Stopping cloud attackers in their tracks: A guide

As more organizations shift from an on-premises model to the cloud, Gartner has predicted that the cloud services industry will grow almost three times faster than overall IT services through 2022. The typical business relies on a hybrid mix of public and private clouds, coupled with traditional on-premises infrastructure. As more businesses move critical operations to cloud applications – such as choosing Salesforce as their CRM or using Microsoft Azure for hosting their databases –...

Telstra report finds cloud ‘only option’ for many post-Covid – but business continuity must be paramount

Organisations are accelerating their digital transformation initiatives as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic - but increased or reallocated budgets will mean a recalibration of IT strategy.

That's according to a new report from Australian telco Telstra exploring adaptive infrastructure and business continuity post-Covid.

The report, which polled more than 120 business leaders across four continents and was put together alongside GlobalData, found almost two thirds of...

Accelerating the DevOps process during Covid-19: How CFOs and CISOs can work together

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a new normal. Remote working and videoconferencing has never been more popular; and as a direct consequence, the cloud has never been more popular either. 

Yet a note of caution needs to be applied to those looking at full-speed migration. Jeremy Snyder of DivvyCloud told this publication in April that 'people are really good at creating stuff, but not at cleaning up after themselves', while writing last month Margaret Rogers, VP at...

What are you going to do when your cloud goes down? Rethinking shared responsibility

A short history of modern business IT might report that the Noughties were all about taking baby steps in cloud applications such as Salesforce, Google Apps, Taleo, Ariba and NetSuite. The 2010s saw clouds proliferate as pioneers took a ‘cloud-first’ stance and used platforms including AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform to pilot, test and run services. In the 2020s, we can be confident that businesses will attempt to harness their existing cloud investments, formalising...

Covid-19 has hastened cloud migration – but don’t move without a plan

The coronavirus pandemic has magnified the importance of cloud-based technologies in major, life-altering ways and ushered in a new paradigm. Before COVID-19, experts projected the worldwide public cloud services market would jump by 17% this year, reaching $266.4 million. Software as a service is the largest segment within that market, but the second-largest — infrastructure as a service — claims the fastest growth rate.

A number of factors are driving businesses to choose...

Why machines protecting themselves is the future of cybersecurity

Bottom Line: Existing approaches to securing IT infrastructure are proving unreliable as social engineering and breach attempts succeed in misdirecting human responses to cyber threats, accentuating the need for machines to protect themselves.

Any nation's digital infrastructure and the businesses it supports are its most vital technology resources, as the COVID-19 pandemic makes clear. Cybercriminal and advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are attempting to capitalise on the...

Q&A, Simon Cuthbert, Tenfold: On the problem of over-privilege and IAM best practices

To misquote Benjamin Franklin, in this world nothing can be certain except death, taxes, and security being the biggest concern for cloud migration. Flexera's most recent State of the Cloud report last month laid it bare; more than four in five (81%) enterprises said security was the main challenge, ahead of managing spend and governance.

The latter two areas are, naturally, also linked to security. But as cloud workloads become increasingly complex, and as multi-cloud moves from...

Three reasons to perform your cloud security risk assessment ASAP

The unprecedented shock to world markets in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely permanently change the way we work. Millions must work from home, and businesses are scrambling to find ways to maintain productivity.

The shift to utilising a completely remote workforce has been relatively seamless for some companies and utterly chaotic for others. Adding to the chaos, cybercriminals are targeting organisations of all types with coronavirus-related phishing campaigns and...

Q&A, Alex Giordmaina, Giotech: How to get remote working right amid Covid-19

The lockdown enforced in many countries due to the coronavirus crisis has led to businesses - some of whom in an impromptu fashion - implementing remote working and working from home policies.

As this publication has previously explored, this has resulted in a test of organisations' infrastructure. While there have been issues raised - particularly in terms of the consequences in enabling employees to do work wherever, whenever - analysts and execs have noted how a more positive...

Chris Burtenshaw, Strata Security: On cloud and IT complexity – and keeping off the front page

Editor's note: Strata Security is hosting a webinar on June 11 exploring how to maximise infosec efficiency post-Covid-19. You can find out more about it and register here.

Times may change, but standards must remain. Or, rather, technologies may change but user behaviour remains. Shadow IT has been in place at many organisations long before the launch of the smartphone, and attempts to take control of it, from the clunkily-named bring your own PC (BYO PC), to the more streamlined...