How Is Your Role Impacted by the Cloud?


You can’t have avoided the word “cloud” in recent years nor its predominance in all of our lives, both business and personal. Cloud computing is not only a game-changer for companies, but it is also changing the nature of jobs, both in information technology departments and in other departments as well. 

“Cloud computing solutions will reduce the number of IT hardware jobs in the marketplace, increasing competition for new job seekers who lack cloud skills and expertise.” 

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Your Journey To A Secure Cloud - Post Event


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. On June 10th SureSkills ran “Your Journey to a Secure Cloud“ event where SureSkills’ SME’s and industry experts gave an overview of the various Cloud strategy options and the importance of ensuring the security of your data. 

Half of Irish Businesses Fear a Cyber Attack

A new survey by Data Solutions has found that half of IT decision makers within Irish businesses are concerned that nation state cyber warfare, such as the SonyCyber-Security-Image hack, may become a threat to their business. 

Furthermore, 22% of IT professionals believe operations and production departments pose the biggest information security concern. The sales department and IT department were next at 20% and 19% respectively. Forty per cent of respondents blamed a lack of IT security knowledge or information for cyber security risk. About one third said the internal use of social media, personal devices or applications by employees was an information security risk to the business. 

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Implementing Your Cloud Strategy Through Best Practice Methodologies - Belfast


loud-Strategy-Event-BannerSureSkills, in association with CME Group recently organised an unmissable event where SME's took attendees through three interactive presentations which included Phil Hearsum, ITSM Portfolio Manager for AXELOS, discussing how cloud computing is a disruptive innovation and what it means to IT organizations across the globe. Phil then explored the effect of the cloud on existing best practice frameworks such as ITIL and shared examples of how to adapt the existing framework. Next up was Bill Heffernan, CEO at SP3 Services, who took us through the facts about getting real business value from best practice. Last but not least was Ian Fitzgerald, Director of Cloud Platform Services at EMC. His session covered a real life case study and showed our audience what it really takes to implement your cloud strategy using best practice. 

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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.

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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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