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Software as a Service has been around for a while. In its early years—late 1990s-early 2000s—it was mostly aimed at individual and departmental use, but in more recent years SaaS has been deployed at the enterprise level. There are companies that don’t use anything else. In the beginn...
Whether intentional or accidental, data leaks are a huge concern for organizations. And it has been for years. Going back to a 2004 survey from an IT security forum hosted by Qualys, found that 67% of security executives do not have controls in place to prevent data leakage, A December...
If you read our blog regularly then you know we’re pretty bullish about our OnPrem Agent product and its behind-the-firewall user-experience monitoring capabilities. What does it mean to monitor behind the firewall? Essentially you’re bringing Catchpoint’s Synthetic Monitoring capab...
Fail fast, fail often. Yeah, but the first failure blew up the satellite. Well, this is just a photo-sharing app..not rocket science. Okay, but your photos are accessed by users who have passwords that they probably use for other things..and aren't some photos as important as satellite...
This is an excerpt of some concepts from his upcoming book, NANOKRIEG: BEYOND BLITZKRIEG, a book covering the changes in Military Infrastructure, Strategies and Tactics needed to win the War on Terrorism. It includes chapters on cyberterrorism and cyberwarfare. With the latest terrori...
The use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) by medical professionals has increased dramatically. According to HealthIT.gov, 2015 statistics show that 56 percent of all U.S. office-based physicians (MD/DO) have demonstrated meaningful use of electronic health records. The downside of th...
I came across this great article in CIO from Mary Branscombe, in which she discusses the perceived security concerns of moving fast with DevOps. She addresses the concerns people feel towards the speed of rapid releases, automation, and continuous integration and deployment, all of whi...
Private, public or hybrid cloud? This is the question that is being asked by C-level executives and IT professionals across the globe, as each enterprise continues to mature its cloud strategy and rethink the earlier role of cloud and whether to move away from an all public or private ...
There are always threats out there on the big bad internet. The majority of breaches happen at the application layer and many OWASP Top 10s like SQL injection are still malicious favorites to gain entry. Add to that the availability of DDoS tools, anonymous proxies and the rise of hack...
This week we came across an interesting phishing campaign. Users receive a file named “paymentxxx.pdf.” The file is a recently created PDF v1.5 made with Microsoft Word 2007, which can be opened by any PDF reader—Adobe or any other. The PDF is a single-page document and contains a hype...
In the middle of World War II, very basic and primitive computers were designed to improve accuracy for naval gunfire. The first computers ran complex mathematical applications to calculate trajectories and gunfire from large battleships. The size of the computer was huge and was made ...
Thanks to the professional, virtuous work of security researchers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller and some fantastic reporting on this research by Andy Greenberg of Wired Magazine, we have long known that theoretical hacks against cars are no longer theoretical. They are real. Many co...
451 Research recently published its 2016 Enterprise Storage Outlook in which both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft become top 5 enterprise storage vendors by 2017. Further, AWS surges from 6th place to 2nd place while NetApp plummets from 2nd place to 6th place. Spending on publ...
Many organizations today require 24x7 access to the data they need to run their operations. According to a recent survey, when IT teams modernize their data centers, high-speed recovery and data loss avoidance are the two most sought-after capabilities. Eliminating any “availability ga...
In December 1998 when transitioning into a job doing intelligence support to DoD computer network defense, one of my mentors reminded me of a Reagan-era publication that helped the public better understand the Soviet threat called "Soviet Military Power." This document was based on th...
Cloud applications are well established for many activities such as CRM, HR, and billing. With the cloud paradigm proven for so many enterprise tasks, the question of cloud vs. on-premises seems like yesterday’s – or even last year’s – debate. But is the cloud ready to handle the uniqu...
In the 1946 classic ‘Hair Raising Hare,’ Bugs Bunny asks, ‘Have you ever have the feeling you were being watched? Like the eyes of strange things are upon you?’ Like Bugs often did, he breaks the fourth wall and involves the audience directly, invoking a feeling that someone is looking...
This post provides an update on the ongoing battle between Apple and the U.S. government regarding Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone, recovered by police after the horrific massacre in San Bernadino on December 2, 2015. It is just days before the March 22, 2016 hearing in this long-running...
Believe it or not, the first data backups were made on paper. Dating back as early as the 18th century, the "technology" was used in the form of paper tapes constructed from punch cards to control the functions of automated machinery such as textile looms. The concept of these cards wa...
