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The best of both worlds

Andrew Stuart at Datto makes the case for hybrid cloud

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Seizing the GDPR advantage

Louise Bulman at Vormetric explains why early GDPR adoption could give your business an advantage

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New reality from virtualisation

Stuart Gilks at SimpliVity explains how entrenched disaster recovery roadblocks are finally being overcome

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Top security tips for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

SolarWinds' Mav Turner offers some top tips to help IT professionals succeed at securing their IT infrastructure

85% of ManageEngine users believe ITSM analytics will enhance IT service delivery

ManageEngine has polled its users on the state of the IT service management analytics market

BullGuard's free online IoT scanner highlights DDoS vulnerabilities

A timely free tool in the wake of October's huge DDoS attack


Unified Security Service from CensorNet

CensorNet USS offers a remarkable insight into web and cloud application usage within the workplace

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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor 12

One of the most sophisticated network monitoring products currently available has become even more versatile

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Sharing the blame

Alina Stancu at Titania explains why the cybersecurity industry needs to return to the basics

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UK data centres - the unsung heroes of the tech revolution?

Jack Bedell-Pearce at 4D on why the future looks bright for UK data centres

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People in the Cloud

Alex Taylor offers an anthropological perspective on 'Cloudcraft' among data centre professionals

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Big Data LDN

3-4 November 2016 - Olympia London
Big Data London will host leading, global data and analytics experts, ready to arm you with the tools to deliver your most effective data-driven strategy. Open to all and free to attend. Discuss the big questions and share ideas with forward-thinking peers and leading members of the Data community. Hear from expert speakers in the Big Data and Analytics conference and seminar tracks and discuss your business requirements with leading technology vendors and consultants. www.BigDataLDN.com


Network Computing Awards 2016: The Winners!

The results from the 2016 Network Computing Awards were revealed at an evening ceremony at the Hotel Russell in London earlier this year. Here we profile some of this year's winners:

Network Project Of The Year - Private Sector

Winner: Imagination Group / Cohesive Networks

The Return on Investment Award

Winner: AdRem Software - NetCrunch 9

Runner-up: ExaGrid - EX 32000E

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New Product of the Year: Hardware Category

Winner: Dell Networking - C9000 Series

Runner-up: Extreme Networks - Summit X460-G2

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Welcome to the October 2016 Newsletter.

It seems as if one of the most notable 'contributions' to October's National Cyber Security Awareness Month initiative will be last week's massive DDoS attack on DNS provider Dyn. If nothing else it's put the security threat posed by The Internet of Things back in the spotlight, although that will come as little comfort to all of us struggling to get on Twitter or SoundCloud or the PSN network etc. last Friday.

It appears that the Mirai botnet malware was used to compromise thousands of IoT devices, typically because the default username and passwords on them hadn't been changed. "The botnet allegedly used to conduct this attack is comprised of approximately 500,000 compromised smart cameras, those ubiquitous ones you see in every lobby, office and shopping mall," said Chester Wisniewski, principal research scientist at Sophos. "The attack only used approximately 10 percent of these bots, demonstrating the incredible power wielded by just one type of device. There are 10s of millions more insecure "smart" things that could cause incredible disruptions, if harnessed."

Given their susceptibility to the Mirai Malware, Sophos recommends that owners of IoT-enabled devices change the default username/password combinations on them as soon as possible. In fact XiongMai Technologies, the Chinese manufacturer whose IoT-enabled devices were most notably exploited for last week's DDoS attack, has already begun to recall "Millions of devices". The prospect of further Mirai-powered attacks is a very real one, so if you have any IoT-enabled devices at home or work then now's the time to update the software and check that they're not still set on the default username/password combo - or we might be facing another 'Internet free' Friday in the very near future.

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