April 2018

Does Cloud Hosting Have any Effect on SEO?



The days of your website being restricted to a physical server are long gone, with people now considering the switch to cloud hosting. Many can reel the benefits of cloud hosting off the top of their head, though not everyone is certain if such a move will positively impact their website's search engine page ranking. For businesses, the bottom line of any change to their website is getting more customers, improved visibility and revenue, whereas anything else is just a fringe benefit.

"In today's increasingly competitive world, something as simple as where your website is hosted can be the deciding factor in the success or failure of your business, and it is important that you gain the competitive advantage by making the right choice", according to an SEO specialist from Domains4less.

If you're considering a move to cloud hosting, then you need to understand how it will interact with your website's SEO. This brings us back to the question:

How does cloud hosting affect your website's SEO?

Webinar: Streamline the Deployment and Management of Windows Desktops with VDI

 

 

Wondering why you should consider VDI?  Join this Parallels RAS webinar on April 17th to learn about the easiest way to deliver and manage virtual Windows applications to any device!

WHEN?  April 17th, 2018 @ 09:00 AM PDT

VDI solutions offer several benefits to organizations, including improved security, centralized desktop management, and reduced IT overhead. Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) makes VDI quick, easy, and affordable. It enables organizations to deliver fully functioning virtual Windows desktops and applications that employees need. Parallels RAS allows users to be productive anywhere by providing a Windows desktop-like experience on any device.

Parallels RAS v16 adds significant enhancements to the VDI capabilities, now supporting even more hypervisors, including Nutanix Acropolis and HPE. 

Learn why this is the easiest way to deliver and how to get:

  • Cost effective application delivery
  • Brilliant mobile experience
  • Single pane of glass solution
  • Easy to use
  • Cloud ready

WhiteHat Security Delivers New Crash Course Series to Grow AppSec Expertise

Written by David Marshall

Today, WhiteHat Security, leading application security provider, launched its "Crash Course" series, which includes three webinars run by Kimberly Chung, who runs the Threat Research Center's WhiteHat Academy.

"WhiteHat has made a major commitment to educating and training the wider security and developer community. The WCSD program, Crash Course series and on-demand technical webinars-all provided for free-- demonstrate the company's long-term commitment to supporting industry professionals and helping them fulfill their potential," commented Eric Sheridan, chief scientist at WhiteHat and leader of the WCSD program.

The series complements the successful WhiteHat Certified Secure Developer (WCSD) program, which has enrolled more than 3,300 people and certified more than 500 developers in 2017 alone. The series is specifically tailored for application developers, security analysts, architects, managers or auditors and any security professionals interested in learning how web application security is key to vulnerability management. 
 

Protecting Your Organization's Cloud

As organizations move to the cloud, the next evolution of Network Access Control takes shape to meet business demands.
 

What are the chances that your organization has moved some of its data, systems, programs and applications to the cloud? Quite high. According to a Synergy Research survey of IT professionals, spending on private cloud and cloud-enabled solutions grew by 16% between the second quarters of 2015 to 2017. During that same period, traditional, non-cloud data center hardware and software dropped 18%. It is easy to understand why these days, cyber security threats are coming in through many new channels and vulnerabilities that are not part of the traditional IT infrastructure such as, mobile devices and cloud-based applications. The following prevalent trends in the enterprise highlight why it is essential to monitor your network with a Cloud Network Access Control (Cloud-Based NAC). 

Company Networks Go Global

Organizations are becoming perimeter-less. Traditional IT perimeters have been torn down by the adoption of BYOD, IoT devices, telecommuting and cloud computing. Therefore, one can no longer look at the network as a defined infrastructure within a physical firewall. The network is essentially global without boundaries. According to a Gallop News Service poll from 2015, 37% of U.S. workers had telecommuted for work, and this was up by 30% from the last decade but four times greater than the 9% found in 1995. Perimeter-less companies require continuous risk-monitoring and risk-assessment that can match the ever increasing mobile and cloud-based reality and this can be performed best via the cloud. 

Zerto Expands Executive Leadership Team with Appointment of Chief Revenue Officer

A new position to build on the company's high-growth partner and customer strategy 

Zerto, an industry leader for IT resilience, today announced the appointment of Ed Carter as chief revenue officer. The role will focus on leading Zerto's global sales team and building on this year's record-breaking growth.   

