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With shifting priorities and dynamic technology environments, IT security teams are looking for ways to cover the most ground while draining as few resources as possible. Privileged access management (PAM) continues to be a priority for many organizations as compromised privileged credentials are linked to nearly all attacks. Today, with cyber attackers targeting organizations as they invest in new tools and technologies to support remote work, many security leaders are struggling with how to prioritize new investments and how to get the most out of their existing budgets.
This is where PAM as a Service can help.
Deploying PAM as a Service can help reduce risk by locking down access to a companys sensitive data, systems and applications while optimizing resources. It also doesnt require additional IT resources to manage on-premises infrastructure, perform upgrades, patches and more. Sounds great, right?
Before going down that path, though, its important to know what qualities are essential for a PAM as a Service solution you can trust.
SaaS solutions offer opportunities for companies to gain more control over their data, helping them understand how much data they have and where exactly it resides. While it is up to the organization to manage their own policies and users on the ground floor, any company looking to secure sensitive data, systems and applications on the cloud must trust the SaaS vendors that theyre handing the keys to.
Understand the security of the service. Frequently, businesses dont investigate how exactly security vendors manage and safeguard customer data. They simply assume that everything is completely secure. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) provides independent assessments known as SOC 2 to help organizations understand exactly how companies safeguard customer data and how well those controls are operating. These reports cover the principles of security, availability, confidentiality and privacy.
Most vendors who have cloud offerings hosted via major cloud providers like AWS, Azure or GCP will tout SOC 2 Type 2 compliance but verifying that the service in question has this compliance check further demonstrates a commitment to security for customers. This is an important check to make before trusting a SaaS provider to keep your data secure and private and help ensure that the service will work how and when you need it to.
Know how data is stored and secured. This is a key component of SaaS itself and should be a major consideration. Communications from the cloud to corporate assets need to be encrypted both at rest and in transit. Secure SSH tunnels from the cloud provider to customer-operated systems like Active Directory servers, SIEM servers and others ensures that assets cannot be intercepted by malicious attackers.
Keep privileged account information safe. If privileged account information is going to be transmitted between the cloud and on-premises assets, investigate whether the cloud provider protects that network traffic is undecipherable and encrypted to prevent illicit information exfiltration. The principle of least privilege should be implemented when access is needed to upgrade backend systems and integrate new features. That access is denied on default and only permitted when essential.
Choose a cloud partner you can count on. Finally, the business stability of the vendor itself will show whether you have a partner in security that will be around for the long haul and able to keep up with rapidly changing demands of todays IT world. For SaaS, this is particularly relevant as cloud-first organizations change on the fly and need solutions that are secure and as nimble as they are.
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With the world on its way to moving online, social and work habits have seen a significant shift, forcing businesses in different industries to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Companies of all sizes need to adjust in order to remain relevant. But how?
If your company is mainly operating offline, youll need to find ways to move into the digital world. For that, you need a server. If you have no experience, it will be challenging to decide between a virtualized server and a physical one. You will need to spend some time researching which type best suits your workload and business needs. But merely moving online will not be enough. Youll need to make sure that your infrastructure is reliable, scalable and cost-effective.
Upgrading Your Infrastructure
Regardless of whether you already have an online presence or not, you should be aware that high availability is critical: Your website always needs to be up and running. Increased downtime can result in broken infrastructure and error pages, and even short periods of downtime can damage your revenue streams.Having a scalable infrastructure allows you to adjust resources as necessary with minimal downtime -- for example, to dynamically increase CPU, RAM or storage size, according to your business needs.
Optimizing Your Website
Businesses used to optimize their websites to handle Black Friday traffic surges. Given the new shift to remote work, they are faced with a permanent Black Friday-like situation: increased orders, high traffic and other challenges. There are many ways to optimize your website and increase its resilience:
Bare Metal Versus Public Cloud
Public cloud servers use a resource pool from numerous dedicated servers; this allows resources to be allocated to virtual machines tailored for the needs of every client. The main reason many opt for cloud servers is that one can rapidly provision resources on demand, which makes them highly flexible, scalable and easy to use.
By contrast, on a dedicated server, also known as bare metal, you do not share resources with anyone. This type of server is a single-tenant machine, private to you, without any interference from other users. Superior performance, no resource restrictions and greater security are some of its benefits. Bare metal servers will not only offer better performance, but will also allow you to customize your settings to improve load times and facilitate optimal handling of traffic. Security is enhanced from the start since because metal servers isolate your data.
