers are experts in server data recovery. We work with our clients and the equipment manufacturer to recover the maximum amount of data as quickly as possible. We offer 24/7 Emergency and Onsite data recovery for Servers because they are the heart beat of any organization. Oracle servers, retrieve lost SQL data, recover files from Dell servers, HP servers and RAID configured devices across Nairobi Kenya
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Mobile Phone Data Recovery

We know how to recover data from mobile internal storage? The mobile phone has stored many important data, like, photos, videos, messages, and other files. What if your cellphone got damaged and inaccessible. All the important files that stored in your cell phone have been lost, or you accidentally deleted important files. Based on trust, customers rely on East African Data Handlers  for recovery services for their mobile phones. Recovery is possible on most Android and Apple Phones. Ie Iphones, Ipads, HTC, LG, Samsung, Infinix, Techno and more accross Kenya
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NAS & SAN Data Recovery

SAN environments can incorporate a number of different types of computer hardware, including Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices and RAID systems where devices communicate using the block-based SCSI protocol over dedicated Fibre Channel or Internet Protocol (IP) network. Because of its many elements, SAN architectures can be quite complex and the more complex the system, the more likely a failure can occur in one component, affecting the entire storage environment.

East African Data Handlers routinely recovers data from:

  • Single or Multiple Disk Failure
  • Failed Software or Operating System Upgrades
  • Mechanical Failure (Clicking, Buzzing)
  • Virus Attack
  • System Crash
  • Accidental Deletion of Data or Reformat of NAS Volume
  • Physical Damage (Fire, Water, Smoke, Etc.)
  • Power Surge Causing Physical or Logical Corruption
  • Data Could Not Be Viewed Due To Security System Failure

The #1 cause of unrecoverable data is due to individuals or technicians attempting data recovery on their own.

NAS is an alternative to a specialized storage area network (SAN). NAS devices are often connected to a shared general purpose local area network, reducing cost overhead, while also reducing access speed. The protocol used with NAS is a file based protocol such as Network File System (NFS) or Microsoft’s Common Internet File System (CIFS).

Most network storage systems contain more than one hard disk drive, often in a RAID configuration and are a computer by itself with its own operating system. Having a hard drive fail or even one the computer components could make it impossible for your IT department to recover the data due to the nonstandard operating system.

Unexpected failure may cause data inaccessibility or even data loss. Often this occurs between data backups or on data that has no backup at all. Utilizing proprietary data recovery technology, our data recovery specialists will recover the data you need in a timely, secure and cost effective manner. We have established a level of expertise in RAID, SAN, and NAS recovery that is unparalleled by even the manufacturers of the systems that we recover data from.

Our combination of custom software and extensive experience means we do not need your hardware or your controller to perform data recovery on your RAID, SAN or NAS storage system. We only need the drives from the sub-system. You can keep the trays, rails, cables and miscellaneous hardware. This allows you to replace the drives and start the rebuild process while we recover the data from the originals. You no longer have to wait to get your equipment back.

East African Data Handlers  offers multiple data recovery service options across Kenya for recovering lost or inaccessible data from NAS & SAN Storage devices. ie Apple, Buffalo, Dell, NetGear, Lacie, Iomega, G-Drive, HP and more.
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SSD Data Recovery

Solid state drives (SSDs) offer a bevy of benefits over traditional hard disk drives (HDDs). The primary advantage of SSDs is that they use nonvolatile memory chips that improve performance and loading speed. They use less energy and are more compact, making them perfect for laptops and mobile devices that require more lightweight storage options. What’s more, SSDs differ from HDDs in that they do not have an actuator arm that writes data onto a spinning disk. This absence of moving mechanical parts decreases the likelihood of damaging the drive or disrupting data reading and writing when using storage devices in transit.

That being said, many SSD users assume their SSDs are more reliable than HDDs because their lack of moving parts should theoretically mean less opportunity on the whole for something to go wrong. Unfortunately, this is incorrect.

