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Cloud Computing Security- Can the Cloud Ever Be Secure?

Can the cloud ever be secure? The answer, in fact, is “yes” and “no” – because it all depends on how well your organization has prepared itself for cyber-attacks- the right cloud computing security is a must. While a cloud provider will have security controls in place to protect its physical environment, organizations using its cloud services are responsible for protecting their own data. The key: having the capabilities to protect your applications, data, and network infrastructure. That means having the technology, processes and people in place to help ensure your organization can proactively detect possible threats in the cloud. The fact is, more IT departments are choosing the cloud because they’ve compared the balance sheet between in-house and in-the-cloud hosting, and the cloud is winning. But as the demand for cloud services continues to grow, so will the need for robust security measures. According to Gartner, “Through 2020, 80%…

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How to make the tech industry attractive for everybody

Susan Bowen, Vice President & General Manager, EMEA, Cogeco Peer 1 You don’t have to look very hard to see that despite the promise of technology and the digital economy, diversity in the IT industry remains a problem. The number of female executives in digital roles in the UK has remained static at around 14 per cent over the past few years, below the 17 per cent of women that make up the digital workforce. At Cogeco Peer 1 I’m pleased to say that we’re making progress, with women making up 25 per cent of the organisation in EMEA. However, as a senior woman in the tech sector, I know that more needs to be done to encourage not just women, but also other minorities, to join and remain in the industry. There are steps we can take to address the challenge at both ends of the pipeline; the attraction…

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eCommerce Website Hosting is the Key to Online Success

Did you know that between Black Friday 2016 and the 2017 January sales, the average UK shopper will abandon £200 worth of goods in shopping carts because of slow loading pages? This is according to recent research from Cogeco Peer 1. Our quick calculations suggest that these abandoned carts equate to UK retailers losing approximately £800 million in sales, in less than 10 weeks. Don’t become a statistic- make sure to choose the right eCommerce website hosting solution from the start to handle your needs. While the research is focused on the seasonal sales period, the issues that lead to shoppers abandoning their shopping carts are prevalent all year round. So, what specific issues cause people to abandon their shopping carts? And how long would a consumer wait for a website to load? What is the average online shopping patience threshold? 41% of consumers said they would abandon a website…

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Ecommerce Website Success Factors

New research from Cogeco Peer 1 on the impact of website loading speeds for online shoppers has revealed that when it comes to an eCommerce website, time is of the essence. The speed it takes for a page to load makes all the difference when it comes to whether a customer will stay on a site or abandon a shopping cart and go elsewhere. Slow websites are expensive for retailers: Almost half of respondents said that they expect to abandon between one and three shopping carts in the peak period from December to the end of the January. The reason for all of this lost business? Poor eCommerce platform response times. Speed is not the only deterrent for online shoppers though. When we asked what else would prevent the completion of a purchase, 38.4% cited a lack of visible security and 25.7% said a complex checkout process. We also asked,…

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5 Must-Have Qualities of a Colocation Provider

At its most basic level, yes, colocation is simply a physical space to house your servers. And if it was only that, you could use just about any space, anywhere. But of course, there’s a lot more to colocation. Here are the top five things to consider when choosing a colocation provider: EXPERIENCE Does the provider have the requisite skills and expertise to ensure that the data center is functioning at optimal capacity? The Uptime Institute states that 70% of data center outages occur because of human error. Having an experienced team in place and on call is critical. VIGILANCE Is there 24/7/365 proactive monitoring, support and onsite security? Think of the colocation space as an extension of your organization’s space, with the same set of standards used to govern your onsite technology and data assets. POWER Does the provider have the infrastructure in place to maintain a continuous supply…

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The Anatomy of Cyber Attacks

Cyber attacks are a constant threat. Here’s what Lockheed Martin is doing to combat them. When it comes to security, there are two things to keep in mind. One: you never know when your data could be hacked. And two: you can never be too prepared. Cyber attacks are increasing in sophistication every day – a reality that is directly related to the increasing amount of data potentially available in the cloud (not to mention its increasing value). How are you defending your data territory in the cloud? Lockheed Martin’s Computer Incident Response Team has developed something they call the Cyber Kill Chain® — a way of describing each stage in a cyber attack. It’s a useful tool to map out a potential attack, identify the threats, and be able to take preventative action as a result. There are five progressive steps in the Cyber Kill Chain: Identify and Recon…

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