By Yan Ness, co-CEO Backup and recovery. Has there been less emphasis on the second half of a duo since Simon & Garfunkel split up? Already the ugly stepchild of IT, never getting the same priority as customer issues, and often shipped off to be handled by other organizations, backup and recovery plans frequently overlook one important aspect: Getting backed-up data back to a production environment in the case of disaster. Yes, data is backed up. Yes, the backup is …

In 1989, when “The Simpsons” featured its first telephone prank in Season 1, Episode 3, IP addresses were basically free. Times have changed. Did you know that the world is now running low on IP addresses? With the advent of the “Internet of Things,” everything from TVs, phones, watches—even refrigerators, washing machines, thermostats and air conditioning units—has an IP address, so the available addresses are quickly being used up. ARIN, the organization that manages all IP addresses, is putting lots …

Cybersecurity is front and center in the headlines once again. Recent congressional hearings on the largest cyberattack in U.S. history — a breach into the personal data of anywhere from 4.2 to upwards of 18 million Americans — failed to identify anyone willing to take responsibility, and further hearings just last week produced similar results. Tony Scott, the U.S. Chief Information Officer, began his testimony by stating the problem: “Both state and non-state actors who are well financed, highly motivated, …

Join Online Tech at our Indianapolis data center on Tuesday, June 16, for a workshop: Securing Your Cloud in an Insecure World. In partnership with our co-sponsor, Radware, this half-day seminar features a panel of the nation’s foremost authorities on cloud security and compliance, who will address the real-world threats and risks the IT community deals with on a daily basis. Your Panel of Experts Ben Desjardins Ben Desjardins is the director of security solutions marketing at Radware. Driving the …

We have a stellar lineup of presenters slated for our June 2 workshop at our Metro Detroit data center: Securing Your Cloud in an Insecure World. In partnership with our co-sponsor, Radware, this half-day seminar will feature a panel of the nation’s foremost authorities on cloud security and compliance professionals to address the real-world threats and risks we all deal with on a daily basis. Your Panel of Experts Carl Herberger—Threat Landscape Carl Herberger is a leading expert on the …

Do you stay up at night thinking about everything required to secure your cloud—from cybersecurity to compliance and everything in between? Worried that you’re missing steps in the process? Here’s your opportunity to get expert guidance and best practices from security, compliance, and risk mitigation experts. Get Real Answers to Your Questions Online Tech is hosting an interactive Cloud Security and Compliance workshop to help you make sure you’re dotting all your I’s and crossing all your T’s. The workshop, …

“Dear Diary,” These words carry two powerful implications: If I am the author, this information is personally valuable and private to me. If I am not the author and reading someone else’s “dear diary” entry without being granted permission, I am violating a deeply personal boundary. With everything-as-a-service and the prevailing forecast calling for use of “clouds everywhere” to store and send all manner of sensitive data – personal, financial, or health related information – the internet of everything now …

“Our job as providers is not telling them what they need, but rather listening to the customer’s needs” – Lance Thompson In preparation for our Indianapolis and Metro Detroit business continuity and disaster recovery workshops, I spoke with Lance Thompson, founder and president of Baseline Data Services about what we can expect from his session, Real Life Disaster Recovery: Precious Vicarious Lessons. He shared some BCDR wisdom that was too good not to pass on. As highlighted in the quote …

As we all take a step back to reminisce about the past year and drop the ball on a new one, those of us at Online Tech have plenty of achievements to celebrate. We’ve called this, our 20th year of existence, “the most ambitious and successful 12 months” in the company history in a recent press release. That’s notable, considering our 20th anniversary story about how we’ve evolved from being Michigan’s first ISP in 1994 to a leader in secure …

Data backup can be a time consuming and inconvenient process. There is (rightly) lots of talk about how to execute the backup process, but much less time talking about when it should be done. Companies should be backing up their data when they are finished with their normal, everyday operations. Why? The reason you are backing up in the first place is to ensure you have a complete copy of the most up-to-date information in the event of a disaster. …

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