Two of the largest hacking conferences, Black Hat and DEF CON, highlighted some of the scariest vulnerabilities in cyberattacks today. From hacking a Wi-Fi connected rifle, a Tesla electric car, a Brinks safe and an electric skateboard, there seemed no end to the demonstrations of what a hacker can do.
From unlocking cars and opening garages to hacking a satellite, the breach demonstrations made a clear point about cyberattacks: They are very real and can be very dangerous.
Although content database hacking is still of concern, as seen shown by the Pentagon's recent hacking of nonclassified emails, there seems to be a more dangerous and lethal capability now being demonstrated in our increasingly device-connected world. Gartner projects 25 billion connected vehicles will be in use by 2020, and a recent HP study shows that more than 70 percent of Internet of Things (IoT) devices have vulnerabilities that can be exploited.
What's a lifeline service? In the telecom industry, we used to say landline voice was such a service, but that's certainly no longer the case. Mobile or broadband Internet? To many people, those services seem like lifelines.
What about electricity, nuclear power, other forms of energy like oil and gas? Or transportation systems -- highways, railways and airline networks? And don't forget public safety -- everything from the local first responders to national homeland security and border management. There's little argument that all of the above are lifeline services as much as any telecom service is.
Yet, despite the extreme importance of these services, some of the world's critical infrastructure for enabling these lifeline services could be at risk for potentially devastating cyber security attacks. We aren't necessarily talking about hacker schemes targeting the IT systems of the companies operating this infrastructure the way Target and Sony have suffered embarrassing breaches.
Industry Leader in All-Flash Arrays and Hybrid Storage Drives Innovation to Help Customers Meet Challenges and Demands of Today's Business Environments
ExaGrid's Unique Landing Zone and Scale-out GRID Architecture Deliver Fastest Backups and Restores with Fixed-Length Backup Windows Even as Data Grows
"ExaGrid's 4.9 release allows us to move significantly up market into larger opportunities by offering a next generation solution that has significant scalability up to 800TB. As customer data grows, ExaGrid's is the only architecture that ensures a fixed backup window and the most advanced deduplication with the ability to redirect a backup job from one NAS share to any NAS share on any appliance. ExaGrid is a disruptor in the market and continues to provide unparalleled innovation and support services to our team," said Hugo G. Perez, Managing Director, United Data Technologies (UDT), an ExaGrid strategic channel partner.
Version 4.9 of ExaGrid's software offers two key new features:
TORONTO, Canada – ioFABRIC Inc. has won Most Innovative Enterprise Business Application at the annual Flash Memory Summit for its new product, ioFABRIC Vicinity, a flash-optimized, software-defined storage solution that delivers agility and ongoing cost savings across a multivendor data center. Vicinity features advanced storage automation that unifies existing storage resources, centralizes storage management, simplifies the deployment of flash, and improves storage utilization – delivering application-specific Quality of Service levels. Flash Memory Summit, held August 11-13 in Santa Clara, is attended by companies and people creating the next generation of hardware and software for consumer, computer and enterprise markets. The conference explores the latest developments in flash memory, market trends, and new applications for non-volatile memory. “It is an honor to be recognized by the Awards Committee for our commitment to innovation and leadership within the field,” said Steven Lamb, CEO and Co-founder of ioFABRIC. “Vicinity solves three of the biggest IT infrastructure problems facing businesses today, which are effective use of flash, dealing with data growth, and managing disparate storage devices/systems across the enterprise. Our industry-unique Vicinity QoS-based storage automation unifies existing and new storage investments to create a dynamic platform that delivers Storage-as-a-Service across business, including all flash enterprise resources.” “Storage administrators are seeking Quality of Service (QoS) coupled with a software defined storage architecture that delivers flexibility and choice in their storage hardware systems combined with storage management,” said Jay Kramer, Chairman of the Awards Program and President of Network Storage Advisors Inc. “We are proud to select ioFABRIC for the Best of Show Award as it