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Akamai's State of the Internet/Security: Report Highlights the Importance of Information Sharing in Battle Against CyberThreats

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Akamai Technologies today announced the availability of the State of the Internet / Security: Carrier Insights Report for Spring 2018, which shows that sharing information is an important factor in helping to defend against cyber threats. The report analyzes data from more than 14 trillion DNS queries collected by Akamai between September 2017 and February 2018 from communications service provider (CSP) networks around the world.

For more than 19 years, Nominum, acquired by Akamai in 2017, has leveraged in-depth DNS data to improve overall protection against sophisticated cyberattacks such as distributed denial of service (DDoS), ransomware, trojans, and botnets. Akamai's Carrier Insight Report builds upon the Nominum expertise and highlights the effectiveness of DNS-based security that is enriched with data coming from other security layers. This layered security approach involves gathering various security solutions to collectively protect an organization's data.

"Siloed understanding of attacks against individual systems isn't enough for defenders to prepare for today's complicated threat landscape," said Yuriy Yuzifovich, Director of Data Science, Threat Intelligence, Akamai. "Communicating with varying platforms is critical when acquiring knowledge across teams, systems and data sets. We believe that the DNS queries that our service provides act as a strategic component to arming security teams with the proper data necessary for that big picture view of the threat landscape."

E8 Storage Announces InfiniBand Support

Today, E8 Storage announced the availability of InfiniBand support for its high performance, NVMe storage solutions. E8 Storage support for InfiniBand will be seamless for customers who now have the flexibility to connect via Ethernet or InfiniBand when paired with Mellanox ConnectX InfiniBand/VPI adapters. 

"InfiniBand connectivity combined with the full potential of flash as delivered by E8 Storage is an almost unstoppable partnership in terms of speed, low latency and scalability. Together, this makes E8 Storage and Mellanox a powerful combination for data center implementations and for databases that drive financial trading systems, real-time data analytics, and healthcare applications," commented Scott Sinclair, senior analyst at ESG.

The move comes as a direct response to HPC customers that wish to take advantage of the high speed, low latency throughput of InfiniBand for their data hungry applications. The announcement also strengthens E8 Storage's long-standing technology partnership with Mellanox that originally enabled the integration of E8 Storage's rack scale flash architecture with selected Mellanox adapters.

 

How To Secure Your Next IT Job

Job hunting isn't easy, regardless of your industry. If you're searching for your next IT position, then don't expect it to fall into your lap. Even if your skills are amazing, it's still crucial to market yourself to employers effectively. Check out the tips below to help you out with your search.

Polish That Resume

If your resume is tacky or out of date then its time for an overhaul. It's the first thing employers will see, so you want to make it count. Remember, if you're applying for a position listed publicly then chances are dozens or even hundreds of other applicants have also applied. To give yourself the best chance you want to make your resume stand out from the crowd.

FireEye and Oracle Collaborate on Cloud Transformation

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FireEye, Inc., the intelligence-led security company, a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced a relationship with Oracle to offer additional security services for customers migrating to the cloud. FireEye Email Security has achieved Powered by Oracle Cloud status and is now available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Additionally, customers can now evaluate FireEye Email Security running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure via the Oracle Cloud Jump Start demo lab.

"Based on our extensive frontline experience and global telemetry, we know email is one of the most prevalent and successful attack vectors today," said Jason Martin, EVP of global engineering and security products, FireEye. "Email attack campaigns by their very nature are controlled by the adversary and can scale in volume and composition. Customers who deploy FireEye's email security capabilities utilizing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure will be able to benefit from the scalability of the infrastructure to more rapidly respond to changes in the email threat landscape."

RedLock, Barracuda Join Forces to Help Organizations With a Cloud Threat Defense Strategy

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RedLock, the Cloud Threat Defense company, and Barracuda Networks Inc., a provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions, today announced their joint efforts to help organizations fulfill their responsibilities in securing public cloud environments. The joint-solution approach offers enterprises the ability to implement a broad Cloud Threat Defense strategy across Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud environments that aligns with the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF). The two companies plan several go-to-market initiatives, including joint sales efforts, joint product demonstrations and joint solution collateral development.

"RedLock and Barracuda products fit together to address the security challenges in public cloud computing environments," said Varun Badhwar, CEO and co-founder at RedLock. "The solutions assist enterprises with addressing the four functions of NIST CSF, which include identifying assets, protecting against threats, detecting security events, and responding to incidents. We're privileged to work with Barracuda in helping organizations obtain the benefits of public cloud computing."

6 Ways To Manage Your Business When You're On Vacation

Owning and running your own business is a hard thing to do and will take a lot of work at the start. You might find that you are working long hours, perhaps every day of the week, just to get things off the ground. So you might find that you are getting too tired to work effectively and you need a break - perhaps you'll like the idea of going abroad, or you might want to stay at home for a week resting up. 

The problem comes when you worry so much about leaving your business in someone else's hands that you can't relax when you're away from it, and taking a vacation in the first place doesn't feel right for you. If you follow this path, you will find that you make yourself ill, burn yourself out, or completely fall out of love with your business. 

To ensure that you can have a vacation and still keep on top of the day to day running of your company, here are some ways that you can manage your business while you're away. 

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.
 

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.

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."

 

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."