I’m going to hold my hands up right now and tell you that as resilience professional in 2015 I still feel like I know very little about cyber security and it really concerns me.
I was recently listening to a very interesting discussion during an interview with Ken Simpson and the wonderfully insightful Lyndon Bird (a guy who I’m constantly asked if he’s my father because of our similar name) on the Beyond the Black Stump Podcast Series (I highly recommend a listen) where Lyndon, who is often described as one of the founding fathers of BC, touches on a point that I’ve been contemplating for a long time. In summary he says…
“Has business continuity gone through its lifecycle of conventional Business Continuity Management Systems into a wider arena called resilience and are our traditional skills ready for that?…Business continuity has a limitation in so far as where it goes to next…Cyber to some extent doesn’t fit our model.”
I frequently help Forrester clients come up with shortlists for incident response services selection. Navigating the vendor landscape can be overwhelming, every vendor that has consultant services has moved or is moving into the space. This has been the case for many years, you are probably familiar with the saying: "when there is blood in the water." I take many incident response services briefings and vendors don't do the best job of differentiating themselves, the messages are so indistinguishable you could just swap logos on all the presentations.
Early next year, after the RSA Conference, I'm going to start a Forrester Wave on Incident Response services. Instead of waiting for that research to publish, I thought I'd share a few suggestions for differentiating IR providers.
As cyberrisks evolve, enterprises have begun to focus on the insider threat by adding specialized capabilities for behavioral analytics on top of endpoint and network monitoring. In order for these tools to be most successful, there must be a fundamental understanding of the role an insider plays in a breach. Not every employee-caused breach is malicious, but they certainly are numerous. In fact, according to Verizon’s most recent Data Breach Investigation Report, 90% of breaches have a human component, regardless of intent.
Insider threats are a rampant problem exemplified by several recent headline-making incidents: the indictment of six Chinese nationals on suspicion of stealing intellectual property worth millions from two U.S. technology firms; accusations from financial giant Morgan Stanley toward an employee believed to have stolen client information with the intent to sell it; and claims from wearable-maker Jawbone that its competitor Fitbit regularly courted its privileged employees, enticing several of them to switch companies and bring sensitive details on its products. The uncertainty around all of these cases begs a couple of important questions: how can intent be determined, and how can employee privacy be maintained while ensuring business security?
New Cloud File Storage Technology from Avere Melds High-Performance Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS with Low-Cost Amazon S3
LAS VEGAS, NV – Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, today introduced Avere CloudFusion, a unique file storage application for Amazon Web Services (AWS), and its availability in the AWS Marketplace. This highly responsive and cost-effective solution provides a purpose-built cloud file system that makes it easy for customers to leverage the performance features of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) with the cost efficiencies of Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), all with the simplicity of network-attached storage (NAS).
Last year, Avere announced the availability of its virtual NAS solution, with software-only virtual FXT (vFXT) Edge filers that work in conjunction with cloud-based and on-premises storage to deliver low latency and high performance levels for big data processing and storage in the cloud. Avere CloudFusion is based on the same technology and brings similar capabilities to smaller data sets that use the AWS Cloud.
Based on data access patterns and internal caching algorithms, CloudFusion automatically places the “hottest,” most frequently used data, on Amazon EC2 RAM, while “warm” data is placed on an Amazon EBS General Purpose SSD volume for high responsiveness to Amazon EC2. Finally, inactive “cold” data is placed on Amazon S3 for the lowest cost and best data protection.
“We are excited to be bringing the benefits of Avere’s NAS technology to an entirely new set of AWS customers with our CloudFusion product,” said Ron Bianchini, CEO and president of Avere Systems. “Enabling customers to run standard NAS applications on Amazon EC2, while storing the bulk of their data on Amazon S3 provides the optimal cost and performance for a wide variety of applications.”
“As cloud adoption accelerates, customers are looking for ways to use and store their data more efficiently,” said Hal Bennett, General Manager, Global Technology Partners, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “With Avere’s CloudFusion on the AWS Marketplace, AWS customers can further leverage AWS products and services to benefit from the increased flexibility, scalability and cost-effectiveness of the cloud.”
CloudFusion delivers a NAS feature set including snapshots to protect data against accidental deletion and corruption, encryption to secure data against unauthorized access, compression to make the most efficient use of storage capacity and a simple-to-use web GUI that makes setup and administration easy and provides visibility into the file serving operations of CloudFusion.
Pricing and Availability
Avere CloudFusion is generally available on the AWS Marketplace. End-user software pricing starts at $0.99/hour for AWS r3.xlarge instances. A 21-day free trial is available (AWS usage fees may apply). CloudFusion is used in conjunction with Amazon EC2, Amazon EBS, and Amazon S3, which are separately billed at AWS current rates.