Zerto's total cloud and enterprise sales in Q1 2018 have far surpassed total cloud and enterprise sales in Q1 2017. Carter joins Zerto to build on this momentum. He and the sales team will focus on acquiring new customers, growing enterprise and existing accounts and building Zerto's partner GTM strategy to increase strategic partner revenue and deepen relationships across the company's partner ecosystem. Carter will also be instrumental in an aggressive growth strategy as Zerto continues to build itself into a world-class company. 

YI Technology Announces Microsoft Azure Integration Plans

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YI Technology (YI), a leading provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, today announced its plans to integrate with Microsoft Azure to provide millions of YI customers with secure cloud storage, next generation AI and computer vision features. The integration with Azure underscores YI's commitment to protecting customer data and delivering innovative cloud services for consumers and enterprises.

YI Technology believes that the very best imaging and sensing technology should be easy and accessible to everyone. From world-class innovation to numerous best-selling products, YI knows that great hardware is only possible when paired with great software and infrastructure. Integration with Azure provides data residency within our customers' geographical-regions and enterprise-grade cloud service for YI's rich product portfolio, including Kami, YI's upcoming initiative for the smart home.

Ovum Places Ericom Shield "On the Radar" for Secure Browsing

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Ericom Software announced today that leading global analyst firm Ovum has chosen to cover Ericom Shield in its "On the Radar" series. Ericom Shield leverages strong remote browser isolation technology to protect organizations against known and unknown web-borne threats including ransomware, drive-by downloads, zero-day attacks, and crypto-jacking.  

According to Ovum, every "organization with an online presence is susceptible to attack and their systems can be put at risk to browser-borne malware." In the "On the Radar: Ericom Shield provides secure browsing facilities" report, Ovum recommends Ericom Shield as an additional layer of protection against malware that "penetrates and attaches itself to business systems via inadequately protected browsers", in conjunction with firewalls, URL filtering and other traditional protection tools.

Ovum singles out Ericom Shield's centrally managed design, which requires "no on-browser or on-device software" as a key advantage of the solution. The report also highlights the pre-integrated content disarm and reconstruction (CDR) tools that are included in Ericom Shield, which sanitize files of potential malware before they are downloaded from the internet to endpoints.

Dubai Airports, the World’s Largest Airport, Leverages Box for Cloud Content Management

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Box Inc., a leader in cloud content management, today announced that Dubai Airports has moved its workforce to Box. Dubai Airports operates Dubai's two airports, including Dubai International, the largest airport in the world for international passenger traffic. In 2016, the company chose Box to manage its content in the cloud, and it has now deployed Box to nearly 2,000 employees.

"Nearly 88.2 million passengers traveled through Dubai Airports in 2017, and we are continually looking to implement new technology to create a smoother experience for those customers," said Abdulrahman Al Hosani, Dubai Airport's Vice President - BT Infrastructure and Operations. "With Box, we spend less time servicing file servers and support desk tickets, and can focus on what we specialize in: providing premiere passenger experience, baggage processing, and airfield management."

Portnox Brings Increased Network Visibility and Enforcement with TrapX Integration

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Portnox, a market leader for network visibility, access control and device risk management solutions, and TrapX Security, the global leader in deception-based advanced cyber-security defense, announced today the integration of Portnox's cloud-based and on-premise network access control (NAC) solutions, Portnox CLEAR and Portnox CORE, with TrapX's DeceptionGrid product. The joint solution will give customers the ability to detect unauthorized activity on the network, as well as enforce security policies in real time.

The integration of Portnox's solutions with DeceptionGrid provides CISOs, CSOs, IT teams and network administrators with a complete view of the network, as well as increased visibility into devices - including BYOD, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile and managed devices, anywhere in the world. As DeceptionGrid identifies threats, it shares that information with Portnox to either allow or restrict device access. Portnox generates unique risk scores for each device based on whether a device is on or off premise, over wired, VPN or wireless networks and creates accurate risk profiles and authenticates devices according to score.

FileCloud Adds GDPR Support for its EFSS Platform on Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure

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FileCloud, a cloud-agnostic Enterprise File Sharing and Sync platform, today announced GDPR compliance support across Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. With GDPR regulations set to be imposed on May 25, FileCloud empowers large organizations with an international presence to choose where to host their data.

By enabling organizations to seamlessly integrate leading cloud offerings such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure into FileCloud, and adding a secure, collaborative layer, FileCloud solves the compliance piece of the puzzle that has eluded standardized SaaS solutions.

"No other enterprise file sharing platform on Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure offers similar breadth of features to support GDPR," said Madhan Kanagavel, CEO and co-founder, FileCloud. "FileCloud offers incomparable levels of flexibility and compliance so organizations can choose their vendors and methods of infrastructure support for their unique data."

