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Disasater Recovery and the Cloud best and worst practices defined

Outsourcing TemplateDisasater Recovery and the Cloud best and worst practices are defined in the articles listed below

  1. Outsourcing top 10 reasons why it fails  Top 10 reasons why outsourcing fail 10 reasons why outsourcing arrangements fails No clearly defined long-term strategic organizational objective is defined - the outsourcing arrangement...
  2. Top 10 Reasons Cloud Solutions are Expanding  Top 10 Reasons Cloud Computing is Exploding As CIOs and businesses move organizations towards cloud solutions and processing there are many benefits.  The top 10...
  3. Disaster Plans now include cloud  More CIOs opt for Disaster Plans that include the cloud Once a CIO includes a cloud provider in their disaster plans the flood gates are...
  4. Many CIOs have not addressed cloud security issues  Less than 50% of all organizations have policies in place that for vetting cloud computing applications for possible security risks before deploying them. The number...
  5. 10 reasons to move Disaster Recovery to the Cloud  Top 10 reasons why the cloud makes sense for disaster recovery planning Cloud data disaster recovery protection solutions offer a combination of the latest advancements...
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Ransomware Attack Shuts Down Canadian Govement

Canadian government IT systems have were taken off-line after a successful ransomware attack

Ransomware Attack - Business ContinuityGovernment officials issued a press release that said, a "new and sophisticated type of ransomware" struck the all government IT services -- with the exception of an energy corporation -- that rely on access to electronic information stored by the authority have been impacted. Included were medical services, family and education, finance, and the govenment's legal system.

Government officials say that contingency plans were immediately activated to restore uninterrupted service to these areas and recovery was set a a priority.

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Security is key to keeping cybercriminals at bay

Balance between privacy and cybersecurity - way to keep cybercriminals at bay

Security way to keeping cybercriminals at bayTo catch a sophisticated cybercriminal in today's age, IT departments must look deeper into their web traffic and examine many sources of information about web visitors and sessions to determine what behavior is typical and what is not. Existing solutions for detecting and analyzing online criminal behavior usually identify either pre-authentification threats , or post authentification threats (fraud products) but unfortunately not both.

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Insurance costs for disaster recovery going up

DRP BCP Insurace to go up by 15% to 20%

 Insurace cost riseMoody's Investors Service say that Hurricane Dorian and more severe wildfires will probably force the world's biggest reinsurers to increase their rates by about 15%.  In a survey of 35 primary insurers, it was found that most expected rates for property insurance in the U.S. and the Caribbean -- the areas most effected by hurricanes -- to rise between 15% and 20%.  U.S. property insurance with natural catastrophe cover has increased steadily since the 2017 hurricane season when three storms battered the U.S. in quick succession.

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C-Level executives hold CIOs accountable for security breaches

Threat - Risk AssessmentTools for the CIO and IT Managers to better manage security exposure

Recent hacks have place a new emphsis on security risk factors. C-Level executives want to know what risks they face. Many are asking for Risk Scores.  The issue is that existing KPI metrics do not help to address security risk in  a way that is meaningful.

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The constant stream of high profile breaches and the resulting class action lawsuits, negative PR, loss in share price, cybersecurity insurance pay-out refusals, and even termination of liable executives has made this an urgent priority.

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