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Enterprise applications are increasing in complexity, with multi-tier and distributed applications being the new standards for dealing with high-volume, high-scale requirements. In many development environments, the ideal scenario is to enable DevOps teams to manage dev/test environmen...
Depending on whom you listen to, the private cloud is either dead or on the cusp of a major market breakthrough. Some tech pundits argue this technology has already been replaced by more efficient public cloud offerings and businesses just need time to catch up, while others claim ther...
Over the last decade, cloud computing has undeniably become a critical component of the modern enterprise. It has evolved past Software-as-a-Service for a select number of enterprise applications to encompassing entire business platforms, spanning various business devices and operating...
Target. Home Depot. Community Health Systems. Nieman Marcus. Their names have been all in the news over the past year, though probably not in a way they would like. All have had very public data breaches affecting anywhere from 350,000 (Nieman Marcus) to 4.5 million (Community Health S...
Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are a traditional mechanism for both improving the delivery speed of a web site while also reducing the network load on the origin servers that provide the web site. The CDN accomplishes these two goals by offloading static content from the origin web s...
Despite the data privacy protections supposedly conferred by regulations like HIPAA and HITECH, consumers’ confidential health and personal information is still not safe enough. That’s the lesson to be learned from Franklin, TN-based Community Health Systems’ (CHS) August 18 regulatory...
It’s an oft-cited FEMA statistic that 40 percent of small businesses never reopen after a disaster. Almost certainly contributing to this eye-popping failure rate is the fact that an estimated 74 percent of small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) lack a disaster recovery plan, while 84 pe...
In 2012, an IDG survey of enterprise cloud computing adoption showed that 70 percent of respondents said security was among their top three concerns, and two years later, not much has changed. The Everest Group Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey released in March of 2014 shows that 70 pe...
The cloud plays an integral role in enabling the agility required to take advantage of new business models and to do so in a very convenient and cost-effective way. However, this also means that more personal information and business data will exist in the cloud and be passed back and ...
Over the past few years, enterprises have been moving to the cloud to streamline processes and operations. A study last year by TheInfoPro indicated that there is no sign of cloud investment slowing down – predicting an average growth rate of cloud spending of 36 percent from this year...
In a Feb 2014 survey, 94 percent of organizations surveyed reported running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service[1]. According to research firm Nasumi, there is over one exabyte currently stored in the cloud. An exabyte is over a billion GB[2]. Considering the...
Security professionals are constantly negotiating the tension of balancing ease-of-use with data security. Savvy security professionals know that their users will often choose a less secure technology that makes getting things done easier over a more secure technology that makes gettin...
Encryption is a key element of a complete security strategy. The 2013 Global Encryption Trends Study shows a steady increase in the use of encryption solutions over the past nine years. Thirty-five percent of organizations now have an encryption strategy applied consistently across the...
It is a mistake to think we can secure APIs using the same methods and technology that we used to secure the conventional, browser-centric web. Andi Mann from CA Technologies recently pointed out that, at every turn, customers are interacting more and more with businesses through appli...
The cloud has hit the mainstream. Businesses in the United States currently spend more than $13 billion on cloud computing and managed hosting services, and Gartner projects that by 2015, end-user spending on cloud services could be more than $180 billion worldwide. It is estimated tha...
If your organization’s got a lot riding on the continued security of its confidential or proprietary data, then you need to stay informed on the threats and how to address them. One of the most worrying threats of late, especially when it comes to cloud data security, is government spy...
How do we blaze a better path to a secure mobile future? How do we make today’s ubiquitous mobile devices as low risk as they are indispensable? As smartphones have become de rigueur in the global digital economy, users want them to do more work, and businesses want them to be more pr...
As we become more connected online, the old system of site-specific passwords and user identity are no longer equal to the task. We need to find new ways of providing identities and authorization.
Cloud-based Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) is becoming big business. Research and Markets forecasts the global market of RaaS and cloud-based business continuity will reach $5.77 billion by 2018, creating major opportunities for business continuity and risk management specialists alike. ...
As the number of companies adopting cloud-based solutions continues to increase, security remains top of mind for vendors, companies and their customers. Organizations of all types and sizes are opting for cloud e-signatures for many reasons including speed-to-market, agility and a low...