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About Avere Systems
Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere's hybrid cloud solutions give companies -- for the first time -- the ability to end the rising cost and complexity of data storage and compute via the freedom to store and access files anywhere in the cloud or on premises, without sacrificing the performance, availability, or security of enterprise data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. For more information, visit www.averesystems.com.
Five New Locations Enable Technology Ecosystems
NEW YORK, NY – TELEHOUSE, the global leader for data centers, international Internet exchanges, and managed IT services, announces the expansion of its New York International Internet Exchange (NYIIX) to five new locations, through its global reseller partner, IX Reach. Now NYIIX customers can access the exchange through IX Reach’s geographically diverse points-of-presence (PoPs), in addition to its metropolitan area network in New York.
IX Reach joined NYIIX in February 2015 as its first premier global reseller. Furthering the partnership, customers can now connect into NYIIX and take advantage of a fractional port offering not only in New York, but also Ashburn, Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; Boston, Massachusetts; Dallas, Texas; and Toronto, Ontario.
“Historically, United States-owned Internet exchanges have not offered a variety of fractional ports, until Telehouse opened NYIIX in 1996,” says Ruth Plater, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for IX Reach. “We are excited to provide our customers access to this level of flexibility across all of our markets”
“Now that NYIIX can be accessed from interconnection hotbeds other than New York, a significantly greater number of networks can gain value from neutral peering and cultivate ecosystems more effectively,” says Akio Sugeno, Vice President of Internet Engineering, Operations and Business Development at TELEHOUSE. “We look forward to leveraging the IX Reach platform to greatly expand our radius of coverage.”
Telehouse and IX Reach are attending NANOG 65 in Montreal, Quebec from October 5-7. To learn more about Telehouse or to schedule a meeting, please email email@example.com or visit http://www.telehouse.com.
Established in 1996, the NYIIX is one of the largest neutral Internet exchange points on the US East coast and is operated by TELEHOUSE. Its mission is to provide the Internet community with a neutral and scalable peering infrastructure and to assure reliable and stable Internet connectivity. Visit www.nyiix.net.
About TELEHOUSE America
A stable and trusted pioneer of carrier-neutral data center services, TELEHOUSE provides secure, power-protected environments, where clients house and operate their telecommunications and network resources. Among the many benefits of colocating with TELEHOUSE is the ability to connect to state-of-the-art peering exchanges in New York (NYIIX) and Los Angeles (LAIIX). Through Manage-E,TELEHOUSE provides a comprehensive suite of solutions – from help desk and hardware support to managed IT infrastructure, security and compliance services – all delivered by expert consulting and operations teams on a global scale and from one point-of-contact. Additionally, the global availability of 46 TELEHOUSE-branded data centers in 23 cities throughout Asia, Africa, North America and EMEA, delivers continuous, cost-effective operation of network-dependent, IT infrastructure to businesses around the world. Please visit www.telehouse.com, or contact us to learn more about our Channel Partner program at firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with TELEHOUSE on Twitter and LinkedIn.
About IX Reach
IX Reach is the number one partner to leading Internet Exchange Points and global provider of wholesale connectivity solutions such as direct and remote peering, low latency global high-speed point-to-point and multipoint capacity, Ethernet and DWDM metro in major cities, enterprise business IP, BGP transit, cloud connectivity solutions and colocation.
The IX Reach platform enables carriers, ISPs, content providers and enterprises of all sizes to quickly and easily increase their network footprint without the need to invest heavily in their own infrastructure or increase resources.
Discover new markets and endless possibilities with IX Reach. For more information, visit www.ixreach.com
IX Reach is part of the IIX Inc. group, the global software interconnection company, headquartered in Silicon Valley, California.
With UK cloud adoption at 84 per cent Cloud services are a critical part of a wider IT strategy
TmaxSoft, Korea’s leading enterprise software company specialising in middleware, database and framework software solutions has launched Cloud versions of its TIBERO database management system (DBMS) and JEUS Web Application Server (WAS) on Amazon Web Service (AWS).
TIBERO is a database designed, from its inception, to facilitate efficient and flexible integration of data and business logic, as well as providing various database management utilities. It meets these needs perfectly by supporting the database infrastructure, the foundation for corporate businesses, providing both high performance and reliability.