SolarWinds Study Finds Cloud Computing is Top Transformative Technology and Main Cause of Mounting Performance Challenges

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SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today released the findings of its annual state-of-the-industry study. The new study reveals the state of today's IT landscape: IT professionals are continuing to prioritize investments in cloud computing as they grapple with how to leverage the benefits of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. A juxtaposition of the findings with other independent research also suggests a misalignment between the IT investment priorities of the practitioners surveyed and their leaders.

The IT Trends Report 2018: The Intersection of Hype and Performance, the company's annual report on IT trends, explores the spectrum of today's existing and emerging technologies, and the extent to which they are disrupting IT and optimizing the performance of environments as organizations progress in their digital transformation journeys.

Overall, North American IT professionals are prioritizing investments in cloud computing and hybrid IT more than any other technology; 94 percent of respondents indicate that cloud/hybrid IT are one of the top five most important technologies to their organization's IT strategy today. By contrast, just two years ago, over one-third of IT professionals indicated, as part of the SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution, that cloud computing was somewhat important or not important at all. While AI and machine learning (ML) are not currently the highest priorities for IT professionals, optimizing cloud/hybrid IT environments creates a critical pathway to eventually deploy and capture the compelling benefits of these emerging technologies.

New Global Standards for Cloud Security

Article Written by Avery Phillips

As of May, the requirements of cloud security will be getting an overhaul. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will introduce tighter security protocols for many businesses not just in the EU, but around the world. You are mistaken if you think that the GDPR is only going to affect European companies and organizations. 

Appnovation, a global IT company, understands the GDPR's reach when they state "Put simply, this is something which will [affect] every organization that processes EU citizens' data, whether processed within or outside Europe." This bombshell that's about to drop on the digital security and data world is going to change the cloud and hold companies accountable for how they process sensitive data on it.  

Failure to adhere to these policy changes will result in hefty fines to your business. So, if you hold extensive data on the cloud, you'll want to know how it's going to change in accommodation for the GDPR. Read below to understand how and why it will change cloud security.

The Advantages Of Modern Technology

Today, technology is an important part of day to day life because it is utilized at large scale by people of all ages. There are a lot of technologies that people utilize on a daily basis. Some of these include mobile phones, televisions and other kinds of gadgets. Yet, there are a lot more technologies that people use in order to simplify their lives. A few centuries ago people did not have access to a refrigerator or a small, compact or even cordless hoover. All of these modern technologies have revolutionized the way people take care of daily tasks. Besides that, technologies are also used in the medical field, the business field and so on so forth. In other words, it is easy to say that technology is vital to people's lives.

Devices of all kinds with various functions have slowly taken a big part in people's daily life, and that comes with a lot of advantages. Some of them are obvious, while others are definitely taken for granted. Below there are some important advantages that technology provides to people.

How To Save Your Business Time And Money

Time is money, so you need to be optimizing your time as thoroughly as you can. You cannot afford to waste time in business, so you need to ensure that your business processes are streamlined and up to date, that you've got the most motivated and passionate team you can find, and you're saving money in whatever capacity available to you. In order to be successful, you must know where to invest money and when to cut ties with companies who cannot offer you the service for the price you need. Saving time means that you have to be clever in your approach to business and really know how to manage your time effectively.

Effective Processes

You need your business to run like a well-oiled machine without hiccups and holdups along the way. There needs to be regular review of business processes, and you shouldn't be afraid to ask your team where they feel improvements can be made. Your computer systems should have anti-spyware installed and checks should be run alongside diagnostic tests. Codeassess programming provides quick assessment of codes and can help you diagnose problems in the system. Effective processes are streamlined ones that have proved themselves to be helpful and useful to your business.

McAfee Study Reveals 1-in-4 Organizations Using Public Cloud Has Had Data Stolen

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McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, today announced its third annual cloud adoption and security report, Navigating a Cloudy Sky: Practical Guidance and the State of Cloud Security. The report outlines the current state of cloud adoption, the primary concerns with private and public cloud services, security implications and the evolving impact of unmanaged cloud use for the more than 1,400 information technology (IT) professionals surveyed.

Lack of adequate visibility and control is the greatest challenge to cloud adoption in an organization. However the business value of the cloud-Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (SaaS)-is so compelling that some organizations are plowing ahead. Fortunately modern cloud security tools and practices don't require organizations to make that difficult choice between business velocity and data security.

