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April 11, 2017

Data governance in the cloud

As much as you may think your business doesn’t hold tonnes of data, it does.

We all hear about the data breaches in large companies that just get swept under the rug after a small fine is levied against them but for a smaller company, the damage to your reputation may never be undone if you allow your customer data to be stolen. So, let’s look at some best practice methods to better manage your customer data.

Data Categorisation

Firstly, you’ll need to understand the sensitivity of the data you hold. To do this, I usually group my data into 4 buckets:

Bucket 1: publicly available data (e.g. your price list) Bucket 2: internal company data Bucket [...]
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May 4, 2016

Why CCNA is a dying trade

I currently work for a telecommunications company and work on projects surrounding the upgrade of the mobile network infrastructure. The company like to make sure all their staff have the training they need for their job – all part of an employee engagement and empowerment plan. So, I was sent off on the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) course to attain the formal training for the role I currently hold.

As a relatively competent user of AWS (Amazon Web Services), I thought my networking knowledge was pretty good, after all, I define networks in AWS – it’s got to be similar, right?

Well, by the end of day 1, I was happy that my grounding in networking [...]

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February 3, 2016

Linode vs Digital Ocean

You’re looking for a cloud provider, you need it to be simple, affordable and you need great customer service. So, you could turn to the giants of the industry: AWS, Azure and Google Compute. Let’s face it, they each have a very complete service offering that would enable you to build fault tolerance and high availability into your environment without too much hassle – so, why haven’t you already signed up and started shifting your environment across?

I think I can probably answer that question – cost and complexity.

Let’s talk about cost first – no matter how you cut it AWS is expensive and it should be, it’s the market [...]

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October 5, 2015

Up and coming changes to the way software is developed for the cloud

There has been a huge shift in the software industry over the last decade. Gone are the days of small, isolated pieces of software, sitting on a server in the corner of the office. Now, we have large scale applications, sitting in a public cloud such as Amazon Web Services – continuously collecting data about users and their behaviour when using the system.

While there is often no functional impact of migrating an application to the cloud – that is to say, the application will still work in the way that it works locally, there could and probably will be a massive security impact.

Why is there such a huge security impact? Well, in the past, software would generally sit [...]

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