Manufacturer Marel Prepares for GDPR with Code42

Manufacturer Marel Prepares for GDPR with Code42

Is your organization ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? There’s a reason we’ve written so much about GDPR recently. According to Gartner, around half of companies won’t be compliant by the May 25, 2018 deadline. Unfortunately, GDPR isn’t a moment in time or a binary switch–your company can’t prepare for May 25th and stop worrying about it on May 26th. GDPR compliance is an ongoing state that your organization needs to maintain–forever.

To make things more complicated, how you maintain GDPR compliance likely isn’t static either. The spirit of GDPR is “privacy by design,” while the digital transformation most organizations are going through relies on the concept of “digital trust,” or becoming more comfortable with data in the cloud. These two forces might seem inherently at odds with one another–how can you maintain data privacy while becoming more comfortable with data moving outside of the corporate network.

We don’t have the answer here for you today, although it is a topic that we’ll cover more on this blog in the near future. Here’s what we can tell you: You can prepare for the short-term and long-term effects of GDPR compliance regulations with endpoint recovery and visibility. Take Marel, for example. The leading global provider of processing systems for the meat, poultry and fish industries, Marel has offices in 30 countries, with 55 percent of those located in the European Union (EU). Marel relies on Code42 to protect the data for its highly mobile workforce from data loss, but also as part of its broader GDPR compliance efforts. Learn how and why Marel believes that Code42 is a key part of its GDPR compliance plan by reading the case study today. Then, be sure to check back on the blog as we continue to dive into the ongoing ramifications of this game-changing data protection regulation.

Code42 customer success: North Highland

Code42 Customer Success Story: North Highland

Code42 provides your business with a variety of data security benefits, including increased productivity, risk mitigation, streamlined user workflows and more – all in a single product that’s been proven to ultimately save you money. While Code42 has a few primary use cases – backup and recovery, device migration, etc. – we’ve learned that our different customers use our solutions in different ways.

We’ve asked some of our customers to tell their stories of how Code42 has helped in their organizations. Today, Lincoln Higdon, director of information technology at professional services firm North Highland, explains how they use Code42 for backup and recovery, including how Code42 saved some very important data from coffee-related disaster. He has high praise for how Code42 has evolved along with his company’s needs and for how the Code42 platform consistently saves IT time and productivity. In the professional services industry, the old saying “time is money” is especially true. As a company that depends on billable hours, any downtime can literally harm the bottom line, the company’s reputation or both. Fortunately, with Code42, firms like North Highland can easily bounce back from data loss. Check out the video to hear Lincoln’s story.

A Code42 Customer Success Story: Qualcomm

A Code42 Customer Success Story: Qualcomm

Code42 provides your business with a variety of data security benefits, including increased productivity, risk mitigation, streamlined user workflows, and more – all in a single product that’s been proven to ultimately save you money. While Code42 has a few primary use cases – backup and recovery, device migration, etc. – we’ve learned that our different customers use our solutions in different ways.

We’ve asked some of our customers to tell their stories of how Code42 has helped in their organizations. Today, Qualcomm IT Engineer Ben Molesworth and Senior Manager of Information Technology Chris Millet discuss the multiple benefits their organization derives from the Code42 platform. In the video below, Ben and Chris discuss Code42’s data restore capabilities, how Code42 has cut their tech refresh process from eight hours per device to only thirty minutes, and how Code42 makes it easy to manage 30,000 users from a single admin console. See their stories in the video below.

42 Seconds with a Code42 Customer: Utex Industries

Code42 provides your business with a variety of data security benefits, including increased productivity, risk mitigation, streamlined user workflows, and more – all in a single product that’s been proven to ultimately save you money. While Code42 has a few primary use cases – backup and recovery, device migration, etc. – we’ve learned that our different customers use Code42 in different ways. To explore how customers use our product, we recently partnered with the talented team at creative agency Crash+Sues to create a series of animated videos featuring the voices and likenesses of actual Code42 users.

In our latest video, Jeff Hiner, systems administrator at Utex Industries, explains that the company suffered an insider breach when a company chemist decided to steal company files. While Utex was already a Code42 customer and had already purchased a license for Security Center, they hadn’t yet set it up. As a result, the had to conduct an investigation that was both expensive and time-consuming. Jeff tells the story in just 42 seconds. Watch it below.

42 Seconds with a Code42 Customer: Lehigh University

Code42 provides your business with a variety of data security benefits, including increased productivity, risk mitigation, streamlined user workflows, and more–all in a single product that’s been proven to ultimately save you money. While Code42 has a few primary use cases–backup and recovery, device migration, etc.–we’ve learned that our different customers use Code42 in different ways. To explore how customers use our product, we recently partnered with the talented team at creative agency Crash+Sues to create a series of animated videos featuring the voices and likenesses of actual Code42 users.

