SECURITY

Protecting the corridors of power

15 April 2015

picture: google data centre

Google recently allowed the media a sneak peak inside its colossal data centres. The company builds its own custom servers and probably has better security than the NSA.

Ask most professionals about the security of data centres and most would agree that everything that can be done to protect customer data is being done. But ABDUL MONTAQIM wonders what, if anything, can be done to stop the most determined hackers. 

An unprecedented wave of massive data breaches over the last few years has raised questions about the security and privacy of information held on any computer anywhere on a network, including that which is kept under lock and key at high-security data centres.

One of the most recent high-profile examples is the attack on Sony Pictures, which was hacked in the run-up to last Christmas. Sensitive corporate data, as well as yet-to-be released films, were suddenly made public. The incident led to the now infamous controversy over The Interview, the satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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BUSINESS CONTINUITY

Weathering the storm

24 November 2014

Stormy weather

The loss of landline connections due to extreme weather has a real impact on businesses that depend on voice and data communications for regular financial transactions.

BRIAN ANDERSON discusses how to maintain critical business network continuity for online transactions.

Severe weather can have severe economic effects. Goldman Sachs has estimated that little more than half of the US economic slowdown was due to bad weather at the beginning of 2014.

Earlier this year, many British businesses also got a taste of how extreme weather could knock out essential services. The loss of landline connections had a real impact on businesses that depend on voice and data communications for day-to-day work and doing regular financial transactions.

Electrical outages also meant systems went offline, adding to the pressure on network and IT managers to reset and reboot routers and computers once power was restored.

 
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NETWORKS

Comms comes together

28 October 2014

Over the years, there has been much talk about unified communications as ‘the next big thing’ for enterprise networks. So what’s the reality in Britain today? IAN GRANT finds out.

Cisco's DX600

Desktop devices like Cisco's DX600 shown here may be on the way out as workstyles change to reflect greater mobility in the office.

Unified communications (UC) dates back to the 1980s when the PBX started going digital and people began hooking it up to the firm’s IT systems, using it as dual-purpose voice and data router for local and wide area networking. Since then, voice has migrated to digital, effectively becoming ‘just another app’.

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