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Big Data In Music And The Movies

Big Data In Music And The Movies

Big Data In Music And The Movies

We’ve touched briefly on the ever-expanding nature of big data in sports and the entertainment industry. The exponential growth of big data in all forms of entertainment is undeniable. Sports fans can track player stats, injuries, likelihood to make a play, right on their phones. Moviegoers can track how many seats are left for the movie they want to go see and what people are saying about it on social in real-time. Big data is starting to catch up with music as well. How has big data improved the way we watch movies and listen to music?

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A hotly discussed organization during the recent Net Neutrality hearings, video streaming service Netflix has also developed innovative ways to increase revenue with heaps of data sets. Based on the amount of bandwidth used per show and targeted feedback feedback on social, the company knows exactly what its fans what. This strategy has lead to several home runs for Netflix, including exclusive hit shows in almost every genre: fans of drama love House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Those who like to laugh at raunchy humor voted for a new season of the comedy show Trailer Park Boys. Netflix has even catered to the Comic Con crowd, acquiring exclusive distribution of Marvel’s Daredevil. Both companies, Disney owned Marvel and Netflix saw what their users and fans were gushing about on social media and ran with it. This solidified both the scope of Netflix’s ability to run premier series not on television, and the scope for Marvel to market superhero entertainment to an older audience. Spoiler Alert: DO NOT let your young kids watch Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix, as it’s definitely a show for adults. This surge in premium exclusive entertainment has big data, the cloud and social metrics to thank. Innovation like this will only continue, as Hulu, Amazon Steaming and others will want to try to mimic Netflix’s success.

Big Data Rocks Iron Maiden Fan’s World Down Under 

Who would have thought that so many Iron Maiden fans live in South America? They did, apparently, with the help of big data. Iron Maiden’s consultants ran global fan analytics from sales and bittorrents, discovering a large fanbase resided in various areas of South America. The band used this data and cashed in on it, making over $3 million dollars at just one show, all thanks to big data. In 2012, Iron Maiden reportedly added over 5 million online fans, over 3 million of which were all in South America. Run to the hills of big data!

Infographic courtesy of whoishostingthis.com

Pirated Data

Big data hasn’t really solidified itself in too many other areas of popular music culture quite yet, but with applications like Spotify and Pandora constantly improving their metrics and user experience, there’s only a matter of time before it happens.

Did we miss anything? How has big data improved your concert or moviegoing experience?

By Jason Sander

Tips For Data Security In The Cloud

Tips For Data Security In The Cloud

Security In The Cloud

How can you be completely confident that the information you are storing or have already stored in the cloud is safe? The answer to this is — you can’t. However, you can adopt certain protective measures that will surely help find the answer. In this article, I have listed some approaches that can be followed to secure your data, access and network in the cloud.

Secure access control to your data in the cloud

Access control is usually made up of two parts:

1) Authentication: At this phase, only those users are given authority who they claim to be. This verification is possible through password checking.

2) Authorization: It gives access to no matter what authenticated user is authorised to. The first and foremost step is to achieve security in the cloud by knowing who’s accessing what. All people working inside your organisation i.e., database administrators and employees will obtain an advanced stage of scrutiny; receive training on firmly managing data; and come up with a stronger access control.

Also, limit the data access control according to the user context. Through this, you can achieve the change in level of accessing data in the cloud depending upon where the user is and what device is he/she been using.

Take a risk-based approach to secure assets: A risk-based approach to secure assets means adopting pro-active measures by interconnecting otherwise silo-based security and IT tools, continuously monitoring and assessing the data. In turn, the organisation can achieve a closed-loop and automated remediation process that is based on risk. Risk-based approach comes up with three major elements: continuous compliance, continuous (security) monitoring, and closed-loop, risk-based remediation.

  • Continuous compliance:

It involves reconciliation of assets along with automation of data classification, alignment of technical controls, automation of compliance testing, deployment of assessment surveys, and automation of data consolidation. When any organisation conducts continuous compliance, it helps in reducing overlap by leveraging a common control framework, increases accuracy in data collection and data analysis, and reduces redundant as well as manual, labour-intensive efforts by up to 75 per cent.

