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.

Netskope secures $168m series F funding to further accelerate enterprise cloud security

Cloud access security broker (CASB) Netskope has announced the close of a series F funding round of $168.7 million (£130.5m) to ‘further cement [its] position as the leader in accelerating security transformation throughout the enterprise’, in the company’s words.

The funding round was led by existing investor Lightspeed Venture Partners – whose interests in the cloud security space have included

By James Bourne, 14 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Security.

Get off of your cloud: AWS CEO claims move away from Oracle is imminent

The Oracle and Amazon mud-slinging shows no signs of slowing down. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has claimed its consumer businesses are now fully off Oracle’s data warehouse, with the vast majority of critical system databases running on its own solution by the end of the year.

The source comes right from the top; writing on Twitter, CEO Andy Jassy said Amazon’s consumer arm turned off Oracle on November 1 and moved to Redshift, Amazon’s...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

For better or for worse: Why your brand reputation is hitched to your ability to manage and protect data

The potential benefits of technology to change and improve lives are clear for all to see. At an individual level, wearable devices can help better manage health, home sensors can reduce your energy use and costs, and analytics can hone services to meet your every need. At an organisational level, digital transformation can not only boost efficiency and productivity, but it can change the way that whole industries operate and allow organisations (including...

By Bill Mew, 01 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Privacy.

Check Point Software acquires Dome9 to beef up multi-cloud options

Check Point Software, an Israel-based cyber security firm, has announced the acquisition of compatriot Dome9 – with multi-cloud capability once again proving key.

Dome9, which like Check Point is based in Tel Aviv, offers a SaaS platform which aims to visualise organisations’ security postures in the public cloud. Companies can have verifiable infrastructure security for every public cloud, including the behemoths of AWS, Azure and...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security.

Oracle unveils next generation cloud vision at OpenWorld – autonomous and rearchitected

“A semi-autonomous database is like a semi-self-driving car,” Oracle co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison told attendees at the company’s OpenWorld event. “You get in, you drive, and you die.”

Why the comparison? Ellison was responding to an article he read – provenance not known – around rumours Amazon was building a ‘semi-autonomous’ database. It’s not much of a...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Exploring cloud-based archival: The benefits, challenges and opportunities

In today’s enterprise, your data is your lifeblood. Everything you do and every decision you make is about how to create, utilise and protect your data. IT resilience, data protection and backups all play a part in making sure that your data is always accessible and available when you need it.

As part of your IT resiliency strategies, you build processes and infrastructure to ensure mission-critical applications can be recovered as quickly as possible via a...

By Will Urban, 22 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

Amid various privacy scares – yes, you can collaborate and communicate securely in the cloud

Last week, Facebook announced the launch of Portal, a voice-activated smart home camera device. Considering the recent data breach the company suffered, the tech press response to Portal ranged from bafflement to incredulity.

In response, Facebook senior exec Andrew Bosworth insisted< all processing was done locally on the device – so no information was uploaded to the cloud, or stored on Facebook servers. But is this sensible policy...

By John Mason, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Privacy, Security.

Digital trust: Why enterprise IT compliance matters

Do you wonder, are there significant benefits for building a culture of digital trust? New research has uncovered a direct connection between the cause and effect of bad actors in organisations across the globe. Information technology has many uses, but business leaders must be mindful of compliance.

Twenty-nine percent of employees observed at least one compliance violation at work in 2016 or 2017, according to the latest worldwide market study by Gartner. The survey, which sampled more than 5,000 employees...

By David H Deans, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, Security.

WikiLeaks claims to publish confidential AWS data centre location information

WikiLeaks has published what it claims is a 'highly confidential' document outlining the addresses and operational details of Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centres.

The whistle-blowing organisation claims to have published the document, originating from late 2015, as an attempt to shed light on the 'largely hidden' nature of cloud infrastructure locations.

"While one of the benefits of the cloud is the potential to increase reliability through geographic distribution of computing...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Privacy.

Snowflake secures $450m funding for expansion and further multi-cloud exploration

The money just keeps rolling in for Snowflake Computing. The San Mateo-based data warehousing provider has announced $450 million (£341m) in additional growth funding to help grow its organisation and explore new strategies.

Snowflake offers a comprehensive and complete data warehouse – in other words, repositories of integrated data from at least one source, usually more – in the cloud, with the capability...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Software.

How identities are the new security perimeter

  • Privileged credentials for accessing an airport’s security system were recently for sale on the Dark Web for just $10, according to McAfee.
  • 18% of healthcare employees are willing to sell confidential data to unauthorized parties for as little as $500 to $1,000, and 24% of employees know of someone who has sold privileged credentials to outsiders, according to a recent Accenture survey.
  • Apple employees in Ireland have been offered as much as €20,000 ($22,878) in exchange for their privilege access credentials in 2016, according to 

By Louis Columbus, 03 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Ignore multi-cloud today and risk becoming irrelevant in five years, report warns

Multi-cloud initiatives continue to be of great importance to European organisations – and those who aren’t heeding the warning signs today will feel the pinch in five years’ time.

That’s according to a new study from research firm Foresight Factory, alongside application network technology provider F5 Networks. The study, titled ‘The Future of Multi-Cloud’, drew on contributions from...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

Microsoft makes Azure Data Box generally available for heavy duty data migration

More and more enterprise data is being transferred to the cloud, but sometimes the journey can break the network's back - which calls for less virtual and more physical solutions.

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure Data Box, a physical box which organisations can order, fill up, and then return to Redmond for it to be uploaded to an Azure environment. 

Companies and users can store up to 100 TB per standard box, with variables either way. The newly announced Data Box Heavy can...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Hardware, Microsoft.

Five Kubernetes role-based access control mistakes to avoid

If you run workloads in Kubernetes, you know how much important data is accessible through the Kubernetes API—from details of deployments to persistent storage configurations to secrets. The Kubernetes community has delivered a number of impactful security features in 2017 and 2018, including Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) for the Kubernetes API.

RBAC is a key security feature that protects your cluster by allowing you to control who can access specific API resources. Because the feature is relatively...

By Kaizhe Huang, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Security.

Why healthcare providers need Zero Trust Security to boost their digital initiatives

  • 58% of healthcare systems breach attempts involve inside actors, which makes this the leading industry for insider threats today.
  • Ransomware leads all malicious code categories, responsible for 70% of breach attempt incidents.
  • Stealing laptops from medical professionals’ cars to obtain privileged access credentials to gain access and install malware on healthcare networks, exfiltrate valuable data or sabotage systems and applications are all common breach strategies.

These and many other fascinating insights are from 

By Louis Columbus, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Why data sovereignty is the only truly safe path to avoid Privacy Shield turmoil

Privacy is not just a legal obligation, it is an ethical commitment and a demonstration that you care about your customers’ privacy as much as they do.

Many people will be surprised to hear that although the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on May 25, many companies are not yet GDPR-compliant. The regulation  requires organisations to comply, and our Information Commissioner has...

By Bill Mew, 30 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.