6 Things You Should Practice to Prevent Ransomware Attacks

Many organizations have been hit with a ransomware attack, and many of them wonder: How did this happen? What they could have done to stop this?

For many organizations and businesses, the answer isn’t clear. That happens, because businesses have many holes in their multiple areas of security practices that pave way for cyberattacks. While most of them aware of this situation, have security software already implemented. So here are the 6 things you should do to stop ransomware.

1.Application Whitelisting

Application whitelisting is a proactive security approach that creates an index of trusted, approved applications and files that are allowed to run on your system – and prohibits everything else. It’s a contrast to application blacklisting in which only specified threats are prevented and everything on the blacklist is allowed to run.

By its nature, application whitelisting is more restrictive than blacklisting and takes more effort to maintain. Many businesses choose not to whitelist their applications because of its effects on software usability and the complexity of putting it in place.

2.Control User Access

Allowing your employees unrestricted access to your network is a huge security risk. Careless or disgruntled employees can introduce ransomware or other malicious programs that wreak havoc on your system. In addition to giving training to your employees about security keep them restricted to only those files and programs that are needed for their job.

Another smart way to control user access is to restrict the number of users that have administrative permissions. Always try to keep the local and domain administrators restricted to a small number of approved users.

3. Use Smart Password Practices

We can’t ignore this – but smart password practices are one of the easiest ways to protect your system. Although it’s tempting to create easy-to-remember passwords to save yourself from the login headaches it’s never worth the risk.

Use strong passwords that are hard to guess, combine a variety of numbers and characters, and are unique to each account. Also, enable the dual-factor authentication everywhere you want. This will make it harder for hackers to access your system accounts and deploy ransomware.

4.Apply Patches and Update Regularly

Like updates, software “patches” changes a program to connect it from new vulnerabilities that have occurred since its installation. If you are running antivirus or security software that isn’t running with the latest patches and updates, that means you are leaving holes within your security for making it vulnerable to the ransomware attacks. Always run updates and patch as soon as possible.

5.Fire up the Firewalls

Most businesses have the perimeter firewalls in place at the boundary of their network to prevent outside traffic from entering the system. Be sure your perimeter firewall is able to do its job by shutting down connections such as remote desktop systems.

While perimeter firewalls are important, they don’t protect your network from attacks that originate within your system. Many ransomware attacks originate from the inside of your network from push installations or employee activity. You should also run a personal or host firewall to protect your network from inside traffic risks.

6.Protect your File Shares

Since ransomware uses encryption to target your files and hold them ransom, keeping your files is a must even if you have strong security measures in your place. One common area that businesses overlook is the act of file sharing.  When you share your file with other users, whether over devices or through the web you can run the risk of being intercepted by hackers.

If you’ve been the victim of ransomware or need help improving your security, we can help! We have a wide range of security solutions and disaster recovery plans that can protect you from ransomware and other cyberattacks. Contact us today!

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Prerna Narang June 24, 2020 0 Comments

Top 5 Cloud Computing Trends to Watch Out in 2020

Cloud computing is one of the industries that is always on the hotfoot to grow. As it develops on the breakneck speed and keeps track of everything that is hanging around in the world of technology. Organizations have started recognizing the importance of cloud computing and are adapting technology steadily over the past few years. With the new technologies around and the pace with which cloud computing is being adopted, it is now skyrocketing!!

According to Gartner, the worldwide public cloud services market will gain a positive growth of 17% in 2020. That is an increase from $227.8 billion in 2019 to 266.4 billion in 2020.

Top Cloud Computing Trends to Watch in 2020

Let’s check out which cloud computing trends are ruling in 2020.

1. Omni-Cloud instead of Multi-Cloud

Using multi-cloud computing services under heterogeneous architecture has now become an old story. As with the increase in demand, many of the businesses have started migrating their workload to the infrastructure-as-a-service providers. But along with that following demands arise:

  • Application Portability
  • Easy procurement of compute cycles in real-time
  • Streamlined connectivity in data integration problems
  • Cross-platform alliances by vendors

As a result, multi-cloud is transforming into an Omni cloud with the architecture becoming homogeneous. For example, if a company has a gazillion business under its hood, adopting an Omni-cloud computing services cloud gives it a sharper competitive edge.

