Ransomware And Backup On The Cloud Ransomware is a kind of malware that withholds some digital assets (mostly user’s data) from its victims and asks for payment for their release. Ransomware could be the best reason yet to use cloud data storage systems. Over the past several weeks, many Windows users were infected by CryptoLocker malware that encrypts your files until you pay a ransom. US-CERT has reported that the primary means of infection are phishing emails containing malicious attachments, but the aforementioned malware can also be deployed by malicious web sites by exploiting outdated browser plugins. The CryptoLocker Removing
How to Set Off with Confidence on the Road to Cloud Computing At its most basic level, traveling along the IT transformation journey from conventional data centers to the dynamic, intelligent environments of cloud computing is an adventure in self discovery that has a way of changing you as much as your technology. You may start out thinking you know who you are and where you are going, but as you dig deeper into cloud computing, your goals will inevitably change as your awareness of who you are expands. No Leap of Faith Required The good news is that it
Cloud Infographic: Big Data Opportunities Big Data has seen its fair share of coverage over the past couple of years. Much of the focus has been placed on the Analytics and Monitoring of Big Data. This will be a much discussed area and expect a large number of startups to put forward new and innovative services to help analyze, locate and extract critical data from their findings. Here is an infographic courtesy of Elexio which provides some really nice insight into the growing opportunities of Big Data. Infographic Source: Elexio
Don’t Recover From A Disaster – Prevent One Protect your cloud with the right disaster prevention plan When it comes to the cloud, convenience and reliability have always been two of its most shining traits. According to a recent AT&T report, 62 percent of businesses use cloud services for business continuity – an unexpected but understandable number. Just as a well-performing cloud delivers speed and accessibility when it comes to critical data, its virtualized infrastructure makes it a natural solution for disaster preparedness. Yet in a year of high-profile outages, many businesses have been taking a second look at their incident
Using The Cloud For Better Business Continuity Planning for your cloud application or website to go down seems like it should be a no brainer. We assume that every business is aptly prepared; in fact most people reading this probably believe theirs is. It is, right? Right? Turns out it only takes one extreme incident to show us that keeping websites and applications online no matter what the circumstance really is an after thought for many organizations. For instance, sites like Gawker, Gizmodo, and Huffington Post all went down during Hurricane Sandy last fall, as did hundreds of other businesses’
Making The Cloud Transaction Psychologically Secure: Overcoming The Availability Heuristic A cognitive heuristic is a shortcut our brains employ when forming beliefs or making decisions (Reber and Reber, 2001). An availability heuristic is a type of shortcut designed to make decisions quickly based on information already existing within one’s mind and assumed to be accurate. This is great time saver with everyday events but results in a lot of failures when making decisions about something more hidden from our awareness. The choice involving cloud computing is an example of how a limited mindset can create bias and poor decision making.
Pavlov and Cloud Computing: How We Will Overcome our Anxiety It’s interesting to consider why we struggle to accept the cloud-computing model of data management. It seems safer to have our critical data and applications within walking distance from our desk where we can check its pulse anytime we want. Like Pavlov’s dogs we are conditioned to a react to whatever is a perceived as the non-threatening option. In this case one where we believe we must own the applications. After all we own our home, our vehicles, and our money. And yet even that is not the truth in its entirety.