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Three Small Cybersecurity Tips That Make A Big Difference

Written by Max Emelianov, CEO HostForWeb
 

Protecting your business doesn't always require you to spent six figures on security infrastructure or perform hundreds of penetration tests. As with many things in life, it's the little things that really count. Here are a few things you can do right now to enhance your business's security posture - and they won't cost a thing.

There's a lot of doom and gloom in the cybersecurity space. It seems like you can't even read the news without hearing about some terrifying new black hat organization, or some highly-sophisticated malware that's bringing businesses to their knees across the world. It's hard not to adopt something of a fatalist outlook amidst all that chaos.

After all, if these large enterprises with their million and billion dollar security budgets can't fend off hackers, what chance do the rest of us have?

A pretty good one, actually. See, while it's certainly true that there are a ton of well-funded, extremely advanced hacking groups out there, the chances that one of them will directly target your business are extremely slim. Likely as not, anyone who goes after you is simply taking a shotgun approach to their hacking - throw a bunch of attempts at the wall and see which ones work.

How Has the Cloud Affected the World of Urban Planning



Article Written by Avery Phillips

For a number of years, urban planners have been working with software known as building information modeling (BIM). Essentially, this is software that allows the importing and integration of 3D building design into a program that analyzes data regarding energy impacts, environmental and community impacts, and construction compliance with local building codes and regulations. 

Of course the next step in this process is to go beyond BIM and the design of buildings that comply with city codes and local regulations into full city information modeling (CIM) that can essentially do the same thing on a larger scale. The full impact of any number of project types can now be automated, and these tasks can be performed on the cloud. 

This has become possible as GIS and other mapping software has continued to move toward cloud computing instead of server or machine-based applications. ESRI took leaps forward in this area with ArcGIS online, along with launching software developed in cooperation with the company SmarterBetterCities. The company is based in Switzerland and is the designer of CloudCity, a cloud-based CIM-specific system. 

Many of these CIM systems have been developed by urban planners who have been analyzing this type of data for years, but doing so manually. The automation process takes something that used to take a couple of dozen specialists a number of weeks to complete and automates it so results are available nearly instantaneously.

 

Announcing Fugue Risk Manager to Help Identify Cloud Compliance Violations and Protect Against Data Breaches

Fugue announced the release of Fugue Risk Manager. A new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, Fugue Risk Manager is designed to make it easier for enterprises to identify compliance issues in their cloud environments and prevent them from reoccurring.

Fugue Risk Manager inspects cloud infrastructure environments and identifies resource configuration issues for common compliance regimes, including AWS CIS Benchmarks, NIST 800-53 Rev. 4, GDPR, HIPAA, and custom controls specified by the customer. Once violations are corrected and a known-good baseline is established, Fugue Risk Manager can automatically identify configuration drift and revert it back to the established baseline as soon as it occurs.

"Enterprises that adopt the cloud are quickly confronted with the challenge of guarding against infrastructure misconfiguration that leads to critical data breaches and costly compliance fines," said Phillip Merrick, CEO of Fugue. "We developed Fugue Risk Manager to simplify the task of finding these problems and ensuring they never happen again, and to do so efficiently to support the speed and agility today's business demands."

Threat Stack and Red Canary Announce Partnership to Drive Incident Response and Remediation in the Cloud

Threat Stack and Red Canary announced a partnership designed to offer response and remediation in the cloud. Together, Red Canary and Threat Stack will be able to reduce the mean time to remediation for security alerts identified by the Threat Stack Cloud Security Platform and Threat Stack Cloud SecOps Program.

Threat Stack's industry-leading full stack security observability across cloud infrastructure - from control plane, host, container, orchestration, and application layer - in combination with Red Canary, enables customers to streamline response efforts by outsourcing alert investigation and enabling customers to focus only on incidents that require active remediation. As an example, Ping Identity, the leader in identity defined security, have been looking for the next-generation cloud data breach detection and remediation capabilities offered by this partnership.

Windows User Profile Disks are Good but…

With the widespread adoption of Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox Enterprise, etc., Windows user profiles are now more bloated than ever before. In virtual workspace environments this can be a big challenge because if your users don't have very fast access to their large user profile, user experience suffers greatly. Some type of profile containers/disks are now available from most desktop virtualization vendors. Profile disks, offloading the user's profile to a virtual disk hosted on an SMB or in the cloud, is the very baseline type of profile that you must have to have a profile persist in virtual non-persistent desktop environments.

You likely already have a profile disk feature/capability included in your virtual desktop platform of choice. How easy or difficult it is to create and manage those profile disks varies greatly from vendor to vendor.

HyperGrid Enables Enterprises and Service Providers to Cloud Smarter With HyperCloud 6.0

HyperGrid, the market leader in Hybrid Cloud Management, is enabling enterprises and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to Cloud Smarter with HyperCloud 6.0, the next generation of the industry's first intelligent Hybrid Cloud Management (HCM) platform. HyperCloud 6.0 helps enterprises and MSPs through their cloud journey with the addition of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lambda and Microsoft Azure Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program support, enhanced automation and turnkey compliance analysis and remediation, among other new features. With these updates, HyperCloud 6.0 allows organizations of all sizes to execute robust cloud migration projects; continuously optimize cloud consumption; automate security and compliance; and scale cloud operations to support business needs.