Aside from trying to increase revenue during this period, most businesses will also try to lower their costs backstage. Although the public cloud seems like a cost-effective option for your small company, its not as cheap as it appears. Most cloud providers charge customers for each gigabyte of data sent between the domains currently in use, which adds up fast. Moreover, the more cloud environments a company operates, the more it ends up costing per month.
To avoid the extra public cloud costs, you could turn to dedicated servers, which offer customization capabilities for hardware and apps. The monthly fee is predictable because there are no additional charges, which helps a lot with budget planning. Compared to cloud environments, dedicated servers offer better performance, enhanced security and customizable settings that can meet your unique business needs. But are they as scalable and flexible as public clouds? Some bare metal providers have moved to a hybrid model that allows almost the same flexibility as a cloud.
The Future Is Online
During these uncertain and turbulent times, moving online is almost a must. However, you should do it right, or you might end up investing more than you gain from it. Choosing the right server type and optimizing it for your needs will be an excellent start for your digital journey.
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NSR predicts $11bn in cloud-based revenue over the next decade, with Satcom markets leading the way.
Cloud computing via satellite is projected to drive 52 Exabytes of traffic by 2029, with players in the satellite and space industry contributing cumulative revenue of $16bn from 2019-2029, according to a new report by NSR. The market is largely Satcom-centric, with a significant portion of the revenue flow going to service providers and satellite operators.
The transformation brought about by the adoption of Cloud Computing and Big Data analytics is only beginning to impact the satellite sector, states Shivaprakash Muruganandham, NSR Analyst and report author. It ranges from cloud-hosted applications by end customers to Cloud storage/processing by geospatial analytics providers. For a growing number of satellite operators and service providers, partnering with big IT and cloud players helps them drive increased bandwidth usage with existing customers.
The primary cloud verticals, maritime offshore and passenger cruise, along with aeronautical Satcom, will generate more than $7bn cumulatively over the 10-year forecast period. Additionally, onshore energy, gov/mil, and retail and banking Satcom markets are set to expand their cloud-first digitisation strategies.
Muruganandham adds: Surprisingly, the Earth observation industry was found to trail behind in terms of raw data traffic downlinked to cloud servers, while the downstream geospatial analytics segment shows strong signs of growth.
NSR recognises that cloud might not be a scalable cost for all, despite its tremendous value add. Still, newer applications such as the use of satellites for cloud storage and compute capabilities are nascent markets set to grow strongly over the coming decade.
Multinational Insurance Company Completes Upgrade of Majesco Policy for P&C from On-Premise to Majesco CloudInsurer to Bolster Growth Strategy -…
MORRISTOWN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Majesco (NASDAQ: MJCO), a global leader of cloud insurance software platform, today announced that long-time customer, Multinational Insurance Company completed its upgrade of Majesco Policy for P&C from an older version on-premise to the newest version on Majesco CloudInsurer for their commercial lines operation. Multinational Insurance has been a customer of Majescos since 2012 and is one of twenty Majesco customers in Puerto Rico.
Established in 1983, the Multinational Group has spent over thirty years expanding its operations and acquiring insurance companies of high prestige throughout Latin American and the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico. In 2017, the organization began their journey to move their core applications to the cloud to ensure business continuity and guarantee availability of their systems and operations. By working with a partner like Majesco, who has a well-defined disaster recovery process, they are now able to run business critical applications in secondary sites in the event the primary ones go down.
Majescos CloudInsurer has improved our overall performance and given us the ability to scale on-demand as we no longer need to depend on servers with limited capacity, says Mary Vargas, Vice President of Information Technology & Systems at Multinational. Weve also been able to limit the amount of manual resources needed to manage the administration of our infrastructure, servers and networking which has allowed us to focus more on the critical day-to-day business functions that require our attention. This was a cross-collaborative effort combining adept cloud skills from Majesco and exceptional support from all Multinational team members for achieving this upgrade.
By moving to Majescos CloudInsurer, Multinational has benefited from significant cost savings on licensing software that are typically used for web, application and database services. In addition, customers can now rely on a single source for managing service levels including application availability, platform updates, release management and incident response rather than coordinating with various parties.
