Blog Archive - prior to Nov 2018

Cyber Security - Are You The Weakest Link?

As told by Technical Lecturer, Calvin Riskowitz

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If one thing became clear in 2015, it was that no organization, regardless of its size or vertical, is safe from a data breach. A breach can happen to any organization at any time. *Over 169 million personal records were exposed in 2015, stemming from 781 publicized breaches across the financial, business, education, government and healthcare sectors. 

At the same time, the very words "Cyber Security review" conjures horror, fear and trembling in most IT professionals' minds, the thought that they may have to implement another series of security systems, protocols and processes is truly dreaded. 

Perhaps it is also time to change the way we approach cyber security...

Why is Microsoft buying LinkedIn for $26.2bn? CEO Satya Nadella explains

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Microsoft just announced that it is buying LinkedIn, the professional social network, for a whopping $26.2bn in one of the biggest tech deals in history. The news, announced on Monday afternoon, instantly sent LinkedIn's share price soaring by 50 percent. Microsoft said LinkedIn boss Jeff Weiner would stay in charge and report to Satya Nadella, for whom this is the first big deal since he became CEO. The two companies have closely aligned motives: to connect professionals and improve business processes. LinkedIn is a network of 433m global professionals, with 1.5 million users in Ireland alone. 

In a letter to staff, Nadella sums it up thus: "Think about it: How people find jobs, build skills, sell, market and get work done and ultimately find success requires a connected professional world." He suggests the two could be integrated, with a tailored LinkedIn newsfeed based on projects that are relevant to you, or Office suggesting LinkedIn connections. 

Join us at the AWS AWSome Day on June 9th

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Just getting started with the Amazon Web Services Cloud? 

Join others that are new to AWS at the AWSome day, a free one day training event delivered by AWS Technical Instructors. The day starts with a session highlighting how and why customers are using AWS to develop, deploy and operate secure applications and IT services. 

They will then cover AWS foundational services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon S3 and Amazon RDS before closing the day with an introduction to AWS deployment tools and techniques and the next steps that you can take to continue developing your knowledge. 

Note that they are now introducing a second track dedicated to a business audience. This track is suitable for business leaders who want to explore topics like cost optimisation, security and compliance and hear more about customers' best practices.

SMB's: Why Cloud Will Transform Your Business

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In recent months, there has been a lot of talk about how small to medium-sized business owners can level the playing field with giant, global enterprises. The cloud has been one of the suggested methods of boosting profits and productivity. However, does the cloud equate to a lot of unsubstantiated hype or does it measure up to expectations? 

According to the recent Odin SMB Cloud Insights Report - The small and medium business (SMB) cloud services market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.4 percent in the next three years from $25.2B in 2015 to $34.9B by 2018

The current cloud services market represents more than 7 million SMBs that spend, on average, $3,181 on cloud services annually. 

Let’s take a look at the main reasons for this dramatic projection of growth and usage?