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Cloud Security Vulnerabilities

Top 10 Cloud Security Vulnerabilities

Top 10 Cloud Security Vulnerabilities have been identified and ranks by level of importance and impact by a panel of 57  CIOs, CTOs, and CSOs.

Cloud Security Vulnerabilities

Top 10 Security Vulnerabilities have been identified by a 100 plus CIOs, CTOs, and CSOs from Fortune 500 companies

The top 10 are:

  1. Data breaches
  2. Weak Security
  3. Non-Secure Interfaces & API
  4. OS vulnerabilities
  5. Account hijacking
  6. Insider breach as System Administrator
  7. Parasitic code on server
  8. Data Destruction
  9. Denial of service (DoS).
  10. Ransomware

All of these are addressed in Janco’s How to Guide for Cloud Process and Outsourcing.

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Top 10 best practices address Cloud Security Vulnerabilities

Top 10 best practices for cloud Security – The cloud is great technology that helps organizations to improved productivity, reduce costs, and simplify the user’s life. However it does raise significant security risks. Here are 10 best practices that if followed minimize those risks.

  1. Utilize a SDM (System Development Methodology) to design, test and implement changes in the both the source and object level code.
  2. Implement a disaster recovery and business continuity plan that includes a focus on security of the data and application assets that are cloud based.
  3. Implement metrics and cloud application monitoring which can help to detect potential security violations and breaches in the cloud based data and applications
  4. Utilize a secure access and change management system to manage revisions to the cloud application.
  5. Utilize a patch management approach to install revisions to the cloud data and application.
  6. Implement a log management system to have an accurate audit trail of what occurs on the cloud.
  7. Implement firm security policies via a formal security management system (see https://www.e-janco.com/Security.htm and https://www.e-janco.com/Cloud.htm).
  8. Review latest published cloud vulnerabilities and make appropriate changes to cloud applications and access rules
  9. Contract with independent 3rd parties to find security vulnerabilities in your cloud based applications
  10. At least annually, conduct a security compliance audit on the total cloud based application from development to user access.

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10 Point Power Checklist Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

10 Point Power Checklist Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

10 Point Power Checklist Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

10 point power checklist that adddresses the issues associated with power after an event that disrupts a network, availability of power to recover and run the network often is critical.

10 Point Power Checklist Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity needs to be incorporated into the disaster recovery – business continuity plan. The Disaster Recovery Business Continuity template contains many checklists and best practices to follow. The checklist  includes:

  1. Electricity, water, broken wires do not mix. Review all electrical and plumbing plans in detail.
  2. Understand the minimum power requirements to be operational.
  3. Have an adequate fuel supply to operate backup power sources. If the outage lasts for more than 30 days will the faciulity be ale to continue operations.
  4. Set reasonable response times for standby generator.
  5. Maintain your equipment and test it operations. Test at least once a quarter and review supplies on hand.
  6. Understand your environment and geography.
  7. Set up generators in an “open environment”. Carbon monoxide fumes can build up and poison people.
  8. Quarterly review your load.
  9. Meet all mandated compliance requirements. See Compliance Management Kit.
  10. Optionally contract for a rental power source.

A full description of each of these is contained in the template.  If followed, the chance the plan will be a workable one, are significantly improved.

 

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Cloud Outsourcing

How to Guide for Cloud Processing and Outsourcing 2019 Version Released

How to Guide for Cloud Processing and Outsourcing 2019 Version Released with new fearures. It now is available in ePub format.  The version is provided with the basic product.

As interest in cloud computing continues to gain momentum,there is increasing confusion about what cloud computing represents. Without a common, defined vocabulary and a standardized frame of reference, organizations cannot have a cogent discussion about cloud computing. The practical guide for cloud computing outsourcing addresses this challenge by providing a context for productive discussion and a structure for planning, both short and long term, for a successful implementation.

In a recent study, Janco identified the 5 major reasons why CIOs, and enterprises in general, are moving towards Cloud and Outsourcing as processing solutions.

Cloud Oursourcing

Cloud Outsourcing – Reasons why CIOs recommend Cloud and Outsourcing Solutions

The top five reasons and percentage of CIOs who gave these reasong for are  selected are:

  1. Application development (86%) is one of the primary reasons.  Development is easier and resources are scalable.  At the same time costs are variable.
  2. Infrastructure Support (63%) includes the ability to have portable backups and, for example, support disaster recovery and business continuity process.
  3. Gain Specialized skills – (61%) there is no need to create an operation environment to try  a new technology.  In addition it provides and ability to prototype.
  4. Service Level Improvement (45%) can be inproved with flexible capacity.
  5. Cost Savings (34%)  is still a reason for many CIOs to select these options.

New with the 2019 version of this how to guide:

  • GDPR Mandate requirements defined
  • Added Application & File Server Inventory
  • Updated the included job descriptions to be compliant with all mandated requirements
  • Updated all the included forms to the 2019 version
  • Added eReader format (ePub) for the core document

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Cloud based ERP

Cloud based ERP priority for CIOs

Cloud based ERP is a priority for many organizations.

Best practices for Cloud Processing include rules for successful ERP projects

Cloud based ERP,projects typically increase costs, take a long time to implement and require large and specialized staffs.  Add to that the operational management needs to buy into the process.  Needless to say the canned reporting that comes with the typical ERP system often does not meet the needs of management and users.

An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution integrates and organizes an enterprises’ data into a single comprehensive platform. ERP systems enable organizations to integrate all business management functions: accounting and finance, human resources, manufacturing, supply chain management, project management, customer relationship management and more. Implementing an ERP system allows you to access the required information needed in real-time to make informed decisions, with the accuracy of precise data from across your organization.

With the emergence of a secure clouds, moving to a new ERP solution is not as high-risk an event as it once was. There are some critical benefits that make a cloud based ERP a solution that should be looked at:

  1. Vendor packages are available
  2. Metrics can be defined up front
  3. The staffing requirements for scores of ERP specialists is significantly reduced
  4. A cloud based solution eliminates the need for most of the on-site data center resources
  5. There is much less of a requirement to “re-invent” the wheel
  6. Business continuity objectives are more easily managed
  7. Development and and implement cycles are reduced
  8. With the cloud the ERP is more easily sized for both features and number of users supported
  9. New technologies and equipment is more easily supported
  10. Better security and operations
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