While SSDs have rightly earned their reputation for high-speed performance, they are not infallible. In fact, generally speaking, the longevity of an SSD seems to be pretty on par with that of an HDD. In other words, despite their many advantages, SSDs are still susceptible to memory deterioration and physical faults. Flash memory wears out over time, while capacitors, power supply, and controller chips all make SSDs prone to electrical failures.

For this reason, it’s crucial for MSPs to understand that SSDs can fail and prepare themselves with adequate precautionary measures to help customers avoid data loss. The bottom line is that SSD death can be unpredictable and unavoidable in some cases, which is why it’s best to learn about preemptive measures and SSD data recovery well in advance of a potential failure.

Through our Recovery products and services, East African Data Handlers can help clients understand and manage the challenges associated with Solid State Drive Data Recovery. ie Kingston, Samsung, WD Black & Black SSD etc.
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Raid Data Recovery

Having problems with your RAID 0-6 array?

Does the battery or power issue lead to RAID failure? Damaged RAID’s controller? RAID logical volume was formatted? RAID Volume inaccessible? RAID disk not recognized? Need to repair software or hardware RAID? Is one of the RAID’s disk dead?

Very likely that your precious files are at high risk. Are you afraid of the complete loss of your data?

At East African Data Handlers we use advanced data recovery tools and techniques to repair, recover and rebuild inaccessible data from all types of RAID systems ie Raid 1, Raid 0, Raid 5, Raid 6, Raid 10 etc
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Ransomware Attack Data Recovery

You’re working on your computer and you notice that it seems slower. Or perhaps you can’t access document or media files that were previously available.

You might be getting error messages from Windows telling you that a file is of an “Unknown file type” or “Windows can’t open this file.”

If you’re on a Mac, you might see the message “No associated application,” or “There is no application set to open the document.”

Another possibility is that you’re completely locked out of your system. If you’re in an office, you might be looking around and seeing that other people are experiencing the same problem. Some are already locked out, and others are just now wondering what’s going on, just as you are.

Then you see a message confirming your fears.

You’ve been infected with ransomware.

Attacked by Ransomware and can’t access your files? Don’t worry, We perform ransomware virus recovery service on any Ransomware family: WannaCry, Jigsaw, CryptoLocker etc  we are the best solution provider in ransomware virus recovery from any Server, PC.
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Cyber Security

What is Cyber Security?

Cyber security is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. It’s also known as information technology security or electronic information security. The term applies in a variety of contexts, from business to mobile computing, and can be divided into a few common categories.

  • Network security is the practice of securing a computer network from intruders, whether targeted attackers or opportunistic malware.
  • Application security focuses on keeping software and devices free of threats. A compromised application could provide access to the data its designed to protect. Successful security begins in the design stage, well before a program or device is deployed.
  • Information security protects the integrity and privacy of data, both in storage and in transit.
  • Operational security includes the processes and decisions for handling and protecting data assets. The permissions users have when accessing a network and the procedures that determine how and where data may be stored or shared all fall under this umbrella.
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity define how an organization responds to a cyber-security incident or any other event that causes the loss of operations or data. Disaster recovery policies dictate how the organization restores its operations and information to return to the same operating capacity as before the event. Business continuity is the plan the organization falls back on while trying to operate without certain resources.
  • End-user education addresses the most unpredictable cyber-security factor: people. Anyone can accidentally introduce a virus to an otherwise secure system by failing to follow good security practices. Teaching users to delete suspicious email attachments, not plug in unidentified USB drives, and various other important lessons is vital for the security of any organization.

Cyber attacks have become common, that’s why we provide managed security services that help companies detect & respond to threats and breaches. Talk to our cyber security experts today to defend your systems & data from attacks.
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Digital Forensics

What is Digital Forensics?

Digital Forensics is defined as the process of preservation, identification, extraction, and documentation of computer evidence which can be used by the court of law. It is a science of finding evidence from digital media like a computer, mobile phone, server, or network. It provides the forensic team with the best techniques and tools to solve complicated digital-related cases.

Digital Forensics helps the forensic team to analyzes, inspect, identifies, and preserve the digital evidence residing on various types of electronic devices.

