What’s in your cloud? Key lessons to learn after the Capital One breach

The lack of visibility into the expanded cloud attack surface is a fast-growing problem that is only getting worse. Although we have seen misconfigurations in the cloud before, the Capital One breach is a sobering reality check for the security industry. We need to vastly improve threat detection and response in cloud environments.

The attack behaviours associated with the Capital One breach that occurred in March 2019 are...

By Chris Morales, 16 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Skybox and Zscaler team up for stronger cloud firewall integration

If there is one thing safer than a cloud security provider, it is two cloud security providers – in theory, at least. Zscaler and Skybox Security are coming together to connect two of their products for greater end-to-end protection.

The two companies will combine Zscaler’s Cloud Firewall product with the Skybox Security Suite, which encompasses visibility, vulnerability control, as well as firewall and network...

By James Bourne, 05 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

StackRox and Skybox reports warn of dire consequences if container security is not addressed

Containers, when utilised properly, can significantly improve an organisation’s efficiency through speeding up development and automating processes. Yet like with so many technologies before it, security was never quite at the top of the priority list.

StackRox and Skybox Security, two California-based cybersecurity providers, have issued reports over the past week which come to similar conclusions: organisations are...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data Management, Developers, Security.

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.

CircleCI secures $56 million series D funding to further expand CI/CD focus

CircleCI has secured $56 million (£44.8m) in series D funding to further its presence and product – with one investor arguing the company is the ‘DevOps standard’.

The San Francisco-based provider of continuous integration and delivery software has taken its total funding to $115.5 million, having most recently raised $31m for its series C in January

By James Bourne, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Economy.

Capgemini report shows why AI is the future of cybersecurity

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By Louis Columbus, 23 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

How to minimise the risk of outages – with better software testing

The software as a service model has been widely embraced as digital transformation becomes the norm. But with it comes the risk of network outages. IDC has estimated that for the Fortune 1000, the average total cost of unplanned application downtime per year can range from $1.25 to $2.25 billion. This risk arises primarily from the rapid iteration of the DevOps...

By Robert Ross, 04 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Why CEOs crave digital transformation results – and the greater impact on business growth

Digital transformation fuels upside market opportunities, and related growth goals are now the CEO's top business priority, according to the latest worldwide study by Gartner. Moreover, a growing number of CEOs will focus more on financial priorities - especially profitability improvement.

The annual survey of CEO and senior business executives in the fourth quarter of 2018 examined their business issues, as well as some areas of technology agenda impact. In total, 473 business leaders of companies...

By David H Deans, 02 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, Research.

Gartner notes the inexorable shift of the database market to the cloud

The database market continues to shift to the cloud – and according to Gartner, three quarters of all databases will be deployed or migrated to a cloud platform by 2022.

The finding, which appears in the analyst firm’s latest report, ‘The Future of the DBMS Market is Cloud’, revealed how artificial intelligence was influencing the need for greater data usage. Only 5% of databases will be cloudless by...

By James Bourne, 01 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

How DevOps enables organisations to deliver true value to customers: A guide

Gone are the days when teams could work on a project for months (or even years) before releasing it to production. Now even two-week cycles are too long due to ever more demanding customer expectations and an always-growing field of competitors.

Organisations today expect to deliver new features to production on a weekly, daily or even hourly basis. This accelerated timeline lets organisations...

By Viktor Farcic, 01 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Why cloud projects need a small team of effective IT stakeholders to keep things going

Before the cloud, IT projects had a definitive start and end. Choosing the right leadership team to keep all players on task was paramount to success. In the cloud era, instead of distinct start and end points, IT leads continual cycles of change and improvement. In a way, this means that projects are never done. As well, projects are continually evolving.

Project leaders must sometimes make decisions on the fly about platforms and technologies, to minimise redundancy and sprawl or in response to an urgent...

By Marcus Bearden, 20 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Exploring the journey from cloud to AI - with a few big data bumps along the way

The potential of cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) is irresistible. Cloud represents the backbone for any data initiative, and then AI technologies can be used to derive key insights for both greater business intelligence and topline revenue. Yet AI is only as good as the data strategy upon which it sits.

At the AI & Big Data Expo in Amsterdam today, delegates were able to see that the proof of the pudding was in the eating through NetApp's cloud and data fabric...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

How to get your data scientist career up and running: A guide

Note: The most common request from this blogs’ readers is how to further their careers in analytics, cloud computing, data science, and machine learning. I’ve invited Alyssa Columbus, a data scientist at Pacific Life, to share her insights and lessons learned on breaking into the field of data science and launching a career there. The following guest post is authored by her.

Earning a...

By Louis Columbus, 14 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Software.

How to prevent AIOps from becoming just another cog in the machine

Over the past few years, companies have been rapidly transitioning to dynamic, hybrid cloud environments in a bid to keep up with the constant demand to deliver something new. However, while the cloud provides the agility businesses crave, the ever-changing nature of these environments has generated unprecedented levels of complexity for IT teams to tackle.

Traditional performance management strategies have been stretched to...

Organisations need to ‘acknowledge challenges’ in not keeping 100% uptime, argues Veeam

It’s the big downtime downturn; according to a new study from Veeam, three in four organisations admit they are not able to meet users’ demands for uninterrupted access to applications and data.

The findings appear in the company’s latest Cloud Data Management Report, which surveyed more than 1,500 senior business and IT leaders across 13 countries. Ultimately, the need for more sophisticated data management...

Enterprises not seeing total fulfilment with cloud strategies – but hybrid remains the way to go

For enterprises looking to migrate to the cloud, with sprawling workloads and data, it can be a long, arduous journey. According to a new survey, more than two thirds of large enterprises are not getting the full benefits of their cloud migration journeys.

The study from Accenture, titled ‘Perspectives on Cloud Outcomes: Expectation vs. Reality” – polled 200 senior IT professionals from large global...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure, Migration, Research.