When negotiating contracts with cloud providers, have an attorney review the fine print to ensure your company will be compliant with security and privacy laws, and to guarantee that all data is secure, advises Raun Nohavitza, senior director of IT at Centrify.
The Silicon Valley tech company has contracts in place with its major cloud providers that specify each vendor’s responsibilities to ensure security and privacy, Nohavitza says.
“If a new business is thinking about creating a new cloud service or exposing customer information to the cloud, they should think about privacy and security,” he says. “The main cloud providers will be happy to have that discussion with you, and will be happy to give you the tools you need to solve those problems.”
The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance in Backus, Minn., doesn’t have an IT manager. The nonprofit relies on the cloud to support its mission, which is to provide “a clean, long-term solution to energy poverty” by delivering solar energy to low-income communities.
RREAL also has a for-profit arm that installs solar panels for government, commercial and residential customers. The business is wholly owned by the nonprofit, which allows the organization to provide solar energy to low-income families at no cost, Director Jason Edens says.
Many of the organization’s 12 employees often work remotely as they meet with prospective clients, attend conferences and install solar panels throughout the region. In fact, the ability to access applications anytime, anywhere allows Edens to recruit and retain talented employees. Two workers currently telecommute from larger cities in the state.
Dyn, a major domain name system host that monitors and routes internet traffic, suffered a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack Friday morning, as the New York Times reports.
The DDoS attack temporarily shut off access to Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Box, Github, Airbnb, Reddit, Etsy, SoundCloud, The Times and other websites.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the attack started at around 7:10 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, and Dyn said its services were running again around 9:20 a.m. The company didn’t disclose the source of the attack, the Journal noted.
Facebook doesn't want to just be for sharing photos and memes at the office — the social network now wants to be an enterprise collaboration tool.
Earlier this week Facebook unveiled Workplace (formerly known as Facebook at Work), a chat and collaboration service that will cost $1 to $3 per month per user.
Wired notes that "Facebook charges $3 a head for a business’s first thousand monthly active users, $2 each for 1,001 to 10,000 users, and just $1 each for over 10,000 users." Slack costs $6.67 or $12.50 per month per user for its paid plans. Facebook said Workplace will be free for non-profits and educational institutions.
Symantec and VMware unveiled a strategic partnership to unify endpoint management and broader threat security. As part of the announcement at VMware's Connect 2016 conference in Atlanta, Symantec joined the VMware Mobile Security Alliance, a group of digital security companies that work to mitigate mobile threats by providing advanced security solutions that are seamlessly integrated into the VMware AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management Platform
BlackBerry said on Wednesday it will halt internal development of new smartphones, and instead focus on applications, services and security. The decision comes after years of dwindling hardware sales and as the company has shifted from a phone maker to a provider of software and security solutions.
Virtualized IT environments — and the tools used to manage them — can provide unmatched flexibility and scalability, but they can also require skills that SMB IT staffs sometimes lack, says Cliff Grossner of IHS Markit.
To help smooth the learning curve, companies should ask these questions:
Finally, organizations need to devote the time and resources necessary to train their IT staffs for this new environment, Grossner advises. “Building the skill set in the team is critical to managing virtualized resources,” he says. “Humans need to modify their processes and skills to use technology well.”
Until recently, Trimont Real Estate Advisors operated its own data center onsite. With a new headquarters in the company’s future, Raquel Brown, managing director of IT and security, was on the hunt to find a new infrastructure solution. At the same time, she had to increase redundancy and ensure performance wouldn’t suffer. Ultimately, she decided to work with a colocation provider.
“Trimont is an international company, so the ability to easily expand our data center footprint internationally as needed was important,” Brown explains. “Moving our data center had various benefits, but redundancy, in all aspects — connectivity, power, as well as physical security — was at the top of our list.”
The company’s disaster recovery plan evolved at the same time, and the cloud played a big part of it, she says.
Google says that a recently disclosed vulnerability to Android devices, known as QuadRooter, is not as dangerous as first thought. According to Google, a feature built into the Android operating itself blocks 90 percent of the potentially exposed devices from the vulnerability.
According to ZDNet, researchers at security firm Check Point disclosed "four previously undisclosed security vulnerabilities found in Android phones and tablets that ship with Qualcomm chips could let a hacker take full control of an affected device." The vulnerability was said to affect more than 900 million devices.