We offer the forensic analysis of Laptops, Desktops, smartphones, tablets and other devices In Kenya. recover deleted data, text messages, call logs, docs, browser history.
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Cloud and Data Backup

What is cloud backup and how does it work?

Cloud backup, also known as online backup or remote backup, is a strategy for sending a copy of a physical or virtual file or database to a secondary, off-site location for preservation in case of equipment failure or catastrophe. The secondary server and storage systems are usually hosted by a third-party service provider, who charges the backup customer a fee based on storage space or capacity used, data transmission bandwidth, number of users, number of servers or number of times data is accessed.

Implementing cloud data backup can help bolster an organization’s data protection strategy without increasing the workload of information technology (IT) staff. The labor-saving benefit may be significant and enough of a consideration to offset some of the additional costs associated with cloud backup, such as data transmission charges.

We provide a cloud based backup and recovery solution in Kenya that provides SMEs, Private Companies, Government Institution and even Individuals with offsite backup solution.

FAQ

1.Where are we located  for data recovery in kenya nairobi city. ( data recovery nairobi kenya) ( east africa data recovery  kenya)

  • We are located at Chiromo Court 3rd floor

2. What are data recovery prices in nairobi

  • We operate on no data recovered no charge policy. ( data recovery kenya price )

3. What are the data recovery techniques we use?

  • Different devices have different form of data recovery.

4. Do we sell any data recovery software?

  • No we don’t but we have custom types by the manufacturers of the devices.

5. Are the any recovery options kenya?

  • Yes there are but, we are the best due to our vast experience.

Contact us now:

Call now 0711 051 000. We are the Data recovery Experts in Kenya and Africa.
Do not Suffer in Silence we can help.  We are located at Chiromo Court 3rd floor Nairobi Kenya.

 

 

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08 May

Surge of MegaCortex Ransomware attacks detected

Surge of MegaCortex Ransomware attacks detected

A new strain named MegaCortex.

A cyber-security firm in the UK has reported detecting a spike in ransomware attacks at the end of last week from a new strain named MegaCortex. The firm said the MegaCortex ransomware appears to have been designed to target large enterprise networks as part of carefully planned targeted intrusions – a tactic that is known as “big-game hunting.” The modus operandi is not new and has been the preferred method of delivering ransomware for almost half a year.

MegaCortex now joins an ever-growing list of ransomware strains that cyber-criminal groups are using only in targeted attacks, rather than with spam or other mass deployment techniques. The list includes some recognizable names, such as Ryuk, Bitpaymer, Dharma, SamSam, LockerGoga, and Matrix.

SUDDEN RISE OF ATTACKS THIS MONTH.

According to a report released late Friday night 3rd May 2019, MegaCortex was first spotted back in late January, when someone uploaded a sample on malware scanning service VirusTotal.

Since then, the number of attacks has been growing, but they spiked mid last week when the firm says it detected 47 attacks – accounting for two-thirds of all the 76 MegaCortex attacks the company has seen all year.

The firm says it blocked the attacks it detected, which originated from enterprise networks located in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, and France. However, other megacortex attacks might have occurred in other places where the UK antivirus vendor had no coverage.

 

 

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15 May

Facebook Messenger Spam and scam is targeting its victims via a video link malware

Facebook Messenger Spam & Scam Spreading Malicious Chrome Extensions, Adware

Beware Facebook Messenger users, as cybercriminals are targeting victims by spreading malware through links sent by their friends.

The malware campaign was discovered by David Jacoby, a senior security researcher in the global research and analysis team at Kaspersky Lab, who was himself targeted after a Facebook friend with whom he rarely interacts, sent a link to a purported video file in Messenger.

After just a few minutes analyzing the message, I understood that I was just peeking at the top of this iceberg. This malware was spreading via Facebook Messenger, serving multi platform malware/adware, using tons of domains to prevent tracking, and earning clicks,” David said.

So, how does this malware spread? Apparently, the malicious message containing a bit.ly or t.cn link and the name of the user plus the word “Video” arrives through one of your friends account on Messenger to make the potential victims believe that it is a legitimate video link. When the victim clicks on the link, it will take the user to a Google Docs page that has a screenshot photo of that Facebook friend. The message is made to look like a playable movie.