We’ve written before about some of the high-profile data breaches occurring in recent months – security breaches that cause some to question the safety of the cloud to store and/or process sensitive data. It seems these stories are reported with increased regularity (sometimes delayed,...
This article explores how to detect fraud among online banking customers in real-time by running an ensemble of statistical and machine learning algorithms on a dataset of customer transactions and demographic data. The algorithms, namely Logistic Regression, Self-Organizing Maps and S...
In many industries, cloud computing is now vital to remaining competitive. The cloud typically offers superior flexibility, scalability, accessibility, and high availability, enabling businesses to grow more agile and responsive. Regulatory compliance concerns often make banks and othe...
In 2013, the total cost of natural disasters reached $192 billion, according to recent research from Impact Forecasting, a division of reinsurance company Aon Benfield, who conducts these reports each year. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy topped 2013’s most costly natural disaster. With dam...
The private cloud is misunderstood. At this stage, vendors can be forgiven for not having a firm idea of what the private cloud is and how it can uniquely improve their processes. Too many service providers have branded legacy technologies as "cloud-based," warping buyers' expectations...
Last week's Joyent outage brought us thinking how many IT teams make the effort what is the meaningful downtime that will not have significant impact on their business. In this post I will not discuss this particular outage although it is a yet another good example for improving the IT...
We’ve distilled lessons learned from Snowden scandal and created 5 questions every CEO should be asking their CIO / CISO in order to avoid a catastrophic rogue insider event in the private sector both in using cloud as a vector of exfiltration as well as protecting their data stored in...
Lately we have seen a lot of articles discussing how easy Disaster Recovery in the cloud is but very few of those put the emphasis on talking about the basics of Disaster Recovery and educating customers on why they should be thinking about it. There are six myths that needs to be addr...
Until this week the biggest anxiety when dealing with eBay has likely been fretting over a negative rating, concerns about slow shipping or a delayed refund. Then suddenly yesterday the media jumped all over the story that eBay had been hacked and users need to change their passwords. ...
Risk-conscious enterprises across the globe have been reluctant to embrace the public cloud model. For many, compliance requirements are the source of the reluctance. For others, concerns about ceding control of their data to a cloud service provider, without the cloud service provider...
Last month, the Information Security Forum released their annual prediction of the top 10 information security threats they foresee for the next two years – through 2016. While I found the entire list insightful, half of the list resonated strongly with me as someone who is working wit...
To help maintain control and remain ever-ready for improvements, healthcare SaaS application developer PointClickCare recently adopted a cloud-based IT service management solution. Whether it's monitoring medication management in a closed-loop integration with pharmacies, or managing ...
There are two pieces of good news to come out of Heartbleed. First, we haven’t heard of any significant security breaches, which mean that the industry as a whole is getting better at fixing problems as they arise. The second is that, because Heartbleed presented every single cloud pr...
Arlington Computer Products improved their financial processes and operations using the new AribaPay cloud-based B2B payment service. Agile business services are entering into a new era, an integrated and on-demand approach to ordering, billing, and settlement processes between buyers...
One challenge more and more enterprises are grappling with as they plan to adopt the cloud is data residency & sovereignty. They are finding that if they want to use a cloud service hosted outside of their borders, life can become quite complex. Perhaps it is a result of the often disc...
Every company worries about competition. When I ran a large enterprise solutions organization, I took steps every day to ensure we were outpacing the competition. Frequently this involved making “build” vs “buy” decisions for the various product parts or services we needed to drive our...
As recent events have confirmed once again, no single company, organization or government is up to the task of securing the Internet. The never-ending cat and mouse game of exploits chasing vulnerabilities continues. The stunning Heartbleed discovery has shaken the online security esta...
Printing and the cloud are seemingly at opposite ends of an organization’s infrastructure spectrum. Printing remains one of the last bastions of an organization’s infrastructure that cannot be completely virtualized since the whole point of printing is to take something virtual and mak...
Enterprises are moving more and more applications to the cloud. Gartner predicts that the bulk of new IT spending by 2016 will be for cloud computing platforms and applications and that nearly half of large enterprises will have cloud deployments by the end of 2017.1 The far-reaching...
The cloud computing revolution is well underway and there are lots of benefits to be realized. According to Awesome Cloud research the industry will be worth more than $150 billion this year, compared to $46 billion just six years ago. Mirroring the general trend for SaaS solutions, cl...