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...

Alibaba Cloud focuses on Asia Pacific with latest launches – and expands Elasticsearch partnership

It has been another busy week at Alibaba Cloud, with the company’s latest releases focusing on both Asia Pacific and European expansion.

The increased focus on Asia Pacific comes through the launch of no fewer than nine products around cloud architecture, machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT), and security.

These include PAI, Alibaba Cloud’s proprietary machine...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Infrastructure, Security.

Risk and finance industry still see cloud as a concern, notes Gartner

Even the slowest industries are moving workloads to the cloud – take risk, audit and finance as an example. Yet there is still plenty more to be done before these verticals become truly comfortable.

That’s according to the latest report from analyst firm Gartner. In the company’s most recent Emerging Risks study, cloud computing remains the primary concern for those in risk and compliance. Cloud was ahead of...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Demytisfying the public or private cloud choice: Compliance, cost, and technical requirements

Every business wants to operate like a tech company today. Companies can’t thrive without improving IT, and executives must decide where to house and process data – under these circumstances, cloud strategies are increasingly nuanced.

A Forrester study found that just 4% of organisations run their applications exclusively in the public cloud today, and 77 percent of organisations are using multiple types of clouds, both on-premises and off-premises.

So do you take the public or private cloud...

By Michael Coté, 13 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Infrastructure, Private, Public, Security.

Making the cloud a safe space: Organisational security, identity, and more

The cloud has brought about many benefits for organisations and adoption is understandably increasing. Gartner earlier this year projected that the worldwide public cloud services market would grow 21.4 percent in 2018 whilst Forrester has found that global cloud services revenues totaled £112.5 billion in 2017, and is predicted to grow up to...

By Ronald Sens, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

IBM’s 2018 data breach study shows why we’re in a Zero Trust world now

  • Digital businesses that lost less than 1% of their customers due to a data breach incurred a cost of $2.8M, and if 4% or more were lost the cost soared to $6M.
  • U.S. based breaches are the most expensive globally, costing on average $7.91M with the highest global notification cost as well, $740,000.
  • A typical data breach costs a company $3.86M, up 6.4% from $3.62M last year.
  • Digital businesses that have security automation can minimize the costs of breaches by $1.55M versus those businesses who are not ($2.88M versus $4.43M).
  • 48% of all breaches are initiated by malicious or criminal...

By Louis Columbus, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Software.

Samsung Heavy Industries chooses AWS to help take shipbuilding into the cloud

Another example of cloud computing infiltrating key enterprises; shipbuilding firm Samsung Heavy Industries is moving to Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider.

The company says it wants to be seen as a ‘cloud-first maritime business’, with Samsung using a variety of AWS’ services. These include EC2 and S3, naturally, alongside Amazon’s relational database, RDS, AWS Key Management, and governance and compliance tool CloudTrail.

By putting sensors in a variety of devices and...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

Hammering home public cloud shared security obligations: The importance of education

Public cloud customers need to become clearer on what their responsibility is for securing their data and applications hosted by public cloud providers. I believe there is a misunderstanding on how much responsibility the likes of AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform have for securing their customers. Their platforms are definitely secure and migrating workloads into the cloud can be much more secure than on premise data centers, however organisations do have a responsibility in securing their workloads...

By Hatem Naguib, 07 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Public, Security.

Cisco to acquire Duo Security to beef up multi-cloud efforts

Here’s a good example of how security underlines – or should underline – pretty much everything in the cloud: Cisco has announced it is to acquire Michigan-based Duo Security for upwards of $2.3 billion (£1.8bn).

The deal, which expects to close during the first quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2019, aims to help give the networking giant’s customers straightforward and secure access to any application on any networked device through Duo’s platform.

Duo Security offers...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Platform, Security.

The security slowdown: How to maximise cloud performance while keeping your data safe

Organisations are moving to public cloud infrastructures to do business faster with more customers. With the increase in traffic, though, comes a need for more inspection capacity that could potentially slow things down in the name of keeping data safe. Because performance is a baseline requirement for competing in the digital marketplace, security cannot be a bottleneck.

But how can you scale security performance to meet the growing performance demands of today’s cloud environments? You may think your...

By Matt Pley, 02 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Security.

Why the cloud is key to mitigating the menace of phishing

After the rise of ransomware over the last few years (largely combatted through better detection of the malware and more attention paid to having decent backups), phishing has stormed back onto the IT security manager’s radar.

According to our latest survey on IT security in the UK and Ireland, phishing is now the second most pressing cyber security issue after data breaches. The survey of 104 IT and security managers found that the majority of...

