US Army signs $62 million deal to move to IBM’s cloud

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IBM has secured a major cloud customer win in the form of the US Army with a potential $62 million (£50.3m) contract over five years, the company has announced.

The deal, which is designed for the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, is for the Army Private Cloud Enterprise (APCE) program and comes under the Army Private Cloud 2 (APC2) contract, which is an ‘indefinite delivery’ deal which started on December 31 last year and expires exactly five years...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Case Studies, IaaS, Infrastructure, Security.

Google launches cloud-based key management with new service

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Google has announced the launch of Cloud Key Management Service (KMS), which enables admins to manage their encryption keys in Google Cloud Platform without maintaining an on-premise management system.

The news marks Google’s entry into this particular security arena, following Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft who launched such initiatives as far back as 2014 and 2015 respectively.

“Customers in regulated industries, such as financial services and healthcare,...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Platform, Security.

Netskope gives another warning to businesses struggling with GDPR compliance

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An overwhelming 94% of cloud apps in enterprises across EMEA are not enterprise-ready, while two thirds of overall cloud services are not up to scratch, according to the latest research from Netskope.

The findings, which appear in the company’s latest quarterly cloud report, found that 82.4% of services do not encrypt data at rest, 66.4% of cloud services do not specify that the customers owns the data in their terms of services, while 42% do not allow admins to enforce password...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Building your data castle: Protecting from ransomware and restoring data after a breach

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The data centre is the castle. You can pull up the drawbridge, fill up the moat, or pull down the portcullis. But at some point, you have to let data in and out, and this opens up the opportunity for ransomware attacks.

No longer is it a matter of pride and peer recognition in the hacker community for circumnavigating and exposing the security of an organisation because it is now a fully-fledged industry in its own right with the use of...

By David Trossell, 11 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

‘Security by design’ and adding compliance to automation

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By Jason McKay, CTO and SVP of Engineering, Logicworks

Security is “job zero” for every company. If you are putting your customers or users at risk,  you will not be in business for long. And that begins with taking a more proactive approach to infrastructure security — one that does not rely on the typical protective or reactive third party security tools, but builds security into your infrastructure from the ground...

By Logicworks, 09 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, DevOps, Infrastructure, Security.

That was the year that was: 2016 in cloud - and what’s on the horizon for 2017

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2016 was an interesting year in cloud computing. For the European market, data protection regulation came into force, while many of the major cloud providers began to move their operations into and build data centres in Europe, from AWS, to Microsoft, to IBM. Regarding acquisitions, Oracle bought NetSuite, Microsoft bought LinkedIn and Samsung acquired Joyent, while in terms of trends, DevOps, containers and security continued to be the primary talking points.

Here is our short review of the main...

By James Bourne, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Security.

Security through visibility: Seeing into virtual and cloud networks

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Imagine an IT security team as a navy crew at sea. A torpedo blasts the ship’s side below the water line. As the water floods in, they can’t even see the hole, let alone fix it. Instead, everyone turns to the pumps to keep the ship afloat.

This is the state of many security programs today. Despite a plethora of point solutions, security teams lack visibility into what they’re trying to protect, their most pressing risks and the security tools at their disposal. Thus...

By Ravid Circus, 23 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Security.

Preparing for a year of ‘unknown unknowns’ in cyber security

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Today’s threat landscape is constantly evolving. In 2016 in particular, we’ve seen a huge shift with adversaries penetrating organisations from the DNC to WADA and gaining access to sensitive documents that were later leaked to embarrass individuals. Yet, while many believe that this trend starts and ends with a contentious election, it’s not something that’s going away in 2017. In fact, we’re starting to see continued and varied threats, most...

By Mike East, 07 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Vulnerabilities.

How software asset management needs to adapt to changing cloud conditions

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A new report issued today by Flexera Software argues that software asset management (SAM) needs to evolve to keep up with software as a service (SaaS) and virtualisation moving into the mainstream.

The study, which polled almost 500 respondents answering questions on enterprise and application production, found that for 20% of respondents, more than a quarter of their software is SaaS-based, while 39% say more than a quarter is virtualised. Interestingly, while three quarters say 80% or...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security, Software, Vulnerabilities.

