Meltdown and Spectre. Quick work by Azure

Meltdown and Spectre. What are they? A new computer security vulnerability has been disclosed in the past few days, discovered by Google Project Zero, named Meltdown and Spectre. Essentially, the two issues allow unauthorised access to data, potentially even across virtual machines (VMs). This means, regardless of access levels, one VM could read sensitive information …

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Disaster Recovery optimised with Microsoft Azure

What happens if my applications aren’t available? For most organisations, the delivery of IT services and applications is crucial to the running of the business. So disaster recovery (DR) is critical. Non-availability of these capabilities can affect sales, cause brand damage and legal issues, or even result in job losses. Clearly, then, it is important …

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Is it now time to upgrade your SQL Servers?

Mainstream Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 ended on 11th July 2017, therefore if you are not using version 2014 (with Service Pack 2), 2016 or the recently released 2017, you only qualify for extended support. SQL Server is a critical component of many business systems, yet it is often ignored when it comes to patching …

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Security breach solutions: Microsoft Office 365 & Azure

The “Assume Breach Paradigm” seems a bit alarmist and unnecessary you may think. “In fact it’s probably just a way of making our organisation spend more” you might say. It is indeed alarmist, but there is substance behind it and unfortunately I have personal experience of breaches. Hence, my view is that some investment is …

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Intrusion detection with Microsoft Azure & Office 365

In this blog, Peter Holland explains why Intrusion Detection is vitally important and why Microsoft’s solutions within Azure and Office 365 are not the intruder’s friend. What is Intrusion Detection? Not long ago, most organisations considered intrusion detection something to do with identifying an external party illegitimately connecting to internal systems and resources. The network …

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Azure Services: Extending the Silversands IoT System

Earlier this year we published a blog article about IoT and created a simple IoT proof of concept (POC) to demonstrate some of the capabilities of Azure IoT. Azure provides flexible, scalable solutions. The application development team at Silversands wanted to take this basic POC to the next level and show a live display of …

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