In our latest video, Naazer Ashraf, senior computing consultant at Lehigh University, explains why they rely on Code42 over sync and share products for data backup and restore. As one of the nation’s premier research universities, Lehigh’s faculty are known for their excellence in research. Obviously, data is extremely important (and valuable) to researchers, so imagine the reaction when one researcher deleted files from Google Drive to save space–and discovered that doing so wiped the files for 10 other researchers. Naazer tells the story in just 42 seconds. Check it out below.

Non-profit Uses Code42 to Better Achieve its Mission of Helping Struggling Communities Thrive

Communities Unlimited is an Arkansas-based non-profit with the stated mission “to move rural and under-resourced communities in areas of persistent poverty to sustainable prosperity.” The organization helps communities, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and families with lending programs, business consulting, and even technical support. Communities Unlimited services seven southern states: Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Alabama. Their service area includes 60 percent of the persistently poor counties in the United States.

Communities Unlimited might not be type of organization you think of first when you think of who needs rock-solid data protection, but it turns out that it has very critical data protection needs. As a condition of government grants, Communities Unlimited (and organizations like it) must retain data for seven years. With a geographically huge service area, the organization has many employees in the field. And as an organization that provides technical support to small businesses and families, they are not only handling their data, but the data of clients as well.

Communities Unlimited now uses Code42 for automatic and continuous data backup, and like many organizations, they came to us after their previous data protection strategy failed. Before Code42, the organization was using external hard drives and Microsoft OneDrive to back up its files. But catastrophe struck, and Communities Unlimited learned the hard way that both sync and share products like OneDrive and policy-dependent backup methods like external hard drives have serious shortcomings as data protection solutions.

In the Communities Unlimited case study, you’ll learn about the painstaking, months-long recovery process Communities Unlimited had to undertake in order to recover their critical data. You’ll also learn how that problem has been solved with Code42, as well as how the organization has used it to disarm ransomware, protect their employees in the field, and why Communities Unlimited IT Manager Cliff Goeke says, “With Code42, we’re always protected—and that gives us peace of mind.”

Read the Communities Unlimited case study today.

MacDonald-Miller Protects Company Time, Money and Reputation with Code42

For some businesses, the old adage “time is money” is especially true. Take the construction industry. You might not think that a lost file would cause significant headaches at a building site, but when you start pulling on that thread, it all makes sense. If an engineer loses a file and has to spend 15 minutes calling IT, that may result in concrete hardening inside a mixing truck, workers sitting idle while on the clock, or other delays – all of which cost money.

MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions is a full-service, design-build mechanical contractor based in the Pacific Northwest, and the subject of the most recent Code42 case study. In it, MacDonald-Miller network administrator Chad Tracy discusses how Code42 has helped the organization prevent data loss, protecting them from loss of time, money and reputation.

Prior to Code42, data loss had a very real cascading effect on the company. “When people would lose a file, they’d say, ‘You know, the two to four hours it took me to recreate that file cost me time on the job,’” Tracy says. “It got to a point where we heard enough of those stories. We just wanted a system in place so it would never happen again.”

Read the case study today to learn why MacDonald-Miller believes that Code42 not only protects the company from risks to future growth, but also changed the very culture of the company.

42 Seconds with a Code42 Customer: North Highland

Code42 provides your business with a variety of benefits, including increased productivity, risk mitigation, streamlined user workflows, and more – all in a single product that’s been proven to ultimately save you money. While Code42 has a few primary use cases – backup and recovery, device migration, etc. – we’ve learned that our different customers use Code42 in different ways. To explore how customers use our product, we recently partnered with the talented team at creative agency Crash+Sues to create a series of animated videos featuring the voices and likenesses of actual Code42 users.

Why did we choose to go with animation? We decided that by animating customer stories, we could bring them to life in a way that a “talking head” video simply can’t. Plus, it gives us the opportunity to pack our videos with fun Easter eggs and in-jokes!

In our first video, Lincoln Higdon, director of information technology at professional services firm North Highland, explains how they use Code42 for backup and recovery. In the professional services industry, the old saying “time is money” is especially true. As a company that depends on billable hours, any downtime can literally harm the bottom line, the company’s reputation, or both. Fortunately, with Code42, firms like North Highland can easily bounce back from data loss. Check out the video to hear Lincoln’s story. After all, who doesn’t have 42 seconds to spare?

