Long gone are the times where “the” database was single Relational Database Management System installed typically on the most powerful server in the datacenter. The monsters handled anything the business required. Today databases run on commodity hardware, they are also more sophisticated in terms of the high availability and specialized to handle particular types of data. Specialization allows them to achieve much better performance – everything is optimized to deal with a particular kind of data: optimizer, storage engine, even language doesn’t have to be SQL, like it used to be in the past. It can be SQL-based with some extensions allowing for more efficient data manipulation, or it can be something totally new.
Since the introduction of cloud computing, more and more companies have been flocking to cloud computing, because it has proven to be cost effective and inherently more secure than on premise data centers. However, no one has ever claimed that making switch magically happens by pressing a button. Cloud computing needs to be properly managed and configured. Processes and policies that protect the data and applications that reside in the cloud need to be developed and continuously monitored to stay within best practices.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to become the biggest technological breakthrough of this decade. Many households will soon own a smart car, smart refrigerator, and smart thermostat. In the business world IoT is also here and is steadily gaining additional profile and credibility. With that comes a vastly complex IoT ecosystem. 51% of surveyed IT and business decision makers report that their organization uses IoT devices that have been created by a third-party.
In our modern age, it is natural to want to modernize your business in order to keep up with the times and keep customers interested, so investing in the cloud can often seem like a natural pathway for changing businesses, but it does come with some risks. Not paying attention to the very real risks of compromising cloud security – which can seem like a faraway, non-important issue – can cost you greatly, and, at worst, could ruin your business. Customers put their trust in you to keep them and their data safe, so compromising that can be the absolute faux par, which will destroy your business’ reputation and ensure that no future success can be enjoyed. But enough with the fear-mongering: how can you stop these security slips ever happening in the first place? Knowledge is your best tool, so knowing about the dangers often prevents them from becoming issues.
Gartner has recently conducted a research on world wide public cloud revenue and forecasted a growth of 17.5% in world wide public cloud services market in 2019. The total is expected to reach to a whopping amount of $214 billion, up from $182.4 from 2018.
Running a business these days often means managing a series of online accounts and figures, with a little shipping and perhaps some calling. Of course, this lacks the physical security of physical businesses. Many turn to other monitoring and management packages that can be accessed by clients, while algorithms and other features keep access to where it’s necessary. Cloud security can be tricky and without at least some education in the field, users can make simple mistakes that could ruin businesses.
Internet of Thing (IoT) devices have taken over our lives. Everything from your refrigerator, thermostat, and light bulbs are talking to the cloud. This is generating an unprecedented amount of data that is traversing the Internet and needs to be stored somewhere, hopefully securely.
BYOD is defined by Google as the practice of allowing employees of an organization to use their own personal devices for work purposes. This includes mobile phones, laptops, and tablets. Given the sharp increase in the number of companies taking advantage of all that BYOD offers, several similar acronyms have developed, such as BYOT (Bring…
Moving to the cloud takes you out of the data center business and enables you to focus your company’s efforts on what it does best. Cloud providers have a massive advantage over in-house and on-premises solutions in that they are backed by millions of dollars of research and development, as well as an international network of hardware dedicated to providing the best possible IT solution for their clients.
Last month Bob Violino wrote a great article about “The dirty dozen: 12 top cloud security threats.” At CCSI we are seeing many of our customers with aggressive “move to the cloud” or “cloud first” initiatives. As they move forward, we always advise them that they keep a close eye on their security posture and attack surface.