2.Serverless Computing

This one is being hailed as an evolutionary part of modern-day cloud computing. It is rising in popularity. However, very few enterprises have implemented in reality. Technically serverless computing is not devoid of servers, rather the applications till run on them. But the cloud service provider is responsible for managing the code execution only.

This a major improvement in the world and technology of cloud computing, challenging the paradigm of technology innovation and restructuring the infrastructure.

3.Quantum Computing

Technology is something that is always evolving and is futuristic. Needless, to say that the performance of computers is also expected to improve with the passage of time. This where Quantum Computing comes into the picture.

Hardware development using superposition, entanglement, and similar-quantum mechanical phenomena is the key to robust computers. With the help of Quantum Computing servers and computers can be built to process information at the jet speed.

Quantum computing also has the capacity to limit energy consumption. It requires lesser consumption of electricity while generating massive amounts of computing energy. Best of all, quantum computing can have a positive effect on the environment and the economy.

4.Cloud to Edge

Cloud computing and centralized data bring in the need to run physical servers in large numbers. The distributed infrastructure provided has a large impact when it comes to large-scale data analytics and processing. However, for organizations that need instant access to the data, edge computing is a very good option for them.

Every unit in the edge computing paradigm has its own computing, networking, and storage systems. Together they manage the following functions:

  • Network switching
  • Load balancing
  • Routing
  • Security

The integrity of the systems and their operations warrant information processing from varied sources, turning each of them into a focal point of data.

5.Security Acquisitions

Platform-native security tools are the need of the hour. Organizations adopting the cloud want them instead of the third-party tools. Providers, who can’t build the in-house tools would need to purchase them. Thus, cloud security acquisitions are likely to rise.

Also, because the security of the cloud platform is very complex and there would always one gap or the other, this one trend is going to linger for a long time. To that end, 2020 in Cloud Computing is likely to be brimming with mergers and acquisitions.

To Conclude…

The cloud has dramatically changed the way Information Technology works and functions. With the latest upcoming trends, the higher scalability is possible. There are also pay-as-you-go-models that save time and money.

With years of experience in helping clients transform their business by the power of the cloud, TechNEXA Technologies can help you understand and implement this technology seamlessly in your business. Contact us to know more.

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It’s Time to Prepare for a Multi-Cloud Future

Clouds are on the horizon in every corner of the business. Your business needs more than one platform for storing your data and accessing it remotely. Cloud solutions offer clear advantages when it comes to cost, scalability, and reliability. For small-and-medium-sized enterprises, it’s meant hassle-free access to the newest and best cloud-based tools or freeing up precious times and IT resources spent on maintaining the room full of servers.

Multi-cloud has become a strategic initiative for many enterprises, large and small. As the first wave of public cloud (IaaS) adoption is maturing, organizations are realizing that they do not want to become overly dependent on a single cloud provider, and also that on an ongoing basis there are varying degrees of efficiency that can be achieved by utilizing multi – clouds and shifting workloads as necessary.

There’s also plenty of ongoing change on the multi-cloud scene that comes with the increasing adoption and use cases of multi-cloud. Here are the following trends to note about the multi-cloud:

1. Multi-cloud becomes a more intentional strategy:

While many organizations are already on multi-cloud that means they have different applications or workloads already on different public clouds. That’s changing – “What we are seeing now is that multi-cloud has become a deliberate strategy which means making applications truly cloud-native and reducing architectural dependencies on particular cloud service”.

“For a long time, people were just wrestling with the cloud,” Matters says. “Now, as companies are getting familiar and comfortable with different private clouds and public clouds, we are beginning to see them put together true hybrid cloud strategies that span their data centers.

2. The cloud-native technology stack grows up:

Intentional multi-cloud strategies mean more teams will need to rethink their technology stacks. “This has implications on the technology stack used, such as containers and Kubernetes, and on security, which now has to be built into the application development pipeline and have detection and control points attached to the workload rather than to the infrastructure,” Jerbi says.

“Ultimately, multi-cloud is not an infrastructure strategy”, Reddy says. “Multi-cloud is an application strategy and business strategy. It is a means to end the care about their business applications. This is why the technologies that enable cloud-native development and architecture will continue to generate so much attention as multi-cloud cases.

