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Protecting Your Data - All You Never Wanted to Know about FIPS 140-2

Warning! This blog starts out with some techy jargon but it’s well worth your time if you have data that needs to be secured. I promise this blog has a business focus. “Security requirements for cryptographic modules.” That’s the official title of the Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 140-2, otherwise known as FIPS 140-2. This US Government standard specifies the security requirements that will be satisfied by a cryptographic module utilized within a security system protecting sensitive but unclassified information. It was written for the government and any organization doing business with the government, and businesses have adopted it as a computing standard regardless of government interaction. Wait! Don’t stop reading.

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Evaluation Tips for Disaster Recovery as a Service

Ask yourself these questions – If your data center crashed at this moment (for any reason)… How would your company recover? Who would you call to recover your data and resume operations? How would you keep the doors open? How much data would you lose? Be honest with your answers – your business depends on it. If your answer is “I don’t know”, it’s time to worry because you haven’t assessed the potential damage nor ways to mitigate them. It’s worse to have NOT assessed your disaster recovery risk than to have assessed it and found your plans to be lacking. In the latter scenario, at least you have some level of awareness and a minimum understanding of your risks.

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DR Planning - 7 Additional Ingredents you Might Want to Include

An article printed in CIO magazine last summer entitled “8 ingredients of an effective disaster recovery plan” by Jennifer Lonoff Schiff (Jul 5, 2016) discussed important DR components with several IT executives and disaster recovery experts who shared advice on how to create a DR plan.  Based on our experience at CloudSAFE, you may also wish to consider these additional ingredients for your overall DR plan.

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Surprise! You’re Probably not as Protected as you Thought!

Recently, we have seen several instances when IT failed both customer and business expectations, the most visible being Delta’s IT outage that occurred on August 8, 2016. The business impact to both the customer and business was detailed on the front page of most business newspapers. As an IT leader, this is NOT the place you want to see the negative results of your IT strategy and investments reviewed and scrutinized.

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How can you leverage The Cloud? How will you get there? What will protect you from disaster? Your cloud journey can start anywhere and evolve. CloudSAFE can help you no matter where you start or where you want to go.

Everyone says you need to be in The Cloud. But why? And how? CloudSAFE can help you determine what that means to your company and the best way to get there. The Cloud can be a powerful tool. It provides flexibility, security, capacity and it’s cost effective, enabling you to avoid capital investment. But the question remains, what is right for your company? Contrary to popular opinion, The Cloud is not one size fits all. CloudSAFE has a broad range of solutions and services focused on IT Business Continuity and Infrastructure as a Service.

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