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Five ways to improve your security

Modern organisations have become an important target for cybercriminals. That should come as no surprise, given that they own sensitive data and therefore have much to lose. In this whitepaper, we give you five ways to easily and concretely improve the security within your organisation.

Passwords are your organisations’ first means of defense. It is therefore important that your employees are well informed about the requirements of a strong password.

2015 Cost of data breach study

2014 will be remembered for such highly publicised mega breaches as Sony Pictures Entertainment and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Sony suffered a major online attack that resulted in employees’ personal data and corporate correspondence being leaked. The JPMorgan Chase & Co. data breach affected 76 million households and seven million small businesses. IBM and Ponemon Institute are pleased to release the 2015 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis.

According to our research, the average total cost of a data breach for the 350 companies participating in this research increased from 3.52 to $3.79 million. The average cost paid for each lost or stolen record containing sensitive and confidential information increased from $145 in 2014 to $154 in this year’s study. In the past, senior executives and boards of directors may have been complacent about the risks posed by data breaches and cyber attacks.

Integrated threat management for dummies

Every industry sector has recent history of organisations that have been hit — and hit hard — by hackers and cybercriminal organisations. I don’t need to mention names —you know who they are. Each week, more are added to the hit parade of organisations that, for one reason or another, didn’t have the right measures in place to adequately prevent, detect,or respond to incidents.Security tools vendors are everywhere, selling their wares toall who will listen and believe that this vendor’s tools or that vendor’s tools will solve all their problems.

Often, organisations have a collection of tools that don’t work well together.The result: no comprehensive big picture that shows the organisation where its risks are and what can be done about them.

Top 10 facts every I&O pro should know about cloud economics

Cloud’s economic model is truly unique. It extends beyond basic variability and dictates how your cloud provider frames its services.

Whether a cloud sceptic following a cloud-first mandate or one completely bought in on the promise of agile infrastructure, every infrastructure and operations (I&O) professional must now understand the sometimes counter intuitive cloud economics.

For some, this report serves as a reminder about the core principles of strategic cloud use, whereas for others, it serves as a primer to kick off their first conversations about cloud economics.


Companies, digital transformation and information privacy

The Internet and sovereign privacy laws have been on a collision course for some time now, with growing tensions arising in all jurisdictions. The lack of trust burst into view in October 2015, with the European Court of Justice’s rejection of the Safe Harbour agreement, a set of guidelines that had previously been understood as providing sufficient security for European citizens’ private data to be held in or used by companies in the United States. The ruling about Safe Harbour’s inadequacy and questions about the proposed replacement agreement, Privacy Shield, which had been hammered out by EU and US negotiators, have created a legal limbo and have left companies that do business in the EU uncertain about how to proceed.

Online privacy is not just a subject of transatlantic debate. Concern about these issues is gathering steam around the world, including in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. What happens between Europe and the US, however, will shape the global data-sovereignty debate for years to come—both because of the prominence of the companies headquartered in both places and because the EU is the highest common denominator when it comes to privacy issues.


Embrace risk: secure your hybrid cloud

An optimised hybrid IT infrastructure enables innovative business outcomes—but rapid IT transformation also creates new risks, threats and vulnerabilities.

Coupled with increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks and complex regulatory pressures, managing risk in today’s digital environment becomes even more critical to the enterprise.

Finding the right mix of hybrid cloud as a part of a hybrid IT infrastructure strategy sets an enterprise on a path toward greater innovation. But weaving cloud into their IT DNA can be complex and risky. By building in security upfront, this barrier can be removed, offering the freedom and flexibility to transform their business with hybrid cloud resources while ensuring their hybrid cloud is secure and compliant.


Considerations for hybrid cloud deployments

Demand for the hybrid cloud model is unequivocal. As cloud computing has evolved in recent years, organisations have come to realise they need different types of clouds and cloud services to meet different needs.

Hence the emergence of hybrid cloud – essentially an infrastructure with links between at least one private cloud and one public or third-party cloud. Ideally these links between clouds are ‘seamless,’ although that can be as much a goal as a reality today.