3. Cloud connectivity becomes critical:

“Another trend to watch is the interconnectivity between cloud vendors. Each vendor has a way to provide dedicated network access to their cloud, but interconnecting between clouds and guaranteeing performance is more problematic,” says Michael Cantor, CIO at Park Place Technologies. “So, if a company is going to go truly multi-cloud and put different components in different places, interconnectivity and reliability of that connectivity have to be considered.”

So how can a business prepare for this reality amid a fast-changing IT landscape? It helps to look for a silver lining. Yes, a multi-cloud strategy can present complications, but best-in-breed tools for various parts of the business are increasingly cloud-based and this trend will only accelerate. Enterprises may well find the significant benefits to be worth the headache.

Our experts at TechNEXA Technologies can help you securely migrate your data to the cloud onto a combination of platforms – AWS, Azure, Google Cloud.

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Prerna Narang April 15, 2020 0 Comments

10 Security Tips to safeguard your data while “Working from Home”

While our government lurches awkwardly through the current crisis, there are several security considerations that must be explored. Enterprises must consider the consequences of working from home in terms of systems access, access to internal IT infrastructure, bandwidth costs and data repatriation.

What this means is when your worker accessed your data/databases remotely, then the risks to the data grow.  While at normal times the risk is only between the server, internal network, and end-user machine, external working adds public internet and local networks. Here are some of the approaches to take for minimizing the risks while working remotely in this crisis.

1.Provide employees with basic security knowledge:

People working from home should be provided with the basic security knowledge so that they are also aware of the phishing emails and ensure to avoid the use of public Wi-Fi. They should be trained to check that their Wi-Fi routers are sufficiently secured and to verify the security of devices that they use to get the work done.

Employees should be particularly reminded to avoid clicking the links in emails which they receive from the people they don’t know. Your team needs to be in possession of basic security advice and it’s also important to have an emergency response team in place.

2. Provide your people with VPN access

One way to secure your data as it moves between your core systems and the external employees is to deploy a VPN. These services provide an external layer of security which in turns provide the following:

  • Hiding the user’s IP address
  • Encrypting data transfers in transit
  • Masking the user’s location

Most large organizations already have a VPN at the place and they should check that they have sufficient seats to provide it to all their external employees. Once chosen the right type of VPN organizations must check that all their employees are provided with that service.

3. Provision Security Protection

Organizations must ensure that their security protection is up-to-date and is installed on the devices that are used for work. That means virus checkers, firewalls and device encryption should all be in one place and should be well updated.

4.Run a password audit

Your company should need to audit employee passcodes. That doesn’t mean requesting people’s personal details but does mean passcodes used to access any enterprise services. These passcodes need to be reset and redefined in line with stringent security policy.

The use of two-factor authentication should become mandatory, and you should ask the people to apply for the toughest possible protection across all the devices. You should also ensure that business-critical passwords are securely stored.

5. Ensure the software is updated

Organizations should ensure their employees updated their software with the latest version according to the support under the company’s security policy. Not only this the company must activate the automatic updating on all your devices.

6. Encourage the use of (secure, approved) cloud services

One way to protect your employees and their data is not to store their data locally. Content storage must be cloud-based where possible and employees should also be encouraged to use cloud apps (such as Office 365). It’s also important that any third-party cloud storage device is verified for use by your security teams.

7. Reset default Wi-Fi Router Passwords:

Not every employee has reset their default their password of the Wi-Fi router. If you have an IT support team then they should give telephonic training to everyone on resetting their password. You do not want your data to be subjected to the man in the middle, data sniffing or any other form of attack.

You may also need to make arrangements to pay for any excess bandwidth used, as not every broadband connection is equal. Employees should be told to avoid using the public Wi-Fi or use it as a VPN as it is a bit secure with that.

8. Mandatory backups:

It should be ensured that online backups should be available and should be regularly done. If not, then employees should be encouraged to use external devices for the backup option. If you use Mobile device management (MDM) or Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) services, then it is possible that you will be able to initiate automated backups via your system management console.

9. Develop contingency plans

Triage your teams. Ensure that the management responsibilities are shared between teams and do ensure that you put contingency plans at a place by now in case key personnel get sick. Tech support, password, security management, essential codes, and failsafe roles should all be assigned and duplicated.

