The DDoS Landscape After Mirai & DerpTrolling

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Distributed denial of service (DDoS) is one of the biggest security threats facing the Internet. We can develop a false sense of security when we see the major takedowns of individuals such as Austin Thompson – aka DerpTrolling – and Mirai botnet operator Paras Jha. (Jha was recently sentenced, and Thompson just pleaded guilty.) Despite… Read more »

Domain vs. Organization vs. Extended Validation SSL Certificates

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While a secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate may seem to be a piece of paper, it is actually a file connecting its holder with a public key that allows for cryptographic data exchange. Recognized industry-wide as a standard security component, SSL use is also a ranking factor that assists with search engine optimization (SEO). The… Read more »

How Does Big Data Have Business Value?

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Why does big data matter, in a general sense? It gives you a more comprehensive view. It enables you to operate more intelligently and drive better results with your resources by improving your decision-making and getting a stronger grasp of customers and employees alike. Big data may simply seem to be a way to build… Read more »

Managed Data Protection, Powered by Veeam

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A 2017 report from IDC found that the data protection and recovery software market was not growing as fast as it had in previous years – dropping to a 2.1% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from a 6.8% CAGR in 2016. There was much more impressive growth among some players though: smaller providers grew at… Read more »

How Blockchain Will Transform Ecommerce

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How Blockchain will impact ecommerce -- Bitcoin

A blockchain is a public electronic distributed ledger that contains data, originally designed for cryptocurrency transactions but increasingly used for other purposes. You do not need to perform any central bookkeeping with blockchain because the system expands as additional data blocks are logged and incorporated within the system, lined up in order of entry. Stemming… Read more »

Why is Scalability Important?

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Cloud improves scalability, which has numerous benefits.

One of the first things you hear about the cloud is that it helps businesses grow because it improves their scalability. What is scalability really though? Why is it critical, and so critical, to business success? How does cloud technology fit into the picture of scalability? Certification training firm Linux Academy defines scalability within computing… Read more »

Why Content Delivery Networks?

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A content delivery network is designed to send video, images, JavaScript, HTML files, and other content to users through a distributed server network. Generally the two protocols used for CDN delivery are HTTP and HTTPS; however, sometimes other protocols can be useful, as with video. The primary reason CDNs are used is to improve content… Read more »

11 Ecommerce Communication Mistakes – and Solutions

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Understanding how to communicate effectively to online shoppers is a question that every ecommerce company must ask constantly and from many different perspectives. One way to look at ecommerce communication is in terms of problem-solving. Here are seven common mistakes, along with solutions:  Mistake #1: Not communicating enough  Solution: Understandably, the work of running an… Read more »

Public Cloud Spending to Top $160 Billion in 2018

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An analysis that was released in January found that public cloud spending would exceed $160 billion in 2018, and by 2021, would almost double. The United States was allotting more money to cloud than any other nation, with China expected to shift into the number-two slot – moving past the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan… Read more »

How DDoS Attacks Have Evolved

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DDoS history -- distributed denial of service attacks

With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), experts have warned that it is incredibly vulnerable from a security perspective – and it has been exploited by DDoS attackers. In September-October 2016, nearly 50,000 connected devices, spread out across 164 nations, were used to achieve traffic as high as 280 Gbps. The attack sent… Read more »