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david kidd


David Kidd, director of quality assurance and compliance for Peak 10, says:

With over 90 percent of all data having been created in the last 3 years, it’s no surprise that a quarter of data center space in North America is now outsourced.  Sharing management of information systems enables businesses and their IT departments to operate more efficiently, securely, and cost-effectively, focusing on their core business.

However, one of the big challenges is this: once that data and infrastructure are no longer managed solely by enterprise, the security landscape is fundamentally different. With critical business information becoming increasingly mobile, it’s important for business leaders to understand the evolving information security landscape and regulatory requirements. After all, in 2012 data breach incidents cost U.S. companies an average of $5.4 million. Check out my article on Target’s security breach for more on preventing the next data breach.

The recently discovered Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability is yet another example that underscores the importance of continued vigilance on the part of information security professionals. While the flaw has existed for several years, the recent discovery of it was just announced on Monday April 7, 2014. By exploiting this flaw, hackers can obtain primary and secondary SSL keys in addition to directly hijacking data being transferred over HTTPS. That’s why we’ve taken every precaution to ensure any of our customers who could be affected are alerted to the issue.

Maintaining information security is an ongoing process that includes monitoring emerging threats and responding to counter them before data is compromised.  On Wednesday, April 16 at 1 p.m. EDT, Peak 10 is hosting a free, 30-minute webinar, “Understanding and Overcoming Security Threats in the Cloud,” outlining challenges and best practices for cost-effectively safeguarding data. Key topics include:

  • Combatting data breach attempts by malevolent hackers and negligent or malicious insiders
  • Preventing data loss from viruses, hacker attacks, natural disasters or accidental deletion
  • Implementing controls to prevent hijacking of account or service traffic
  • How regulatory compliance requirements such as those specified by FISMA, PCI DSS and HIPAA help strengthen cloud security

A leader in cloud and data center compliance and security, Peak 10 has one of the industry’s most robust compliance programs, undergoing rigorous audits by independent examiners on a regular basis. This presentation is part of Peak 10’s webinar series intended to help IT and business leaders effectively deploy cloud solutions. View previous webinars here.