AWS launches new security offering which mitigates S3 misconfigurations – if customers get it right

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced extra steps to ensure customers’ S3 buckets don’t become misconfigured – but don’t assume responsibility has been taken away from the customer.

The new service, Amazon S3 Block Public Access, can work at the account level, on individual buckets, as well as future buckets created. Users can also block existing public access, or ensure public access is not available for...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Loss, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

As more companies put sensitive data in the public cloud – so the security threats increase

More organisations are putting their sensitive data in the public cloud – so it comes as no surprise that cloud threats, and mistakes in SaaS, IaaS and PaaS implementation are at an all-time high.

That is the key finding from a new report by McAfee, which argues the old bugaboo of shared responsibility continues to kick in and give organisations a kick in the teeth when it comes to cloud security.

By James Bourne, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Infrastructure, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Protecting your company’s crown jewels: Building cloud-based backup and DR into ransomware defence

It’s a sad fact of life that whenever someone owns anything of value, there’s someone else out there who wants to get their hands on it illegally. Today’s corporate crown jewels are the critical data on which organisations depend and the highwaymen are cybercriminals, who have built a lucrative industry from ransomware attacks that disrupt businesses, steal data and aim to extract payment from their victims.

Tackling this scourge is a critical challenge for IT managers on several levels, but...

Companies moving to the cloud without assessing outage possibilities, research argues

Organisations are moving to the cloud without evaluating the impact of a cloud outage, according to the latest study from data management provider Veritas.

The report, titled The Truth in Cloud and put together alongside Vanson Bourne, found that an ‘alarming majority’ of firms shift full responsibility for data protection, compliance and uptime on cloud service providers.

Three in five (59%) of the 1,200 global business and IT decision makers polled said dealing with cloud service interruptions...

By James Bourne, 16 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Infrastructure, SLA.

Continuing in the face of disaster: Assessing disaster recovery in the cloud age

With 73% of businesses having had some type of operations interruption in the last five years, business continuity is becoming a concern for many organisations, especially the SMEs. Business continuity incorporates pre-emptive measures such as cyber-defences to minimise risk, proactive tactics such as system backups in case a problem arises and plans for a reactive strategy, which should include disaster recovery (DR), ready in case the worst...

The glitch economy: Counting the cost of software failures

In today’s increasingly digitalised world, the effect of a software glitch can be dramatic. Take an example from July this year when a glitch caused the stock prices of well-known Nasdaq companies such as Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, eBay and Microsoft to be inaccurately listed on websites well after that day’s closing bell.

Even though the actual prices of the stocks were unchanged, the sites showed some had plummeted in price and others had nearly doubled. Unsurprisingly, many people were fooled and...

By Dalibor Siroky, 30 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Software, Vulnerabilities.

Mind the gap: User demand and IT delivery not on the same page, says Veeam

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More than four in five enterprises globally are facing the dreaded ‘availability gap’ between user demand and what IT can deliver, according to a new report from disaster recovery and backup firm Veeam.

The study, the firm’s sixth annual Veeam Availability Report, polled more than 1,000 senior IT leaders across 24 countries and found that unplanned downtime costs enterprises on average $21.8 million per year, up 36% compared to the past 12 months.

More than two thirds...

By James Bourne, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

A guide: Using SmartNICs to implement zero-trust cloud security

In an age of zero-trust security, enterprises are looking to secure individual virtual machines (VMs) in their on-premise data centres, cloud or hybrid environments to prevent increasingly sophisticated attacks. The problem is that firewalling individual VMs using tools like software appliance firewalls or Connection Tracking (Conntrack) is operationally challenging to manage. It delivers bad performance, restricting VM mobility and consuming many CPU cycles on servers, which limits their ability to process...

By Abhijeet Prabhune, 23 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Loss, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

How often should you test your disaster recovery plan?

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By Lily Teplow

As a savvy managed service provider (MSP), you know that having an effective backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution and disaster recovery (DR) plan is a necessity in today’s business landscape – just in case your client opens an umbrella indoors and their whole IT network crashes. However, having these reliable solutions in place is of no value if the processes aren’t...

Why you can’t let disaster recovery slide off your IT budget in 2017

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As we welcome in the New Year, we are already seeing multiple blogs prognosticating 2017 trends, setting priorities and suggesting resolutions. We are also rapidly approaching the 2017 budget cycle. I am sure you will read many articles concerning new plans or resolutions for the coming year, but this one will be about an old resolution: IT disaster recovery (DR).

When disaster strikes, organisations need to be able to recover IT systems as quickly as possible. Not having a disaster...

By Monica Brink, 04 January 2017, 3 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.