The Shared Responsibility of Cloud Security

Although the cloud comes with great financial and technical benefits, like any other infrastructure, it also has its share of threats. 

Over the years, we have seen a rise in both attack frequency and diversity of malicious software used. With increases in cloud incidents related to vulnerability scanning, web application attacks and brute force attacks, it is crucial for you to understand the types of threats potentially targeting you on the cloud so you can build a security-in-depth strategy to defend your environment from malicious attacks. 

In Alert Logic’s Annual Cloud Security Report 2014, web application attacks, brute force attacks and vulnerability scans were the most pronounced attacks experienced in the Cloud Hosting Provider environments, each impacting over 40% of the cloud hosting base. Brute force attacks have surged, likely due to the increasing presence of “theft worthy” data in the cloud, with vulnerability scans typically coupled with brute force attacks in terms of attack style and process. 


Real-time analysis across 2200 customers with 232,364 incidents. Source: Alert Logic Cloud Security Report 2014. 

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Your Journey To A Secure Cloud - Event


Are you responsible for your organisation’s Cloud security ? Is it at the forefront of your Cloud strategy? Have you assessed all the Cloud security options available to you?  

A recent Cloud survey* found that 73 percent of respondents cited security concerns as the top challenge holding back cloud projects. Therefore companies need to put time and effort into fully investigating the many Cloud security options that are available to enable them to choose the right one to fit their chosen Cloud strategy. 

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Microsoft Certification Roadmap

Choose your path to success. 


*Sixty-four percent of IT hiring managers rate certifications as having extremely high or high value in validating the skills and expertise of job candidates. 

Whether you’re an experienced IT professional or new to the field, SureSkills have the training and certification path that will help lead you to success. Our classes are taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, so you can be confident that the course material is accurate, complete, and up to date. Great training leads to Microsoft Certification, the premier credential of IT professionals worldwide. Certification is available for a diverse spectrum of job roles and responsibilities, and validates your ability to get the job done right.

Click here to see our full Microsoft Certification Roadmap »

SureSkills Sponsor Tech Excellence Awards

Recognising the stars of the technology business Tech-Excellence-Awards-Logo

The national Tech Excellence Awards are Ireland’s principal badge of honour in the IT industry. The Awards will take place on May 14th in the Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin. These awards celebrate success in the country’s most vibrant sector, with an annual prize giving and Gala Dinner which has become the principal networking event in the technology business calendar. 

Now in its 15th year, this Awards programme recognises excellence not only in implementing tech solutions, but also in the business of marketing and implementing technology for business. 

SureSkills are a long standing backer of technology and technical innovations in Ireland and we are delighted to sponsor the Rising Star of the Year category. 


This year’s awards will be judged by Eoin O’Driscoll – Chairman of Forfas, Dr Jim Mountjoy - former co-founder of Euristix, Tom McCarthy – Managing Director of HelmAG Ltd, Peter McManamon – ‘Technology Person of the Year 2008’, Dr Sean Baker – co-founder of IONA and Karl Flannery – co-founder of Storm Technology. 

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Big Data - on VMware?


As told by SureSkills Principle Cloud Evangelist, Calvin Riskowitz. Principle-Cloud-Evangelist-Calvin-Riskowitz

Apache Hadoop provides a platform for building distributed systems for massive data storage and analysis using a large cluster of standard x86 based servers. It uses data replication across hosts and racks of hosts to protect against individual disk, host, and even rack failures. A job scheduler can be used to run multiple jobs of different sizes simultaneously, which helps to maintain a high level of resource utilisation. Given the built in reliability and workload consolidation features of Hadoop it might appear there is little need to virtualise it. However, there are several use cases that make virtualisation of this workload compelling: 

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Skype For Business Has Arrived

For any business that currently uses Microsoft Lync video and Web conferencing platform, April 14th brings a changeover to Skype for Business. 


Redmond is rolling out the new Skype for Business client as part of its April monthly update for Office 2013 and Office 365 users worldwide. The rollout is expected to be complete by the end of May, at which point all businesses using Lync Online will be transitioned over to Skype for Business. 

"Skype for Business is based on the familiar Skype experience that more than 300 million people use every month to connect with friends and family," the Skype for Business team wrote in a blog post. "It is built right into Office, so features like presence, IM, voice and video calls, and online meetings are an integrated part of the Office experience." 