10. Foster community & care for employees

The reason many people are working from home is because of health pandemic. The grim truth is that employees may get sick or worse during this crisis. With this in mind community chat, including group chat using tools such as hangouts, will become increasingly important to preserve mental health, particularly for anyone enduring quarantine.

Encourage your people to talk with each other, run group competitions to nurture online interactions and identify local mental health.

The bottom line is that your people are likely to be under a great deal of mental stress, so it makes sense to raise each other through this journey.

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Prerna Narang March 25, 2020 0 Comments

Cloud Migration Strategy: How to prepare for Cloud Migration

“The Cloud” is future and cloud computing has taken us there. It’s a phrase that still conjures thoughts of digital transformation and business acceleration. As many have painfully experienced the migration, migration to the cloud is a long step-by-step process and having a long and organized migration can aid in the success of the business. In fact, most cloud migration fails because of poor cloud migration strategy.

Do you think, you’re ready for the cloud?

Think again before starting migration to the cloud, as many organizations make mistake at the beginning without knowing their hardware, software and networking infrastructure. If you don’t follow the proper strategy then the migration can cause the non-preventive downtime hence causing more issues.

Get a complete inventory of your hardware, software and inventory infrastructure

Approaching and doing cloud migration without a clear picture of your hardware, software and inventory infrastructure is like driving miles without the map and hence all this causes waste of lot more money.

Taking a hardware and software inventory

The main goal and approach behind having hardware and software inventory are to ensure and better understand what relies on what. It is helpful in determining the cloud migration process and knowing what needs to be migrated. Hardware and software inventory accounts for all servers, storage, security, as well as operating systems.

Taking a network inventory

Network inventory is more than your internet connection. A proper network inventory includes:

  • Network capacity (WAN and Internet) by location
  • Appliances including firewalls (both physical and virtual), switches, routers, and other capabilities
  • Technology in use such as Ethernet, MPLS and “IP”
  • In addition to the inventory, the organizations should create a topology map including IP address ranges showing WAN and internet uplinks.

Understanding your network inventory can be difficult because of couple reasons. First you need to ensure that your chosen CSP can meet all your network requirement workloads. This can help you determine which applications are the most bandwidth-intensive and which may need to remain only on-premises. In addition to all this, it’s very important to understand this for proper timing of cloud migrations.

Rehost, replatform or refactor: how are you going to migrate your applications?

It’s all too common to find organizations that can just “lift and shift” their existing workloads to the cloud. While in certain cases it is often possible to easily migrate the workloads to the cloud but in some, you need to perform extra efforts over the applications that need to be migrated over the cloud.

But before we access our applications, let’s see what other options do we have:

  • Rehost: Otherwise known as “lift-and-shift” rehosting involves migrating workloads to the cloud without any code modification. This approach is quicker and requires less up-front resources. However, rehosting fails to take advantage of many of the benefits of the cloud such as elasticity. Additionally, it may be cheaper on-premises, rehosting is way more expensive than other approaches that optimize for the cloud.
  • Replatform: Replatform involves small upgrades to workloads for the purpose of taking better care of the cloud than it would be in the case of rehosting approach. Replatforming is the better approachable way for the cloud migration, other benefits of cloud functionality and cost optimization without the heavy resource commitment of our next migration method.
  • Refactor: The most involved approach of all, refactoring involves recoding and rearchitecting in order to take full advantage of cloud-native functionality. It is by far the most resource-intensive solution of not only just cost optimization but also cloud functionality.

Understanding which factor is suitable for you mainly begins with the assessment of your application/app. Is it a revenue-generating application that includes investing in it? If so, perform a cost-benefit analysis in order to determine the cost in terms of resources and downtime and the benefits the application needs to gain from replatform or refactor. And if the application doesn’t generate any revenue and just needs to be sustained then you can try replatform or rehost.

Final Thoughts: When complex, choose clarity

When coming up to the point of cloud migration, always try to remember these things in your mind. Otherwise, you can let yourself into trouble and make your task tougher hence slowing down the process of cloud migration. Choosing between rehosting, replatforming and refactoring is a complex undertaking. Fortunately, if you choose a better service provider then it will take the responsibility to take care of your workload. If you’re interested in learning more about what it takes about successful cloud migration, contact the experts at TechNEXA Technologies.