Carl Davies, UK managing Director, TmaxSoft, stated: “Cloud has moved from the edge of the IT estate to its centre so showcasing our DBMS and middleware on AWS allows customers worldwide to conveniently access our products and services. We plan on launching many products, partaking in various promotions, pursuing partner support programs and enhancing cloud services,”
“TmaxSoft selected SaaS via the AWS platform to respond to the rapidly expanding global cloud market. We will venture into the market by using a personalised cloud strategy. By promoting a “BYOL (Bring Your Own License)” campaign, we are encouraging existing customers to use their TmaxSoft products on the AWS cloud. If a potential customer does not own a TmaxSoft product, they can utilise the TmaxSoft AWS SaaS service to use a TmaxSoft product billed on an hourly basis,” he continued.
According to the latest research from the UK based Cloud Industry Forum 78 per cent of organisations are using two or more Cloud-based services and half of all respondents expect to move their entire IT estate to Cloud at some point. The research also found that 70 per cent of those organisations already using Cloud expect their adoption to increase over the next 12 months.
CIF predicts that by early 2016, 86 per cent of UK-based organisations will formally use at least one Cloud service.
By adding cloud services to its arsenal, TmaxSoft is also targeted small and medium-sized enterprises.
Carl Davies continued: “Becoming an Amazon partner allows for easier access to local partners for our subsidiaries. This will be an important step toward finding business opportunities and expanding into the cloud market.”
TmaxSoft was founded in 1997 and, with its domestically developed enterprise software solutions, now competes with the global software powerhouses that used to dominate the Korean software market.
Since 2003, TmaxSoft has been the market leader in the Korean WAS (web application server) market surpassing global software companies such as IBM and Oracle. With the successful introduction of multiple solutions such as JEUS (a web application server), TIBERO RDBMS (a database management solution), ProFrame (an application framework), and OpenFrame (a mainframe re-hosting solution), TmaxSoft has grown to be the only Korean supplier of total enterprise solutions. Based on the high level of technical expertise acquired through 17 years of continuous R&D activity and combined with our distinctive customer-oriented technical support, TmaxSoft purposefully strives to become a global software force, using its innovation-driven technology.
By Lisa Kaplan Gordon
Portable generators are a great source of emergency power supplywhen and where you need it. But they can also be a health hazard if not properly operated or placed. Just be careful to place generators in open areas and away from your home to prevent carbon monoxide fumes from seeping into your house and causing harm or death.
LONDON – Colt announced today that nscglobal and Covata have joined Colt PrizmNet - a financial services extranet that connects providers of financial content to capital markets firms - providing access to the Safe Share secure file sharing solution. Safe Share will enable capital markets participants to securely share data over Colt PrizmNet, providing them with access auditability, certainty of data location and real time revocation of access rights.
Safe Share provides financial institutions with a complete solution for securing sensitive and valuable company data. The patented approach that underlies this secured data solution combines the three pillars of security - identity management, policy and key management - providing Colt capital markets customers with a unified and scalable data security solution.
Jean-Marc Jefferson, Operations Director at nscglobal commented: “Safe Share helps customers meet their statutory obligations and regulatory requirements by ensuring that stored data is always encrypted, and that the encryption keys and algorithms are protected. This secured data solution will enable financial institutions to meet rigorous levels of corporate governance, access monitoring and compliance.”
Hugh Cumberland, solution manager at Colt added: “Colt PrizmNet is the ideal platform for delivering Safe Share, and fits neatly with our strategy of driving a variety of services, solutions and content through Colt PrizmNet, creating a capital markets eco-system. Leveraging Colt PrizmNet for multiple services across front, middle and back office allows our customers to benefit from real economies of scale, whilst not compromising on security or service.”
Covata CEO and Founder, Trent Telford affirmed: “From our history in Government and Defence, we deeply understand the security demands of the capital markets. Safe Share is unparalleled when it comes to delivering a data-centric security solution to support compliance and regulatory requirements. We are delighted to be partnering with Colt to offer this security service to the sector.”
Colt PrizmNet allows Capital Markets firms to connect to new markets and clients quicker using a dedicated private network with deterministic low latency guaranteeing reliable, consistent, and transparent content delivery. More information available here: http://capitalmarkets.colt.net/business-challenges/#financial-services-extranet
Covata enables true ownership and control over your data in the cloud and over mobile services. We deliver data-centric security solutions without compromising simple usability; providing true end-to-end security. Your data is always protected wherever it may travel – inside your network, beyond the domain, to mobile devices and to the cloud – with granular access controls that extend to external ad hoc users, view-only restrictions, real time revocation and complete visibility and auditability.
