Federal government has come to embrace the cloud in a big way, and many of its departments have already started moving their data and applications to the cloud. Though this is heartening from a technology and user perspective, what is painstaking is the process of approvals. Typically, it takes a minimum of six months for a cloud provider to get security clearance for its service. In fact, six months is when the approvals run at the fastest possible pace. Otherwise, clearance to use cloud service for federal government apps and data can take years. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) wants to change all this.
To those working in NGA this elaborate approval [...]
Cloud security is one of the fastest growing market segments today. The latest report from Grand View Research Inc further accentuates this trend, as it predicts the cloud security market to grow to $13.93 billion by 2024.
Even if this sounds phenomenal, it’s still possible because of a host of factors. Firstly, more companies are moving to the cloud because of the many benefits that come with it. At the same time, the last few years has seen an increasing number of cyber attacks and data breaches that have resulted in millions of dollars of loss for companies. To counter this problem, cloud security strategies will be put in place. Already, many cloud service providers [...]
Prominent websites like Twitter, Netflix, Airbnb, and Spotify were having sporadic problems since Friday, thanks to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Dyn’s servers. Dyn is one of the largest ISPs in the world, so an attack on its servers meant a significant chunk of DNS (Internet’s address directory) went down. DNS is something similar to a phone book, and it allows users to connect to different websites and applications. Thus, when the DNS servers were attacked, users could not connect to certain IP addresses.
In most DDoS attacks, the information is intact, but temporarily unavailable. But in this case, Dyn’s core Internet infrastructure was [...]
Microsoft is known to provide customized products for government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, to ensure that its products meet the necessary requirements and certifications laid down for these agencies. To add a feather to its cap, Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it would create custom versions of its cloud platform, Azure and Office 365, to meet the Impact Level 5 requirements laid down by the US Department of Defense (DoD). This product is expected to be available by the end of 2016, according to a press release.
In this version, Azure and Office 365 will be physically isolated and kept in two new regions dedicated for it. According to the company, [...]
Despite rumors of an impending acquisition, Rackspace has recently announced expansion of its Rackspace Managed Security services to Microsoft Azure and developments in its OpenStack technology.
Rackspace’s main focus is providing services that offer support for applications not only on its own cloud but third party clouds as well. The service launched in September of 2015 and has been exclusive to Amazon Web Service, Rackspace Dedicated Hosting, and Rackspace Managed VMware.
Rackspace Managed Security for Microsoft Azure will allow those utilizing Azure services to benefit from added security services provided by Rackspace. Rackspace’s technology [...]
Lance Crosby has recently announced his new venture StackPath, a Security-as-a-Service company, at HostingCon Global. Initially, StackPath will include content delivery, DDoS protection, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services. Eventually, the company will grow to include other services such as secure compute and storage. These services will be offered as both individual products and a suite of services, operating on private and public clouds. StackPath’s global threat intelligence engine will be available across 35 points-of-presence.
Crosby was inspired to found StackPath in 2013 after he left IBM. He witnessed a plethora of flaws within the cloud [...]