"Industry analysts have predicted that overall cloud adoption rates will increase from 58 percent two years ago to 85 percent in 2019. However, many businesses discover early-on that effective cloud adoption requires far more cloud planning, management and optimization expertise than they anticipated," said Nariman Teymourian, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at HyperGrid. "HyperGrid has seen strong demand for our HyperCloud platform from enterprises and MSPs alike as public cloud adoption continues to accelerate because we help them Cloud Smarter, reducing the pain and increasing the ROI of their digital transformation."

HyperCloud combines the power of machine learning and analytics for vastly superior cloud management capabilities. HyperCloud is different than other solutions on the market because the platform takes a proactive approach to cloud planning, cost management, governance, security and compliance for complete transparency into cloud operations without the guesswork. The platform eliminates the manual, complex and error-prone processes that can impede or derail cloud adoption and operational scaling with simple setup and workflows that require just a few clicks to get actionable insights.

ThoughtSpot Announces Partnership with Google Cloud Platform to Deliver Multi-Cloud Analytics for the Enterprise

ThoughtSpot announced a partnership with Google Cloud to deliver multi-cloud analytics to the enterprise. As part of this partnership, ThoughtSpot has been certified to run its in-memory calculation engine Falcon, one of the fastest in the industry, on Google Cloud Platform, and announced new integrations with Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine to simplify machine learning and data science workflows.

Harnessing the Power of Multiple Clouds

Cloud technologies are reshaping every industry by streamlining operations, reducing inefficiencies, and unlocking completely new opportunities for organizations. As cloud technologies proliferate, however, enterprises face a new set of challenges in managing and harnessing the collective power of their multiple clouds. ThoughtSpot breaks these barriers by enabling enterprises to analyze data across their public cloud, private cloud, and on premise environments.

WekaIO and Univa Partner to Simplify the On-Ramp of HPC Workloads to the Cloud

Univa announced a partnership with WekaIO, a high-performance scale-out file system storage company, to help enterprise customers accelerate the migration of their HPC workloads to the cloud. Univa is working with WekaIO to integrate one of the industry's fastest parallel file systems into its Navops Launch, to offer customers a comprehensive, high-performance, hybrid cloud solution for HPC and machine learning workloads.

There continues to be an increasing trend within IT and research organizations to migrate workloads to the cloud in order to accommodate the demands of today's high-performance applications. With this in mind, Univa's innovative workload management and optimization solutions, Navops Launch and Grid Engine, are uniquely suited for industries such as life sciences, manufacturing, and AI/analytics that require the highest level of performance to support data-intensive and performance-hungry applications. Accelerating machine learning projects through the elimination of storage bottlenecks is of high interest to enterprises, and this collaboration will allow WekaIO's high-speed scale-out file storage technology to support computational needs that help users advance machine learning projects into production.

ClearSky Data to Provide Enterprises with Limitless Data Scalability, Protection and Access Available on Platform Equinix

ClearSky Data, provider of on-demand primary storage with built-in offsite backup and disaster recovery (DR) as a service, and Equinix, the global interconnection and data center company, today announced a partnership to expand the delivery of ClearSky's market-leading, high-performance data management and storage services on Platform Equinix. Together, the ClearSky and Equinix services provide enterprises access to their data wherever it's located, with comprehensive, built-in data protection.

Enterprises embracing today's digital transformation initiatives are challenged to manage explosive data growth, minimize infrastructure and adopt cloud strategies. The unique combination of ClearSky's edge-based service and Equinix's global footprint creates a hybrid data fabric and network that empowers companies to solve their complex data management challenges and derive more value from their data. Specifically, enterprises gain access to on-demand storage with built-in backup and DR, unlimited capacity and no egress fees while also accelerating any cloud, multi-cloud or edge computing deployment.  

"[Equinix] is aggressively moving beyond basic colocation to leverage growth in interconnection as well as enterprise and virtualized services," writes Hugh Ujhazy, Associate Vice President at IDC, in IDC Market note: Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric: Friend or Foe? "It will also focus on growing its share of the enterprise sector over the next few years."

 

Cloud Spectator Launches the World's Largest Automated Platform for Comparing Cloud Service Providers

Cloud Spectator, the authoritative Cloud benchmarking and consulting firm, launched the industry's first global Cloud Transparency Platform. The Cloud Transparency Platform is the world's largest automated Cloud services comparison platform - tracking monthly pricing on over 15,000 Cloud offerings in 50+ data centers from around the globe. Users can generate customized reports with biweekly performance and price-performance value benchmarks on over 200 virtual machines (VMs) in North America, Europe, and Asia.

According to Ken Balazs, CEO of Cloud Spectator, "As the Cloud market has matured, Providers have become increasingly sophisticated with service offerings and pricing strategies. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) price and performance varies widely, making it nearly impossible for consumers to compare prices, performance and overall value without additional insight or data analytics. The Cloud Transparency Platform is poised to bring much-needed transparency to the Cloud market."

Currently, the Cloud Transparency Platform provides data on fifteen Cloud Service Providers, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Softlayer, Alibaba Cloud, and Digital Ocean, just to name a few. Customized Cloud comparisons can be user selected and sorted based on key metrics including VM size, instance type, CPU, RAM, billing options, global regions, and many more.

Additional information about the Cloud Transparency Platform is available at: https://cloudspectator.com/cloud-service-provider-comparison/