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  • How to handle privileged user management in the cloud

    Privileged user management is important for enterprises operating on the cloud. Expert Dave Shackleford discusses some best practices to help secure cloud access control. Continue Reading

  • Multi-tenant cloud security requires enterprise awareness

    Moving to a multi-tenant cloud environment can be daunting, but many of the usual risks are legacy issues. Expert Rob Shapland discusses what to know before moving. Continue Reading

  • How to blend on-premises IT with the cloud

    Most businesses have existing on-premises technologies up and running, and they aren't in a rush to move entirely to the cloud. This means data center teams are increasingly asked to manage IT resources that are located partly on premises and partly in the cloud. To blend on-premises IT with the cloud, an organization needs to evaluate its workloads to determine which will perform well -- and cost-effectively -- in the cloud and which are best suited for an in-house data center environment. This two-part guide identifies the winning strategies -- and the pitfalls -- involved.

    Best practices for managing IT in the cloud and on premises are changing and improving as IT teams learn from earlier attempts. Organizations have had opportunities to think through decisions about which workloads they want to run in the cloud and which they want to have on premises. This guide explores the security issues, costs and the best uses for these hybrid cloud environments.

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  • Overcome cloud integration challenges with the right strategies, tools

    Nimble, agile, innovative -- companies are striving for these qualities in the current "adapt or die" business landscape, and they're looking to the cloud to enable such growth. But with companies moving more of their ERP and other enterprise systems into the cloud, integration strategies such as the fast-growing integration platform as a service are an imperative. Here's another requirement for competitive advantage: a mature cloud-integration strategy. Unfortunately, according to many experts, too many companies are in reactive mode -- looking for the short-term gain -- and are failing to see that such a strategy will leave them unable to pounce on new business opportunities in the way smart, proactive companies with solid cloud integration strategies can.

    To help navigate this confusing landscape, this handbook takes a deep dive into cloud integration challenges -- including which tools can enable success, the importance of data integration and how to choose an integration partner. In the first feature, freelance writer Tony Kontzer examines cloud integration tools. In the second feature, Kontzer profiles two companies that turned to cloud integration tools to handle ERP integrations and the tricky process of consolidating data, and the lessons they gained from the experience. And in the third feature, consultant Dave Turbide shares advice on why a cloud integration partner is critical -- and how to choose the best one.

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  • Five hybrid IT infrastructure breaking points

    A hybrid deployment of infrastructure as a service, virtualized dedicated servers, software as a service and other resources is good for the business -- and tough on IT. Continue Reading

  • Regaining control of cloud compliance

    As assets are moved to the cloud, organizations must take steps to ensure that cloud compliance requirements are upheld by third-party vendors. This is a major undertaking that requires knowledge of federal, state and international law; changing regulations; cloud security; and non-traditional information security controls and best practices. In this issue of Information Security magazine, we look at the shared responsibility model between organizations and service providers to protect data in the cloud.

    Many companies have elevated the visibility of the CISO function in response to a series of high-profile breaches. Some organizations are hiring fulltime CISOs for the first time. Others are shoring up their ranks. At mature organizations, it is not unusual to have board-level discussions about cyber-risk oversight, with concerns ranging from assets at risk, to information security responsibility and reporting structures. As the CISO position continues to be defined, we look at the role beyond IT.

    Investments in cybersecurity startups are taking off. Driven by CEO and board-level demand for promising technology aimed at protecting corporate networks and sensitive data, investors are pouring money into cybersecurity companies. While most investments are aimed at turning a profit for venture-capital firms, some companies are investing to reap the benefits of working with new technology and influence product development. We look at strategic partnerships and how funding startups can pay off. Continue Reading

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