Data Foundry Blog

DDoS Hits Closer to Home in 2017: Trends & Emerging Threats

http 503 error, service unavailable As a colocation company that provides a DDoS Mitigation service to customers, we keep current with DDoS activity and emerging threats in our industry and others. We’ve noticed more frequent attacks in previous months, and medium to large companies aren’t the only ones dealing with the onslaught. Smaller organizations are increasingly getting hit with DDoS threats and attacks. In the final quarter of 2016, the U.S. slid into first place to become the number one source country for DDoS attacks. Read More ›

Make Data Center Migration Painless with Our Checklist

Does the thought of a data center migration make you sweat?

As we discussed in a previous blog post called Colocation Moves: 9 Common Mistakes to Avoid, a data center migration is a rigorous process. Because for most companies data center migrations are few and far between, there are often important details that are overlooked until it is too late to stop them from interfering with business continuity.

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Cybersecurity Bill Will Protect Sensitive Information & Mandate Cybersecurity Audits

Texas Policy Spotlight

We are thrilled to see a bill like H.B. 8 this legislative session, and with such a low bill number indicating a high commitment from leadership on this issue. H.B. 8 mandates a number of important cybersecurity measures to protect state agencies and personally identifiable information (PII). This kind of digital housekeeping is long overdue, and we hope to see it easily passed before the end of the session. In this spotlight, we’ll highlight some of the main action points of the bill and what we like about them.

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How Managed Services Providers Make Businesses More Profitable

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Business owners and decision makers are always wondering what they can do to increase profitability. Suggestions generally reflect customer service enhancements, new business opportunities, and potential product initiatives. Something to consider is the value of business technology as it improves operations which increases profitability. One of the highest costs of implementing and maintaining these technologies is labor. You can increase profit margins simply by outsourcing IT.

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Texas 1 Data Center Passes Third-Party PCI DDS Compliance Audit

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As anyone who has toured our data centers knows, our purpose-built facilities are extremely secure, and security procedures are strictly enforced. Though we’ve met PCI DSS requirements since Texas 1 opened for business in 2011, we are now officially certified by a third party for meeting PCI DSS requirements.

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Data Foundry Launches Technology Policy Microsite

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We’re excited to announce the launch of our new microsite, Data Foundry’s Advocacy Hub. As a company, we’ve been involved in technology-related policy and legislation since our establishment. Because we started as one of the first 50 ISPs back in 1994, protecting the open Internet and online privacy is near and dear to us. Over the years, we’ve participated in conferences, panels and other events to show our support of an open Internet and online privacy. Our CEOs and executive team have received recognition and awards for their support. Our microsite is the ideal place to provide updates on our policy and advocacy efforts as well as encourage engagement on technology issues at the state level.

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Data Foundry Announces Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Partnership

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Data Foundry is now an official Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Partner. ExpressRoute is a private, dedicated network connection between Microsoft Azure data centers and our customers’ IT environments. Azure ExpressRoute is one of the multiple paths to the cloud included in Data Foundry’s CloudTap service. CloudTap™ provides secure, end-to-end private connections to top cloud service providers such as AWS, CenturyLink, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.

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Data Foundry Signs Coalition Letter in Support of the Email Privacy Act

Email Privacy Act 2017

Yesterday, Data Foundry signed a coalition letter addressed to the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the Email Privacy Act along with tech giants such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, IBM, Cisco Systems and other tech firms. Non-profit organizations also signed on, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU. The Email Privacy Act is a revision to ECPA, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. ECPA currently allows federal law enforcement agencies to access any electronic communications that are more than 180 days old without a warrant. This particular piece of legislation has not been updated since 1986 – eons in the world of technology — and it is in desperate need of reform.

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Data Privacy Day: 5 Things Your Business Can Do to Promote Data Privacy

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Data Privacy Day is an international effort focused on promoting data privacy awareness that takes place on January 28 every year. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) leads promotional efforts for the U.S. This non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet. In addition to educating consumers on how to protect their online privacy, the organization dedicates itself to showing companies how privacy is good for business. Here are 5 of their recommendations for promoting data privacy within your company:

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Do You Know What’s Under Your Data Center?

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You may have heard about data centers being built in 3-6 months from groundbreaking to commissioning. You’ve probably also seen buildings that are retrofitted to be data centers. There are advantages to these types of data center construction projects – they’re fast and cheap, and companies that need data center space ASAP can move in quickly. However, as you can imagine, much is sacrificed in the way of security, resiliency and redundancy when data centers are put together in a hurry. We devote a large portion of our data center construction timeline to what goes in the ground, months before the slab is even poured.

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