  • Continuous (security) monitoring:

It comes up with an increased frequency of data assessments particularly on a weekly basis and requires security data automation by aggregating and normalising data from a variety of sources such as SIEM, asset management, threat feeds, and vulnerability scanners. In turn, organisations can reduce costs by unifying solutions, streamlining processes, creating situational awareness to expose exploits and threats in a time-bound manner, and gathering historic trend data for the predictive security.

  • Closed-loop, risk-based remediation:

A closed-loop, risk-based remediation process involves asset classification to define business criticality, continuous scoring to enable risk-based prioritisation, and closed-loop tracking and measurement. This process results in dramatically increase in operational efficiency, improves collaboration between businesses, security, and IT operations, and enables organisations to measure security efforts and make them tangible.

All these approaches identify databases by means of extremely sensitive or valuable data, and take care by providing extra protection, encryption and monitoring around them. Implementing these approaches within your organisation, you will be capable of protecting all essential systems as well as assets from the attack. You can even authorise the access to infrastructure and data.

Extend security to the device:

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Shoulder-to-shoulder with access limitation, your data calls for the variable levels of protection. Organisations holding sensitive data should be protected by making use of encryption along with the additional monitoring. Encryption can provide you relief from the interference problems caused by illegal users. In the same manner, personal devices that are used for accessing cloud data should bring forth the corporate data isolation. These devices should make full use of Patch Management Software that keep programs up-to-date and scan all mobile applications from any kind of vulnerabilities.

Add intelligence to network protection:

Network protection devices should have the ability to deliver additional control analytics and have an insight control through which the check can be made on which users are accessing what content and applications. This will serve as a helping hand in assembling the intelligence that is required to see patterns even in the chaos.

Adding intelligence to network mitigates the risks with real-time situation awareness of network activity and critical transparency to allay fears of potential customers. You can protect network by hardening network security to restrict data leakage or data theft. You can also audit trails of all network transaction — communication and content — related to a customer’s account, assuming compliance to regulation and standards.

Establish ability to see through the cloud:

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Security devices, like those used for verifying users IDs and passwords, for acquiring security data to create audit trail are needed for monitoring compliance and forensic investigation. The basic idea behind all is to find out essential and meaningful signals regarding a possible attack or security risk in the briny deep sea of data points.

Adding a security intelligence layer i.e., layer of advanced analytics helps in bringing about all of security data together. This helps in providing a real-time visibility into both the data centre as well as the cloud infrastructure.

Conclusion:

Along with the above mentioned approaches, there are many others that a business can take into consideration in order to strengthen their data protection policy. Regular evaluation of your business security policies will ensure you are not leaving an “open door” for hackers to enter. Security plays a vital role in cloud deployments. By following these approaches, an organisation can be managed more efficiently, for these will completely protect data as well as devices in the cloud.

By Sudhi Seshachala

Simple And Recommended SaaS Security Tips

Simple And Recommended SaaS Security Tips

SaaS Security Tips

Most people and companies are now using a significant amount of SaaS solutions. Companies are running sales support software, they are file sharing, collaborating and using e-mail programs and a lot more in the cloud. However, that usage also leads to concerns about the security of those solutions. How safe are they? What risks do we run?

Here are a couple of tips to increase the security of SaaS applications.

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By far, the biggest risks to using SaaS are leaking data and losing control. The top way to control these risks is simple: watch your passwords, and know how to survive a cloud provider exit. If you look at famous data breaches in the past year, of which the iCloud celebrity hack, (However, still may be dangers) is probably the most well-known, you will see that most breaches were caused by weak passwords and weak password reminders.

Improving the protection that passwords offer is often fairly easy. Security experts recommend using so-called two-factor (or two-step) authentication. This means that you use more than one way to prove your identity at log in. Examples include security tokens, dongles, and fingerprint scanners.

