Tackling security vulnerabilities in health care

Network security is critical for any organization, but in the health care space, with the personal and medical details of millions of individuals in the balance, the stakes are even higher. Out-of-date software, unimplemented patches, or even outdated passwords could be the vulnerability that exposes the sensitive information of an innocent and unsuspecting patient base. Two recent security breaches suffered by prominent U.S. health insurers highlight these ....

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A new way to get the most out of Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is one of the fastest growing cloud services providers for enterprise businesses. A recent survey showed that about one fifth (19 percent) of enterprise businesses with more than 1,000 employees reported using Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and 15 percent used Azure’s Platform as a Service (PaaS). That’s an increase from a year ago…

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4 insights on data backups from our beta test of the new Arcserve appliance

Organizations sit on mountains of data, and losing that content because of faulty or inadequate backup solutions can be catastrophic. No matter the size of your business, data backup is often necessary to protecting your bottom line. But not all solutions or methods will achieve this objective – at least not easily. Technology firms like…

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Act now before you miss this Microsoft SQL licensing grant

If you run Microsoft’s SQL Server, mark April 1, 2015 on your calendar – it could save your organization thousands of dollars. That’s because April 1 is the deadline for Microsoft’s processor-to-core conversion grant. You might recall that Microsoft updated its licensing policies along with the release of SQL Server 2012. These rules changed the…

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One of the biggest security flaws in your network is one of the most unexpected

Data breaches seem to make headlines every week. And as of late 2014, 43 percent of 567 U.S. executives surveyed said their companies experienced a data breach in the past year. But what’s shocking is how unprepared U.S. companies are for these hacks: 80 percent of the executives said employee negligence was a root cause,…

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Why you need to consolidate data integration now

Imagine you had one cell phone to make phone calls and another to send text messages. And what if you had to tote around a third device solely to send email, and then yet another tool to access your daily calendar? It’s easy to realize the absurdity of that scenario, but many IT environments are…

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Is your retail store ready for new tech?

The National Retail Federation’s Big Show was the biggest one yet, as 35,000 retail professionals flooded the Javits Center in New York City to see the newest retail technology and to stay up on industry trends. From digital signage to same-day delivery to mobile payments, the many breeds of technologies for bricks-and-mortar stores dominated conversation…

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Clearer vision: How to keep an eye on IT security

After discussions with hundreds of IT and security professionals, one concern rises above the rest in the modern IT environment: visibility. How often have you heard or read the phrase “I don’t know what I don’t know?” Even after years of deploying perimeter controls and endpoint protection, IT is still challenged with identifying and responding to…

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3 ways organizations can use 3D printing today

3D printers have moved from industrial labs and hobbyists’ basements to the mainstream: Worldwide shipments of 3D printers are expected to reach more than 217,000 in 2015, and then double every year thereafter. Vendors continue to refine their products, making them smaller, less expensive, easier to use, and more accessible for businesses and consumers alike….

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Everything you need to know about converged infrastructure, hyperconverged infrastructure, and reference architecture

Gone are the days when IT professionals had to rack, stack, connect, and configure every piece of data center infrastructure. Now, you can plug in a single box, thanks to converged infrastructure. Converged infrastructure, hyperconverged infrastructure, and reference architectures are in essence the same thing. They all combine compute, network, and storage resources into one…

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