IRS puts Equifax contract on hold during security review

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has temporarily suspended a contract worth more than $ 7 million it recently awarded to Equifax Inc following a security issue with the beleaguered credit reporting agency’s website on Thursday. Equifax, which disclosed last month that cyber criminals breached its systems between mid-May and late July […] Read more »

iCloud security: How (and why) to enable two-factor authentication

Given that so many of the details of our digital lives are either with us (on our smartphones) or easily accessible (via the web), you should be doing everything you can to protect that information and data. On iPhones and iPads, data is largely kept in a vault, sealed behind strong encryption and (hopefully) a […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: Cloud security: Trends and strategy

Cloud computing can generate mixed feelings. Corporate leaders generally welcome technologies that produce efficiency, agility and speed. Cloud services deliver those benefits, yet many are concerned about security, even while being often uninformed about how widely the cloud is used within their own businesses. Executives of large companies, for instance, tell us that they are […] Read more »

VeloCloud launches an SD-WAN security ecosystem

This column is available in a weekly newsletter called IT Best Practices.  Click here to subscribe.   It’s a great time to be in the SD-WAN business. IDC estimates that worldwide SD-WAN revenues will exceed $ 6 billion in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of more than 90% over the 2015-to-2020 forecast period. […] Read more »

Juniper finds its head in the clouds; security is another story

In announcing its Q1 earnings yesterday Juniper company executives were delighted about the company’s returns on its cloud computing directions. In the results conference call Juniper CEO Rami Rahim said cloud computing sales grew 25% year-over-year and noted that four of the company’s top 10 accounts were cloud-related. Specifically, the cloud vertical earned $ 331.6 […] Read more »

IT pros agree: Security is better in the cloud

About 42 percent of IT decision-makers and security managers say they are running security applications in the cloud, according to a survey of about 300 IT security pros from Schneider Electric. Almost half of those surveyed said they are likely or extremely likely to move their security operations to the cloud in a few years. […] Read more »

IT pros agree: Security is better in the cloud

About 42 percent of IT decision-makers and security managers say they are running security applications in the cloud, according to a survey of about 300 IT security pros from Schneider Electric. Almost half of those surveyed said they are likely or extremely likely to move their security operations to the cloud in a few years. […] Read more »

The barrier to cloud security isn’t the technology

You want solid cloud security, so you work to find the best approach and technology. But that won’t get the job done. The truth is that competent cloud security technology is available, and most IT organizations’ cloud teams are good at finding and using it. But cloud IT doesn’t exist in a vacuum, so having […] Read more »

N.C. wind farm goes live despite legislators’ claims it’s a national security threat

The first utility-scale wind farm in North Carolina is now fully operational even though the state’s top politicians wanted President Donald Trump to nix the $ 400 million project because they said it’s a national security threat. Avangrid Renewables today announced the wind farm, sporting 104 turbines that are 50-stories tall, is now generating 670 megawatt […] Read more »

Visibility, security top concerns for cloud computing adoption

Enterprises considering adopting public clouds are concerned about where their data is located and how it’s protected, according to a new survey by IDG. Companies will have about 60 percent of their IT environment in public, private, or hybrid clouds, according to a survey of about 1,000 IT decision makers. Of those considering public cloud […] Read more »

To solve IoT security, look at the big picture, ARM says

The recent DDoS attacks launched from IoT devices demonstrate that the internet of things spans all parts of IT and that most companies deploying it still need a lot of help. That’s the message from ARM, the chip design company behind nearly every smartphone and a big chunk of IoT, at its annual TechCon event […] Read more »

To solve IoT security, look at the big picture, ARM says

The recent DDoS attacks launched from IoT devices demonstrate that the internet of things spans all parts of IT and that most companies deploying it still need a lot of help. That’s the message from ARM, the chip design company behind nearly every smartphone and a big chunk of IoT, at its annual TechCon event […] Read more »

Emerging technologies are poking holes in security

Accelerated change challenges change management, security devops, and emerging technologies that enable business innovation and opportunities demand fast, frequent change from the enterprise. The speed and regularity as well as the kinds of change challenge change management and ultimately security. To secure the enterprise in environments of unwieldy change, the business needs to know how […] Read more »