Were thrilled to have helped Multinational upgrade Majesco Policy for P&C and at the same time move to CloudInsurer to strengthen their operations that can support their growth strategy in the market, says Prateek Kumar, EVP for Majesco. Our CloudInsurer platform with Majesco Policy for P&C are a competitive differentiator for customers because of the ready-to-use content and capabilities that accelerate speed to market, providing the foundation of on demand insurance in the cloud.
About MajescoMajesco (NASDAQ: MJCO) provides technology, expertise, and leadership that helps insurers modernize, innovate and connect to build the future of their business and the future of insurance at speed and scale. Our platforms connect people and businesses to insurance in ways that are innovative, hyper-relevant, compelling and personal. Over 200 insurance companies worldwide in P&C, L&A and Group Benefits are transforming their businesses by modernizing, optimizing or creating new business models with Majesco. Our market-leading solutions include CloudInsurer P&C Core Suite (Policy, Billing, Claims); CloudInsurer LifePlus Solutions (AdminPlus, AdvicePlus, IllustratePlus, DistributionPlus); CloudInsurer L&A and Group Core Suite (Policy, Billing, Claims); Digital1st Insurance with Digital1st eConnect, Digital1st EcoExchange and Digital1st Platform a cloud-native, microservices and open API platform; Distribution Management, Data and Analytics and an Enterprise Data Warehouse. For more details on Majesco, please visit http://www.majesco.com.
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COVID-19 Impact on Healthcare Cloud Computing Market Marked US$ 13 Bn in forecast Years 2025 – 3rd Watch News
With the outbreak of COVID-19 in worldwide and stipulated lockdown, the healthcare sector is witnessing an unprecedented slowdown as per EY-FICCI study titled, COVID-19 impact assessment for healthcare sector and key financial measures recommendations for the sector. The study is predicated on an assessment of healthcare players within the country to assess the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and provides recommendations on the fiscal stimulus measures it needs within the coming months.
The research report on healthcare cloud computing market includes current market scenario analysis as well as a revised forecast for a period of eight years. According to a recent market report published by Persistence Market Research titled,Healthcare Cloud Computing Market: Global Industry Analysis (2012-2016) and Forecast (2017-2025)the globalhealthcare cloud computing marketis anticipated to be valued at US$ 7791.4 Mn in 2025, and is expected to register a CAGR of 18.9% from 2017 to 2025.
Increasing demand for better healthcare facilities and Rising investments by healthcare IT players are major factors driving growth of the global healthcare cloud computing market.
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Cloud refers to a prototype in which data is permanently stored on servers and accessed by clients with the help of different information systems such as computers, sensors, laptops, and others. Cloud computing refers to a process which involves delivering hosted services to clients.
Global Healthcare Cloud Computing Market: Segmentation & Forecast
Global healthcare cloud computing market is categorized on the basis of application, deployment model, by components, by service model and region. On the basis of application, the market is segmented as CIS and NCIS. The CIS segment is anticipated to register a CAGR of 20.3% during the forecast period.
The component segment is segmented into software, hardware, and services. On the basis of deployment model, the market is segmented as public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud. Private cloud segment accounted for highest market share and was valued at US$ 2,504 Mn in 2016.
The service model segment is segmented as SaaS, Paas, and IaaS. The SaaS segment is poised to be highly lucrative in the coming years. This segment is estimated to reach a value of about US$ 25.4 Bn by 2025 end and is the fastest growing segment to register an exponential CAGR of 19.7% throughout the period of assessment, 2017-2025.
The PaaS segment is the smallest segment with a low estimate of US$ 360.3 Mn in 2017 and is expected to reach US$ 1.2 Bn by 2025 end. By component, the software segment is projected to grow at a higher rate to register value CAGR of 19.2% throughout the period of forecast and is the largest segment in terms of value share. It is estimated to reach a valuation of more than US$ 21 Bn by the end of 2025.
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Global Healthcare Cloud Computing Market: Regional Forecast
This report also covers drivers, restraints and trends driving each segment and offers analysis and insights regarding the potential of healthcare cloud computing market in regions including North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East and Africa.
Among these regions, North America accounted for the largest market share in 2016. Moreover, North America region is also expected to register a healthy CAGR of 19.6% during the forecast period.