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Prerna Narang February 25, 2020 0 Comments

Endpoint Security: 6 Simple Rules for Securing Endpoints

Endpoint security and cybersecurity trends to become the top priority for business in 2020 and beyond. Cyberattacks are growing more complex and becoming difficult to prevent which will only accelerate in the future, thus making endpoint security a prominent goal in 2020. Cybercriminals are using structured and unstructured machine learning to hack the organization’s endpoints with increasing frequency.

Organizations are still being compromised with the privacy data, logins, access control, and sensitive information. Accordingly, the most common devices that will be targeted are desktops, laptops, and servers since they are most likely to contain the information. This all has made the organization more critical to manage and secure the endpoints. Here are six important rules for protecting your organization from IT security threats.

1. Always Patch:

Managing software updates and specifically patching endpoints helps to secure your organization from unknown threats. The appearance of the new endpoints such as the Internet of things (IoT), Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and other operating system and software vulnerabilities – requires countless patches.

2. Seek out all endpoints:

For this, you should first see how many within your organization network – how many devices are there? You’d better give this a chance because endpoints account for the vast majority of security breaches – estimates put at the number of 70%. It’s important to know the information because you can’t secure the organization then.

3. Stay Current:

You must adapt to the increasing complexity of hackers and the cyber attacks in the upcoming year. The organization should continuously work to improve the cyberattacks, hence causing the constant evolvement of the threat landscape. Therefore, your organization should deploy the endpoint security solutions that keep up with the deluge of malware which can be expected in the future.

4. Be Resilient:

Experts suggest that companies must aim to be resilient, assuming breaches are inevitable. Such endpoints are expected to account for 70% of the breaches, being able to find an attack at the endpoint while continually operating the business. A threat or attack to an endpoint must not be allowed to demobilize the entire business.

5. Be Strategic:

Many organizations are observed to have an inconsistent approach to endpoint security. Companies must manage the endpoint security strategically and begin to comprehend all the risks associated with the endpoint. Not doing so can result in inadequacies in processes and procedures leaving endpoints open to attack and breaches.

6. Make it a Priority:

Overall endpoint security and cybersecurity need to become the priority within the organization’s business plans. The endpoint doesn’t just protect your business – it preserves your reputation, reassures your customers and streamlines your business processes. Without the necessary prioritization that cybersecurity demands, endpoint security might fail if not secured properly.

Organizations must understand that in the upcoming years security must be a primary consideration after factors such as cost and performance. “What organizations must fail to appreciate” stated IDC, is that once the endpoint security has been compromised and provided the entry within the network of organization, the cost and damage to the business can be far greater than the savings they made or gains they achieved”.

To know more how you can make your organziation endpoints secure, you can contact TechNEXA Technologies. Our experts will guide you to protect your organizaiton from damage and ensure uptime.

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Prerna Narang February 11, 2020 0 Comments

Lift and Evolve: Transform & Explore as you Migrate

“Lift and shift” has proven a great way for the companies who are looking for cloud migration of the workloads in a low-risky way. The path to digital transformation is full of challenges, deciding which legacy applications to migrate on modern platforms and which to modernize to enhance reliability, serviceability, and functionality.

Fast forward to ten years from 2020, cloud computing is the new follow-on technology that holds similar promises and more. Cloud Migration with TechNEXA recognizes the need to leverage the power of cloud and value existing assets while modernizing, migrating and transforming your existing portfolio.

Leading your cloud journey

However, cloud migration  can represent a daunting journey. Forced to re-evaluate their assets IT decision-makers face mounting pressure. They are facing the urgency of cloud and cloud migration on multiple fronts. Cloud migration at TechNEXA provides a managed suite of agile services in order to guide your organization on this journey. This service combines global digital delivery and best-in-class technologies to thoroughly analyze options ensuring a successful migration, modernization and if needed management of your environment.

You can control your total cost by rationalizing and modernizing your application portfolio and infrastructure to exploit new services capabilities.

Lift and Shift?

Finding “quick wins” by moving the workload from on-premises to the cloud is a proven way to start-up with a kick start of cloud migration. Applications are effectively “lifted” from the current environment and “shifted” over the cloud. As such no significant changes are made in the application architecture, data flow and authentication mechanisms.

