The CIA Approach: The Secret to Protecting Your Digital Assets

With all the recent data breaches making headlines worldwide, IT teams everywhere are naturally concerned about the security of their companies’ digital assets—and whether or not their organizations will recover if data is stolen, lost or damaged. To be on the safe side, IT pros need to assume all their data is at risk and plan accordingly.

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7 Ways Security Acts as a Business Enabler

Security is more than just an insurance policy against data breaches—business leaders also need to consider the benefits. When people hear the word “security,” they most likely think about breaches, firewalls or governance policies that strictly allow or deny access to business information. But security tools also provide deep visibility into a company’s IT infrastructure and a better understanding of how corporate compute resources are used.

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High-Speed, Encrypted Flash Storage for the Cloud

Logicalis has added high-speed, encrypted storage as an option throughout our entire suite of cloud offerings. The addition of solid state disks (also known as flash storage) to our enterprise cloud, dedicated cloud and on-demand public cloud solutions gives our customers the ability to move, store and analyze data faster in a secure format. This means significant performance benefits for busy database servers as well as other applications where accelerating time-to-information is critical.

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7 data security trends for 2014

Data thieves are diversifying their methods of attempting to steal sensitive information, says a new report from Trustwave. The research, gathered from 691 data breach investigations from 2013, shows that cybercriminals are increasingly targeting sensitive and confidential information in a variety of new ways, while still exploiting old vulnerabilities to compromise security among individual employees.

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Below are our 7 highlights from reviewing the report.

  1. Credit cards are still a top priority for would-be data thieves, with 55% of data thefts in 2013 involving payment card data
  2. Thieves are more interested in private information, with thefts of sensitive and confidential information increasing 33% in 2013
  3. 59% of data breach victims live in the US, far ahead of the 2nd most-targeted country, which was the UK at 14%
  4. Retail is the most commonly targeted industry, making up 35% of all attacks. Food and beverage came in second at 18%, and hospitality third, at 11%
  5.  The top 3 subject lines of spam emails were:
    1. “Some Important Information Is Missing”
    2. “Bank Statement. Please Read.”
    3. “Important—Payment Overdue.”
  6. Data thieves love Java. 78% of data thefts involved taking advantage of Java vulnerabilities
  7. Overall, 85% of cybercriminal activity involved exploiting third-party plugins, including Java, Flash and Adobe Reader

Overall, Trustwave recommends first educating employees on best practices to enforce security, and then focusing on strengthening passwords. DRaaS may also be an effective tactic for enterprises concerned about maintaining their security in 2014.

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