By Lior Samuelson, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Hacking, Security.

Alert Logic takes aim at container security problems with latest offering

If your organisation has been considering containers, then security concerns will almost certainly be paramount. Alert Logic, an information security provider, thinks it may have the answer.

The company has launched what is claimed to be the industry’s first intrusion detection system for containers which aims to ‘bring organisations powerful new capabilities to inspect network traffic for malicious activity targeting containers’, in the company’s words.

As Alert Logic is an AWS...

By James Bourne, 23 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, Microservices, Platform, Security.

Assessing just how safe you are in the cloud – and three tips to secure your business data

Each day, Internet users generate an average of 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, according to recent research from Domo. Per minute, The Weather Channel receives more than 18 million forecast requests, Netflix users stream almost 70,000 hours of video, and Google conducts 3.5 million searches.

90% of all data available today was created in the last two years. As a result, an ever-increasing amount of enterprise data is being stored in the public cloud, both exclusively and hybrid. But it seems not everything is...

By Pratik Dholakiya, 20 July 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

The data centre of tomorrow: How the cloud impacts on data centre architectures

As the enterprise world continues speeding towards complete digitization, technologies like cloud and multi-cloud are leading the charge. Yes, cloud offerings like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud are changing the way enterprises consume IT resources. Having cloud-grade infrastructure at an enterprise’s fingertips opens up opportunities that simply did not exist before.

But are the effects of cloud limited to a collection of somewhat ephemeral infrastructure residing in...

By Mike Bushong, 19 July 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Security.

The perils of not having disaster recovery - or, why we love a good reserve parachute

One of the most important but often missed steps in having a reliable infrastructure is disaster recovery (DR). Surprisingly, most companies decide either to not implement DR or to implement it halfway. Here, I intend to explore common terms and understandings in disaster recovery; how to leverage the cloud, different types, the plan and important considerations, as well as the economic impact.

Regional vs. zone/domain DR

DR can be implemented at regional or zone/domain level, depending on needs. I advocate...

By Nazareno Feito, 18 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Security.

Netskope acquires Sift Security for next generation IaaS tools

Netskope is looking to the next generation of cloud security with the acquisition of Sift Security.

The acquisition, which closed in June, will see Sift's infrastructure as a service (IaaS) breach detection and visualisation tool Cloud Hunter move into Netskope's Security Cloud offering.

"By bringing Sift Security into our 'one cloud' architecture, we will take Netskope for IaaS (and as a result, the entire Netskope Security Cloud) to a new level," wrote Sanjay Beri, Netskope CEO,

By James Bourne, 16 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, M&A, Security.

How cryptomining is the attack vector du jour - as hackers increasingly target cloud infrastructure

Updated July 30 Cryptojacking is on the way to replacing ransomware as the biggest threat for consumers and enterprises - and new research reveals the size of the effect crypto is having on cloud infrastructures.

Cyber security firm Check Point Software, in its 'Cyber Attack Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Report', found that in the first half of this year, the number of organisations impacted by cryptomining malware doubled to 42%, compared with 20.5% from the second half...

By James Bourne, 16 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Why enterprises feel more susceptible to threats than ever before

  • Identities, not systems, are the new security perimeter for any digital business, with 81% of breaches involving weak, default or stolen passwords.
  • 53% of enterprises feel they are more susceptible to threats since 2015.
  • 51% of enterprises suffered at least one breach in the past 12 months and malicious insider incidents increased 11% year-over-year.

These and many other fascinating insights are from SecurIT: the Zero Trust Summit for CIOs and CISOs held last month in San Francisco, CA.

By Louis Columbus, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Majority of organisations favouring multi-cloud strategies, Virtustream argues

Multi-cloud is here to stay, that much we already know – but the sheer extent of its growth is helping enterprises move mission-critical applications to the cloud.

That is the key finding from a new report by cloud technology provider Virtustream. The study, titled ‘Multi-cloud Arises from Changing Cloud Priorities’ and conducted alongside Forrester, found the vast majority (86%) of respondents see their current cloud strategy as multi-cloud. What’s more, 60% of enterprises polled said...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

How to get the right kind of control over your cloud: A guide

Trust in the cloud hasn’t always been universal. There was a time when security and risk management leaders feared entrusting critical data and infrastructure to a third-party cloud provider. This was understandable, arising from the history of network management, where IT teams were intimately familiar with managing the resources that made up their IT infrastructures, from the buildings they were housed in, to the electricity and cooling supply, through to the server, all the way down to the storage...

By Monica Brink, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Software.