So you’ve probably heard about how the cloud can be leveraged for managing big data, but how exactly can you do that? Well, there are a variety of service options available in order to achieve many business goals that you may not be able to accomplish practically with other solutions. Managing big data in the cloud ultimately makes it easier to analyze and creates an environment that supports better decision making. Below is a breakdown of what exactly cloud computing is, how the cloud can be used for big data management and what you can expect as you move your organization to the cloud.
Analysis, Protection and Savings: Data Benefits from the Cloud
As you begin implementing a cloud environment within your organization, understand that every company uses a different process for gathering and analyzing large volumes of data within the cloud. One of the most impressive benefits of the cloud is its ability to effectively manage the sheer volume of data it holds, but the idea is to find the method which works the most efficiently and effectively for your specific organization. Once your ideal process is uncovered, cloud computing allows for the analysis of large amounts of structured and unstructured data in order to derive the most value from it. Additionally, your analysis technique can potentially evolve as your business advances, making it more effective than traditional predictive models. The data types housed in a cloud environment can also be protected for long periods at a time within the cloud. (more…)
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Microsoft recently offered its largest bounty yet, $100,000 for the discovery of a mitigation bypass technique. The act of paying for uncovered bugs is a growing trend among social media sites and software companies who hope to uncover and solve the security problems affecting their programs before a malicious hacker exploits them.
For years, bug bounty programs have not only been encouraging ethical hacking to find and fix potential holes but this system has also done a great deal in maintaining customer confidence for a number of high profile brands. While the amount paid to the ethical hackers responsible for uncovering the bugs may seem high it is significantly less in comparison to hiring full-time hackers. In addition, it promotes using hacking techniques in an ethical rather than malicious manner; without the incentive to earn a sizeable amount from uncovering a bug, hackers could be easily swayed into exploiting their discoveries on the black market for a higher return. Generally speaking though, bug bounties have become a good business for some hackers who have been rewarded thousands of dollars. For instance, Sergey Glazunov who is a very successful bug hunter has received bounties totaling more than $150,000 throughout his career.
As more and more organizations support bug bounty programs the more effective they will be at uncovering and fixing serious security problems; find out below which companies promote the best bounty programs to the hackers talented enough to uncover their mistakes. Also, learn which programs can give you the highest pay out in return for your bug hunting talents. (more…)
Cloud computing and virtualization are both network solutions that help businesses maximize finances and other resources. They originated as solutions available only to large scale companies, but in recent years, they have both been redesigned to also suit the needs of smaller organizations.
On the surface, these two networks sound identical but the truth is cloud computing and virtualization are indeed two separate things. Those who use these technologies often mistake them to be interchangeable, which is understandable seeing that the two are directly related. However, the difference lies in the fact that for cloud computing to even be possible, virtualization must exist first.
In the business world, private cloud infrastructures are usually established by the use of both virtualization and cloud computing technologies working in unison together. Smaller businesses, on the other hand, often set up virtualization and cloud computing separately in order to reap the most benefit. Both virtualization and cloud computing can effectively cut costs on equipment and resources while also putting current resources to the best uses possible, you just need to choose the best solution for your needs. (more…)
Whether you are working on a laptop, smartphone or tablet, you are essentially exposing yourself and, more importantly, your personally identifiable information (PII) to a number of cyber threats each and every time you log in. Hackers, often with the help of malicious software, do their best to steal information from personal devices for the benefit of themselves or a third party. Most people would be shocked at the number of daily threats their devices receive from cyber space; malware alone refers to over ten different types of malicious programs, including:
- Computer Viruses
- Trojan Horses
- Rogue Security Software
However, these are not the only threats individuals face online. Below are the top ten daily cyber threats affecting personal security and these are threats all individuals should concern themselves with. (more…)
How to Securely Dispose of Used Devices
- Computers, Laptops, Phones, Tablets, etc.
Today you can buy used devices and sell your old electronics practically anywhere. Shopping centers boast ecoATMs where you simply insert your old device and cash is then spewed out to you instantly. Meanwhile, Craigslist and eBay have pages of cell phones and laptops for sale and just about every garage sale, thrift shop and recycling center will offer a number of electronic devices to choose from. Additionally, dumpster diving is yet another easy and often legal way to not only find perfectly good but free devices.
