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Transformation Infrastructure

By pwsadmin | September 26, 2020

Hybrid IT enables a composable infrastructure which describes a framework whose physical compute, storage, and network fabric resources are treated as services. Resources are logically pooled so that administrators need to physically configure hardware to support a specific software application, which describes the function of a composable architecture. This type of transformative infrastructure is foundational…

Essential Characteristics of Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 25, 2020

A survey of 2,000 executives conducted by Cognizant in 2016 identified the top five ways digital transformations generate value:      Accelerating speed to market      Strengthening competitive positioning      Boosting revenue growth      Raising employee productivity      Expanding the ability to acquire, engage, and retain customers   Digital transformation is also a cultural change. Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation Since cloud…

Embrace Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 22, 2020

From a business perspective, differentiating business processes and quality customer service are central to overall success. Business leaders must therefore clearly identify and measure how information technology contributes to the value of every key business process. They must also know how to most cost effectively use IT when the task is merely the management of…

Computer Vision Advances Zero-Defect Manufacturing

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

by Kevin L. Jackson Electronics manufacturers operate in a challenging environment. It’s hard enough to keep up with the ever-accelerating rate of change in the industry. Now customers want increasingly specialized product variations in less time and of higher quality. Meeting this demand for increased product variation can seriously impact the bottom line. Such variability increases…

Real-Time Analytics Power the Roadway of the Future

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

By Kevin L. Jackson The complexities of citywide traffic are pushing the limits of existing transportation management systems. Outdated infrastructure is based on proprietary, single-purpose subsystems, making it costly to acquire, operate, and maintain. And current roadways are simply not prepared for the future of autonomous vehicles. Enter the SPaT Challenge, an initiative encouraging cities and…

Thriving on the Edge: Developing CSP Edge Computing Strategy

By pwsadmin | March 6, 2020

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are facing significant business model challenges. Referred to generally as edge computing, the possibilities introduced by the blending of 5G networks and distributed cloud computing technologies are redefining how CSPs operate, partner, and drive revenue. A new Ericsson Digital whitepaper entitled, “Edge computing and deployment strategies for communication service providers,” addresses these challenges…

SourceConnecte! Marketplace With A Mission

By pwsadmin | March 6, 2020

Earlier this year, GC GlobalNet launched a new breed of B2B e-commerce sites. Curated by Kevin L. Jackson, SourceConnecte (with an “e”) went live with three strategic goals in mind: Efficiently leverage modern social media technologies to facilitate value-based interactions between enterprise buyers and vetted suppliers; Establish a protected interactive environment capable of supporting high-value B2B e-commerce negotiations…

Potential vs. Reality: Is Edge Computing Real?

By pwsadmin | January 19, 2020

Edge computing provides compute, storage, and networking resources close to devices generating traffic. Its benefits are based on an ability to provide new services capable of meeting stringent operational requirements by minimizing both data latency and the need for bandwidth. Based on Google trend data, searches for the term has also grown substantially over the…

Enabling Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | December 22, 2019

Digital transformation integrates technology into all areas of an organization’s business or mission. Its fundamental purpose is to create and deliver innovative and industry-changing products and services to a global customer base. This outcome requires the seamless two-way flow of data and information between internal business processes and external processes that interact with customers, business…

The ThinkShield Story Part 1: The Challenge

By G C Network | October 24, 2019

The cybersecurity challenge seems to be growing daily. Threats are becoming more sophisticated, and attacks are becoming more destructive while the corporate world’s response seems to resemble a deer in headlights. Recent examples of this dangerous state of affairs include[1]: A data breach of a US Customs and Border Protection surveillance contractor that led to…

Data has become a global currency, and its value has nowhere to go but up.  According to The Economist online, the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data. The volume and velocity of data creation are astounding, and some estimates say that something like a self-driving car can generate 100 gigabytes per second. In response, industrial companies like GE and Siemens have positioned themselves as data firms.

To maintain, and even grow this value, data pedigree must be beyond reproach. Protecting this pedigree is generally refer to as immutability and describes a property of being unchanging or unable to be changed over time.  Immutability is especially essential in law enforcement where prosecutors rely on data to prove their case. This property may also be one reason why The Justice Department is changing its approach to collecting data stored in the cloud. After taking a closer look at this growing trend, guidance from the DOJ’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division directs prosecutors to go directly to agencies and organizations when seeking access to their data rather than to the cloud service provider storing the information. Preparing for these increasingly inevitable inquiries, government agencies should now closely review their current cloud data storage vendor’s data immutability service level agreement.

The new guidance advises prosecutors to seek data from the agency when doing so would not compromise the investigation. This is because some providers may not have the capability to preserve and disclose information or have full access to an enterprise’s data. Under 18 U.S.C. § 2703(f), however, the Government could approach a cloud-service provider directly to preserve data without agency prior knowledge.

Agencies must also be able to identify a legal contact within the organization that is knowledgeable of cloud-based storage and able to assist law enforcement with contacting the appropriate CSP point of contact. This is crucial to any requirement associated with interposing privilege or other objections to the collection of data. Failure to have such a contact in the organization could also be a reason for the DoJ to seek data directly from the cloud-service provider without agency participation.

Threats to the immutability of data put into the cloud include:

  • Data deterioration caused by the use of inappropriate storage technology
  • Intrusion by an external agent which could lead to data breach or loss
  • A malicious employee programmer changing production code to allow intrusion
  • Physical removal or destruction of data
  • Random disk failures could result in data loss if there isn’t sufficient redundancy
  • Data could suffer from “bit rot” and deteriorate if it is not checked and refreshed on a regular basis

When reviewing a cloud service provider’s SLA, ensure that none of the provider’s employees can change application code on a production system without first undergoing thorough review and testing. The data centers themselves must also contain appropriate physical security using things like biometric access control and man-traps. The data should also be extremely durable guaranteeing at least 11 nines. The provider should also periodically read every data object every 90 days to detect and automatically correct any random errors.

Wasabi is one of the few cloud service providers capable of meeting these minimum data immutability standards. Management of its data storage service is built around two simple rules:

  • No one person should be able to destroy data that is in an immutable bucket; and
  • Nobody should be able to touch a production system anonymously.

This means when using Wasabi immutable buckets, no one can delete or alter your data–not even a systems administrator.

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