Moving Test and Dev to the Cloud: How the “As-A-Service” Economy Delivers Tangible Benefits

Moving Test and Dev to the Cloud: How the “As-A-Service” Economy Delivers Tangible Benefits

Moving Test and Dev to the Cloud Have you ever seen the old parlor trick in which a person pulls a tablecloth out from under a fully set table without disturbing a single item of cutlery or glassware? It’s something that comes to mind for many IT managers and engineers tasked with the job of evolving their network environments while still keeping a business running. The era of high-speed commerce makes exceptions for no one,…

When The Cloud Comes To The Black Friday Table

When The Cloud Comes To The Black Friday Table

Black Friday Black Friday, as most people know, is the busiest shopping day of the year, occurring immediately after U.S. Thanksgiving, and ushering in the “official” beginning of the Christmas/Holiday shopping season. Its name has come to represent the time of the year at which most retailers start to turn a profit (operating in the black), as opposed to running at a loss (in the red) as they have been doing since January 1. Although…

Security Audits, Cyberattacks and other Potential Front Line Issues

Security Audits, Cyberattacks and other Potential Front Line Issues

Defending the Organization When people talk about security audits in an organization, thoughts immediately go to malware, cyberattacks and other front line issues. These appear as the most obvious types of threats and are consequently given the greatest attention. As essential as these responses are, companies need additional layers of audit and defence further up the hierarchy if they are to build a culture of perpetual and successful self-governance. The problem is, internal compliance and…

The DDoS That Came Through IoT: A New Era For Cyber Crime

The DDoS That Came Through IoT: A New Era For Cyber Crime

A New Era for Cyber Crime Last September, the website of a well-known security journalist was hit by a massive DDoS attack. The site’s host stated it was the largest attack of that type they had ever seen. Rather than originating at an identifiable location, the attack seemed to come from everywhere, and it seemed to have been driven through a botnet that included IoT-connected devices like digital cameras. This was something special and unusual,…

Ransomware’s Great Lessons

Ransomware’s Great Lessons

Ransomware The vision is chilling. It’s another busy day. An employee arrives and logs on to the network only to be confronted by a locked screen displaying a simple message: “Your files have been captured and encrypted. To release them, you must pay.” Ransomware has grown recently to become one of the primary threats to companies, governments and institutions worldwide. The physical nightmare of inaccessible files pairs up with the more human nightmare of deciding…

IoT: Connected Manufacturing Leads To Service as a Product

IoT: Connected Manufacturing Leads To Service as a Product

Connected Manufacturing A car is driven back to its home garage for the night, and its data port is plugged in. Then, some exciting things happen. First off, the car sends diagnostic information back to the manufacturer to cross-check against any systems that require repair, maintenance, or replacement. The manufacturer then downloads a selection of new driver experiences, including a different acceleration style (choice of sporty or smooth), improved navigation and mapping software, and new…

The Lurking Threat Called Passivity

The Lurking Threat Called Passivity

The Lurking Threat What is lurking inside your company’s systems that is making them vulnerable to attack? Hacking, phishing and other types of attacks are often considered to be externally driven, with gangs of anonymous hackers operating from halfway around the world using Internet connections to break in and wreak havoc. But surprisingly, a significant proportion of network security events happen on the inside. Depending on the particular organization or industry, this percentage can range…

Security: The Goodwill Virus That Keeps On Giving

Security: The Goodwill Virus That Keeps On Giving

The Goodwill Virus When Caitlyn Jenner officially introduced herself to the world by way of a Vanity Fair cover story in June 2015, the event was unique not only for the groundbreaking content but in the way it was produced. It delivered a very powerful lesson about computer security for corporate decision-makers in all industries. Given that the story was so exclusive, it was written and produced on a single laptop computer that was kept…