Regulatory Standards and Their Impact on Backup Processes

Posted by Ben Austin on Nov 12, 2015 10:01:41 AM

Over the last decade-or-so, regulatory standards have become an increasingly important part of doing business across the planet. Whether it’s a small eCommerce site out of Norway or a mega health insurance company in New York City, nearly every modern business has some industry standard that it needs to comply with. And whether it’s a federal law, like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, or an international industry specification, like ISO 27001, hosting providers (especially those offering backup and disaster recovery) are often responsible for helping their clients achieve and maintain their compliance with these standards.

Let me just get this out of the way now: This article is not meant to provide legal advice for organizations who need to comply with these standards. If that's what you're looking for then, my apologies, this isn't the article you're looking for.

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Topics: data recovery, compliance, security, data retention, HIPAA, PCI

Is the New Venom Virtualization Vulnerability Deadly to Data Centers?

Posted by Mary McCoy on May 21, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Last Wednesday, news broke about a new zero-day vulnerability that has the web hosting community hissing. Originally discovered by security firm CrowdStrike, VENOM - or Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation - is a buffer bug that lives in the virtual floppy drive code of the open source QEMU platform that could potentially allow hackers to compromise entire data centers by gaining access to virtual instances on the hosts within.

Just how serious is this CVE-2015-3456 security concern? Which computer virtualization platforms have been affected and which have released patches? Almost a week after detecting this flaw, are we right to equate its impact with Heartbleed or should we shed that comparison like an old layer of skin? Learn more about the VENOM virtualization vulnerability, how hackers can exploit it to gain access to virtual machines and what web hosts can do to mitigate the damage!

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Topics: data protection, hosting, data loss, Industry News, security

This Week in Data (May 1, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on May 1, 2015 10:25:00 AM

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

This week Google is trying to help users defend against phishing attacks, there's a newly discovered malware that is turning unsuspecting computers into spam bots, and Microsoft is flexing its machine learning muscle with a new website that guesses visitors' ages.

Are you at the edge of your chair yet? Scroll down the page to read all the headlines in the infographic below and then scroll just a little bit further to find links to each full story.

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Topics: cloud, cloud computing, TWID, security

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