AWS Security Best Practices: Decoding the Shared Security Model

By Steve Brown | February 28, 2018

Navigating today’s threat landscape and ensuring security in the public cloud is more important than ever. When it comes to AWS security best practices, businesses must start with an understanding of the AWS Shared Responsibility Model. Unfortunately, many companies don’t fully understand that shared model and who is responsible for what,  despite the AWS clear statement:

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5 AWS Cost Optimization Tips for Your Business

By Ryan Visconti | February 22, 2018

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According to the Cisco Global Cloud Index Report, 68 percent (298 million) of cloud workloads will be in public cloud data centers by 2020. The leading player in this sphere is clearly AWS with its current 62 percent of market share. That steady stream of migrations comes with its own set of challenges for most businesses. Chief among them is figuring out how to minimize costs of running applications and workloads in the cloud. While there are numerous ways to accomplish this goal, here are five helpful tips for AWS cost optimization.

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How Does Ransomware Work and What Technologies Best Prevent It?

By Steve Brown | February 15, 2018

How Does Ransomware Work and What Technologies Best Prevent It

Ransomware has quickly become one of the most troublesome issues that businesses deal with nowadays. Globally, ransomware is expected to have cost organizations over $5 billion in 2017 with no signs of slowing down.

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Creating an IT Security Strategy

By Pam Newey | February 8, 2018

Creating an IT Security Strategy

Editor’s note: This article is an excerpt from the Essential Guide to IT Security Strategy.

Businesses in the digital age can no longer rely on disconnected security tools, alongside robust protocols and policies, to avoid increasing IT security threats. The development of a proactive and multidimensional strategy for securing data and your organization’s IT infrastructure is built on well-developed security policies, and overall strategy. However, the first step toward developing that security strategy is to conduct a thorough and in-depth threat assessment.

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The Hidden Costs of Moving Infrastructure to AWS Public Cloud

By Steve Brown | February 1, 2018

According to the Cisco Cloud Index, 68 percent of the cloud workloads will be in public cloud data centers by 2020, which is a 35 percent jump from 2015. While that growth is impressive, what it doesn’t say is that many businesses are still trying to figure out the process of moving to the cloud. AWS, which currently holds about 40 percent of the market, clearly has a lot to offer. What is not as clear are the hidden costs of moving infrastructure to the cloud.

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Designing a Hybrid Cloud Strategy For Your IT Budget

By Scott Whittier | January 25, 2018

Gartner recently stated that “organizations will continue to aggressively build and invest in ‘cloud-first’ strategies and architectures.” Much of this comes from the advancements and innovations in cloud services. Applications and solutions that were once a poor fit for the cloud are now finding their way into the “as a service” space. However, just because an application or solution is cloud capable doesn’t mean it is right for you.

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Patch Management Best Practices for Critical Vulnerabilities

By Steve Brown | January 18, 2018

Patch Management Best Practices for Critical Vulnerabilities

With the recent Spectre and Meltdown flaws sending a wave of disruption across IT and all business communities, the scope of the problem continues to unfold. Either one or both of the flaws are present in Intel chips from the last 15 years embedded in countless processors running PCs, servers, and phones.

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4 Security Risks of Shadow IT

By Scott Whittier | January 11, 2018

According to Gartner’s Top 10 Cloud Security Predictions, by the year 2020, a third of all successful attacks on businesses will be against their shadow IT resources. Businesses can no longer ignore the risks of shadow IT and must take preventative steps against it.

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AWS vs. Azure: Which Cloud Platform is Right for Your Business?

By David Pearce | January 4, 2018

Several months ago, IDC research revealed their statistics showing that combined IT infrastructure spending on private and public cloud platforms will eclipse spending on traditional data centers. Of course, no one is surprised including those businesses that have yet to embark on their cloud journey, which clearly is a shrinking subset.

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3 Reasons Your Organization Should Choose Hybrid Cloud

By Jason Pinardi | December 28, 2017

Over the past few years, no buzzword in IT has been used more frequently than the cloud. For the beginning of its lifespan, the cloud was thought to be something to approach cautiosly. There were security concerns, vendor concerns, and even questions about what it actually was.

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