Celebrating the 2017 Evolutionaries Award Winners

After a long day of talking about us—Code42 innovations, best practices and emerging strategies—we shifted gears to focusing on you. We ended Day One with the 2017 Evolutionaries award ceremony.

Every year, our Evolutionaries awards gives us an opportunity to celebrate our customers’ successes with them, and also to recognize how they’re contributing to best practices and innovations that benefit our entire user community. With countless nominations from Code42 customers, partners and employees, it was tough to pick the “best” from an incredible range of accomplishments. That said, here are a few of our 2017 Evolutionaries award winners:

  • THE BREAKTHROUGH AWARD: Georgia Institute of Technology

This organization is doing some incredibly important work, including leading the charge to cure heart disease. Impressively, they’re also working with a strict mandate: Everyone in their organization must back up all their data—or they risk losing all of their funding.

  • THE EVOLUTIONARY AWARD: Pacific Northwest National Lab

Immediately after Evolution16, just nine months ago, PNNL began a massive migration of a vast array of storage mediums to a full cloud-based data backup model. They first deployed Code42 to protect Macs, then quickly realized Code42 is perfect for protecting all the company’s Windows devices. Now they’ve moved on to enabling remote restores and device refreshes.

  • THE FRESHEST REFRESH AWARD: Qualcomm

When a new CIO looked at Qualcomm’s laptops and decided they all needed a refresh, the IT team was tasked with refreshing more than 1,000 laptops a month. They needed a better, faster way of doing it—and they found it with Code42, trimming refreshes from 6-8 hours down to just one.

  • THE CATALYST AWARD: IBM

Big Blue started with 75,000 Macs; now they use Code42 to protect nearly 200,000 devices in over 200 countries worldwide. “You can imagine the kind of buy-in you need to roll out to 200 countries,” said Code42 President and CEO Joe Payne.

  • THE EVANGELIST AWARD: Diana Williams, University of Georgia

The Evangelist award recognizes an individual who consistently seeks out and completes challenges on the Code42 AdvocateHub—our exclusive customer community—and shares the importance of modern endpoint backup as an evangelist for Code42. This award is always a tough one, as we have so many tremendous contributors. This year, the Evangelist award went to a woman who so many immediately recognize as a tireless advocate and active member of the Code42 user community. “To put it simply,” Joe Payne concluded, “She’s a rockstar.”

Didn’t win this year? No worries. The best part of the Evolutionaries is that they’re always moving forward, always looking for the newest and most innovative ways our customers are leveraging Code42 to solve business challenges and deliver new value.

Large University Expels Ransomware Attack with Code42

A staple in the surrounding community and one of the most respected educational and research institutions in the United States, the university has a deep history of excellence to uphold. For such a storied southern university with more than 13,000 students, protecting the sheer amount of faculty, alumni and student data is a cumbersome task. The IT department, which is made up of around 100 employees, turned to Code42 to make sure the right backup solution was in place in case of an attack.

With Code42, the university primarily backs up VIPs, such as the CTO, CEO and anyone higher up in the organization. “Typically they travel a lot and so they have laptops and a lot of times they have important data on their laptops. So we’re using Code42 backup to make sure no matter where they are we still are protecting all that data,” said a systems administrator at the university.

Passing the ransomware test

A VIP user in the human resources department called the help desk after a pop up appeared on her computer. Unable to remotely access the computer, the university sent desktop support personnel to examine the machine. Once help arrived, they realized a hacker was trying to cheat the system with a ransomware attack, claiming they needed a payment of three Bitcoin (at that time worth about $1,000) before returning sensitive data.

Learning about ransomware for the first time, the university didn’t know if there was anything they could do. Unwilling to waiver on paying the ransom, the university reached out to the IT departments’ systems administrator tasked with handling backups. Because the infected user was enrolled as a VIP on Code42, the systems administrator was able to restore her computer with an automatic, continuous and near real-time backup of all endpoint data.

“Code42 runs in the background. They don’t even realize it’s there. When they do reach out to us we can easily push a restore out to them, some of them can restore it themselves. It’s very easy to restore from. It’s really just peace of mind,” said the systems administrator. In the future, the university plans on expanding rolling out Code42 to the research community and additional staff, as well as implementing more security measures.

This isn’t an instance that only affected this university. Employee laptops and desktops are soft targets for ransomware. If a company is unable to reconstruct what existed on the device after a data incident, it may result in brand repercussions to class-action lawsuits or regulatory fines. By using Code42, it provides the data and tools needed to recover and avoid paying the ransom. Every time.