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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Protecting Your Hackable Home IoT

IoT home network with appliances

You may think your home’s smart devices only send data about temperatures or your exercise activities, so why does it really matter who sees it? Data in aggregate can reveal more than you think about yourself and your family, but even if privacy doesn’t matter to you, lack of data protection isn’t the only risk. Hackers can easily manipulate unsecured IoT-connected devices, get into your network and infiltrate other devices, such as your home computer. Every unsecured device you own is a potential inroad to your home network. Hackers can also take control of your devices and use them to conduct large-scale attacks on businesses and other organizations, such as was the case with the Mirai botnet. We all have a responsibility to improve our nation’s cybersecurity, and we can start with home network security.

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How to Choose a Web Application Firewall

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Web application firewalls or WAFs can protect your website and web applications from a variety of attacks and intrusions that your network firewall can’t. Depending on the WAF your security team chooses, it can protect against XSS attacks, SQL injection, session hijacking and buffer overflows. If your website or application processes payments, it’s especially important to have a WAF, and it is a necessary standard to comply with PCI-DSS. Even if you don’t process payments, a WAF can protect against fraud and prevent malicious actors from tampering with your website and your applications.

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Improve Your Digital Change Management Process in 6 Steps

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For some companies, change management involves throwing things at a wall until something sticks. Needless to say, this is not the ideal system for implementing new technologies. As companies undergo digital transformations to remain competitive and to survive, mastering change management is essential. Because companies only reap the rewards of change after it has been implemented at the individual level, a successful change management process involves getting people on board in all levels of the company.

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Hurricane Checklist – Protect Your Home, Protect Your Business

hurricane checklist from FEMA

It appears we are reaching the zenith of the 2018 hurricane season. The most stressful part of an impending natural disaster is uncertainty, followed by lack of preparation. By preparing for an emergency like a flood or hurricane both in your professional and personal life, you can reduce the impact of a stressful situation on yourself and your family. September is National Preparedness Month – Disasters happen. Prepare now. Learn how. In line with this theme, we are providing a checklist of often forgotten tips to help you through hurricane season.

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What Data Center Compliance Means for Your Business

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Compliance is confusing and mind-numbingly boring for most people. Before you can even finish explaining what SSAE stands for (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements) eyes are glazing over. Unfortunately, data center compliance standards aren’t merely sleeping aids, and not following them is enough to break a company from fines and reputation damage.

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Is Your IT Infrastructure Ready for the AI Revolution?

AI infrastructure in the data center

When we think about what AI is today and what it will offer in just five years, the difference is drastic. Today we have algorithms that recognize images and interactive voice applications. In five years, digital personal assistants will likely be the norm, digital research assistants will scan documents and compile relevant data, medical assistants will help diagnose and treat patients, financial modeling of “what if” scenarios will grow increasingly complex and accurate, and repetitive tasks will become automated in multiple industries. So, what will the AI transformation mean for your data center or IT infrastructure model?

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7 Ways to Compare Cloud Management Platforms

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Does your company have multiple cloud environments with no communication between them? This is a typical scenario for many businesses on the journey to implementing a hybrid cloud architecture, resulting in a lack of visibility across infrastructure. The only way to cohesively manage these environments is with a cloud management platform. Gartner defines a cloud management platform as “products that incorporate self-service interfaces, provision system images, enable metering and billing, and provide for some degree of workload optimization through established policies.” Choosing the right cloud management platform can save a company time and money, as well as determine how quickly and efficiently they can develop new products and services.
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Hybrid Cloud Architecture: Top Benefits & Challenges in 2018

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As of this year, over 80% of North American and European companies have multi-cloud infrastructures. Despite rapid cloud adoption, few companies have achieved a truly functional hybrid cloud architecture. According to a March 2018 hybrid cloud report from 451 Research and NTT Communications, around 63% of firms have a formal strategy for hybrid infrastructure. In this case, hybrid cloud does not simply mean using a public cloud and a private cloud. It means having a seamless flow of data between all clouds, on and off-premises. In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the highlights of this report, including how companies are using hybrid cloud and their perceived top challenges and benefits.

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Ignoring Messy Data Center Cabling? Here’s Why It’s Risky

structured cabling in data center

“We build our computer systems the way we build our cities: over time, without a plan, on top of ruins.” – Ellen Ullman

If this sounds like your data center, it’s time for a change. That bird’s nest of cables costs you a little bit more every day in energy and productivity. Here’s why:

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How Much Should You Spend on Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery?

Many companies underfund their business continuity and disaster recovery plans, not realizing several hours of downtime can cost them hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars. Every company’s DR strategy and budget should be based on their unique requirements, not a cookie-cutter plan. The best way to approach spending on disaster recovery efforts is to first understand your compliance requirements, if you have any, and then calculate your cost of downtime per hour. Once you have an idea of what that number is, you’ll have a better understanding of the ROI on different approaches to disaster recovery. In this blog post, we’ll look at average downtime risk based on availability, and we’ll take a look at how much companies typically allocate for their DR budgets.

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