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IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Cloud Sandboxes and Their Many Benefits

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Cloud Sandboxes and Their Many Benefits

with Shashi Kiran, Quali
IT Briefcase conducted the following Q&A with Quali Chief Marketing Officer Shashi Kiran to get a better understanding about the beneficial uses of cloud sandboxes as the DevOps trend continues to take hold and gain...





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SECURITY

Data Erasure’s Role in Limiting Your Exposure to Cyber Attack

December 1, 2016 No Comments

Learn about the challenges of erasing SSDs, including how to overcome them using a certified data erasure process, which will both streamline processes and ensure regulatory compliance.

EU GDPR: A Corporate Dilemma

December 1, 2016 No Comments

Find out what IT professionals around the world are saying about their organizations’ level of awareness, preparation and capacity to meet the ‘right to be forgotten’ requirements and comply with the General Data Protection Regulation.

Integrating File Erasure with Active Directory

December 1, 2016 No Comments

Walk away with how you can properly manage and remove sensitive, but unneeded, files in live IT environments, by reading this whitepaper now.

Cloud and Data Center Erasure: Why Delete Doesn’t Suffice

December 1, 2016 No Comments

Learn how a certified data erasure solution will streamline internal processes and support regulatory compliance for mass storage hardware and configurations commonly found in data centers and cloud computing infrastructures.

Data Erasure’s Role in Limiting Your Exposure to Cyber Attacks

December 1, 2016 No Comments

Walk away with an understanding of the current landscape of cyber risks, how to prioritize data lifecycle management within your overall security objectives and how your organization can establish policies to reduce the impact of cyber hacks.

Empowering vSAN for Enterprise Storage

November 30, 2016 No Comments

Experts estimate that at least 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every day. That’s an astronomical amount of data to be stored. One study revealed that managing storage growth is the dominant pain point for 79 percent of IT professionals. To help remedy this situation, VMware released its virtual SAN in March of 2014. Almost three years after its introduction, where is it now?

Edison Group: IBM FlashSystem:
Powering the Future of IT

November 28, 2016 No Comments

The direction of technology both follows and influences the direction of business. The tools enterprises need to compete, improve, adapt, solve problems, and succeed are supplied by technology. Sometimes, technology even supplies new opportunities, such as when a technological advance leads to the creation of a new marketplace. The Internet is by far the most powerful example of this in the past 50 years.

How Secure is Your Client Data?

November 22, 2016 No Comments

Most of us hand over confidential information to professionals without giving it a second thought. Your accountant probably knows all about your finances and your doctor has a comprehensive record of every illness you ever had. Would you want this information entering the public domain? Probably not. Luckily there are many ways to keep confidential data safe and secure. In this article, we are going to look at the most common ones.

Is Your Website Ready for Black Friday?

November 22, 2016 No Comments

When running an e-commerce website, downtime is the equivalent of locking your doors to the public. Not only are you not doing business, but you’re also actively pushing your customers into the arms of the competition. Amazon found that every 100 milliseconds of downtime cost them one percent in sales, and Google found that an extra .5 seconds in search page generation time dropped site traffic by 20 percent. Slow performance affects everything from individual transactions to customer retention, and ultimately revenue. E-commerce businesses simply cannot afford to suffer a slip in performance.

How to Keep Your Company Safe from the Threat of Ransomware

November 21, 2016 No Comments

Not long after its debut in 2009, The Good Wife earned a reputation as the most tech-savvy show on television. Twitter, Anonymous, and Bitcoin are all featured prominently in legal cases tackled by the show’s lawyers. It’s one of the few TV shows to portray the very real problem of ransomware. In a 2014 episode, Russian cyberextortionists encrypt all the files on the computer system of a law firm. The extortionists tell the firm that if they don’t receive a $50,000 ransom within 72 hours, all the data will be destroyed.

How Hospital CISOs Can Tackle Cyber Security Challenges

November 21, 2016 No Comments

Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting companies around the world, and the healthcare industry is no exception. With databases of private health data full of personal information, a hospital system with anything from lists of BLS certification to transplant waiting lists is a treasure trove for malicious hackers and spyware. We’ve seen multiple examples lately of what can happen when hackers take over, potentially costing healthcare organizations thousands of dollars and leading to the release of thousands or millions of pieces of confidential information.