provides a unique QoS based storage management software solution that simultaneously serves converged, hyper-converged, and SAN storage requirements.” ioFABRIC Vicinity is innovative both in its technology and in the business benefits of its technology: - ioFABRIC Vicinity provides storage administrators with dynamic QoS-based control which are automatically maintained as infrastructure and workload conditions change. - ioFABRIC Vicinity allows applications to immediately benefit from flash investments without manual migration, provisioning effort, or application changes. - ioFABRIC Vicinity dynamically balances data on storage resources according to current needs, maximizing the economic efficiency of storage investments. - ioFABRIC Vicinity is a single solution that simultaneously serves converged, hyper-converged, and SAN storage requirements. ioFABRIC Vicinity centrally manages and monitors data placed across diverse resources including flash arrays, direct-attached devices, SAN/NAS, and Cloud. The business value of ioFABRIC Vicinity is derived from intelligent Quality-of-Service algorithms that constantly monitor and optimize data placement over all available resources to automatically fulfill application requirements for data capacity, performance and protection. About ioFABRIC ioFABRIC Inc. was founded in 2013 with an executive team that has worked together for more than twenty years over four successful startup technology companies. ioFABRIC Vicinity is a distinctive Software Defined Storage Solution that utilizes QoS-based automation to provide a dynamic platform that delivers Storage-as-a-Service across any storage. Vicinity will be sold through ioFABRIC’s reseller and distribution channel on a price-for-capacity basis as an annual software subscription. The company is funded by private investors and Real Ventures. For more information, a free trial of Vicinity, or partnership opportunities, visit www.iofabric.com.
Modular Form Factor and USB Support Provides First-of-Its-Kind Functionality for Critical Out-of-Band Infrastructure Management
IRVINE, Calif. – Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX) -- a specialized networking company providing smart IoT and M2M solutions -- today announced the worldwide availability of the USB I/O module for the Lantronix SLC 8000 -- the industry's first modular console manager. The USB I/O module leverages the modular design of the Lantronix SLC 8000, allowing IT professionals to easily support a variety of interface combinations including RS-232 and USB for secure out-of-band management.
"With its high density USB console support in a first-of-its-kind modular form factor, Lantronix' SLC 8000 console manager has proven to be an ideal solution for enhancing our test lab and engineering efforts," said Bill Yang, Manager of Software Development Engineering for Cisco Systems. "The Lantronix SLC 8000 was easy to deploy, and provided a flexible solution to our test set-ups -- enabling our geographically-distributed test labs to collaborate more efficiently and effectively."
An industry-leading solution, Lantronix SLC 8000 provides IT managers with future-proof critical infrastructure management capabilities. In addition, the company recently announced a new firmware version 126.96.36.199 that is compliant with the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2. FIPS 140-2 is a security standard for IT systems that is mandatory for U.S. and Canadian government and military applications that use cryptographic-based security. This robust encryption is also suitable in finance, healthcare and other commercial applications where protection of privacy is critical.
"In a market comprised of many console server products, Lantronix has differentiated itself in today's IT infrastructure space with the USB I/O module for their new SLC 8000 console manager," said Doris Yeh, Vice President of Technology and Strategic Alliances for Mirapath -- a datacenter and lab infrastructure solution provider. "We believe the SLC 8000, with its modular design, latest firmware enhancements, USB support and seamless integration with the Lantronix vSLM™ centralized management platform, fills a much needed gap in the market."
"Modern IT equipment being introduced into the global market have both RS-232 (Serial) and USB console ports or only USB console ports, making it necessary for out-of-band management devices to support any combination of these connections without requiring forklift or rip-and-replace upgrades," said Vishal Kakkad, Director of Product Marketing for Lantronix. "The Lantronix SLC 8000 delivers exactly that and helps data center managers reduce downtime and operational costs with robust features that can scale within any network deployment and policy architecture."