Latest survey data warns SMBs are not using automation for cloud backups

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Almost 70% of small businesses in a survey from B2B analyst and reviews firm Clutch say they rely on their cloud storage provider for backups, with only 15% opting for automated services and 12% not bothering at all.

The findings appear as the second of two reports on SMBs and cloud strategy, with the first in November advising that many small firms are risking their...

By James Bourne, 02 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security, Software, Storage.

The key to defending your data centre against the Internet of Things

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Opinion The Internet of Things has the potential to revolutionise society once it surmounts its initial growing pains. Unfortunately, one of those involves security.

DDOS attacks are one of the oldest and most enduring things on the web, like that creepy uncle who no one can get rid of at family reunions. And like that uncle, they’re getting progressively worse as time goes on. This past summer saw the largest DDOS attack in history, one so large that it forced content delivery network...

By Tim Mullahy, 01 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Protecting against ransomware in the cloud: A guide

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A recent survey of 500 businesses revealed that nearly half were brought to a standstill by a ransomware attack within the last 12 months. Ransomware is computer malware that installs covertly on a victim's computer, executes a cryptovirology attack that adversely affects it, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt it or to not publish it.

Recently, there has been...

By Justin Giardina, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Forget about the Internet of Things for a minute – and consider the Security of Things

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Opinion The Internet of Things (IoT) is well and truly upon us – and will clearly be even more prevalent in the future. Today, IoT is already branching out into commercial networks as well as enterprise applications. Smart devices are becoming more commonplace in our households with everyday appliances now able to communicate with the internet to help our lives to run more smoothly and interconnected devices are now essential tools in our working lives as well. This...

By Monica Brink, 23 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Security.

Service providers need to join forces to address enterprise IT complexities

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A new report from Tata Communications offers a warning for service providers; their solutions do not always meet the expectations of enterprises.

The research, which was conducted by IDC among enterprises and service providers across 32 countries, saw enterprises rank security, cited by 52% of respondents, cloud (43%) and mobility (32%) as their primary technology priorities.

But there may be a gap between what enterprises want and what service providers can give. Enterprises see...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

Clutch survey warns about security of small businesses using free cloud storage

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Small businesses continue to put security as their main priority when selecting a cloud storage provider, yet many continue to risk their security by choosing free solutions, according to a new survey from analyst firm Clutch.

According to the survey, which polled almost 300 small and medium businesses who use at least one cloud storage platform, 25% of respondents admit they use a free cloud storage product, compared to 71% who said their organisations pay for cloud storage.

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By James Bourne, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security, Software, Storage.

How cloud IAM is driven by the need for secure and robust enterprise governance

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The emergence of the Internet has given birth to a number of cloud-based technologies and services to cater to a wide audience. There has been a significant rise in the number of users and enterprises who are adapting to the radical changes cloud technologies have brought about in enterprise handling and management.

The colossal volumes of data and information held by any business organisation run the sheer risk of intrusion from malicious insiders, network threats, hacking attacks,...

By Nitin Chitmalwar, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Security, Vendors.

Clearing the fog: A vision of security for hybrid clouds

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Have you ever driven on a high road or mountain pass that’s shrouded by low cloud? You’re at the familiar controls of your vehicle, but you can’t easily see road-signs, oncoming vehicles, which way the road goes, or other dangers. 

Progress can be hazardous unless you take extra precautions. 

The feeling will be familiar to many organisations’ IT teams as they transition some of their business applications and data to the cloud.   

The...

By Donald Meyer, 11 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Security.

Mobility, IoT and SDN helping in network refreshes – but security may be an afterthought

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Good news and bad news, according to the latest research from Dimension Data; enterprise networks are being refreshed more frequently, but it’s coming at a cost on the security side.

The classic image of the enterprise network sagging under a series of legacy technologies is becoming a thing of the past, the company argues in its latest Network Barometer Report due to the pressure from technologies such as mobility, software defined networking (SDN) and the Internet of Things...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobility, Security, Software.

Testing your disaster recovery plans: A best practice guide

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When is the right time to test your disaster recovery plans (DRP)?

You should test your DRP in line with any changes to your business. The plan should be updated and changed when new personnel, tech or operational systems are introduced so that it reflects the current state of your company. Whether this is once a month or once a year, the DRP should be an ever-changing document that takes into account any major business alterations as and when they occur. 

One way of ensuring your DRP is...

By Donald Bowker, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.