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Upstream Security Partners With Amazon Web Services to Enhance Automotive Cybersecurity – PRNewswire
HERZLIYA, Israel, June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Upstream Security, a leader in cloud-based automotive cybersecurity, announced today that it has joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network as a Select Tier Technology Partner. Upstream Security pioneered automotive cloud cybersecurity and unlocks the value of automotive data, ensuring that connected vehicles and mobility services are safe, secure, and operating optimally. With their Connected Mobility Solution (CMS), AWS enables automotive manufacturers and suppliers to build applications that gather, process, analyze, and act on connected vehicle data, without having to manage any infrastructure.
The Upstream and AWS partnership will empower automotive companies utilizing AWS with the cybersecurity knowledge, capabilities, and mitigation techniques required to thrive in the new cyber-threat landscape of smart-mobility and connected vehicles.
"We're thrilled to have Upstream Security as part of our partner network and automotive solutions," explains Bill Foy, Director of AWS Automotive. "Upstream is known for delivering cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions that help automotive customers transform the way they secure their connected vehicles."
Upstream's enrollment in the Amazon Partner Network further enhances its digital and cloud capabilities to deliver industry-leading solutions. As an AWS Technology Partner, Upstream's software-based cybersecurity solution may now be used by Automotive AWS customers - OEMs as well as connected vehicle fleets - to detect cyber threats against connected vehicle infrastructure spanning the vehicle itself, telematics servers, and mobile applications.
"The collaboration with AWS enables us to offer a field-proven, scalable, and robust cybersecurity solution for OEMs and fleets," says Yoav Levy, Co-Founder and CEO of Upstream. "We look forward to enhancing our collaboration with AWS by offering seamless and out-of-the-box integration of Upstream and the AWS Connected Mobility Solution."
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We all know the advantages of cloud computing. When we talk about the future, various trends such as hybrid cloud, serverless computing, and containers will dominate the industry in the future.
Industry experts expect the use of clouds to become more widespread in the coming years. Even the global cloud market is expected to reach higher numbers. According to CloudTech, public spending on cloud computing is expected to increase from $229 billion in 2019 to $500 billion in 2023, with a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.3 percent.
These are the top five cloud computing trends for the coming year.
A cloudless server is a technology that enables functionality in the cloud on a necessary basis. Organizations depend on serverless computing because it provides space to work on core products without the pressure of running or managing servers.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella favors a serverless cloud. In his opinion, serverless computing can not only be responsive and focus on back-end computing but can also be the emerging future of distributed computing.
According to Gartner, the global market for publicly-owned cloud services will grow by nearly 17 percent and reach a total value of $266.4 billion by 2020. This is a staggering figure compared to last years $227.8 billion.
In 2019, the actual number of companies using the hybrid cloud was 58%, compared to 52% in 2018, and this year there is a huge increase. While everyone is discussing the existence of this new technology, Markets is also discussing the growing need for hybrid cloud computing. They highlighted its functionality and focused on its multiple benefits, from efficiency to security.
As the world changes and technology evolves, the use of technology can be seen in almost every area of work. The increase in the number of employees is also due to the increased demand for labor. These digital native users need more knowledge about cloud computing and all the other technological advances that are readily available.
Cloud computing and other related technologies will bring these two parts together, which will only bring productivity to businesses.
AI in data centers will peak in the next few years, and IDC predicts that AI spending will increase to $52.2 billion by 2021, representing an average annual growth rate of 46.2 percent from 2016 to 2021.
From hardware failures to power savings and system fault detection, AI can solve a wide range of enterprise systems. Using AI in data centers can serve a variety of purposes, including automating various manual tasks and addressing skill shortages. In addition, AI resources can help companies learn from past data and draw productive conclusions. With the introduction of AI technology, more sophisticated data security solutions will be available without human intervention.
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You couldn’t do this already? AWS adds size and bandwidth growth to FSx for Windows File Server – Blocks and Files
AWS has improved Amazon FSx for Windows File Server with dynamic size and throughput growth scaling capabilities.
FSx for Windows File Server provides disk or SSD-based SMB-protocol file storage and is integrated with Active Directory for authentication purposes. The software runs in single or multiple availability zones, and shares can also be accessed from VMware Cloud on AWS andAmazon WorkSpaces. FSx supports data encryption in transit and at rest and includes backups.
Previously, users created a file system with a fixed capacity and set network throughput levels.They paid for defined storage and throughput capacity and for any backups they created.
