08/04/2017 How Cloud will change IT, look at Microsoft
Microsoft is planning to reorganize it's global sales staff to focus on selling cloud software. What does this mean to your business?
More and more enterprises will outsource their data centers or move them to the cloud. IT staff that are responsible for purchasing
hardware and software will shrink drastically. Executives that fight the cloud and focus on cost heavy, traditional systems will
either change their tune quickly or become a relic.
08/03/2017 New virus doesn't a file during infection
Anti-virus company Trend Micro detected new malware called JS_POWMNET that uses a fileless infection chain. A fileless infection
chain never saves a file to the machine and makes it harder to analize via sandbox. It is unclear whether users unknowingly download it or other malware drops it onto the infected machine. Regardless of how it gets in, an autostart registry entry receives a url to fetch
finally, the favicon is decrypted so it can load up its payload.
To protect against fileless malware, experts recommend segmenting their networks to limit access and to disable Powershell if they
don't use it.
07/26/2017 The public cloud is fast becoming a strategic tool
There is a shift among forward thinking CIOs; they are no longer looking at the cloud to cut cost but an opportunity
to get out of the business of managing data and focus on strategic, business projects. CIOs think of the cloud as a way to
develop software quicker by embracing flexible devops and design-thinking philosophies. The public cloud enables these changes
and are reflected in the revenue of public cloud services companies.
07/25/2017 Cloud based analytical systems becomes the tipping point for business
Many enterprises need big data analytics for their business intelligence but many balk at the high costs until now;
Cloud computing makes the need for massive, in house infrastructure obsolete. Many enterprises are making the paradigm
shift to the cloud? Here are some reasons why.
Big data requires massive expenditures in infrastructure, computing power, and most of all, time. Cloud based offsets this
by minimizing the burden on in-house IT to purchase and manage the infrastructure. For the most part, all the IT department
needs to provide is an internet connection and an ordinary PC.
Cloud is ideal storage facility for all the generated data. Cloud not only saves money on the storage but also on the specialized
equipment and infrastructure involved in housing the storage. This allows the data scientists to focus on high-end data analytical
issues rather than developmental teething issues.
07/22/2017 Two cloud security myths
When it comes to cloud security, there are two main groups out there: those that believe that the cloud is systemically unsafe,
and those that believe the cloud is unhackable. They are both wrong and cloud security isn't as black and white as some would have
With the proper planning, your data will likely be more safe in the cloud than in traditional systems. Remember that with all the
data breaches that have been reported in the last few years, no cloud vendors have been involved. The reason is that the cloud
providers are proactive and update their security constantly. Most traditional, on site systems have outdated security and tend
to be reactive when it comes to security.
Just because your cloud vendor proactively take precautions doesn't mean that you don't have to do your part when it comes to
security. Nothing is completely secure; less penetrable doesn't mean impenetrable. You need to be concerned with identity and access
management (IAM), multifactor authentication and encryption. The biggest factors in cloud security are usually related to people:
simple passwords, keeping passwords written down everywhere, and sharing same passwords for multiple accounts.
Cloud security depends on how much time and resources you spend planning out your cloud strategy. Cloud security is not an all or nothing
07/20/2017 Cloud is safer when it comes to cyber attacks
WannaCry ransomware hit last month and Petya hit a couple of weeks ago; they both took advantages of security issues
in older operating systems that allowed them to spread. Yet, in the past few years, no major cloud were affected by this
type of attack.
Cloud providers are less likely to be breached because of many reasons; multiple layers of security, pro-active monitoring of
activities, and automatically applying security patches behind the scenes. Very few companies have the resources to keep up
with their security needs and can't keep up with the ever changing environment. While it is true that the cloud had some outages,
but no major cloud provider has been affected by malware attacks in the last few years.
07/19/2017 Ransomware on the rise
On May 12th, WannaCry hit networks around the world, locked up computers and held them ransom.
WannaCry hit fast and spread quickly around the world including government entities.
Health organizations, utilities, small and large businesses were all hit; no was was immuned.
WannaCry exploits a vulnerability initially discovered by the U.S. National Security Agency called EternalBlue.
This encrypts data stored and the computer and then demands hundreds of dollars for the decryption key. WannaCry also
uses a timer that when it runs out, data is lost for ever. WannaCry also
has the ability to spread quickly to other computers which allowed it to be quickly identified.
How do you protect ourselves from this type of threat? Keep your computers up to date with the latest security patches
and update legacy OS's like Windows XP. Also employ an endpoint management solution that will help prevent intrusions into
your network. There are plenty of products on the market that will help you with this, but selecting the right one that fits your
specific needs aren't easy so you need to do your homework.
07/18/17 Don't jump on the cloud band wagon just yet
We're hearing and reading all the hype about the "Cloud," and cloud services.
Nowadays, there are many reports and articles on how cloud computing and cloud
services will provide opportunities to save on IT costs and although it may, there are
Before jumping into the cloud, there is alot of issues that need to be addressed. First and
foremost is to list out what your business needs are. What type of software will you be running?
What are your security concerns? How will the services be accessed? How will all this new technology
work with your existing IT environment?
About half the companies that adopt cloud technologies without planning end up jury rigging their old
IT environment with cloud technologies and spend year(s) stabilizing their hybrid environment.
07/16/2017 Cloud computing and security breaches
In today's high tech environment, you can't go a day without hearing in the news that yet another company has been
hacked and data has been stolen. Even more ominous are the headlines that government entities are involved in the hacks.
Much of the stories involving data breaches have been tied to information stored on the cloud; given the trend to move to the
cloud, it is even more critical that your cloud solution addresses these security concerns. The good news is that if planned
correctly, these security concerns can be mitigated. There are 3 areas that you need to consider in order to address your security
concerns: security measures, data protection and data center security procedures audit rights.
Security measures can include industry standard certifications such as SAS 70 or PCI Security. If industry certifications will not
meet your security needs, you need to discuss your specific needs with the cloud vendors. Also ask where the data centers are
physically located since it may impact governing law and jurisdiction in case there is a dispute. Your organization may also have
regulations that require your data be held in US locations only. Also ask what the procedures are in case of a data breach. How will
you be notified? will you be given the nature of the breach? What information was compromised?
Data protection should include backup plans for your data as well as access to your data at all times. One overlooked detail
is who owns the data; you should clarify that you maintain ownership of the data. Furthermore, it is important to ensure that
your agreement contains provisions for the cloud vendor to provide a complete copy of all your information and data upon a written
request. Vendors may charge a fee and the fee should be determined upfront. Retrieving your data in the event that you terminate
your business relationship with your vendor should also be clarified.
Lastly, your organization should have the ability to conduct an audit of your cloud vendor to ensure compliance with your
security needs. This will allow your organization to be proactive in minimizing security risks. Unfortunately, data breaches
aren't going away anytime soon so your organization needs to be doing everything possible to mitigate your exposure.
07/11/17 Three mistakes enterprises make with the cloud
Companies are too eager to move to the cloud due to all the hype surrounding the cloud.
When deciding on moving to the cloud, careful planning is necessary. Here are some of the
most common mistakes companies make.
Moving computing resources on the cloud while keeping the data in-house; your valuable data can be
will face greater security risks and you will have slow access to your data since the data has to travel
from your data center to the cloud.
Firing your current IT staff before making the full transition to the cloud; the transition to the cloud
may take a year or more and you will never completely get all your applications on the cloud.
Your ROI will fall short of your expectations because of all the hype over cloud computing.
Your return will vary a great deal depending on how you plan, transition and train your IT staff to