"Despite the clear prevalence of security incidents occurring in the cloud, enterprise cloud adoption is pressing on," said Rajiv Gupta, senior vice president of the cloud security business unit, McAfee. "By implementing security measures that allow organizations to regain visibility and control of their data in the cloud, businesses can leverage the cloud to accelerate their business and improve the security of their data."

Pulse Secure Launches vADC Products for Microsoft Azure

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Pulse Secure announced that its virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) products are now available at the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Pulse Secure's vADC platform provides scalability, resiliency and a highly secure user experience for Azure applications whether deployed in a datacenter, Azure public cloud or hybrid environments.  

Just months following the vADC acquisition, this development demonstrates momentum and Pulse Secure's commitment to providing customers with flexible deployment options and accelerating cloud adoption with Azure, while leveraging existing IT investments. 

"Pulse Secure is proud to continue our momentum and execute on our cloud strategy. Our Microsoft Azure offering allows deployment flexibility and enables faster cloud adoption for enterprises seeking to deliver mission-critical applications in Azure's highly secure and reliable public cloud. Because our innovative vADC platform was ‘born virtual,' we future-proof best-in-class cloud application deployments," said Marion Smith, VP and GM, vADC Business Unit at Pulse Secure.

SentinelOne Extends Autonomous Endpoint Protection to All Cloud Environments

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SentinelOne, the autonomous endpoint protection company, today unveiled AnyCloud, enabling organizations to run the SentinelOne endpoint management platform in any public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructure. The new SentinelOne management console is natively supported on AWS public cloud, but with AnyCloud, customers can now deploy the entire stack to their private clouds, data centers or in a hybrid cloud fashion.

"SentinelOne is the only endpoint management platform that can be flexibly deployed in various configurations," said Tomer Weingarten, CEO and co-founder, SentinelOne. "We are committed to not only being deployable in any cloud - but also protecting each and every cloud. As more and more customers move critical data and workflows into the cloud, SentinelOne is purpose-built to provide prevention, detection and response capabilities with the broadest platform coverage for servers."

Bitglass Report: Less than Half of Enterprises Have Visibility into External Sharing, DLP Policy Violations in the Cloud

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Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, today announced the findings of its "Cloud Hard 2018: Security with a Vengeance" Report, which features survey insights from over 570 cybersecurity and IT professionals on their approach to cloud security. Visibility and compliance challenges continue to haunt organizations, with 44 percent of respondents claiming they have visibility into external sharing and DLP policy violations in their cloud application and environments. More shocking was the fact that 85 percent of organizations acknowledged they were unable to identify anomalous behavior across cloud applications. 

The cloud security market is growing in large part because traditional security infrastructure has failed. Where next-gen firewalls and built-in capabilities are insufficient for regulatory compliance, internal compliance, and cloud data protection, dedicated cloud security becomes critical. Specifically, 84 percent of respondents say traditional security solutions don't work or have limited functionality in the cloud.

"Cloud security is here to stay as is evident by the concerns and challenges survey respondents highlighted," said Bitglass CMO Rich Campagna. "Enterprise security teams are concerned about the next-generation of cloud threats that pose a risk to corporate data. There has already been immense progress in the past five years as security personnel come to the realization that legacy security tools and processes are not enough to secure their ever-changing ecosystem."

 

How to safely move your business onto the cloud

Would you like to take your business to the next level? Are you open to ideas on competing with your industry peers and cornering your area of the market? Does your technological operation require more than a few updates? If your answer to these questions is yes, you should seriously consider moving your business onto the cloud. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to save time, money, and effort. If you are eager to find out more, you will need to pay close attention to the following five steps.

Think about whether cloud computing will benefit your business

Before you make any big decisions, it is vital that you step back to evaluate your options. Your business should only be embracing cloud computing if it is going to offer a range of benefits. Why not carry out an extensive research project on other businesses that have moved onto the cloud? This is the perfect opportunity for you to follow on from their successes and to learn from their mistakes.

Zen achieves AWS Service Delivery Designation for Amazon EC2 for Windows Server

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Zen recently announced that it has achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Delivery designation for Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) for Windows Server, recognising that the business reduces customer deployment efforts by identifying the most appropriate configuration from cost, performance, security, reliability and management perspectives for their Windows-based applications.

Achieving the Amazon EC2 for Windows Server designation differentiates Zen as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member that provides specialised demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in delivering Amazon EC2 for Windows Server. To receive the designation, APN Partners must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS.