The Business Benefits of Convergence for SMBs


Many small to midsize businesses (SMBs) have enterprise-class technology needs but lack the budget and skill sets to build and maintain such complex IT infrastructure. The 2015 State of SMB IT Infrastructure Survey by ActualTech Media found that nearly a

The Growing Role of Big Data in Crime Prevention


Law enforcement agencies are under the same pressure as any other government agency. Improve operational efficiency and deliver better services – and do these things with smaller headcounts. Like a growing number of agencies and private-sector businesses, law enforcement is

Understanding Storage Requirements for Docker Containers


In a previous post, we discussed how the Docker open-source, container-based cloud platform, despite being introduced less than three years ago, has already become a viable option for many enterprises. How popular has Docker become? According to a new survey

Understanding the Risk of Insider Threats


It’s late on a Friday afternoon, but you’d really like to finish up that important project you’ve been assigned. Being the dutiful, conscientious and hard-working employee you are, you simply email the important documents to your personal email address so

Why Perimeter-Focused Firewalls Are No Longer Enough


In most cases, today’s hackers aren’t looking to crash hard drives and petrify users with the blue screen of death. The vast majority of cybercriminals have two goals – steal your data and sell your data. Of course, if that

How Micro-Virtualization Raises the Security Bar

Microsoft recently announced that it is partnering with Bromium, a firm that specializes in data breach prevention through threat isolation, to enhance the security of its new Windows 10 operating system. The goal is to provide “the most secure endpoint

Virtualization Security Could Be a Bigger Problem than You Think


Most companies move forward with virtualization initiatives because virtualization can reduce costs, improve efficiency and simplify management. However, the cost of a security breach in a virtualized environment could easily wipe out any cost savings, according to new research from

How Big Data Security Analytics Is Transforming Enterprise Security


In our last post we discussed the importance of cyber threat assessments in developing a security strategy. Sequel performs such assessments using Fortinet’s FortiGate next-gen firewall and FortiAnalyzer tool to identify and prioritize threats. We help customers develop a threat

Cyber Threat Assessment: A Crucial First Step to Improving Security


The U.S. Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued a risk alert that provides guidance about examining and improving cybersecurity in the financial sector. Last week’s release focuses on the importance of readiness and ongoing

Preparing for Migration to the 802.11ac Wi-Fi Standard


In our last post we discussed the critical importance of Wi-Fi in today’s IT environment. Once considered a convenience, the wireless network now viewed as a strategic business asset that provides on-demand access to business data and applications from mobile