The new book is out… “Thinking of…Backing Up Data In Your Business? Ask the Smart Questions” has just been published by Smart Questions Limited.
Backup technology continues to move rapidly and unfortunately there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ answer. New technology and the option of using a cloud computing service just make the decision harder. The Smart Questions series aims to give you the right questions to ask – and an understanding as to why they are important. Going into a discussion with knowledge of what sort of solution you need will help you get the right solution – rather than the wrong one!
This book has been written for anyone who has data that needs to be protected. It is aimed at all those who know that the information they create and store on their computers is important, they have heard of backup but aren’t too sure what to do next. They have heard horror stories of lost data and failed backups and so have tended to use the ‘cross your fingers and hope that nothing goes wrong’ backup strategy in the past but now want something a little more reliable.
This book is really meant for you, if you have a smaller business – the small to medium size business, SMB. It’s designed to help get you started if you don’t have a backup solution and to bring you up to date when you need to review or replace the one you have.
The book isn’t prescriptive, but it will help you make the right decisions to get the right solution for your business.
“We had looked at backup, but the more we looked into it, the more it seemed to be a real minefield. Using the book we were able to approach our technical partner who quickly helped us find the right solution“.
Ian Jackson, Director, Compact Software.
PS It would make a great present for the Holiday Season!
The keynotes and education program are looking as strong as ever and mobile seems to be the top topic. Since moving to Earls Court last year the space for the exhibitors is much improved – and with 300+ companies there, there will be plenty to think about. Security is as old as the hills, but there are new ways to approach old problems and as businesses turn to ‘the cloud’ and mobile devices proliferate (I wonder how many iPad’s will be stand draw prizes?) so new solutions need to be found.
See you there.
The 5th International Cloud Expo is happening at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York (April 19-21) and as a reader of this blog you can get a discounted ticket!
The procedure is:
1. Go to the special registration page for this offer: https://www3.sys-con.com/cloud0410/registernew.cfm?a1=gold
2. Enter the coupon code VIPBloggerGuest [case sensitive]
3. The price will re-set from $1950 to $300 and they can then complete the brief registration process for full access to all sessions, all days, all tracks (Luncheon is NOT included.)
So, there you go – a bargain, especially if you happen to be in New York! Please note, lunch isn’t included in the offer… but there looks to be lots of great sessions to get your teeth into.
The Jericho Forum has just released it’s Self-Assessment Scheme (SAS) which will help both vendors and customers check the effectiveness of an IT security product – and that it will be properly installed and deployed.
The way this is done is relatively simple – with eleven thought provoking questions based on the downloadable template which will help match requirements to product (or service) offered. The template describes best practice as well as what is acceptable.
The Jericho Forum, part of The Open Group, is made up of experts from all areas, customers, vendors and independent consultants all working together. It has led the way in creating a practical approach to securing the new ways in which business is done, with the de-perimiterization of business models being the focal point back in 2004. Cloud computing has been the focus of the group for the past 18+ months and the SAS template is the latest deliverable. Take a look – it doesn’t take long to read, and it will give you some thoughts on what you should be asking in this new cloudy world.
It’s finally been published… the ENISA Cloud Computing Risk Assessment. I, along with several others from other companies have spent a good chunk of time over the past few months with the folks from ENISA putting together this 123 page report and it’s looking good! There is a wealth of practical advice for companies of any size considering the cloud for their IT services, checklists for Information Assurance and even some advice for governments and the EU.
The report has been written with business in mind, rather than just IT – and while you may not read it front-to-back, there is sure to be section or two that will make you think differently about some of the security issues in the cloud and how to ameliorate them.
OK this is a bit of a shameless plug from the Bunker team – but for the second year in a row theviewfromthebunker.com has been shortlisted in the prestigious Computer Weekly awards for best IT Security blog.
As you might know we were honoured to win it last year and yes we’d love to do it again! So please vote for viewfromthebunker.com!
RSA Europe starts today in London and looks like it will be a great programme. My session is on cloud computing and security and has had a lot of interest. There is even a preview podcast to be found here.
RSA attracts an interesting mix of contributors, with sessions that are just for propellor-heads to those which are more accessible to business people. Security remains a hot topic no matter which industry you are in and whereabouts you are in an organisation so getting the opportunity to listen to, and talk with, people with experience is an opportunity not to be missed.
See you there.
Well it’s that time of year again and StorageExpo starts tomorrow at Olympia, London It should be fun – all the usual suspects are there and there will no doubt be some interesting new stuff to look at and hear about.
Scott McNealy gave the opening keynote at Oracle World in San Francisco earlier this week and highlighted the top 10 innovations from Sun. Storage is in the list several times including NFS/PC-NFS & ZFS/OpenStorage. If you were then to include the number of storage management applications built using Java then the list would be endless.
I first used Java more than 13 years ago to build a client for, what was then, OpenVision NetBackup (now Symantec NetBackup). The big benefit was that you could run it on all platforms (ok, so back then there were a few nuances, but the idea was amazing). Subsequently it was used for the front-end for all the VERITAS / Symantec enterprise backup, storage and high-availability products… along with everyone else in the industry. When you go to StorageExpo, take a look around at the applications running on the screens and make a note of how many require Java to work.
See you at Olympia.
OK please forgive this little marketing-type plug…. but I think this is a great little tool….
As you no doubt know, Symantec has established some of the most comprehensive sources of Internet threat data in the world through the Symantec Global Intelligence Network. More than 240,000 sensors in over 200 countries monitor attack activity through a combination of Symantec products and services such as Symantec DeepSight Threat Management System, Symantec Managed Security Services and Norton consumer products, as well as additional third-party data sources.
Symantec also gathers malicious code intelligence from more than 130 million client, server, and gateway systems that have deployed its antivirus products. Additionally, Symantec’s distributed honeypot network collects data from around the globe, capturing
And you can get access to all of this intelligence via a free screensaver which you can download to your PC which keeps you up-to-date on the threat landscape using a feed from Symantec’s DeepSight monitoring service. The ThreatCon rating in the screensaver also lets you know the current danger level of the Internet based on network incident and malicious code activity. The screensaver regularly updates itself when you are connected to the Internet.
All the technical details and the link to download the screensaver can be found here: http://go.symantec.com/screensaver
For the past 12+ months we have been working hard on our customer support, and it’s worked. We have been awarded three SSPA STAR awards. They were for:
- Best Customer Commitment
- Best Use of Metrics and Business Intelligence
- Best Embedded Product Support
There have been a number of reports in the press on how good support is the key to ongoing success – it’s good to see our team recognised for their hard work.