What’s happening on the Cloud

September 21, 2010

Last week I attended the 2010 hosting and cloud computing summit put on by Tier One Research and the 451 group. What a great event and thanks to all of you who helped put on the event. I wanted to share with my readers some of the key things I learned at the event. Over the next few posts I’ll dive deeper into some of these topics.

The cloud is growing and it’s right in front of you. It’s time for your business to embrace it and figure out how to live on the cloud.

The value of data centers continues to increase as M&A activity and new data center builds continues to rise.

It is important to require your vendors and providers to take data security as seriously as you do! If you build a cloud but don’t require your SaaS or IaaS providers to provide secure infrastructure and software, how can the end user trust your cloud?

What are your thoughts on some of these comments I just made? Let me know or read my upcoming posts as I dig deeper into some of these issues.

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$3,000,000 spent and nothing picked up by insurance!

August 26, 2010

Sorry for the absence but things have been crazy around the office and I let blogging get left behind. While I’ve been gone there has been a ton of data breaches and other related events happening so I hope you’ve been able to keep up. While reading an article today I found one that might hit home for some of you. A data storage company suffered a breach and lost HIPAA information for a large number of patients. That information caused the client to spend over $3,000,000 dollars to comply with the breach notification laws.

The client has come back on the storage company who reported the loss to their insurance company only to find out a breach of data isn’t covered on the general liability policy. This is an instance that a cyber liability or data privacy policy would respond to. Because the broker wasn’t educated in the space, someone is going to have to come up with over $3,000,000 to reimburse the client for their expenditures. This isn’t a situation I’d want to find myself in.

To read the entire article, click here.


Google Pulling out of China

March 19, 2010

Although the report is very vague right now, it looks like Google will pull out of China as previously threatened on April 10th. Google has not confirmed this report nor is it clear if they are closing all or just some of their operations there. Whether or not they close all of their operations, this is a sign that the tensions between China and Google are not diminishing.

To read the entire article, click here.


China is Back on the Attack

March 8, 2010

Recently NATO and allies have warned people about increased cyber attacks that are targeting important government and intelligence computers. And no surprise, many of these attacks are originating in China. A report released by the FBI last week stated, “a real and expanding threat.” It appears that these attacks are designed to fish for important information or to disrupt important systems. It is believed that approximately 1.6 billion attacks are targeted at our government each month.

To read more, click here.


FTC Warns Nearly 100 Companies of Stolen Data

February 23, 2010

Yesterday, the FTC warned nearly 100 companies that personal information about employees and customers had been breached. Although the FTC wouldn’t identify the companies, they did say they included both public and private companies, small to large companies and included schools and governmental entities. It appears the source of all this lost data was none other than P2P file sharing networks on the companies computer systems. Restricting your employees from using popular P2P programs like Limewire and Kazaa is one of the first things I advise small business owners to do to protect their data. I can understand a smaller business owner not knowing the risks presented by these programs but a large publicly traded company ignoring this risk shows how far we still have to go in war against cyber criminals.

To read the article, click here.


Google Cyber Attacks traced to Chinese Schools

February 19, 2010

The recent attacks on google and other US companies that were traced to China have more specifically been traced to two Chinese schools, one that has ties to the Chinese Military. The same investigators who have traced the attacks to the schools also believe that the attacks may have started as early as April but were only recently detected. Although the Chinese government still denies they were involved in the attacks, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to believe their stance as more fingers continue to point to their involvement.

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China Closes Hacker Training Site

February 15, 2010

With all of the pressure lately on the Chinese government surrounding the conflict between Chinese Hackers and Google, China recently closed the largest hacker training website in the country. The website had over 12,000 members that paid a monthly fee to access malicious code and other hacking secrets. Although some people believe the Chinese government has a large presence in the online hacking space, they still deny involvement and say they do not support hacking.

To read the entire article, click here.