Robert Agar

Robert Agar

I am a freelance writer who graduated from Pace University in New York with a Computer Science degree in 1992. Over the course of a long IT career I have worked for a number of large service providers in a variety of roles revolving around data storage and protection. I currently reside in northeastern Pennsylvania where I write from my home office.

How to Protect Your Cloud Resources From Hackers

The recent discovery of the extensive Solar Winds hacking incident once again focused attention on the difficulty of securing enterprise data resources in the cloud. Thousands of customers had their networks breached by malware hidden in monitoring software. It appears that the cyberattack was perpetrated by a coordinated team of Russian hackers and the full extent of the intrusion will not be known for many months. Though this is one of the most egregious recent examples of a successful hack, it is certainly not the only one.

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Mistakes to Avoid When Migrating to the Cloud

Migrating computing environments to the cloud offers organizations many benefits if done correctly. Companies can take advantage of the scalability and flexibility offered by cloud providers which can often lead to cost savings as resources are used more efficiently. For many small and mid-size enterprises, the cloud offers the only way to gain access to cutting-edge technology and high-performance computing solutions. Software as a service (SaaS) enables the introduction of new applications into the environment without the overhead of in-house support. 

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Complying with Data Privacy Regulations in the Cloud

Data privacy regulations are becoming more prevalent and stringent in many parts of the world. Led by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), nations and other jurisdictions such as U.S. states have developed and implemented standards regarding the use of their citizens’ personal information. Organizations risk substantial financial penalties and the loss of customer confidence if they fail to comply with data privacy standards.

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