Own Your Data, control your data and choose where it is stored – with complete assurance that it is protected and secure. For further information please visit Covata.com
nscglobal is a multi-national technology infrastructure and services provider that helps international clients solve infrastructure challenges across 180 countries. nscglobal has grown consistently since 1998 and now employs 2000 staff across 22 regional offices that span every continent with personnel speaking over 40 languages. nscglobal clients are larger organizations that require a capable and trusted partner to efficiently solve challenging technical, process and cost concerns. For more information, please visit: www.nscglobal.com
Colt provides network, voice, and data centre services to thousands of businesses around the world, allowing them to focus on delivering their business goals instead of the underlying infrastructure. Customers include 18 of the top 25 bank and diversified financial groups and 19 out of the top 25 companies in both global media and telecoms industries (Forbes 2000 list, 2014). In addition, Colt works with over 50 exchange venues and 13 European central banks.
Colt operates across Europe, Asia and North America with connections into over 200 cities globally. It recently completed the acquisition of KVH – which now operates under the Colt brand - an integrated data centre and communications services business, with headquarters in Tokyo and operations in Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore.
In a quest for improved efficiency, higher performance and maximized storage utility, organizations operating in increasingly demanding IT environments continue to deploy expensive proprietary products or ineffective heterogeneous hardware/software solutions to gain the necessary IOPs and/or capacity required for their particular compute needs. Companies can better maximize their storage investment while outperforming alternative solutions by following these five tips: 1. Ditch the “legacy” equipment – Too often companies look to save money by repurposing their existing data center hardware using software-defined solutions that are then supposed to maximize performance and capacity lacking in their current infrastructure. The problem is that while software solutions look to optimize how data flows through any particular hardware architecture, the results will be less than if the hardware itself is optimized to provide the highest speeds and peak performance, without the reflections, throughput bottlenecks and signal loss inherent in underperforming legacy solutions. 2. Avoid vendor lock-in – Purpose-built solutions in which both hardware and software are designed by a single company to work in perfect harmony can be an ideal solution for organizations needing the performance oftentimes lacking in heterogeneous environments. However, the costs of such solutions are often prohibitive, with expenses incurred from purchasing the hardware and the ongoing software licenses, maintenance contracts and upgrade expenses. Implementing an Open Storage Platform allows customers to integrate hardware in any configuration, with the software solution of their choice to maximize flexibility while minimizing costs. 3. Adopt a hardware storage platform that complements the software solution of choice – Whether using open-source software or proprietary software-defined storage solutions, a company’s use case should determine which protocol and “flavor” of storage they implement. Whether they need DAS, NAS, SAN or other protocols, a mechanically flawless hardware architecture that overcomes software incompatibilities is a necessity to satisfy the ruthless IO requirements of cloud storage, big data analytics, HPC, enterprises and remote sites. 4. Mitigate the “either or” dilemma of choosing between performance or capacity – By implementing a hardware solution that increases the storage density of both SSD and SAS/SATA storage solutions, companies can gain the benefits of both traditional Tier 1 and Tier 2 storage in a flexible, customizable and fully scalable single storage solution. Through the combination of storage and compute resources in a single storage solution, organizations can cut data center space requirements, while increasing performance at a lower TCO compared to disparate systems. 5. Implement hardware that utilizes top-of-the-line components from audited suppliers – State-of-the-art software solutions need state-of-the-art storage servers built to the highest specifications for speed, performance and reliability. By using top-of-the-line components from audited suppliers rather than cheaper mass-produced parts to omit cross talk, packet loss and power jitter, companies can assure themselves maximum throughput and reliability not available in standard, off-the-shelf hardware products. Choosing a storage solution is a business-critical decision for many organizations faced with the capacity and performance needs of today’s data-hungry environments. Storage incumbents continue to offer the same hardware configurations regardless in improvements in media or software available, claiming that their equipment is capable of handling the changes. The reality is that only by implementing a high-performance storage server system designed to maximize the utility of software solutions can organizations truly meet the demanding storage needs of their particular industry. Designed without the inherent physical bottlenecks or software incompatibilities of other storage products, SavageStor is an all-in-hardware (server, networking and storage) solution that satisfies the ruthless capacity and IO requirements of cloud storage, big data analytics, HPC, enterprise and ROBO environments.
Internap's high-density colocation, route-optimized IP and CDN services speed delivery of mission-critical weather services while reducing costs
ATLANTA – Internap Corporation (NASDAQ:INAP),a provider of high-performance Internet infrastructure services, today announced that weather industry leader Weather Decision Technologies (WDT) is using the company's high-density colocation, route-optimized Performance IP™and Content Delivery Network (CDN) services. The global high-performance environment allows WDT to cost-effectively process massive amounts of weather and climate information and accelerate delivery of critical weather services to customers around the world.
