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The security risks of migrating legacy applications to the cloud [Q&A]

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Enterprise use of the public cloud is taking off in a big way and it's estimated that by 2018, half of the applications running in public cloud environments will be considered mission-critical by the organizations that use them.

But migrating legacy applications to the cloud can lead to new security risks as how the application is used and hosted could differ from the original deployment.

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The growing security risks in enterprise Windows environments [Q&A]

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ManageEngine recently announced the results of its global Active Directory and Windows Server Security -- Trends and Practices Survey for 2016, which found that 70 percent of IT administrators across the globe agree that their Windows environments are not immune to malicious attacks.

To delve a bit deeper, we spoke to Derek Melber, a technical evangelist for ManageEngine.

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What enterprise workloads are right for the cloud? [Q&A]

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The question many businesses are asking themselves is, 'should we be moving to the cloud?' The public cloud is clearly a success, as shown by the significant adoption of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Companies are benefiting from the pay-as-go nature of the cloud, as well as from the ability to turn up services as needed without the traditional hardware spend. Gartner recently reported that cloud computing will affect more than $1 trillion in IT spending by 2020.

But even with this growing popularity, corporate IT departments are still struggling with how to integrate public clouds into their data center initiatives. One of the main reasons for this hesitation is the uncertainty around maintaining workload performance once the data gets to the cloud. This is a valid concern, but one that can be overcome. We spoke to Len Rosenthal, chief marketing officer for infrastructure performance specialist Virtual Instruments, to discuss how workload analysis and modeling is the first step for any cloud migration initiative.

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Why encryption is essential for everyone [Q&A]

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If your laptop or smartphone gets lost or stolen, there’s the danger of its contents being accessed, which could prove a nightmare. If the device is encrypted, however, you can rest easy… Or can you?

Ebba Blitz, CEO of laptop encryption company Alertsec (and former host of Sweden's Shark Tank), chatted with me about the benefits and potential pitfalls of encryption, and revealed her top tips for keeping your data secure.

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How HP has changed after the split [Q&A]

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We recently sat down with George Brasher, the managing director for UK and Ireland at HP, to discuss his approach to business and how the company has changed since the split from HP Enterprise.

You can read the Q&A below.

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Responding to the changing threat landscape facing enterprises [Q&A]

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Not so many years ago corporate IT security involved installing a firewall and antivirus solution. But the threat landscape has now become much more complicated and is changing faster than ever.

Companies need to be aware of these changes and make sure their security arrangements can keep up. We spoke to Shai Gabay, the chief innovation officer of security operations and advanced threat detection specialist CYBERBIT, to find out more about the risks and solutions.

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The increasing role of AI in cyber security [Q&A]

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As attacks become more frequent and sophisticated, conventional security techniques and human analysis struggle to keep pace.

As a result many companies are turning to artificial intelligence methods to help them defend their systems effectively. We spoke to Peter Gyongyosi product manager of security intelligence specialist Balabit to find out more about how AI is increasingly the future of cyber security.

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The benefits of a DevOps culture [Q&A]

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Many IT teams are looking for a way out of the quagmire of delayed projects, questionable quality, and missed deliveries in which they often find themselves without writing blank cheques. The concept of DevOps has taken the IT world by storm, but has the day-to-day practice caught up?

Brian Dawson, DevOps expert, CloudBees discusses how this new approach can help these IT projects can progress and transform businesses.

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Casting a light on shadow IT -- turning threat into opportunity [Q&A]

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Today's climate of digital transformation (DX) is giving rise to a variety of intriguing cloud and software-as-a-service based offerings.

In the case of public cloud, instant access to infrastructure and platforms for developing new services off-premise may be extremely attractive to some organizations. The modern world of free cloud services and easily installable apps makes it all too easy for employees to bypass the IT department and use whatever systems they want.

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Investigating the DNC hack [Q&A]

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Following uncertainty around who was responsible for the compromise of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) servers in the US -- which was first blamed on the Russian Government and then claimed by an individual named Guccifer 2.0 -- Fidelis Cybersecurity was approached by personnel handling the investigation for the DNC to undertake an independent investigation in order to provide its perspective on the intrusion.

As part of this investigation, Fidelis analyzed the same malware and data (including file names, file sizes and IP addresses) that were used in the DNC incident. Here are the main findings.

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Fighting the threat of social hacking [Q&A]

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Often the weakest link in an enterprise’s cyber security is the person behind the endpoint. Although technology solutions can offer a high degree of protection, there’s no substitute for making users aware of the potential threats.

Social engineering attacks are increasingly used to try and catch out employees. Education on cyber security is therefore something that's being taken seriously by businesses of all sizes. We spoke to Scott Youngs, CIO of infrastructure solutions and managed services company Key Information Systems to find out more about the threat and how education can help beat it.

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Why it's time for a new approach to Agile security [Q&A]

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Security is often something that gets left until late in the development cycle and as Agile development takes off, security can be an inhibiting factor.

Since many security breaches now target the endpoint, there's more emphasis on building secure software which means it's something that needs to be integrated into the development process. Fixing security flaws late in the day can prove costly and time consuming.

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Improving data center efficiency [Q&A]

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With the growth of the cloud, data centers have become big business. In fact, it's estimated that they now use around 10 percent of the world's energy.

It's not surprising then that companies are looking to increase the efficiency of their IT operations, cut their energy use and reduce their carbon footprints. However, the solution to finding more efficiency may be closer than they think. Jeff Klaus, general manager of Data Center Solutions at Intel argues that enterprises need to look to home grown solutions before turning elsewhere. We spoke to him to find out more.

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Why latency is the big elephant in the room for the cloud [Q&A]

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Yes, the cloud seems to be crushing it, but according to Ellen Rubin, CEO and co-founder of ClearSky Data, as many as 50 percent of cloud customers have brought workloads back on-premise due to latency and performance issues in production applications for dispersed workforces. This makes it a pressing issue for dispersed teams, and threatens forward momentum.

I spoke with Ellen about the problem, how latency affects businesses, and what CIOs can do to address the challenge.

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Why organizations need a risk-based approach to securing payment card data [Q&A]

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The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) has done much to cut credit card fraud by ensuring that businesses comply with the rules.

But Charles White founder and chief executive of UK-based risk consultancy Information Risk Management (IRM) argues that it has now become little more than a tick box activity which enterprises go through to gain accreditation.

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