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Cloud Security: Getting the Balance Right

Monica Brink

In their report, CISO Playbook: How to Retain the Right Kinds of Control in the Cloud,”* Gartner addresses the need for security and risk management leaders to embrace a new mindset when moving to the cloud. In the playbook, Gartner highlights a number of main recommendations across identity and access management, encryption, demonstrating governance and compliance and measuring cloud service provider SLAs. I’ll cover how iland helps customers address each of these areas in this blog.

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Topics: IaaS, security

Cloud Predictions for 2018

Richard Stinton

It's that time of year again, and industry commentators are sharing their cloud predictions for 2018 and beyond.

While the subject of cloud computing is a massive area, I'd like to highlight a few predictions that bode well for the continued growth of iland as a focused cloud service provider.

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Topics: DRaaS, VMware, hybrid cloud, IaaS, security, cloud compliance, cloud backup

3rd Party Firewalls in the iland Secure Cloud

Richard Stinton

One of the main barriers to adoption for public clouds over the past few years has been that of security. Fears of hacking and data theft have been heightened by cases in the media.

Many customers thought that cloud would automatically take care of security regarding attacks from the internet, and there have been great advances to allay these fears. However, for many public cloud providers not all bases are covered out of the box, and adding in security features can add significant cost and complexity to the solution.

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Topics: IaaS, security

Ensuring Data Protections in the Cloud

William McHenry

GDPR is on the minds of every business operating in the EU.

What is it? How do we adhere? What do we have to do? 

Those are just the beginning questions. If you're like most businesses you also have a cloud footprint to consider. So, what do you have to do with the information stored in the cloud?

We know the questions and concerns you have around this new law and we're here to help! We're hosting a webinar November 16th to cover how you should interact with your cloud services provider to ensure that you're in compliance with GDPR. 

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Topics: security, cloud compliance

Enabling Two-Factor Authentication in the iland Secure Cloud Console

Pete Benoit

How many online logins does the average person have? The easy answer is too many to secure.

In 2016, the average person had 27 unique online accounts with passwords to manage, according to an Intel Security survey. I couldn’t find similar numbers specifically for IT personnel but we can be safe in assuming that number is significantly higher.

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Topics: IaaS, security, cloud console

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, 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, security, cloud compliance

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

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: IaaS, security, cloud compliance

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, security, cloud compliance, hyperscale clouds