This is known as the “lift and shift” approach. But let’s take a step back and see the four ways of migrating the workloads on the cloud according to AWS:

  • Rehost (Lift and shift)
  • Replat form (lift, tinker and shift)
  • Repurchase (drop and shop)
  • Refactor/ re-architect

There is no-one size strategy, so if you were to ask a cloud specialist, which one is best then they are more likely to say “It depends”. The drivers for choosing the right approach range from using the least-disruptive approach to application compatibility, risk management to ROI, performance to cost.

Lift and Evolve with TechNEXA

With our powerful SaaS-based cloud migration platform and expert managed migration services we automate the process of upgrading operating systems. You need a cloud migration partner to navigate costs and technical` challenges. Our experts will identify the critical pain points and challenges, set your application strategy, identify the business value of critical applications and processes, hence helping you create the business case for migration, modernization, and transformation. A successful cloud migration ensures both speed and zero-risk. Enterprises can’t afford to have downtime or wait for snags to smooth out.

Once the data is in the cloud, it’s easy to re-engineer those applications. To learn how TechNEXA can help your applications and workloads as you migrate to the cloud-faster , more cost-effectively and with lower risk – feel free to reach out to us – [email protected]

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Prerna Narang January 23, 2020 0 Comments

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2020

The technology trend of 2020 tends to change the lives of people, enabling continuous digitalization of business and driving organizations to refresh their business models. That change may be incremental or radical and may be applied to existing business models or new models and technologies. Technology leaders may adopt a mindset and new practices that may apply to new technologies. The top 10 strategic technology trends are driving the business in a continuous innovation that comes under the part of Continuous-Next Strategy.

Technology trends - 2020

Organizations need to understand how these strategies and technologies of 2020 where thet need to be applied across the business models in a continuous and complementary cycle:

  • Continuous Operations: It helps to exploit the technology that supports running the business today, modernize it and improve the efficiency. Existing business models and environment sets upon the stage in which opportunities are explored and will ultimately influence the cost, risk, and success of implementing efforts.
  • Continuous Innovations: It helps to exploit the technology that in return helps to transform the business. This innovation cycle looks more radicals at the changes within business models supporting the technologies that extended the business.

Trends and technologies do not exist within an isolation. They build on and reinforce one another to create the digital world. As per Gartner report, following Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends have been identified for 2020:

People-Centric
  • Hyperautomation deals with the application of advanced technologies including AI and machine learning to increasingly automate the processes. This trend was kicked off a year ago with Robotic Process Automation (RPA). As per Gartner technology and trends 2020 report,  Hyperautomation requires a combination of tools for help and support.
  • Multiexperience deals with the way people control, perceive and interact with the digital world across the wide range of devices. The combined shift in both perception and interaction models leads to the multisensory and multimodal experience, something we will see starting off from 2020.
  • Democratization explores how to create a simplified model for people to consume digital systems and tap into automated expertise. Throughout 2023, Gartner aspects of the democratization tends to accelerate.
  • Human augmentation explores how humans are cognitively and physically augmented by the systems. Gartner anticipates that over the next 10 years, increasing levels of physical and cognitive human augmentation will become more prevalent as individual seek personal enhancements.
  • Transparency and traceability focus on data privacy and digital ethics challenges and the application of design that increases the transparency and traceability hence enhancing the trust.
Smart Spaces
  • Empowered edge emphasizes how the spaces around us are highly populated by sensors and devices that connect people to one another and the available digital services. However as per technology and trends report 2020, edge computing will become an important factor virtually across all industries and use cases as the edge is empowered with increasingly more sophisticated and specialized resources with more data storage.
  • Distributed cloud examines a major evaluation in cloud computing where the applications, tool, security, and others are physically shifting from a centralized data center mode to the point in which the services are distributed and delivered at the point of need. This represents the significant shift from the centralized model of most public cloud services hence leading to a new era in cloud computing.
  • Autonomous things explore how physical things in the space around people are enhanced with great capabilities to perceive, interact and move with various levels of human guidance, autonomy, and collaboration. The automation of these things goes beyond the automation provided by the programming models and they exploit AI to deliver the advanced behaviors.
  • Practical blockchain focuses on how blockchain can be leveraged in enterprises uses cases that are expanding over the next three to five years. Asset tracking also has value in other years, such as tracing food across a supply chain to more easily identify the origin of contamination.
  • AI security deals with the reality of securing AI-powered systems that are behind the people-centric trends.

