It was not that long ago when the word “cloud” referred only to the visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the sky. In 2016, it is often used to describe almost anything on the internet. However, in the IT world, it refers to the physical and virtual infrastructure to host applications and store data and there is increasing pressure to “move to the cloud” because of the tremendous benefits. But which cloud is right for your business? Well, it depends on what …

We’ve already talked about the need to invest in an IT security budget as a best practice for business. Whether that’s an alarm for the door, a safe to guard money, or a firewall behind its network systems, security helps people and organizations sleep better at night. But even with a lock on the door, burglars can still find a way to get in. The same goes for the security of your data. We’ve all heard of the data breaches of Target, …

Introduced in 2011, Service Organization Control (SOC) reports are becoming more and more popular in data security and compliance discussions with every passing year, especially SOC 2. But what is a SOC report? Which one do you need? Why is a SOC 2 report so important? Do you actually need it, or is it something that just looks good on paper? There are three types of SOC reports, but we’ll mainly talk about the second one for now, which is “designed …

With the growing popularity of the cloud, more and more companies are turning to it for their production sites. But what about cloud-based disaster recovery? Does it offer the same kind of benefits? As disaster recovery can be complex, time-consuming and very expensive, it pays to plan ahead to figure out just what your business needs. Putting your disaster recovery plan in the cloud can help alleviate some of the fears that come with setting it up. Here are four big …

The European Commission has confirmed a replacement for Safe Harbor, the law that protected data transfers between the United States and the European Union, and expects it to be enforced within three months, according to computerweekly.com. On Feb. 2, the European Union announced details of the EU-US Privacy Shield deal, which will replace the now-invalid Safe Harbor law. The new Privacy Shield law is expected to keep the seven principles of Safe Harbor intact, and will provide enhancement to two specific …

We’ve talked about continuous data protection, developing a DR plan, and offsite backup. What do these things all have in common? They are all a part of Disaster Recovery as a Service. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) in its entirety offers the full suite of components of disaster recovery by a third-party vendor. It consists of a replication product (continuous data protection), an offsite backup product (point-in-time recovery), a disaster recovery plan and vaulting that plan so you can access …

What is social engineering? It’s the art of manipulation that relies heavily on human interaction and psychology to trick people into revealing sensitive information about themselves or others. Social engineering works to exploit the human inclination to trust others, and for that reason, it’s one of the most dangerous and murky threats facing organizations today. Think about it—why waste time trying to crack a password that could take hours or days, when you could get someone at the company to …

As a business, what do you need to succeed? A quality product is a must — as is a solid business model. Great people to sell and support your product are key, too. But you also need something else: A culture of transparency that builds and maintains client trust. We’ve discussed why you should do your due diligence when it comes to IT security by valuing your data, relating your security expenses as a percentage of revenue and comparing that to industry standards, and by being …

Disaster recovery plans keep your business running A disaster recovery plan is important for many reasons, but in the world of business continuity, disaster recovery planning is a must-have component. There are several steps that need to be taken within a disaster recovery plan, including determining which systems are critical, what kind of recovery site is most beneficial for your business and determining what RPO/RTO your business can afford. But one of the most overlooked components of disaster recovery is testing …

Encryption has been widely talked about as one of the best tools to protect you against potential attacks on your data. For many companies processing credit card payments, encrypting data is required for compliance with standards such as PCI DSS and individual state laws. But if you’re in the healthcare industry, it’s even more important because it’s not required for hipaa compliance. What is encryption? It takes your data and codes it using a series of mathematical formulas to render …

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