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If you thought that your data was safe on a UK or EU server then think again as a US court has ruled that Microsoft has to hand over the data from an Irish site.

Databarracks is one of the first organisations in the UK to become certified with the Cyber Essentials Scheme, a new digital security standard deployed under the government’s National Cyber Security Strategy

SafeNet aims to significantly reduce the costs of encrypting data centre and corporate network traffic with enhanced security, including metadata encryption

The OpenSSL project recently released patches for several OpenSSL vulnerabilities, two of which are marked as critical.

SafeNet has enhanced its version of its Sentinel LDK (Licensing Development Kit) software monetisation solution that provides hardware, software, and cloud-based license delivery, intellectual property (IP) protection, and license management from a single, cloud-based platform.

SafeNet Global Authentication Survey reveals more enterprises to adopt cloud-based authentication and mobile multi-factor authentication to accommodate an increasingly mobile workforce

Amazon have added new free of charge encryption to its Elastic Block Storage (EBS) to protect data volumes and snapshots at rest, and in motion, however there’s no easy way to encrypt existing EBS volumes.

eBay has been hacked sometime over the last few months, so what lessons can we learn? Do you just forget about security because its unstoppable?

Friday, 16 May 2014 17:09

Hortonworks Acquires XA Secure

The acquisition of XA Secure should provide Hortonworks Data Platform customers with the industry’s broadest security capabilities for Enterprise Hadoop

Paul Kinsella reveals some facts and figures behind the move to hosted cloud solutions for document management and transfer

Despite green shoots in the UK economy, it’s clear that savvy consumers and a crowded market place have continued to force businesses to do more with less. Companies around the country have turned to solutions that enable them to streamline productivity and reduce costs. Much of the IT industry is already aware of the benefits associated with cloud solutions, with many championing the benefits it brings to businesses, and it seems that UK businesses are increasingly starting to take note.

Majority planning to adopt managed service by year end

Analysts IDC predict that demand for cloud services will grow by 25% worldwide in 2014, and over $100 billion will be spent before year end. In a recent survey of UK large businesses across a variety of sectors, such as financial, retail and manufacturing, eFax looked at the deployment of cloud technology and the reasons behind this move to the cloud. The survey results emulate IDC’s findings. Of the businesses questioned by eFax, 83% have already moved business applications to a hosted services model and of the 17% that aren’t currently using cloud solutions, the majority of these (82%) are planning to adopt them in some way before year end. This is a clear indication that not only is cloud computing now mainstream, but that businesses will invest in the right technology in order to reduce costs and grow their businesses.

The research indicated a variety of reasons behind this shift to the cloud, with flexibility (59%), efficiency (45%) and cost reduction (45%) the most regularly cited motives. While, IT departments are trying to keep pace with ever changing technology, tackling integration with legacy systems and satisfying user demands as they introduce new working practice policies such as bring your own device (BYOD). Some 35% of respondents had deployed cloud solutions to help mitigate the risks associated with supporting outdated technology and infrastructure.

Less than a quarter rate compliance as a pressure

As many cloud solutions offer a more secure and reliable delivery of documents; particularly crucial in industries handling sensitive information such as the financial, legal and medical professions. But when participants were asked about the pressures that are forcing businesses to boost productivity and reduce costs, it is worrying that only 24% felt that compliance was a factor; less than customer expectations, the economy, competition, the board and increasing overheads.

In fact with many industries operating in an increasingly strict regulatory environment, it is staggering that businesses aren’t feeling the pressure of compliance more. Last year, the Bank of Scotland was fined after repeatedly faxing customers' account details and payslips to the wrong recipients, in direct violation of the data protection act. Particularly when cloud faxing solutions exist , that provide a secure delivery method for documents, meaning staff can fax safely, reliably and more importantly, to the correct fax number with no manual dialling involved.  The Information Commissioner’s Office found that the Bank of Scotland failed to take sufficient technical and organisational measures against repeated unauthorised processing of personal data that would mitigate human error and levied a large fine to reflect the seriousness of the matter.

Flexibility and efficiency trump cost reductions

As expected cost reduction is an important considerations for shifting to the cloud, with 45% citing this an important motive, but what is particularly noteworthy is that flexibility and efficiency are as important considerations, if not more so, than cost reduction across a variety of sectors. Those in the manufacturing and retail industries cited flexibility as the prime reason, while those in financial services saw flexibility and efficiency on a par with cost reduction. For cost not to be the primary driver when considering any purchasing decision is a very encouraging sign for the wider economy, and the health of UK Plc.

The market remains as competitive as ever; squeezed margins, increased customer expectations and vociferous competition are long standing business issues that won’t change any time soon. But what is different today is what companies are doing to meet these challenges.  In an effort to streamline operations and boost productivity and efficiency, UK businesses are increasingly turning to cloud services, with lower capital costs and rapid deployment cycles to help the business flourish. But it’s equally important that UK businesses take the regulatory environment seriously by adapting cloud technology to help with compliance mandates and avoid exposing the company to unnecessary risk.

About the author

Paul Kinsella is the General Manager, Europe for j2 Global, where he oversees the European operations for the company’s cloud services including eFax Corporate. Prior to joining j2 Global, Paul was with Creative Labs for 15 years, where he held a number of senior management positions including responsibility for Global Customer Support and Online Sales for Europe and America. Paul has a degree in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from the Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin.