As far as we can see in these stretegic technology and trends of 2020, the new year anticipates great opportunities as well as challenges for CIOs and their teams. Yet, it is paramount to always remember that embracing change and adopting new technologies that guarantee your enterprise will remain active and competitive on the market. Resisting change will only set your company a few but important steps behind. To know how you can cut down your IT expenses in the year, you can talk to our experts at TechNEXA Technologies.

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Prerna Narang January 6, 2020 0 Comments

6 tips for Responding to Security Incidents

Incident response is the structured methodology for handling cybersecurity, threats, and breaches. A well-defined and managed incident response allows you to effectively identify, minimize the damage caused and reduce the cost of a cyber-attack, while finding the issue and preventing the risk of attack. During an incident of cyberattack, the security team will face many unknown and frenzy of attacks. In such type of attack and situation, they may not be able to follow proper incident response procedures that can effectively minimize the damage.

At the time of such a high-pressure situation, the IR team had to focus on the critical tasks. Clear thinking and swift planning for the incident response can help in preventing such threats and hence maintaining your business continuity. You can plan to prevent such threats by having an incident response (IR) plan in one place. In addition, you can also have an IR policy pre-planned and deployed that can help you fully develop your IR plan.

Incident Response Steps to take after a cybersecurity event occurs

The priority should be to have an IR plan in one place before an incident occurs. Your organization should respond to the incident in the following phase:

  • Preparation: Planning in advance how to prevent the cyberattacks and how to control the situation if one has occurred.
  • Detection and analysis: This analysis comprises of everything from monitoring potential attacks, to looking for sign of an incident.
  • Containment and Recovery: Developing a strategy, to identify the threat, mitigate the hosts and systems, and have a plan for recovery.
  • Post-Incident Activity: Reviewing the lessons and looking for the evidence retention.

After looking on such phases, we should also look and learn the steps to be taken if any threat activity has occurred or being detected:

1.Assemble your team: It’s critical to have the right people with the right skills in the team, along with the associated tribal knowledge. The best is to have a team leader who takes the responsibility of the team if an incident occurs. This leader should be in direct communication with the management – so that all the important and critical decisions can be taken quickly such as taking key systems offline if necessary. In small organizations where the threat is not that severe, NOC/SOC team should be capable to handle the attack on its own. But for the serious and severe incidents, communication should be done with the relevant areas of the company.

2.Detect and ascertain the source: The IR team should first identify the cause of the breach and then see how it’s contained. The security team will become aware that the incident is occurring, or has occurred from a wide variety of factors that includes:

  • Users, system administrators, and other staff that are reporting of the incident.
  • Security products generated on the basis of the analysis of log data.
  • File integrity checking software, that can help to detect when the important files are being altered.
  • Anti-malware programs

3. Contain and Recover: A security incident is analogous to a forest fire. Once you are done with detecting the damage and source, you need to contain the damage. This process may involve stop and disable the computer with the affected networks or vulnerabilities. Not only this, but you may also need to reset the password of the affected users or block accounts of the insiders that might have caused the incident.

The IR team should also backup the current data from the affected system in order to prevent the loss and maintain the continuity of the business for later forensics.  Next, move to any service restoration which includes the two critical steps:

  • Perform system/network validation and testing to certify all systems.
  • Recertify the component that was compromised as both operational and secure.

4.Access the damage and severity: Until and unless the smoke clears its difficult to identify the severity of the incident and the extent of damage caused. For example – was it caused by the external server that could result in the shutdown of critical business components such as e-commerce, reservation systems, etc. Or did a web application intrusion had an SQL injection attack to execute malicious SQL statements on the SQL database. If critical systems are involved, escalate the incident and activate your response team immediately.

In other words, look at the cause of the incident. Whether the attack was caused from inside or outside, consider the event more seriously hence react and plan accordingly. At the right time, review the pros and cons of the cyber attribute investigation.

5.Begin the notification process: A data breach is a security incident in which the sensitive, protected or confidential data is being transferred, viewed or stolen by an unauthorized individual. Privacy laws such as GDPR require public notification in the event of such a data breach. Notify affected parties so that they can protect the data from identity theft.