In part one of this series, "Rugged DevOps: Survival is Not Mandatory", I shared news that 1 in 16 open source and third-party components downloaded last year included a known vulnerability. That may not seem like too many until you realize the average company downloads well over 200,...
Recently I changed some of my passwords. Some due to typical rotation time and a couple due to potential breaches and encouragement from the affected site. No, I’m not going to tell you which ones or how I go about it but I noticed that it took about 3 days for my fingers to key the co...
A key and wide-ranging tech trend that’s affecting enterprises and consumers alike is the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s a development that’s already transforming how we work and live as entrepreneurial minds continue to create use cases for billions of connected things. Transformati...
TCP/IP connectivity starts with a DNS look-up so that Endpoint A, seeking to establish a connection to Endpoint B, can determine B’s IP address. Not knowing when a connection request may be coming, Endpoint B has to continually listen for the arrival of such requests. Not even knowing ...
Hybrid cloud is rapidly becoming essential to today’s information technology processes. This is why hybrid cloud risk management has become the keystone to many modern corporate strategies. To effectively manage this shift, leading enterprises are reorganizing how the business side of ...
Deming, the patron saint of DevOps once advised, "It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory." To survive, application development teams are constantly pressured to deliver software even faster. But fast is not enough. The best organizations realize that security, qual...
Modern threat defense presents many new challenges to enterprises, resulting from the sophisticated threat techniques, new threat actors like organized cybercrime groups and nation states, and the ever-evolving IT infrastructure. Advanced malware threats are fundamentally different fro...
DevOps simply represents the better fusion of the usually quite distinct departments of software engineering and IT operations. The goal is faster and safer rates of software innovation. A simple objective but a troublesome one in reality – As many experts explain the core issue is th...
I was a guest on Scriptrock's podcast series. We discussed cloud security and DevOps. We even talked about my all time favorite album.
How well do you know your code? It sounds like a strange question, but please indulge me. Maybe you're a manager or business analyst. If this is the case, you ‘know' the code through a translation layer in which the developers in your organization explain what it does. Sometimes ...
OneCloud Systems provides managed services for the cloud including 24/7 monitoring, server and database setup, administration, and website migration. Launched by senior architects, developers and system administrators, OneCloud Systems enables customers to tap into the full value of th...
Started with your new company? Great! Now it's time to have some boosting plans for your company's growth. But as your company grows, you will have to take care of the emergencies that might occur at some point that warrants crisis management in IT. The crisis can be in any form - nat...
DevOps bridges the gap between Development and Operations to accelerate software delivery and increase business agility and time-to-market. With its roots in the Agile movement, DevOps fosters collaboration between teams and streamlines processes, with the goal of breaking silos in ord...
I am sure you are aware, the business computing environment is evolving. From all of us and the multitude of devices we now carry and interact with, along with the various ways we access information…to all of the applications and the interdependency among those applications that we req...
Unless your company can spend a lot of money on new technology, re-engineering your environment and hiring a comprehensive cybersecurity team, you will most likely move to the cloud or seek external service partnerships. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Darren Guccione, CEO of Keepe...
There once was a time when organizations wouldn’t consider deploying critical applications in the cloud. It was too much of a business risk from both an access and an attack perspective—and for good reason, since 28 percent of enterprises have experienced more security breaches in the ...
For more than 10 years, the rapid rise of cloud computing has enabled an even more rapid application of cloud to genomic medicine. In fact, since the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) lifted a 2007 ban on uploading their genomic data into cloud storage, the explosion in cloud us...
We’re doing something a little different this year at #RSA with a Security Octagon. Everyone loves a good debate and in the security community discussions pop up constantly around a myriad of topics at any given point – with individuals or groups in the community taking opposing sides ...
The battle lines are clear: the FBI is using the courts to try to force Apple to write malware that will provide a backdoor into the iPhone the Feds recovered at the recent San Bernardino terrorist shootings – but Apple is fighting the order tooth and nail, as such malware would weaken...
The Federal Government’s “Cloud First” policy mandates that agencies take full advantage of cloud computing benefits to maximize capacity utilization, improve IT flexibility and responsiveness, and minimize cost. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a mand...
The evolution of cybersecurity as it relates to healthcare in the United States is by most standards in its infancy, but this situation is changing quickly. The industry is scrambling to shore up defenses as cyberattacks and breaches increase. Very few people, if asked twenty years a...


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