We all know patching is a vital part of IT security, but how often do you review your patching regime? And is it part of your organisation’s overall risk strategy? It should be!
Cloud is becoming an imperative for many organisations, driven by the C-suite as they realise its potential to provide business benefits. Their IT team know that moving to cloud, like any other major IT transformation, is not a quick fix but requires strategic planning. They need to move to cloud in a staged manner whilst continuing to deliver what the business requires without interruption and avoiding any unpleasant surprises or unforeseen costs along the way.
One question I’m often asked is what new technologies organisations should be considering. This is an important part of my job and one that I really enjoy, as I’m a techie at heart! We’re always looking for innovative technology and considering how it might meet the changing needs of our customers.
Wireless connectivity is growing in popularity for business use. But it isn’t necessarily the safest or most efficient solution – so you should think twice before planning a new network which relies solely on wireless. A physical wire will always be preferable for two reasons: first, wireless is inherently less secure, and second, planning and configuring Wi-Fi networks is fraught with complications.
Remember the rush into outsourcing – rather cynically (but often justifiably) referred to as ‘your mess for less'?One of the key reasons outsourcing failed to deliver what it promised was that, in most cases, the outsourcing company simply took on an organisation’s existing infrastructure, without first making sure that it was fit for purpose.
Managing IT projects is always challenging – particularly in the public sector. Budgets are often reduced during the project, carefully calculated timelines compressed and contingency removed. But the biggest problems occur when managers become so focused on their spreadsheets that they don’t take account of human factors. After all, a successful project is 50 percent technology and 50 percent culture.
In my previous post, I talked about the benefits of using Azure Instance Reservations to save money on the cost of IaaS virtual machines (VMs). There’s also an opportunity to save money by reducing duplication on your Windows Server licences.
One of the reasons more and more organisations are adopting cloud services of one flavour or another is that the costs can come out of operational expenditure in nice little monthly packages instead of giant wedges of capital expenditure. Cloud also has the benefit of scale, enabling us to obtain better protected and more reliable services faster than we can often build them on-premise for the equivalent cost. However, that doesn’t mean we need to pay the recommended retail price.
As usually happens at this time of year, my team persuaded me to look into my crystal ball and predict the technology trends I think will make the most impact in IT this year. Here are my top six tips.
In the last few days, there’s been a lot of discussion of a security flaw (Meltdown and Spectre) affecting the X86 CPU architecture and more specifically Intel CPUs. It was discovered by Google some time ago and was not scheduled to be made public just yet. However, growing information and leaks online led to Google releasing it early. This forced Microsoft to release the hotfix for Windows and the Microsoft Azure planned VM maintenance scheduled for 10th January has been brought forward to happen almost immediately.