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Beyond Disasters — Do More with DR

Jason Clark

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, after unprecedented amounts of flooding have finally begun to recede from the Houston area, I wanted to avoid focusing on the disastrous event itself. It would be doing those impacted by the storm a disservice to write a commentary on protecting data, after a time where protecting loved ones was significantly more important. Instead, I wanted to share other reasons why it would be beneficial to have a solid DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) plan in place.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto, test and dev, security

Shared Responsibilities for Cloud Computing: Who Does What in the Cloud? Part Two

Richard Stinton

In the first part of this blog series, we looked at the cloud service provider side of the shared responsibility stack.

Looking at the rest of the stack, particularly the upper areas where the customer is responsible, it is extremely important to remember that there is no magic pixie dust in a cloud implementation when compared to an on-premises one.

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Topics: IaaS, Compliance, security, HIPAA, healthcare, cloud, FISMA

iland Secure Cloud Helps to Power Cybersecurity Company

Rachel Roach

Lately, it feels like the threat of ransomware is everywhere. Organizations of all shapes and sizes have been hit. I’m sure you’ve read the headlines and heard about the recent WannaCry attack. Hopefully, you haven’t had to experience first-hand what a virus like this can do. If you’re like a lot of IT professionals these days, you’re securing your systems to ensure that you never have to find out.

iland’s customer, My Digital Shield (MDS), is a cybersecurity company that is staying on the forefront of preventing cyber-attacks like WannaCry. With just one simple yet sophisticated piece of equipment, MDS provides small businesses with the same level of security used by the federal government and fortune 500 companies.

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Topics: IaaS, security, cloud, ransomware

Leading the Charge in Cloud Security

William McHenry

iland, in its constant pursuit of excellence in cloud security, was recently awarded the Cloud Security Alliance STAR Gold Certification, which is the highest level attainable for this type of certification, and iland is only the second Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider to receive the Gold level designation.

This certification was designed to provide a guide for cloud service providers to determine how to become more secure, and a guide for cloud customers in assessing the security aspects of their cloud service provider. iland’s achievement of the CSA Gold level designation means customers can be confident that iland is at the forefront of cloud security.

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Topics: Compliance, security, cloud

The Challenges for MSPs Working with the Cloud

Richard Stinton

Over the past few years, Managed Service Providers have been faced with a number of important decisions about how they continue to operate and differentiate their businesses with the rise of public cloud services.

The MSP (and outsourcing) model has traditionally been based on the premise of being able to operate and manage a customer’s IT services in a more cost-efficient manner than they could do it themselves. This may have been by bringing in a team to augment or replace the IT department using the customer’s equipment on-premises, or, perhaps, by transforming the IT infrastructure to the MSP's own facilities.

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Topics: IaaS, cloud hosting, colocation, Compliance, security, azure, amazon

The Security of Things

Frank Arriaga

It's easy to get sidetracked by all the bright lights and shiny new gadgets that the era of the iOT has brought with it. But it’s time to step out of the haze, and take a minute to talk about security.

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Topics: security, IoT

Lessons from Delta: Systems will fail. Business doesn't have to.

Lilac Schoenbeck

What happened to Delta Airlines this week and Southwest a few weeks back isn't abnormal. 

To the non-nerd, the realities of how delicately our entire way of life is balanced on the head of a CIO is alarming. To anyone in the business, it's life. 

To the non-geek, hardware failures are esoteric and should be avoidable. To anyone who can recall a data center's unique smell, it's a daily problem.

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Topics: DRaaS, security

Another addition to the Cloud Security Tool-Box

Monica Brink

Our recent survey on cloud security indicated that IT and the business are now aligned in terms of security priorities with the data showing that the two groups overwhelmingly agree that they would rather delay a new application deployment than deploy to a potentially insecure environment.

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Topics: security, ECS-AS

Experts Say: Trust but Verify Cloud Security - Webinar with EMA's David Monahan

Lilac Schoenbeck

As you may have seen, iland did a survey recently with Enterprise Management associates, in which some remarkable elements emerged:

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Topics: survey, security

Do You Gotta Have Faith in Your Cloud Security?

Lilac Schoenbeck

A few months ago, I embarked on a survey with David Monehan of Enterprise Management Associates. In that survey, we wanted to better understand the way in which cloud deployment impacts IT security and compliance posture of companies across North America. 

It was enlightening - and I've been singing George Michael ever since.

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Topics: IaaS, Compliance, survey, security

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