This used to be inconvenient for the user, but in the past few years a number of usable scenarios have been developed. It does not have to be a daily hassle, and you don’t have to fear being locked out.

For example, you can configure your Dropbox account to ask you for an SMS confirmation when you access it on a computer you have not used before. Check it out, they have thought this out well, and there is absolutely no excuse not to use it. You will find it under Account -> Settings -> Security.

Gmail too allows you set up security in this way and once set up, it will alert you to suspicious activity on your account. Like Dropbox, the easiest option is to use your mobile phone, but they also support other methods so there is no need to be concerned if you lose your phone. Other SaaS services that you use might have some of these features as well.

Go explore…

The Administrator

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If you are the administrator of a cloud service this is even more important because you will be the prime target of any hacker.  As a cloud service administrator there’s a few other basic things to do. If feasible you should first create a secondary administrator account for day to day work. If that account gets compromised, you will have the first account to fall back on.

Another basic administrator task is to apply hygiene to your user list. Regularly review if users are still active in your company or project, and that they don’t have more rights than they need to have. (In larger organizations this is better done by identity federation, so you don’t have to do this on a service by service basis.) As an administrator, you don’t want former employees or contractors to still have access to your systems.

Access Level

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I ran into a simple example the other day on a Google Docs document. It was not mine, but I had full editing access. The person who shared it with me did not need to give me this level of access. It would have been much better just to give me Comment or Review access.

Losing the provider or the data that is stored on the service is the other big risk. And preparing for losing all your data can also protect you against losing some of your data. There are so many reasons why a provider may stop servicing you. They could have any number of technological hiccups, they could suffer a disaster, they could go out of business or they could go in a direction that you don’t like. In all cases it makes sense to have an exit plan or a plan B, such as a plan to move to a different provider.

Backup Is Your Friend

If you don’t have an exit plan, you are basically saying that you accept the risk of losing the data that is with that provider, and the capability to use that data. This could be a valid decision. I am not that interested in my Doodle archive for example, so making a backup of that is not a big concern. At its most basic, an exit plan describes how your most valuable data is stored in a secondary place. For example, my Gmail mail archive is also stored on my laptop as it is automatically downloaded by Outlook, my mail program. I have not spent too much time thinking about changing my mail provider. However,  because my mail and contacts are safely stored elsewhere, I am confident that a new provider will help me to do the migration and that the process will be fairly simple.

For my customer management system I make regular copies of the entire customer database and contact details. Again, moving to a different provider will be a hassle, but not impossible. If your business really depends on it, you may want to have a cloud system on hot standby. However, most of the time, this is not very easy with SaaS because no two SaaS providers are alike.  You are better off to first think about which data to save to a secure location. If and when you want to move, your functional requirements will have changed anyway, and there are likely to be new SaaS providers at that time as well.

For a deeper dive into cloud security issues and controls, have a look at the research that the Cloud Security Alliance is doing.

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By Peter HJ van Eijk

Cloud Infographic – Path Of A Cyber Attacker

Cloud Infographic – Path Of A Cyber Attacker

Path Of A Cyber Attacker

We’ve covered a fair bit of infosec here on CloudTweaks over the years. It’s an important area for all regardless of if you’re a consumer or a business.

Security expert and consultant – Chetan Soni, discusses some of the security issues and tools to consider as part of your business plan: “Cloud computing has become a business solution for many organizational problems. But there are security risks involved with using cloud servers: service providers generally only take responsibility of keeping systems up, and they neglect security at many ends. Therefore, it is important that clouds are properly penetration (pen) tested and secured to ensure proper security of user data…”

So what is it that cyber attackers really want when invading a cloud network? Well, data really. Anything that can be sold in the underground market such as cloud account credentials, scanned passports and stolen credit card information is just a start for this group.

Attached below is an infographic provided by Symantec which is very telling and frightening of what awaits in this growing underground market.