In a recent 451 Research survey of enterprise IT and information security vendors, close to three-quarters of the respondents have already embarked on a hybrid cloud journey – embracing a mix of private, public and managed clouds. While the reasons for this profound shift may vary across organisations, our survey indicates that improved IT operational agility for service delivery requirements and cost efficiencies relative to existing datacentre operations are far and away the most prevalent drivers.


Approaches to determine and compare hybrid cloud TCO

To accelerate their businesses, enterprises are seeking to implement their right mix of hybrid infrastructure—combining public cloud, private cloud, and traditional IT resources—thereby speeding innovation and growth.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) believes an organisation’s hybrid infrastructure strategy needs to define their right mix of cutting-edge infrastructure, power their right mix with the best internal and external resources, and optimise their right mix with leading management tools to ensure success every step of the way.

The main advantage of implementing a hybrid infrastructure solution is the ability to provision infrastructure and applications in minutes, which increases agility and scalability. When making an application deployment decision between public, private, and managed cloud, there are many factors such as performance, security, data sovereignty, speed, cost, and regulatory compliance, that can influence the decision that customers will weigh—and it’s clear that there is no single answer.

Ultimately, each enterprise needs to make their own choices based on their unique requirements for where applications will be deployed across traditional IT, public, private, and managed cloud.


How to create a quick comparative multi-cloud TCO analysis

It’s natural that CIOs want to achieve the best of both worlds when procuring cloud services. They want their applications to meet all their technical and business requirements, but they also don’t want to have to pay more than they have to.

Assessing which option is best – public, private or managed – for each application is a critical task. Enterprises that understand the value of each option are more likely to make the right decision. Make the right choice, and you can optimise and control costs while giving end users access to the resources they need to grow and develop the business. Make the wrong choice, and costs can spiral out of control, with end users unable to make headway in a competitive world.

In this report, we propose a formula that allows IT decision-makers to make a quick-and-easy cost comparison of their cloud options.


5-Step guide for GDPR compliance

At its core, the GDPR is about the rules companies must follow to ensure they are protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in good faith. If a business breaches that faith, then they have to pay stiff fines and penalties. This is especially worrisome in an environment that is becoming increasingly mobile and cloud-based. Why? Because the data companies are tasked to protect is becoming both harder to track and at greater risk of being compromised, because it’s no longer behind the firewall.

Use this 5-point plan to prepare your own systems to meet the new needs of these data protection regulations before 2018.

Insider’s guide to minimizing the impact of ransomware

Ransomware attacks have become the cybercrime du jour, affecting a growing number of organisations nationwide. An easy, low-risk way for criminals to exploit almost any network intrusion, ransomware is a type of malware attack that prevents organisations from accessing their own data or computer system until they pay a ransom to obtain a decryption key.

According to a CNN report, ransomware events collected $209 million in Q1 2016, and are expected to collect $1 Billion in 2016. The FBI estimates that attacks using the CryptoWall variant of ransomware accrued over $18m by June 2015. And, in the first quarter of 2016 saw quadruple the attack rate seen whole of last year.

How good collaboration tools can elevate IT’s Role

In today's fast-paced workplace, legacy content management solutions can't keep up. As a result, employees often turn to consumer and unsanctioned apps to meet their needs. Unfortunately, these tools compromise security and collaboration within the business, which reflects poorly on the IT department.

This eBook explores how to empower IT with cloud-based content management, a solution that will strengthen integration, encourage secure collaboration and boost the overall perception of IT's role within the company.

Out with the old

Many companies today embody an "old habits die hard" mentality, which perpetuates the use of outdated technology like shared drives, email attachments, VPN, FTP and SharePoint Online.

This listicle sheds light on the way each of these options stifles collaboration and jeopardises security, and encourages businesses to implement a cloud-based content management platform like Box.

4 cloud myths that stand in the way of collaboration

As workstyles shift and businesses place more emphasis on collaboration, content management solutions become an even more integral part of the modern workplace. However, many companies continue to use on-premise solutions, hardware and FTPs to avoid the seemingly daunting task of implementing change.

This article lists common beliefs about outdated technologies – myths that deter companies from choosing updated solutions – and educates businesses on ways to improve collaboration, productivity and security with the cloud.