WDT delivers real-time weather information and analytics – such as hazardous weather detection and prediction, forecast modeling, geographic information systems (GIS) and interactive mapping – for a wide range of B2B audiences, including developers, broadcasting stations, oil platforms and the airline and shipping industries. Its top-ranked B2C RadarScope mobile app, available on iOS, Android and Mac, allows meteorologists and weather enthusiasts to view Nexrad radar data and severe weather warnings.
"Our business is dependent on ingesting and analyzing enormous amounts of raw weather data – often more than 80 to 90 terabytes per month – and rapidly serving it up to our customers in their preferred format," saidAndrew J. Oldaker, vice president of operations at Weather Decision Technologies. "Internap's high-performance colocation and network services allow us to get data to our customers faster, while reducing our overall infrastructure costs. We're able to seamlessly download very large data sets from weather services and environmental centers around the world and then quickly and reliably process and deliver that data to our customers–speeding their decision-making and giving them a competitive advantage."
With previous infrastructure providers, WDT was experiencing spiraling costs due to the high densities needed to power its data-intensive HPC and clustered systems environment, which forms its weather analytics and delivery hub. Internap's high-density colocation inDallasallows WDT to achieve its power demands with fewer server racks, which has reduced its costs by nearly 45 percent. Currently drawing upwards of 12kW, WDT can continue to scale to 18kW in-rack without consuming more physical floor space as its power needs grow. Internap's high-density design also contributes to optimal performance since WDT requires certain servers to be in close physical proximity to process large amounts of data via high-speed interconnects. Additionally, WDT installed a satellite dish at Internap'sDallasdata center, which allows the company to download meteorological data and instantly feed it to its infrastructure environment within the facility.
WDT is also using Internap's route-optimized, global Performance IP connectivity at Internap'sDallas,LondonandSecaucus, N.J.locations to eliminate the unreliable network performance and latency issues WDT was experiencing with previous providers that were using standard Internet routing to deliver its vast data sets fromEuropeand across the Atlantic to its data processing hub in the U.S. Powered by Managed Internet Route Optimizer™(MIRO) technology, Performance IP enhances the Internet's default routing system by monitoring available bandwidth routes for packet loss, jitter and latency and sending WDT traffic over the fastest Internet path. As a result, WDT is able to download data from key weather services throughoutEuropeand along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and ensure fast, reliable, low-latency delivery to its analytics headquarters at Internap'sDallasfacility.
Additionally, Internap's MIRO-powered CDN is bringing weather information closer to WDT customers by storing and delivering the data from 24 points of presence globally. The move to Internap's CDN has resulted in faster performance for billions of customer content queries per month, with an 80ms – 100ms average reduction in latency, as well as reduced content delivery costs of 75 percent.
"Infrastructure speed and reliability are critical to organizations like WDT that need to consistently power large, data-intensive workloads and distribute real-time information worldwide," saidSteve Orchard, Internap's senior vice president and general manager, data center and network services. "We're uniquely equipped to serve these customers with performance built into every aspect of our portfolio – from high-power density colocation to route-optimized network services delivered across a global footprint."
· Case Study: Weather Decision Technologies -http://www.internap.com/resources/case-study-weather-decision-technologies
· Next-Gen Colocation Drives Operational Efficiencies -http://www.internap.com/resources/next-generation-colocation/
· The Secret Sauce Just Got Better: Optimize Internet Route Performance with MIRO -http://www.internap.com/2014/04/24/secret-sauce-just-got-better-optimize-internet-route-performance-miro/
· Bare Metal: The Right Infrastructure for Big Data -http://www.internap.com/2015/04/21/bare-metal-right-infrastructure-for-big-data/
About Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. (WDT)
Weather Decision Technologies, Inc.is the industry leader, providing organizations with weather decision support on a global scale. WDT offers specific expertise with big data as it applies to hazardous weather detection and prediction, forecast modeling, decision analytics, GIS, mobile apps and interactive mapping. WDT employs the world-renowned WeatherOps forecast team, staffed by experts who provide global asset projection and commodities trading decision support. WDT maintains operational offices inNorman, OklahomaandHouston, Texas.
Internap is the high-performance Internet infrastructure provider that powers the applications shaping the way we live, work and play. Our hybrid infrastructure delivers performance without compromise – blending virtual and bare-metal cloud, hosting and colocation services across a global network of data centers, optimized from the application to the end user and backed by rock-solid customer support and a 100% uptime guarantee. Since 1996, the most innovative companies have relied on Internap to make their applications faster and more scalable. For more information, visitwww.internap.com.