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Here Are Four Ways To Elevate IT

Here Are Four Ways To Elevate IT

Here Are Four Ways To Elevate IT

Prior to joining the consulting side of the industry, I worked in corporate IT for the first 7-8 years of my career. While my time in corporate IT has long come to a close, I can still vividly recall the pain points and dreaded battles I endured.

A recent study confirmed that up to 80 percent of IT budget is allocated to keeping the “lights on.” Such tedious maintenance tasks range from mundane file restoration to the stressful rehabilitation of mission critical server failures.

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Here’s the good news: this spending has decreased in recent years as the adoption of cloud technology has increased. Earlier estimates had the cost of IT maintenance at 85% percent from the current 80%, and I anticipate this number will continue to drop. As more companies invest in the cloud and cloud services, budgets for keeping the lights on will shrink, thanks to the cost savings and efficiencies offered by cloud services. To ensure you’re making the most of available budget without spending too much time, or money, I’ve outlined four ways an IaaS provider can help to make tasks that can be very time-consuming with little return, much more efficient:

  1. Hardware & Maintenance—one major cost of IT is server hardware and maintenance. One of the few components left with moving parts, server hardware is prone to wear and tear. As such, there is always the need to allocate large amounts of time dedicated to maintaining these servers to keep everything up and running smoothly. By leveraging an IaaS provider, IT departments instantly offload a huge burden, letting the IaaS provider maintain server hardware, replace bad memory modules or failed drives. Providing a more efficient and low-cost alternative to internal maintenance, IaaS providers can help companies save money and focus their IT efforts elsewhere. Alleviating the bothersome late-night calls/texts when a server fails, employing an IaaS provider is the first step towards IT Utopia.

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  1. Storage Area Network—another notable IT budget allocation is the storage area network (SAN). A SAN is typically very reliable, but when an issue arises, it usually affects major business critical systems causing mass hysteria in the IT camp. IaaS providers offer storage space for companies to take advantage of. By doing this, you move a very large expense off the maintenance budget while also removing the responsibility of the storage system upkeep and management. You’re now two steps closer to IT Utopia.
  1. System Backup —ensuring that all backup are complete is a tedious, time–consuming task. Between spending the morning sifting through backup logs and rescheduling unsuccessful backups a major chunk of any IT professional’s day. With today’s cloud service options, IaaS providers are able to back up the system they are hosting, which in turn, enables companies to recapture wasted time and move one step closer towards an IT Utopia.
  1. Software Distribution and Maintenance—these are crucial, but also time intensive IT tasks. From deploying a new application to rolling out a new major release of an existing application, distribution is usually a tedious and time consuming task for IT. Software as a Service (SaaS) can help companies minimalize time spent in this area by. SaaS is gaining popularity for many reasons and is a win-win for both IT and the software vendor. SaaS rollout is simple, requiring IT professionals to merely point their users to a URL.

With that said, there is application and user setup that needs to happen as well as potential data migration that needs to occur, but once that is done, the application is now available from any device with a browser with no additional configuration from IT. Users can access the application from any laptop, desktop or smart device without IT intervention.  When a new update comes out, the user will automatically see it the next time they login with no IT intervention.  Many popular SaaS applications are gaining momentum, such as Microsoft Office 365, SAP as well as the market maker, SalesForce.com. IBM has made a commitment to deliver all its software via a SaaS format over the next few years demonstrating that this will be the method of choice for software delivery in the future. The fourth step towards IT Utopia is now complete.

This discussion demonstrated only four items where Cloud services can be leveraged to minimize the time spent by IT on monotonous, tedious and time-consuming tasks that provide little value to the business.  Cloud services can help companies innovate in leaps and bounds, reducing IT costs and streamlining operations. Furthermore, cloud offerings allow  IT departments to focus on adding value to the business rather than “keeping the lights on,”  thereby attaining a state of IT Utopia.