But when clicked on that video, the victim is redirected to external sites depending on their browser, location and operating system that ultimately attempt to lure them into installing the malware. This malicious software, if downloaded, will cause the victim to spread the virus to their contacts on Facebook Messenger.

By doing this, it basically moves your browser through a set of websites and, using tracking cookies, monitors your activity, displays certain ads for you and even, in some cases, social engineers you to click on links,” Jacoby writes.

 

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For example, a Google Chrome user is redirected to a fake YouTube page with a fake error message designed to push the user in downloading a malicious Chrome extension.

Meanwhile, on Firefox, the users get directed to a website displaying a fake Flash Update notice, which attempts to run a Windows executable to deliver the adware. Since this malware is cross-platform, it affects MacOS Safari too and offers the download of a .dmg file, which is also adware.

It is unclear how the malware spreads via Messenger.

The initial spreading mechanism seems to be Facebook Messenger, but how it actually spreads via Messenger is still unknown. It may be from stolen credentials, hijacked browsers or clickjacking,” David speculated.

The people behind this are most likely making a lot of money in ads and getting access to a lot of Facebook accounts,” said David.

We know that clicking on unknown links is not recommended, but through this technique they basically force you to do so.

Please make sure that you don’t click on these links, and please update your antivirus!,” added David.

When ZDNet got in touch with Facebook regarding the matter, a spokesperson for the social media giant said: “We maintain a number of automated systems to help stop harmful links and files from appearing on Facebook.

“If we suspect your computer is infected with malware, we will provide you with a free antivirus scan from our trusted partners. We share tips on how to stay secure and links to these scanners on facebook.com/help.

Source: ZDNet

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07 Jun

How to prevent Locky ransomware

How to prevent Locky ransomware

Remember that preventing Locky and extortion-ware like it is simply a matter of user discipline and an awareness of how malware can be contracted. The first consideration for stopping infections is to maintain an up-to-date system. This includes operating system security patches and ensuring that you’re using the latest version of your browser; place browser settings to their highest that still allow access required and warn of hazardous ‘site content. Disallow all add-ons, plugins and extensions. Install a good firewall that will cover ALL routes – including remote and networking connections; set this to disallow communication on Tor and I2P networks (so that if a trojan does gain entry, it cannot communicate and execute), block unauthorized port use. Get the best security software possible that will carry out in-depth scans. For good measure, make backups as regularly as possible to external storage.

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The next consideration is settings, or privilege. On a network of any size – family or business – do not use the Administrator log-in for general use, or stay logged-in for longer than necessary in this capacity. It’s safer to give the username/password to everyone who may need it with the instructions to log-off when a task is completed. Allow strictest Admin privileges that still enable the network to function (see the Microsoft website for more detail on this).

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The easiest element of prevention is good working practice – though perhaps this is sometimes the most difficult to enforce or adhere to. Bear in mind the delivery routes mentioned above. In the case of the e-mail delivery threat, depending on a system, set ‘mail to highest security. Ensure that all users are aware of the risks of opening unsolicited ‘mail. Disallow ActiveX (macro) function for all Microsoft Office applications. Find a method to filter incoming containing attachments and preview if neccessary by left-clicking and viewing Source in Properties which will supply the body of the text and display any hidden attachments without actually opening the file (DO NOT preview in Print Preview, as this can execute some malware).
Stay organized and up-to-date – don’t let this current threat know your business!

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If you’ve lost valuable, irreplaceable data   or need Data Recovery Plan for your Oraganisation or business— We can save it! Call us now at +254 711 051 000 or visit our offices Chiromo Court 3rd Floor Westlands, Kenya. Best of it, we have distributed offices all over East Africa and can easily get your device brought to us from anywhere in East Africa.

Also  we have other services in data recovery for various  devices; Hard Drives, Laptops, Desktops, Raid SystemsRAID / NAS / SAN , Servers, Memory Cards, Flash Drives, Databases, SSD Drives etc

East African Data Handlers ltd  no data – no charge policy means you owe us nothing if we are unable to recover your critical files.

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