As announced in an AWS blog yesterday, users can now scale up or down capacity and or network throughput with button clicks in the AWS Management Console or by using an API call. That means you can add capacity or throughput performance for one-off burst work sessions or regular, cyclical workloads.
FSx file system users can make the changes free of charge once Amazon rolls out the update in a maintenance window. New users get them straight away.
AWS added the disk drive storage option to FSx in March this year, pricing it below the standard SSD option. Now it has added dynamic capacity and throughput scaling. And last month it increased EFS read performance from 7,000 to 35,000 IOPS at no charge.
AWSs FSx for Windows is an SMB file system, complementing its EFS (Elastic File System) service which is an NFS-based offering. NFS is largely used by Unix and Linux applications and is also available for Windows, whereas SMB is a Windows file access protocol. There is also a separate FSx for Lustre offering.
If you have registered a domain in Office 365/Azure Active Directory, and after a while, you try to register the same domain in a different tenant, you would see the verify you own this domain screen and suffer a lot of headaches because a ticket would be required to find out where that specific domain is in the Microsoft cloud. That was a common issue a few months back. Today, I was working on my Microsoft Teams articles here at TechGenix, and when I tried to register my domain, I got an error that the domain was already registered. Still, the difference nowadays is that the verify you own this domain error message now informs you precisely where the domain is being verified.
That saves a lot of time for the IT professional. Now it is just a matter of logging on that tenant and removing the domain from there before continuing. Make sure that you spare at least a couple of hours to flush the deletion in one tenant and reuse of the domain in a different tenant.
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Most organisations believe digital transformation can benefit their businesss operations and customer service, but almost as many say they are held back by lack of skilled resources.
Those are some of the findings of the Veeam 2020 Data protection trends report, which also discovered the cost to respondents of outages of high priority applications $67,651 per hour.
The survey questioned 1,500 decision-makers in global enterprises on data protection and the IT challenges they face.
A key focus of the survey was digital transformation, which seeks to rebuild an organisations activities so that its operations are software-based and can take advantage of efficiency savings, benefit rapidly from changes in its market and be quickly reworkable to a constantly changing environment.
Analyst house IDC has predicted digital transformation spending will be around $7.4tn between 2020 and 2023.
According to the survey, more than half (51%) of respondents believe digital transformation can help their organisation transform customer service, while nearly half said it could transform business operations (48%) and deliver cost savings (47%).
But almost half of those surveyed said they are hindered in their digital transformation journey by unreliable legacy technologies, while 44% cited lack of IT skills or expertise as a barrier to success.
Almost a quarter (23%) of organisations described their progress towards digital transformation initiatives and goals as mature or fully implemented. Meanwhile, nearly one-third (30%) are in the early stages of implementing or planning digital transformation.
According to the survey, the vast majority (95%) of organisations suffer unexpected outages and an outage lasts, on average, almost two hours (117 minutes).
The decision-makers surveyed reported 10% of their servers having unexpected outages each year that last for hours and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
An hour of downtime from applications deemed high priority was estimated to cost $67,651, while this number was $61,642 for a normal application. The organisations surveyed considered 51% of their data as high priority.
Nearly one-third (32%) of the organisations surveyed currently make use of on-premise backup tools, while 43% see themselves moving to cloud-based backup tools by 2022.
Currently, more than a quarter (27%) of data is backed up to the cloud by a backup-as-a-service (BaaS) provider, while 43% of firms plan to go down this route within the next two years.
More than one-third (39%) of respondents said the ability to improve the reliability of backups was the most likely reason their organisation would change its primary backup solution. A similar number (38%) said reduced software or hardware costs would be the key factor, while 33% cited improving return on investment.
The survey showed that almost a quarter (23%) of data is replicated and made disaster recovery-capable via a cloud provider. About one-fifth (21%) of data across organisations globally is not replicated or staged for BC/DR, while 14% of data is not backed up.
Lack of staff to work on new data protection initiatives (42%) was cited as the biggest current challenge. Lack of budget for new initiatives (40%) and lack of visibility on operational performance (40%) were also cited.
The survey showed that respondents see the use of cloud as important to digital transformation. For more than half (54%) that means disaster recovery via a cloud service, while 50% cited the ability to burst workloads from on-premise to the cloud as an aim, and multicloud and the ability to move workloads from one cloud to another was cited as important by 48%.