By Marc Malizia

Cloud Infographic – Enterprise Mobility Trends

Cloud Infographic – Enterprise Mobility Trends

Mobile Trends To Keep An Eye On

Mobile trends such as: Wearable Technology, IoT, Automotive Driverless Communications, M2M and BYOD are all making some tremendous noise – and these are only a few of the examples.

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From Owen Andrew, one of our 12/12 contributors adds: “The growing number of BYOD (bring your own device) workplaces means that mobile apps can make their team more efficient and productive – in a way that’s also quite cost effective. Granted, there are some security considerations that will need to be addressed, as well as the fact that employees will likely have to allow IT permission to access their personal mobile phones and other technology. And that may be easier said than done!

It is a careful balance between building productivity and giving your employees – and your customers – relative freedom to interact with the various mobile apps and other tech that you utilize from the device of their choice, and protecting your company’s best interests in regard to customer service and information security as well.”

Included is an infographic by Ranstad Technologies discovered via Entrepreneur.com which highlights a few more additional mobility trends to sink your teeth into if you are looking for new business opportunities.

We’ve also included survey results courtesy of EETimes of some of the most influential trends expected in the near future.

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Teach Yourself The Cloud: Cloud Computing Knowledge In 5 Easy Steps

Teach Yourself The Cloud: Cloud Computing Knowledge In 5 Easy Steps

Teach Yourself The Cloud

Learn how to get to grips with cloud computing in business 

Struggling to get your head around the Cloud? Here are five easy ways you can improve your cloud knowledge and perhaps even introduce cloud systems into your business. 

Any new technology can appear daunting, and cloud computing is no exception. There’s a lot to be learned about the Cloud, but understanding its basic principles is certainly doable, even if you’re not the most IT literate! Best of all, once you’ve figured out how the Cloud works, you’ll open up numerous possibilities that could ultimately lead you to a more efficient and profitable business.

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You’ll be pleased to know there are a wealth of resources available to help you along the way. Read on to learn how you too can become a cloud pro in just five easy steps!

  1. Read up online 

Several websites offer guides to the Cloud which will tell you all about the basics, as well as offering you a glossary of the sometimes-confusing cloud terminology. Guides such as these will tell you all you need to know to in the early stages, while this glossary will help with some of the tricky definitions.

  1. Experiment with free cloudware 

Now you understand the Cloud a little better, Readwrite suggests a good way of first experimenting with cloudware is to set up a Google Docs account. Using this platform, you can share and edit office applications in a live environment. This gives you a good, hands on introduction to how cloudware works on a practical level. What’s more, you don’t even need to download anything. The service is available online and all your data is there whenever you need it.

  1. Make the most of free trials 

Once you’ve played around with Google Docs for a while, it may be worth trying out different cloud products that you think could be useful for your business. You can download cloud-based tools that can assist with all parts of your business, including email platforms, office suites, project management software, accounting tools and pretty much anything else you can think of. Websites allow you to download free trials of their products without making a commitment straightaway; this allows you to see whether a new cloud-based system will indeed suit you and your business. Ultimately, free trials can even help you save money and crucial time adapting to the product in the future.

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  1. Sign up for an online course 

By now you should be fairly clued-up when it comes to working in the Cloud. But if you’d like to understand the intricacies even better, luckily for you, several websites offer courses on the cloud. Microsoft offer varying levels of private cloud training, as do Alison, as part of Amazon Web Services. At the end of the latter course you even get a qualification and will certainly be far more knowledgeable of how you can best utilise cloud systems within your business.

  1. Learn about more niche elements of cloud computing 

The great thing about cloud computing is that you can adopt as many or as few cloud systems as you want. But should you want to introduce more complicated software into your setup, you will need to undergo more in-depth training if you want to make the most of more specialised products.

There’s little reason not to expand your knowledge and discover how you could be using the latest cloud technology in your organization. You’ll soon find out that, when it comes to the Cloud, a little bit of knowledge goes a long way!

