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ZipKits: First Aid Kits for VENOM and Other Ills


Faster is pretty much always better, and that’s particularly true when it comes to instituting patches and remediating when new vulnerabilities are identified. The longer it takes to eliminate identified vulnerabilities, the longer there’s the potential that attackers can wreak havoc in an organization. Today’s digital enterprises are more … [Read more...]

6 Things You Need to Know About Cloud Outages

Cloud Outages

If you Google “cloud outage,” you’ll receive a long list of news reports concerning Amazon, Rackspace, Microsoft, Google, and others. It’s a common occurrence for cloud service providers to experience downtime. Given this reality, what do you need to know about cloud outages? Everybody has outages. There is nothing inherent in cloud … [Read more...]

3 Fundamental Requirements for Cloud Management Platforms


As companies embrace cloud adoption more pervasively—across both public and private cloud platforms—the required capabilities for cloud management platforms (CMPs) naturally evolve. Successful deployments by early adopters have brought some fundamental concepts to the forefront. First, cloud solutions need to reduce complexity; they need to … [Read more...]

What’s Inside That Container? What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!


I’ve been working with Vagrant over the past few months, and recently started investigating Docker hands-on in my lab. Both container technologies are impressive and useful and are changing the face of application delivery. But…well, we still have some distance to travel. For this article I consider both Vagrant and Docker to be similar … [Read more...]

Cloud Governance Best Practices


I apologize—I know it’s not a funny, wry, or ironic title. Articles about cloud are often followed up with some hyperbole about how cloud computing will help solve world peace. But I’m confident you, our readers, have moved on from the cloud hype—that you’ve recognized that, while cloud is not a silver bullet for anything, it is undeniably an … [Read more...]

Compliance is a process, not an event


…or at least, it should be A recent PCI compliance report from Verizon contains some interesting findings. It starts off with what seems like good news: compliance rates between audits are increasing, with an 80% increase in the number of companies being validated as PCI-DSS compliant at their interim assessments. However, 80% of companies … [Read more...]

The real story behind security breaches: the SecOps Gap


The IT security news over the past year or so has been really bad. Sometimes it seemed that each day brought the story of yet another breach, every one bigger than the one before. According to a recent report, more than one billion records were exposed over more than 1,500 individual incidents. It can be difficult to explain how this can happen. … [Read more...]

Morningstar’s Cloud Transforms the Business

Morningstar is the 2014 BMC Cloud Innovator of the Year

Adopting new technologies and integrating them with its product offerings is almost an obsession at Morningstar, Inc. However, Andrew Watts, Morningstar’s IT director, makes it clear that Morningstar isn’t interested in technology for technology’s sake. Before embracing any new technology, IT always asks two questions: What will this new … [Read more...]

Cloud Security Issues: Tips For Minimizing Risk

7 Tips for Cloud Computing Security

The first rule of cloud security is, you do not talk about cloud security issues. No, wait, that's not right - everybody talks about cloud security risks and issues. Gartner just ran a survey on the factors preventing adoption of the cloud, and more than 50% of respondents cited security and privacy. The problem is that much of that talk … [Read more...]