VMworld: Security, Network, Cloud Are Top IT Concerns

At VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas, customers of VMware took to the keynote stage to talk about adapting their data centers through changing times, with virtualization and vCloud Air. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:IDG Contributor Network: Cloud security: Trends and strategyVisibility, security top concerns for cloud computing adoptionNetwork World teams with IDC on new Cloud Access […] Read more »

Got big data? The Cloud Security Alliance offers up 100 best practices

Big data is best known for its volume, variety, and velocity — collectively referred to as the “3 Vs” — and all three of those traits make security an elusive goal. Targeting companies grappling with that challenge, the Cloud Security Alliance on Friday released a new report offering 100 best practices. As its name would […] Read more »

Informatica CEO: ‘Data security is an unsolved problem’

Companies today are awash in data, but current tools and processes are not enabling them to keep it secure. That’s according to Informatica CEO Anil Chakravarthy, whose says his company — which has traditionally focused on data management and integration — is embarking on a major push to go further into data security. “You hear […] Read more »

9 data security tips for cloud migration

New security challenges Image by Les Haines When migrating to a cloud-based environment, companies need to take a hard look at their needs and the security of their providers, as well as their own internal policies. Many companies don’t take time to consider the risks of simply sharing cloud space with other organizations, for example, […] Read more »

9 data security tips for cloud migration

New security challenges Image by Les Haines When migrating to a cloud-based environment, companies need to take a hard look at their needs and the security of their providers, as well as their own internal policies. Many companies don’t take time to consider the risks of simply sharing cloud space with other organizations, for example, […] Read more »

Intralinks adds security layers for high value content collaboration using SharePoint and other systems  

This column is available in a weekly newsletter called IT Best Practices.  Click here to subscribe.    Recently I was engaged by a large corporation for a writing project to support a product launch. This project had a small team of people who needed to collaborate on developing some promotional materials using content that had […] Read more »

Network World teams with IDC on new Cloud Access Security Broker study

Cloud Access Security Brokers are increasingly popular because they give enterprise IT shops a centralized way to control access to multiple cloud resources.  But are they worth it?  We want to find out. Network World is teaming with IDC to field a survey of companies that have implemented or have experience with CASBs and invite […] Read more »

Most managed security tools will be cloud based by 2020, IHS predicts

Even as security remains a concern for cloud users, research firm IHS says managed security vendors are increasingly delivering their security products via the cloud. And by 2020, most managed security services will be delivered via the cloud, IHS predicts. +MORE AT NETWORK WORLD: IT is getting cloud storage security all wrong +  IHS IHS […] Read more »

Cloud Security Training and Certification

More and more enterprise organizations are planning and deploying into cloud platforms.  This trend is occurring despite organizations historical push-back on cloud services claiming that they are less secure than private on-premises data centers.  Even though there is evidence to suggest that cloud application attacks are on the rise, there are best practice methods to […] Read more »

Cloud security is good, but here’s how to make it better

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter’s approach. More than a third of businesses in the United States currently use the cloud, but by 2020 that number is expected to more than double to a whopping 80%. But even though the […] Read more »

Microsoft adds new security enhancements to its cloud offerings

Microsoft is adding a range of new security management and reporting features to its Office 365 and Azure cloud services as part of the company’s holistic approach to enterprise security announced last year. In April, the company will release a new product called Microsoft Cloud App Security that will allow customers to gain better visibility, […] Read more »

IBM unveils z13s mainframe focused on security and hybrid clouds

IBM has unveiled its new z13s mainframe, which it claims offers encryption at twice the speed as previous mid-range systems, without compromising performance The company, which sold its x86 server business to Lenovo, continues to invest in new designs of its mainframe to handle new compute challenges. It launched in January last year, the z13, […] Read more »

Microsoft’s 2015 Acquisitions: Mobile, Analytics, Security

Microsoft bought a lot of companies during 2015. What were they, and what did they bring to the tech giant? InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:JPMorgan reaches beyond its branches with new mobile account appIRS puts Equifax contract on hold during security reviewWhere the device hits the network – a mobile device management updateHurricanes: Risk Analytics in […] Read more »

When it comes to cloud security which is better? Heavy hand or gentle policing?

When it comes to successfully managing cloud use within the enterprise, some security organizations try to establish and enforce firm lines between what is permissible and what is banned, while others try to learn what their employees are trying to achieve and help them do so more securely. To get a sense of what enterprises […] Read more »