6.Start now to prevent the same type of incident in the future: Once the security incident has been stabilized, examine the lessons and learn how to prevent the same type of incident in the future. This might include server vulnerabilities, training employees and how to provide the scams to better monitor insider threats. Also, don’t forget to implement these lessons in your policy learned from the vulnerabilities that occurred.

Lastly, update your security incident response to reflect all these preventative measures. Every organization will have different policy for the incident response based on their environment and business needs. To know more and protect your organization’s environment from the threat with a proper guide you contact TechNEXA Technologies.

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Prerna Narang December 5, 2019 0 Comments

A Modern Approach to Backup & Disaster Recovery

The upcoming approach towards data protection and disaster recovery is no longer meeting the complexity of today’s data centers. IT companies are vital for the health of the companies whether of any size. Organizations continue to monitor their mission-critical IT infrastructure to detect and mitigate the issues that might disrupt their services. There are multiple trends on a collision course:

  • Increased complexity: IT infrastructures are mainly combination of physical, virtual, cloud and multi-cloud environments, and often employ multi-tier applications.
  • Cloud and remote computing: Business critical data and applications are now basically in running environments where the traditional on-premises backup and disaster recovery (DR) approaches fall short such as in cloud computing environments and on remote employee laptops.
  • Lower tolerance for downtime: In 2019, 12% more survey respondents expect to recover from downtime in less than 4 hours as compared to the respondents in 2018.
  • Stretched IT resources: IT budgets or headcounts are limited or reduced while data volume continue to increase exponentially.

Therefore, a new approach to backup and disaster recovery is required. IT needs to stop expecting downtime and manual IT intervention for recovery. Today’s data centers require automatic resilience. The backup and recovery issues need to be detected and removed before they jeopardize a backup or make a recovery fail. The complexity of today’s IT infrastructure has moved beyond the scope of manual, human intervention.

Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan

The new backup and disaster recovery technologies are addressing these issues automatically, making backup and recovery effortless and invisible to the enterprise stakeholders. The only way for IT to meet these challenges is through automation. AI and machine learning tools can help with better data protection and hassle-free as possible. These technologies mainly help in:

  • Active-Monitor and Backup: Best-in-class see issues as soon as they happen and determine whether configurations may cause failure before even the backup runs.
  • Automate Remediation: Next gen backup and recovery solutions saves IT time and eliminate downtime with the reduced risk by automatically correcting issues like VSS errors, low drive space, network connectivity, and other issues.

The underlying message is that the disaster can occur anytime and anywhere, what we need to do is to have a reliable backup plan that can be effective. This is especially important when it includes customers and other financial information that can be disastrous for the company’s reputation and business continuity. The backup plan needs to contain three main strategies:

  1. Data Retention: It must be clear where data is being stored and which files are being packed up. To recover from a disastrous loss, a full copy of your infrastructure is required not just a copy of your files. The company must look at how often they need to backup data and needs regular update.
  2. Recovery ability: The time for recovery needs to be considered. How long your business can afford without your IT systems? This will also influence what type of tech and support you will require for your required timeframe.
  3. Security: Ensure that the disaster recovery is secure and protected. You need to have solid connectivity to protect while transferring your data and information.

Testing Your Backup

Other than performing a regular backup, companies need to test whether the tools are working properly. Failure to restore organization data, systems and processes can cause serious damage to your company and business continuity. Lost data and organizational downtime can result in regulatory investigations, lost business and even damage to the brand reputation.

Frequent testing of your tools can help you prevent the damage and alarm you with the warning signs that can cause damage to your data. However, the issue with regular backup and disaster testing is time. Performing administrative tasks can become very time consuming and over the course of a year it accumulates into a substantial amount of IT resources.

Backup Systems and Managed Services

TechNEXA Technologies offer a fully managed backup and disaster recovery solutions for business of all sizes. With this system, we not only take care of the day-to-day running of your backup solutions as we perform them at the frequency of your choosing. Additionally, we also perform the management and testing of your backup and disaster solutions, with continuous monitoring of your backups, identifying your problems and maintain the integrity of your data.

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Prerna Narang November 21, 2019 0 Comments