Marriott reported another data breach: Why cyber risk assessment is important

Marriott International — the multinational hospitality company behind the third-largest hotel brand in the world — reported a major data breach on March 31 2020, marking its second major data breach in the last two years. This data breach is expected to leak the information of 5.2 million guests worldwide.

“Marriott said Tuesday approximately 5.2 million guests worldwide may have been affected. The information taken may have included names, addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, loyalty information for...

A day in the trenches with IT operations: How to create a more seamless practice

Traditionally, IT operators are responsible for ‘keeping the lights on’ in an IT organisation. This sounds simple, but the reality is harsh, with much complexity behind the scenes. Furthermore, digital transformation trends are quickly changing the IT operations responsibility from ‘keeping the lights on’ to ‘keeping the business competitive’.

Google Cloud bolsters security offerings at RSA – as Thales report warns of more breaches

Google Cloud has beefed up its security offerings to include greater threat detection, response integration, and online fraud prevention.

The news, announced at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, focused predominantly on enterprise security product Chronicle, which was ‘acquired’ by Google Cloud last year having been a bet of the...

By James Bourne, 25 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Google, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Human error and misconfigurations primary source of Kubernetes security snafus, report says

StackRox, a provider of cloud-native, container and Kubernetes security, warned in its previous report that the security implications for Kubernetes were beginning to spill over to adoption – and the release of its updated winter study have proved the company right.

The paper, the winter edition of its State of Container and Kubernetes Security Report, was put together alongside 451 Research and polled more than 500 industry...

By James Bourne, 21 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data Loss, Developers, Kubernetes, Legal, Platform, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Think of data as the new uranium rather than the new oil – and treat it like it’s toxic

In May 2017, The Economist famously ran with a front-page headline proclaiming that “The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.” It focused on big tech’s collection and use of data and argued that the data economy demands a new approach to antitrust rules.

I agree with the idea that data is now about the world’s most valuable resource, but would suggest that...

By Bill Mew, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.

Eradicate human error and make your cloud implementation a picnic

Sunshine, sandwiches, scenic views, and not a care in the world besides the occasional wasp. Everyone loves a picnic.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for PICNIC, an enduring acronym in IT circles standing for Problem In Chair, Not In Computer. The term, dating back to the 1980s, was first employed by frustrated IT professionals weary of dealing with computer problems arising from user error rather than any actual issues with the...

By Matt Lock, 08 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Capital One confirms data breach, cites cloudy approach as key to swift resolution

Capital One has confirmed a ‘data security incident’ which affected more than 100 million customers in the US and Canada – and while Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been identified as the receptacle in which the data was stolen, both customer and vendor appear not to be to blame.

Paige A. Thompson, otherwise known as ‘erratic’, was arrested on Monday and appeared in court in Seattle on a charge of computer fraud...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Infrastructure, Security.

Google confirms network congestion as contributor to four-hour cloud outage

Google has confirmed a ‘network congestion’ issue which affected various services for more than four hours on Sunday has since been resolved.

A status update at 1225 PT noted the company was investigating an issue with Google Compute Engine, later diagnosed as high levels of network congestion across eastern USA sites. A further update arrived at 1458 to confirm engineering teams were working on the issue before the...

By James Bourne, 03 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Google, Infrastructure, SLA, Vendors.

Doubling down on disaster recovery-as-a-service – for business continuity and beyond

The prospect of an IT outage is one of the key issues that keeps IT professionals awake at night.  In the past two years, 93% of organisations have experienced tech-related business disruption and, as a result, one out of five experienced major reputational damage and permanent loss of customers. From natural...