The Forrester Wave: Endpoint Security Suites, Q4 2016

November 21, 2016 No Comments

In Forrester’s 25-criteria evaluation of endpoint security suite providers, they identified the 15 most significant ones nd researched, analyzed, and scored them.

Mission Possible: Going Passwordless Through Biometric Authentication

November 17, 2016 No Comments

In our digital-first world, the need for proper securing and storage of personally identifiable information (PII) is becoming increasingly acute. The last three major data breaches of 2016 alone affected a breathtaking 611 million user accounts. Information stolen included user IDs, passwords, e-mail addresses, full users’ names, dates of birth, telephone numbers, IP information and, in some cases, security questions and answers.

Why WoSign and StartCom Bad SSL Certificate Are an Issue

November 17, 2016 No Comments

If your organization has any website or web application presence on the internet, there’s a chance that you’re using SSL certificates from Certificate Authorities WoSign and Startcom. But as a CISO or security leader, the news that Mozilla, the world’s second most popular browser, cited “technical and management failures” on behalf of WoSign in its decision to distrust future certificates chaining up to the currently-included WoSign and StartCom root certificates, should spur some InfoSec introspection. You may be facing unseen escalated levels of digital risk and may need to take action.

What We Can Learn From the Recent Massive DDoS Attack

November 15, 2016 No Comments

While distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are nothing new, the scale of one of the most recent ones was truly something to behold. If you woke up on October 21 to see some of your favorite websites down, that’s what happened. Experts are calling it the largest DDoS attack in history, something so massive that commenters said it broke the internet. The major geographic areas affected by the attack centered in the U.S., where regions like the Northeast, Midwest, West Coast, and Texas were hit the hardest.

Why you shouldn’t compromise website security, accessibility and functionality

November 15, 2016 No Comments

The web content management software (CMS) market has become very mature and versatile over the past decade. Although there are hundreds of providers powering more than a billion websites today, there are still large gaps in the areas of functionality, design freedom and security among existing CMS platforms, forcing users to continually compromise and re-prioritize their needs. For this reason, it’s important to ask yourself four key questions in order to choose the proper CMS for your business.

Exploring New Niches: How to Overcome the Challenges

November 14, 2016 No Comments

There are more online stores than ever as we get nearer to 2017; far more than when we experienced a dot-com boom back in 2000. People are appreciating the advantages offered by maintaining online businesses, which is why the market is saturated and very competitive.

Three Cybersecurity Tips for Black Friday – How Can Retailers Protect Their Critical Data in the Midst of the Holiday Season’s Shopping Madness?

November 10, 2016 No Comments

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are approaching quickly, which means that online traffic will skyrocket while holiday retail sales flood the internet. In some aspects, it’s a positive—online shoppers will take advantage of seasonal deals and complete their holiday shopping from the convenience of their own homes, while retailers will enjoy a considerable upsurge in sales. According to eMarketer, U.S. ecommerce sales will increase by 17.2% this holiday season. Throughout November and December, holiday retail ecommerce sales will increase to $94.71 billion, which is 10.7% of all holiday retail sales—the largest percentage to date.

The State of U.S. Federal Cybersecurity in 2016

November 3, 2016 No Comments

One malicious email can, and has, jeopardized the sensitive data of countless U.S. civilians. How? Federal agencies collect and store some of the most sensitive and top secret data. This data ranges from top secret defense IP’s in the Department of Defense (DOD), current and former federal employee personal records at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the hypersensitive data found in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and, according to the 2016 Federal Information Security Modernization Act produced by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), many of these agencies need to be doing much more to protect their sensitive data.

Top Five Practices to Ensure Agility in Your IT Service Desk

October 27, 2016 No Comments

The agile approach is everywhere. Born in the software development world, agility means adaptive planning, ongoing development and continuous improvement. Rapid and flexible response to change is critical. It is not surprising that the best practices of agile software development penetrated into other areas, and ITSM is no exception. Unless you’ve been away from ITSM for the last 10 years, you know that an agile IT service desk is flexible, automates processes for quicker incident resolution, and emphasizes collaboration between technicians and interaction with end users.