There really should be no doubt that getting your hands on an old electronic device is extremely simple to do, but is it safe to just let your device slip away so easily from you?
To answer that question, take a moment and think about the data you house on your current personal and work-related mobile devices. Consider this list of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) that is commonly stored on mobile devices including phones, laptops, USB drives and more:
- Network and Domain Information
- Software Keys
- Financial Data
- Social Security Numbers
- Health Records
- Tax Returns
- Bank Account Numbers
- Insurance Information
If you can identify any of the above information as ever being on your current device then keep reading before you decide to turn yours in, this post may just give you a new perspective on the used device industry. (more…)
Cyber can be somewhat of a frightening thing so there was really better time to celebrate all the mysteries of Cyber than during the spookiest time of the year, Halloween!
So for the 13 nights before Halloween, we are running a contest to test your Cyber knowledge. The rules are simple and anyone over 18 years old can play but only one person will win and walk away with the free iPad Mini.
Are you up for the challenge? (more…)
Laptops, mobile phones, web conferences, intranets are all just a few of the vast number of technologies available today to keep co-workers interconnected despite their geographic locations. Whether you work for a global mammoth with offices around the world or you are simply working from home as a part of an online presence with no physical brick and mortar location, you will run into the issue of training your staff in a consistent manner in order to witness consistent results.
Fledgling startups and global online retailers all face this issue as they try to make their mark and become the next big thing. However, the only way to do so is to mold the right team that can take you to the next level, an arduous task when employees can be hundreds or thousands of miles apart from one another, yet expected to work together. So how do you break the distance barrier and create a training program worthy of greatness? Well, you need to get creative; there is no cookie cutter approach to greatness, you simply need to find what works for you, your business and your team. Not every organization can work on the Zappos and Google mindset, so you need to find your unique niche for employee development. But don’t worry we didn’t bring you here to tell you that you need to come up with it on your own, below are a few of the best online training tips and tools that you can utilize to elicit the highest return on your training investment. (more…)
Part 3 of the Iranian Cyber Threat Blog Series
Despite impressive advances, Iran’s cyber capabilities are still emerging when compared to those of China, Russia and the United States. Even the country’s leader in offensive cybersecurity, the Iranian Cyber Army (ICA), is still not quite up to par with the world’s other leading cyber hackers, but if they continue on their current path of attacks then they will definitely turn into a more competitive force within the global cyber arena. To learn more about the evolution of the ICA read Part 2 (The Iranian Cyber Army) of this three-part series on the Iranian Cyber Threat.
The Effect of Iran’s Cyber Growth for the US
Most technical experts consider the cyber threat posed by the Iranian regime as more modest than that posed by either Moscow or Beijing, at least for the moment. However, Iran’s activities and advancements in cyberspace should be of extreme concern to American policymakers, for several reasons: (more…)
The Five Keys to Project Management Success
A previous blog post (Project Management Certification Career Path) already addressed how attaining various PMI certifications can increase your initial monetary gain from a project management job role, but how do you increase your value to an organization in order to keep the benefits coming long after your hire date? Well, the answer is easier said than done but really you just need to be good project manager.
This seems simple; most people try to be good at their jobs in order to reach their desired raises and promotions but in a job role where only 34% of project managers are deemed successful it is by no means any easy task.
Project Management is all about methodology and creating an efficient and effective process for completing any given project within the identified constraints of time, money and quality. There is no doubt that refining a method to achieve success is an art form, and it will require more than just training but real-world application and, even more vague, intuition. However, achieving this coveted goal will carry through to every project you face, not just at work but in your personal life as well. From planning an IT venture to a wedding to a home remodel, every long term task is a project that will need to be managed in some shape or form and doing so effectively will save you tremendously in terms of time, money and even stress.
Even though projects will vary greatly between each other, there are a few key tasks you can use each and every time to make sure you develop the best method possible. Below are the top five tips to follow in order to become a successful project manager. (more…)