The Lantronix SLC 8000 - Industry's First and Only Modular Console Manager
The Lantronix SLC 8000 advanced modular console manager provides out-of-band management that allows IT personnel of any size enterprise to centrally manage, monitor and troubleshoot IT equipment locally or from anywhere over the network. An optional dial-up modem or cellular gateway is also available to provide out-of-band access if the network is down. This reduces downtime and increases response efficiency so that IT incidents are resolved quickly and with minimal or zero network disruption. The modular form factor of the SLC 8000 console manager allows easy scalability allowing users to reduce their total cost of ownership by simply adding or replacing modules as needed, while providing flexibility to support a custom combination of serial console interfaces.
The SLC 8000 Advanced Console Manager also:
- Reduces operating costs and security risks by eliminating the need for truck rolls or on-site interventions.
- Provides multiple layers of out-of-band access including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, dialup and cellular technologies.
- Simplifies service deployments and balances CAPEX and OPEX with its modular design.
- Enables custom "mix-and-match" configurations with USB and RS-232 (RJ45) device port modules.
- Minimizes cable clutter with software-reversible device port pins.
- Protects management interfaces with authentication and FIPS 140-2 compliant security.
- Simplifies service deployments with quick expansion and customization.
- Increases testing productivity and efficiency as a DUT ("device under test") aggregator.
- Integrates seamlessly with the Lantronix vSLM™ central management software.
Free 30 Day Trial
Lantronix offers a free, no obligation 30 day free trial for the SLC 8000, as well as for other select IT Infrastructure Management products. To request a free trial, please visit Lantronix.com and submit the SLC 8000 Free Trial form. IT professionals can also conduct a test drive of the SLC 8000 through our free, fully functioning online demo. For more information or questions about the free trial, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Buy
The Lantronix SLC 8000 is available for purchase worldwide, with pricing starting at an MSRP of $1,530 for an eight RJ45 port model with a single AC power supply. Higher port and power supply configurations, configurations with USB console ports and separate expansion modules are also available. The Lantronix SLC 8000 can be purchased through the Lantronix global network of distribution channels and reseller partners, directly from Lantronix at www.Lantronix.com, or by calling toll free (800) 422-7055. For more information on the new SLC 8000 or general questions on any Lantronix products or services, please contact email@example.com.
Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX) is a specialized networking company providing M2M (machine to machine) and IoT (Internet of Things) solutions. Our products deliver secure connectivity, device management and mobility for today's increasingly connected world. By networking and managing devices and machines that have never before been connected, we enable our customers to realize the possibilities of the Internet of Things. Founded in 1989, Lantronix pioneers robust, intelligent and easy to deploy solutions for mission critical applications in a wide range of industries, including data center, medical, security, industrial, transportation, retail, financial and government. Lantronix is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in Europe, Asia and Japan. For more information, visit www.lantronix.com.
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Project Hosts, a leading provider of managed cloud services for Microsoft solutions, today announced a new Azure Application Management Service to meet the growing demand that enterprises and U.S. government agencies have for application monitoring, performance optimization, security management and user support in their Microsoft SharePoint, CRM, ERP and PPM-based Azure deployments. Project Hosts will be highlighting this new service along with its Remote SharePoint Administrator Service for on-premise, public, private and hybrid cloud deployments at the upcoming SharePoint Fest in Seattle, WA from Aug 18-20. Also showcased will be Project Hosts' FedRAMP SharePoint Cloud, and Dedicated, Private SharePoint Cloud offerings.
"The adoption of the Microsoft Azure cloud is accelerating because more and more enterprise customers are utilizing Azure for their private cloud needs instead of doing traditional on premise deployments," said Scott Chapman, CEO and co-founder of Project Hosts. "With this growth we're now being asked to apply our Microsoft cloud expertise to a customers' specific Azure deployment. Our new Azure Managed Services offering fills the void that exists between Azure's platform support and the customer's ability to provide application cloud management services and user support to their employees and customers."