A new authentication service from SafeNet - SafeNet Authentication Service - can provide strong multi-factor authentication for secure user access to Office 365 applications and claims easy integration with Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services for all other applications.

You've got rid of Heartbleed, and you're relaxing with a soothing cup of something strong, but how do you know that it's gone for good? Dominic Wellington looks at creating a containment policy for Heartbleed and for any subsequent nasty bug that will stop them from coming back to plague you again.

A recent report from Skyhigh Networks that analyses data from more than a million users points to a need for greater employee education about data protection and privacy

Alert Logic’s 2014 Cloud Security Report shows an increase of attacks on cloud environments with European public cloud infrastructure more susceptible to attack than the US

Reports are emerging from the US Government that the Heartbleed bug is now being exploited and a number of cyber attacks have been launched targeting the vulnerability.

A new serious threat to all ‘secure’ cloud services has been revealed and any business running or using OpenSSL servers needs to check for the vulnerability and change passwords and keys immediately

The new IdentityGuard service from Entrust consolidates its current products into one easy to use console to simplify management of SSL, PKI security standards and certification

IBM inventors have patented a cloud computing security technique that enables app developers to ensure that data notifications are securely and confidentially pushed to and from mobile devices.

Friday, 28 March 2014 14:16

Skilling up for the cloud

Garry Sidaway, Global Director Security Strategy at NTT Com Security asks when preparing for a cloud move do you need to get your mindset right first before creating a new skillset?

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:50

Steve Shine - The CIO’s Role

Steve Shine - CEO of Actian analytics platform talks about cloud and the CIO’s Role @ActianCorp @SteveShine

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:48

Steve Shine - Security in the cloud

Steve Shine - CEO of Actian analytics platform talks about security in the cloud @ActianCorp @SteveShine

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:38

Steve Shine - Big Data Security

Steve Shine - CEO of Actian analytics platform talks about Big Data security in the cloud @ActianCorp @SteveShine

Exponential-e is one of the first European cloud service providers to attain the Cloud Security Alliances STAR Certification for security

Worldwide more than 575 million data records were lost or stolen in 2013, including over 1.6 million UK records according to the new SafeNet Data Breach Level Index

Security policy automation and enforcement business Catbird has launched Catbird 6.0 (formerly Catbird vSecurity), the latest version of its security automation solution. According to a recent Verizon PCI report, only 9.4% of organisations investigated after a data breach were compliant with PCI Requirement 10. To help increase businesses compliance with PCI and other security standards Catbird have launched the latest version of Catbird 6.0. The latest version includes extend support for both VMware and Microsoft hypervisors and supports VMware NSX and Cisco ACI. Additionally there’s a new application programming interfaces (APIs) in the product to enable businesses to automate and enforce security policy, audit for continuous compliance, and integrate into their existing management systems. Catbird 6.0 also expands its continuous monitoring capabilities to include extensive configuration checks based on Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) and updates for FISMA, FedRAMP, ISO27001 and PCI DSS 3.0. New Features of Catbird 6.0 include:

  • Multi-hypervisor support – Consistent security policy automation and compliance enforcement across Microsoft Hyper-VTM and VMware vSphere. Management API – Enterprises and service providers can now integrate security policy and compliance enforcement into their existing provisioning and management processes. Catbird 6.0 API includes ACL and alert operations, asset searching and enumeration, compliance state retrieval, event operations, and Catbird TrustZones management and configuration. Expanded role-based administrative functions – Six roles including auditor, operator, firewall operator, and compliance officer, allowing customers to precisely align policy management with existing administration, security and compliance roles.
  • Enhanced continuous monitoring – SCAP configuration checking allows users to download security benchmarks from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) and run configuration checks against those benchmarks. With SCAP, customers can continuously monitor their security posture based upon codified security benchmarks established by credible third parties and define configuration checks that are a requirement for organizations including federal government agencies.
  • Cisco & VMware virtual firewall integration – First security policy automation and enforcement solution to orchestrate two of the industry’s leading virtual firewalls, Cisco Virtual Secure Gateway (VSG) and VMware vCloud Networking and SecurityTM. Customers can track and maintain the status of virtual firewalls and other security controls continuously, such as IDS/IPS, NAC, and virtual infrastructure monitoring, no matter where assets move on the network and what changes are made.

Catbird will be showcasing the new 6.0 release at RSA Conference 2014 in San Francisco, Feb. 24-28 2014. The software is available immediately and a fully-functional evaluation version is available.

Security policy automation and enforcement business Catbird has launched Catbird 6.0 (formerly Catbird vSecurity), the latest version of its security automation solution.

Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:50

NetIQ upgrades its single sign-on service

NetIQ has launched the latest version of its single sign-on (SSO) product NetIQ CloudAccess 2.0

Security is still the main reason preventing businesses from unlocking the potential benefits of cloud services and data centre consolidation.

An international survey conducted by Logicalis has found that CIOs are more willing than ever to put key IT infrastructure, from security to servers, in the hands of the cloud and they want to do it so they can concentrate on strategic priorities like business analytics and mobile strategies.

Zynstra launches O365Connect a managed version of Office 365 with additional file and print, storage, backup, security and DR services designed for small and medium sized businesses



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