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Christophe Strauven

Christophe Strauven

Christophe Strauven is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Data Unit and author of sales, information technology and marketing related articles. He has been with the company for over 10 years in capacities including sales, marketing, Sales manager, in addition to this current role. Prior to working with Data Unit, Christophe worked in the financial sector and was the owner of one of the first online retailers in India selling traditional Indian handicrafts to an international market. He has a Master in Sales from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor in Finance. A deep knowledge of network- and security industry and numberous vendor certifications in the sales field. As Director of Sales and Marketing , Christophe is the lead for all strategic iniatieves with an eye on further fueling the company's expension within the Benelux region. During his career,Data Unit has been honored with a number of awards, including Barracuda Networks' "EMEA Security partner of the year", "Benelux partner of the year" by Kaspersky Lab, "Managed service provider of the year".

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Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Ransomware Protection

Regardless of their size, every enterprise is looking for effective means of ransomware protection. Ransomware has cost its victims hundreds of millions of euros and can strike at virtually any time. While some progress has been made, no single solution can ensure complete ransomware protection.

Only true “defense in depth” can defend a network from ransomware and other threats. Unfortunately, budget and time constraints often force enterprises to focus on just one or two security tools. To truly safeguard sensitive data, a robust strategy is essential – as many companies have learned too late.

Topics: Security ransomware

Why Eric never uses free WiFi on vacation

Thinking about a vacation? Planning to use WiFi on vacation?

Before you pack, learn a lesson from Eric. Eric never uses WiFi on vacation.

But why?

Vacation is your time for relaxation, but your mobile devices will probably end up doing double duty. People love using their mobile devices to take pictures, shoot videos, and organize their itinerary – and Eric is no exception. After many years charging an arm and a leg for high-speed wireless Internet, more and more hotels are offering their guests free WiFi on vacation.

Hyatt Hotels have been doing it since 2015.

It’s an exciting time to be on holiday, right? Well, not so fast ...

Topics: Connectivity Security Mobility

Unprecedented Office 365 Ransomware Attack Strikes Millions

Microsoft Office productivity tools have long been established as the gold standard for business around the world. They hold a significant presence in the market, with an estimated 80 million users using Office 365, the cloud subscription service providing Office applications.

The sudden emergence of Office 365 ransomware puts those users – and their enterprises – at risk. On June 22 at 6:44 a.m., IT security blogger Steven Toole reported the first attack, which was detected by cloud security firm Avanan.

The attack continued for a week, with Microsoft moving to block the malicious attachment on June 23. At least 57% of all Office 365 customers were hit with at least one phishing attempt.

Topics: Security ransomware

How Does Ransomware Work?

Access to information on your company's computer networks is essential for daily operation, and any downtime can be crippling to sales and productivity. Criminals know this, and they exploit this vulnerability with a type of malware known as ransomware.

While the inner workings of this attack may seem complicated, the goal is simple: lock you out of your own system until you pay. The first step to preventing this type of attack is knowing how it works. 


Topics: Security How to's ransomware

Data Unit named as the EMEA Storage Specialist of the Year 2016

We are proud to yet again receive an EMEA Award, this time for our expertise in storage products & services.

We herewith would like to share this fantastic news with you first. You can find the official press release in this post. We would like to thank everyone who helped us to achieve this.

Topics: Corporate news

How to configure Kaspersky's System watcher

In this post we would like to give you a good idea what the system watcher from Kaspersky can do for you and how you can configure it yourself.  Sometimes you don't find the time to do it due to other tasks and responsabilities, don't hesitate to call our help desk at that moment. 

The first question is of course, why would we use or configure the system watcher feature.

Kaspersky System Watcher scans the most relevant system event data. The monitor tracks information about the creation and modification of files, the work of system services, any changes made to the system registry, system calls and data transfers over the network. System Watcher also processes information about operations with symbolic links containing references to files or directories, modifications of the master boot record where the loader for the installed operating system is stored and interception of OS reboots. Moreover, it analyses the contents of the packets transmitted via TCP, the main Internet transport layer protocol, in search of any evidence of criminal activity. The data collection process is automated and does not require user interaction.

  Don't have the time to read the hole article. Check out these demo videos:

Topics: How to's

Data Unit and Barracuda Networks, a successful partnership!

Data Unit is an IT service provider, focusing on innovative, reliable network infrastructure and security solutions resulting in improved productivity for businesses. Most organizations upgrade their technology every couple years. At Data Unit, we do it every day for companies and institutions ranging from start-ups to large multinational corporations in a wide variety of verticals. That’s why we have chosen to work with the American specialist Barracuda Networks.

Though our customers may face different challenges, their purpose in working with us remains the same, they need an IT infrastructure capable of supporting their business activities and goals, and they need it to work efficient and reliable now and over the long term. Providing this end-to-end level of service is where Data Unit shines.

Since 2015, Data unit is the only premier partner, which is the highest achievable partnership level of Barracuda Networks.

Topics: Corporate news Product news and updates

Barracuda Networks launched NextGen Firewall S-series

  • Barracuda expanded its NextGen Firewall product family with the new Barracuda NextGen Firewall S-Series, which is designed to empower customers to securely connect thousands of machine endpoints, enabling new ‘Internet of Things’ applications and deployments.
  • The Barracuda NextGen Firewall S-Series provides customers powerful functionality and an easy and affordable way to centrally manage highly distributed and hybrid networks, especially those with a large number of remote devices or kiosks such as ATM machines or remote offices.
  • The Barracuda NextGen Firewall S-Series helps customers enforce proper access privileges, secure and centrally manage all communications, and quickly roll out thousands of devices to untrained staff in remote locations. The Barracuda NextGen Firewall Secure Connector 1 (SC1) appliance includes firewalling, Wi-Fi, and full VPN connectivity.
  • The Barracuda NextGen Secure Access Concentrator (SAC) is a virtual gateway – able to run in both Microsoft Azure environments and private clouds – to optimize traffic flow and centrally apply next-generation firewall functionality to deployed Barracuda NextGen Firewall SC1 appliances.
Topics: Security Product news and updates

Barracuda launched the new Barracuda NG F18, Barracuda NG F80 and Barracuda NG F180

Yesterday, Barracuda Networks announced the Barracuda NG Firewall F18, Barracuda NG Firewall F80, and Barracuda NG Firewall F180. These new models come with more than 1Gb firewall throughput and are capable of running the full NextGen feature set including SSL interception, WAN optimisation, etc. but also Advanced Threat Detection even in small branch offices and thus, make internet breakouts secure.

Topics: Security Product news and updates

Hp and Aruba named as leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant - september 2015

You continue to struggle with how to address the disconnect between what users need and what networks can provide. To effectively provide a network for GenMobile, to harness the possibilities that a mobile workforce provides, your customers network can’t limit users mobility or their productivity.

Topics: Mobility Product news and updates