Disaster recovery used to be one of the first things cut from IT budgets, citing time and expense to implement, monitor, manage and maintain something you probably wouldn’t need. But disaster recovery has come a long way, and those reasons are antiquated. However, if you’re looking at cutting IT costs, here are five reasons to keep disaster recovery off the chopping block: It’s a cost-effective option: No more excuses that it’s too expensive and time consuming to have. Thanks to …

How to avoid spear phishing bait

Posted on September 14, 2016 by

In the war against cybercriminals, we’ve learned to block messages from people we don’t know and avoid emails that have an excessive amount of capital letters, exclamation points and bad spelling. We’ve also generally recognized that we sadly haven’t come into a large fortune from a Nigerian prince if we just send him our financial information and a little bit of money. But what if the email is from someone you know, with their email address, a normal-sounding subject line, …

Containers and Docker in a nutshell

Posted on September 8, 2016 by

Docker has become quite a popular subject lately, with more and more businesses adopting it across industries. So what is Docker, and why is everyone talking about it? To answer that question, we must first go into containers. They are a type of virtualization technology, with their own CPU, memory and resources like a virtual machine. The difference, though, is that containers share the kernel (the brain) of the host operating system and don’t need a guest operating system. Since …

Indy Big Data conference takeaways

Posted on September 6, 2016 by

Online Tech’s latest stop during its time in Indiana was the Indy Big Data conference, held on Sept. 1. The aim of the conference was to grow and learn within the big data field and prepare for the exponential amounts of data that are being created with the Internet of Things (IoT). The conference was called “The Tipping Point,” and according to the Big Data website, leaders wanted to focus on “creating a big data culture of success and exploring …

Online Tech was onsite at the Data Connectors Indianapolis conference last week, and it was a big success. There were many different speakers at the event, including our own Nick Lumsden, who talked about data security, protecting your assets and tips on garnering buy-in from your executives and boards. In his presentation, Nick discussed the average duration of an attack (243 days) and the average response time from organizations (four or five days for world-class organizations, but typically much longer). …

Virtual private clouds are a hot ticket these days—everyone wants them. We know they aren’t the same as a fully private cloud. But do the differences extend to security, too? Let’s start by reviewing the differences between private and virtual private clouds. If you want your environment completely dedicated to you and to own everything, a private cloud is for you. The equipment will be on a site or data center you own, so you have total control over your infrastructure. …

With the era of easily shareable apps and cheap(er) devices in full swing, Shadow IT has emerged as a growing priority to manage for IT organizations. And it’s with good reason—when technology is being used behind your back, it’s tough to know if your business is as secure and compliant as it should be. What can you do to minimize the risk? Here are five ways to manage Shadow IT in your business Stay on top of what’s going on: …

What is the future of Big Data?

Posted on August 18, 2016 by

Big data has seen big growth during the past few years. But what is it? Google simply says it’s “extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions.” But big data can never be that simple. Rather than just providing information about people’s beliefs through something such as an election vote, big data also gives insight about people’s behaviors—who they are, who they associate with, the things they …

What is shadow IT?

Posted on August 10, 2016 by

Causes of shadow IT Let’s say you’re an employee at a medium size organization, and you’re doing some internet surfing when you come across a new application that allows you to share and store your documents more easily than your current one—and you can connect it to any email account. You’ve been looking for just such a solution! You immediately download it and tell your colleagues about it, and they think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. You start …

After Safe Harbor, the international data transfer law used by the U.S. and the European Union, was invalidated in October 2015, the Department of Commerce and the EU Commission worked to draft a new agreement that gave Europeans more rights about their personal information in the U.S. On July 12, the EU-US Privacy Shield law was passed. Why did this agreement come about in the first place? When the EU Court of Justice ruled Safe Harbor invalid, it had two …

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