Azure is an exceptional cloud platform that enterprises can use to spin-up new Windows Server-based application deployments with minimal effort. Some companies however, lack the cloud expertise and IT staff necessary to ensure that their Azure-based application deployments deliver the most secure, high performance, 24x7 trouble-free operation with full user support services. Project Hosts is directly applying its more than 12 years of Microsoft hosting and cloud services for SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, Project Server and dozens of third party add-ons and applications to help solve this problem, and relieve enterprises of what's considered a time-consuming and costly endeavor.
Project Hosts' Azure Managed Services fills the current gap that many enterprises and government agencies have in managing their Azure deployments including Application Security Management, Continuous Monitoring & Performance Optimization, and User Support. Each of which is highlighted below. For more information on these services please refer to the Azure Application Management Services page at www.projecthosts.com/azure-managed-services.aspx
Security Management - Azure takes care of the physical security of their data centers as well as access control and the security surrounding physical devices. But Azure leaves it up to each customer to secure and restrict access to their own virtual servers/subnets. Project Hosts' services include:
• Access Control
• Intrusion Detection/Prevention
• Malware Protection Management
• Application Lockdown Maintenance
• Incident Response Planning and Testing
Continuous Monitoring & Performance Optimization - When a deployment is first architected for Azure, it is optimized and updated for its initial and originally intended usage scenario. As time passes, deployments are typically modified to meet additional needs and as such require additional updates and re-optimization. Project Hosts' services include:
• Continuous Monitoring
• Updating and Patching
• Architecture Optimization
• Database and Application Tuning
• Third Party Application Installation and Maintenance
• Backup and Restore
• Disaster Recovery
User Support - Project Hosts offers a unique Person-2-Person support service with guaranteed response times to ensure customer satisfaction and resolve issues as they arise, including:
• Performance Issues
• Connectivity Issues
• Anomalous Application Behavior
• Bug resolution and Case Management
About Project Hosts SharePoint Solutions
Project Hosts, Inc. is a leading provider of managed cloud services for Microsoft SharePoint solutions and third-party software add-ons. Enterprises, state and federal government agencies and ISVs rely on Project Hosts to deploy, configure, secure and manage their SharePoint solutions in public, private and hybrid cloud environments. Project Hosts enables organizations to harness more power from their cloud by providing advanced security, including FedRAMP, tightly integrated third-party add-on applications, cross-cloud integration, managed services for a customer's on-premise or in-Azure deployment, along with dedicated private cloud hosting services; all backed by Project Hosts' renowned Person-2-Person support services. www.projecthosts.com/about.aspx firstname.lastname@example.org
Unlike traditional hard drives, data in SSDs are not stored on a magnetic surface but inside flash memory chips (NAND flash). By design, an SSD is made by a motherboard, few memory chips (depending on the size in GB of the drive) and a controller that controls all the operations.
The memory of SSDs is a non-volatile memory, in other words, it’s able to retain data even without power. We can imagine the data stored in the NAND flash chips as an electric charge preserved in each cell. With that in mind, the question arises: how long is the lifespan of an SSD?
Have you thought about where your data is at greatest risk? If you haven’t, you should, because where that risk lies may surprise you.
Bromium, a global enterprise security company, asked Black Hat attendees about the state of security, querying them about security trends, the security of Windows 10, and where to find the source of the worst security risks. The answer to that last question wasn’t the network or the cloud. Fifty-five percent of the 100 respondents said endpoints are the security risk they are most concerned about (compared to 27 percent who cited insider threats and 9 percent for both the cloud and the network).
What makes endpoints such a security risk? According to the survey, “humans are just one element that makes the endpoint the source of the greatest security risk. Another major factor is vulnerable software.”
Scope creep can be disastrous to a managed service provider delivering cloud-based file sharing -- and is one of the major reasons why a service level agreement is so imperative. Scope creep can occur either due to internal or external drivers, but either way it is almost always detrimental to the system as a whole.
Understanding how scope creep happens and how you can manage it can help you keep your cloud projects on track and under control while still keeping your clients happy.