Creating a Security Culture in the Age of Digital Transformation

October 27, 2016 No Comments

Enterprises are embracing the shift to becoming digital as the fast pace of business now demands a frictionless sharing experience.The “Digital Transformation Agenda 2016” report from The Economist Intelligence Unit revealed that 77 percent of those surveyed agreed somewhat or strongly that digital transformation is their number one priority. However, 46 percent felt their organization would need to make significant changes to meet their goals.

Business Continuity: Top Tips For Dodging Disruptions

October 26, 2016 No Comments

Are you prepared for a network outage? Many companies have invested heavily in disaster-recovery solutions designed to mitigate the effects of catastrophic storms, earthquakes or power outages. However, Information Age notes that the cause of disruptions isn’t always so obvious — software updates gone awry or day-to-day human errors can also precipitate continuity problems. Here are five tips to help your company dodge network disruptions.

The Hidden Danger Threatening Your Compliance Profile

October 26, 2016 No Comments

It seems like a simple enough question, but it’s one that rarely has a satisfactory answer: Who is accountable for SSH-related, key-based access in your organization? Not knowing the answer leaves organizations open to potentially serious security and compliance issues. Without clear ownership and consistent policies for SSH key management, organizations make assumptions that can lead to disaster. This article will focus on the challenge of SSH user key-based access from the perspective of compliance. It’s ultimately all about access control. All the regulations, laws and frameworks exist to ensure, at a minimum, that protected data (PII, ePHI, credit card data, etc.) has authorized access.

Government Asks: What’s in Your Software?

October 19, 2016 No Comments

Multiple agencies across the U.S. government are paying closer attention to the software they are buying. More specifically, they want to know what open source and third party components were used to build the software applications. Read this article to learn more about this report

Why Business Travelers Are Vulnerable Targets for Cyber Attacks and How to Stop Them

October 19, 2016 No Comments

Traveling can be an eye-opening and life-enriching experience for those who partake in it. There is, however, certain dangers and precautions which must be taken in consideration when traveling, especially as a business traveler. One such consideration is that business travelers are especially vulnerable to cyber attacks while traveling. While this may be shocking to hear, the truth is undeniable. There are, however, certain measures that a business traveler can take to ensure that valuable data is not stolen. Before security measures are related, it is beneficial to understand how these attacks are occurring.

Convincing C-Level Executives of the Importance of Cloud Security

October 18, 2016 No Comments

As you probably know, convincing executives about anything can be extremely difficult in business. They are often disconnected from the way things actually are in the lower levels of the company, and when it comes to topics such as cloud computing, they may not have any knowledge at all. Convincing these executives about how important security is in the cloud can be very difficult, but it can be done. Here are a few tips on how to get it through to these c-suite employees.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Cloud Sandboxes and Their Many Benefits

October 17, 2016 No Comments

with Shashi Kiran, QualiIT Briefcase conducted the following Q&A with Quali Chief Marketing Officer Shashi Kiran to get a better understanding about the beneficial uses of cloud sandboxes as the DevOps trend continues to take hold and gain industry momentum. Read More >>>

The Connection Between eCommerce and Online Security

October 17, 2016 No Comments

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that eCommerce has completely revolutionized the world of retail as we know it. Instead of going to a store and browsing through the limited number of items they have in offer, you now have the opportunity to log-in onto your e-store account and buy anything you like. Unlike with real stores where you would have to travel to a different location (which also adds to the price of the purchased product) all you have to do here is open a new tab in your browser.

Problem Solving Current Electronic Product Development Challenges

October 13, 2016 No Comments

Consumer electronics market is larger and more competitive than ever, so the products that are developed must have eye catching style, the latest technology and a competitive price to be successful.

Most Useful Mobile Technology in Today’s Market

October 11, 2016 No Comments

It seems as though the world has gone mobile. Everywhere you look someone has their smartphone out doing everything from playing Pokémon Go to shopping on the QVC online store. From texting to checking Facebook to keeping abreast of the news and weather forecasts, there is always something to do and see on that handy little gadget we wouldn’t leave home without. Not only are our cell phones a source of entertainment, but also a source of information and even function.

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