With the online portal which handles the majority of its consent and regulatory activities becoming increasingly unresponsive, the Oil and Gas Authority needed a new secure hosting environment. After a competitive tender it chose managed cloud provider Fordway, which now hosts the portal and provides back-up and DR using its own equipment in two UK data centres. Fordway also set up and hosts a remote desktop environment to run business-critical applications which could not be supported internally and enables new applications to be added rapidly to meet user demands.
To meet the need to reduce costs while protecting front line services, Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils agreed to work together to implement a shared services initiative. They chose Fordway to design and implement a new IT infrastructure to support the initiative using a shared platform to streamline service provision across the two councils while enabling each to maintain its own identity.
As we continually look for new ways to deliver applications to an increasingly mobile user population, the question is becoming: if solutions can be packaged once for any device, do we still need VDI?
For years, companies have been searching for the holy grail of providing seamless access to business critical systems via a browser. One of the key tenets of a VDI solution is the availability of all applications, anywhere. However, it comes at a significant cost, primarily in terms of the back-end grunt required to provide this capability, but also financially.
With last week’s Petya/NotPetya malware coming so soon after the Wannacry infection which affected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries, every organisation needs to assess their ability to cope with ransomware. That means considering a range of factors, from your patching regime to your back-up and disaster recovery provision. It only takes one user to accidentally click on an infected attachment and you could find yourself testing your DR plan!
The Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in less than a year and organisations need to prepare for its introduction and be able to demonstrate compliance. This will require resources and an appropriate budget.
The thought of moving some of your applications to the cloud may fill you with relief - limitless capacity, almost total flexibility, regular monthly costs and a lot less infrastructure to maintain. However, before you start planning how you'll use the extra free time you'll no doubt get now someone else is looking after things for you, make sure you know what you've signed up for!
You can imagine it now. If the world of IT security were to be played out as a pantomime today, the seeming villain of the piece would definitely be GDPR. Picture it, the face of the CISO when the crowd scream “It’s behind you!” as GDPR suddenly appears. Our hero knows that GDPR is lurking behind him but he is not quite sure a) how much of a threat it will be to him and b) exactly what he has to do to combat it.
The computer virus which affected Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust in November is a further reminder that NHS organisations need to remain constantly on their guard against security breaches. As no ransom was demanded, it’s likely to have been a random attack, but reports suggest that 28 trusts have been hit by ransomware attacks in the last year. Additionally, the NHS was the UK’s biggest victim of data breaches in 2015 according to the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Have you been tempted by the falling costs of public cloud services? The big players are improving their offers all the time, and with some also setting up UK data centres to meet forthcoming GDPR requirements, server/instances of a few pounds per month can look like a very good deal. And for many organisations and many services, it is.