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Saba and SureSkills To Bring Intelligent Talent Management Solutions To Ireland

Companies to Deliver Cloud Solutions that Focus on the Continuous Learning, Engagement and Development of the Entire Workforce 

Bracknell, UK – 17th of April, 2015 – Saba, a global leader in cloud-based intelligent talent management solutions, announced today that it has chosenSaba-Partner-Logo  SureSkills Limited as a solution provider and reseller in EMEA. Founded in 1993, SureSkills provides a portfolio of services in training and certification; IT consultancy and corporate education services for many of the world’s leading Fortune 500 companies. 

The new alliance will enable Saba and SureSkills to deliver end-to-end learning and talent management strategies for customers in Ireland. Saba Cloud is a unified platform including solutions for recruiting, performance, learning, succession planning, workforce planning and compensation. Each module taps powerful machine-learning into delivering more predictive, personal insights on the skills, aspirations, network impact and potential value of all members of a company’s team. Leveraging Saba’s 15 years plus of leadership in the learning and talent management sector, Saba Cloud is built to transform traditional processes for organisations around the world. 

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Saba @Work 2015 conference

SureSkills, a European and North American Partner of Saba sent a team of management, HR and Learning & Development experts to the highly anticipated Saba @Work 2015 conference in Las Vegas last week. SureSkills-and-Saba-partnership

There was a number of highlights and big announcements over the 4 days with the biggest takeaway being the Saba Cloud spring release! Saba Cloud is focused on enabling customers to build leaders at all levels of the organization, and empowering them with the intelligent tools to make it happen. As the economy improves and organizations grow, new leaders need to be brought on or up more rapidly than ever, to help drive the business from all levels. This is encouraging organizations in a race to: attract the right candidates with key leadership qualities, identify and advance hidden leaders internally who are ready for the next step, and measure talent processes vs industry peers to quickly address issues that could result in their attrition. 

The Saba Cloud Spring Release delivers powerful new capabilities and enhancements to address this challenge, helping our customers to attract, advance, and empower their leaders - and ultimately build a culture of leadership throughout the organization. While there are many features and enhancements available with this release, below are my top three focused squarely at this challenge. 

It’s time for us to reimagine leadership. 


Leadership is no longer about command & control, about hierarchy, or status. Rather, leadership is about doing something that has purpose, exerting your influence, achieving mastery, and seeing the direct linkage between your contribution and the success of the business. 

Learn more about the big announcements from Saba @ Work & how you can find the leader inside»

AXELOS Announce New ITIL Practitioner Level

ITIL Practitioner level is being developed to help organisations and individuals increase the value they obtain from using ITIL.


This is achieved by offering additional practical guidance to adopt and adapt the framework to support the business. It will be the next step after ITIL Foundationfor professionals who have already learned the basics of IT Service Management (ITSM) and the business value of well-designed and delivered services.

Addressing the demand from ITSM practitioners and organizations of all sizes worldwide, the first ITIL Practitioner exam will be available globally by the end of 2015 and will equip ITSM professionals with added practical guidance to enhance leveraging ITIL in line with their organizations’ business goals. 

Click here to see what AXELOS CEO Peter Hepworth has to say about the new ITIL Practitioner »

Is the end of support for Windows Server 2003 a cause for panic?

As with ‘Y2K’ at the end of the millennium, clear, logical planning is key to guarding against the worst-case scenario.


Unless you have been living under a rock or have an impressive gift for auto-filtering what information enters your brain, you will be aware that as of July 15thextended support will no longer be available for Windows Server 2003. Of course, this translates into a seemingly nightmare scenario whereby your IT dept will no longer receive patches or security updates to fix bugs or performance issues, meaning your applications and business will be at risk. Any new threats to your systems won’t be tackled and they will become a security risk as well as a big headache on the compliance front. 

Countless blogs and articles have been produced warning of the looming deadline and the huge risk a company will take by not being fully prepared for it. Some companies, like during the Y2K ‘scare’, have tried to take advantage of this by indulging in a little scaremongering, conjuring up all manner of disastrous scenarios in the hope that they can take a sizeable bite out of your IT budget. 

Click here to see what the best course of action is for ending Windows Server 2003 »


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