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By Gary Gould

How Big Data Is Improving Entertainment For Sports Fans

How Big Data Is Improving Entertainment For Sports Fans

Big Data Helps Sports Fans

No longer confined to the tech world, big data is everywhere these days. It is shaping the way governments are run, how we buy everything from groceries to video games and how we interact in a global social media landscape. It was only a matter of time before big data made a big appearance in sports. Data insights and analytics for professional and college sports is increasing fan interest and driving revenue previously unavailable. The use of big data in sports is exploding in a big way.

According to AT&T Innovation Blog:

Over the last four NCAA® Men’s Final Four® tournaments (2012-2015), total data usage on AT&T’s in-stadium mobile network has increased more than 300 percent both overall and during peak hours. That’s a soaring leap that wouldn’t be possible without our people and the tools we use to cover these kinds of events

  • Total data usage from inside the stadium was more than 1.52TB for all three games. This is the most ever for an NCAA® Men’s Final Four® on our in-stadium mobile network.  1.52TB is enough for 4.35M social media posts with photos.
  • We saw data soar during our peak traffic hour at the stadium, which occurred on Saturday from 7-8pm EST, when fans were sending and receiving videos, photos, and more. Fans uploaded and downloaded approximately 165GB.
  • Between all eight tournament sites where we had venue-specific networks, we did more than 4.12TB of data. This is equal to more than 6 consecutive months of streaming HD Video – that’s a lot of basketball.

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It’s a Numbers Game

Just like in any emerging technology these days, big data pairs well with social media. Apps and sports sites are now able to display point-by-point winning odds of teams. Not only that, but the real-time popularity of star players on social media is also showcased, bringing rival team trash-talking to a whole ‘nother digital level.

Big Fans of Big Data 

Mobile apps with updated scores are nothing new, and have been around for over five years now. Teams in all sports have caught on, encouraging fans to download team apps for up-to-the-minute stats and news along with personalized merchandise recommendations. Just opened an account with Lincoln Financial Group in Philly? Customers also bought this Eagles jersey.

Big data will only continue to influence the multi billion-dollar sports industry. Have you used data sets to improve your sport fan experience? We would love to hear about it. Let us know in the comment section below!

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By Jason Sander

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Cloud Infographic – Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic – Disaster Recovery

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Teach Yourself The Cloud: Cloud Computing Knowledge In 5 Easy Steps

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Cloud Infographic: IoT For Automotive Deconstructed

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Big Data and Financial Services – Security Threat or Massive Opportunity?

Big Data and Financial Services – Security Threat or Massive Opportunity?

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M2M, IoT and Wearable Technology: Where To Next?

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New Report Finds 1 Out Of 3 Sites Are Vulnerable To Malware

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Mobile Connected Technologies – The Future Of The Healthcare Industry

Mobile Connected Technologies – The Future Of The Healthcare Industry

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Infographic Introduction – Benefits of Cloud Computing

Infographic Introduction – Benefits of Cloud Computing

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Protecting Devices From Data Breach: Identity of Things (IDoT)

Protecting Devices From Data Breach: Identity of Things (IDoT)

How to Identify and Authenticate in the Expanding IoT Ecosystem It is a necessity to protect IoT devices and their associated data. As the IoT ecosystem continues to expand, the need to create an identity to newly-connected things is becoming increasingly crucial. These ‘things’ can include anything from basic sensors and gateways to industrial controls…

Three Tips To Simplify Governance, Risk and Compliance

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Governance, Risk and Compliance Businesses are under pressure to deliver against a backdrop of evolving regulations and security threats. In the face of such challenges they strive to perform better, be leaner, cut costs and be more efficient. Effective governance, risk and compliance (GRC) can help preserve the business’ corporate integrity and protect the brand,…

Three Reasons Cloud Adoption Can Close The Federal Government’s Tech Gap

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The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

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Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

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Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

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Digital Twin And The End Of The Dreaded Product Recall

Digital Twin And The End Of The Dreaded Product Recall

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Is Machine Learning Making Your Data Scientists Obsolete?

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Achieving Network Security In The IoT

Achieving Network Security In The IoT

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