Don’t DROWN: Check Your Servers for HTTPS Vulnerability

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, March 3rd 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Microsoft, Security

HTTPS is supposed to be secure, right? Of course, nothing on the internet is ever truly safe. This week, a new vulnerability in OpenSSL was uncovered, allowing hackers to access websites secured with SSLv2. Although this security protocol is out of date, over 11 million websites—1/3 of all HTTPS secured servers—are at risk.

Plenty of websites that store sensitive information like credit card details are vulnerable to DROWN, which is an acronym for Decrypting RSA with Obsolete and Weakened eNcryption. Websites can be hacked in just minutes using this attack vector.

Learn how to check your site for DROWN vulnerability and what you should use to replace SSLv2 after the jump.

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What is Cloud Storage Durability & Do You Really Need 11 Nines?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, February 25th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Disaster Recovery

Cloud storage, especially object storage, is often marketed by touting its “durability,” with many providers boasting eleven or thirteen “nines”, in other words 99.999999999% reliability. It sounds great—as close to 100% reliable as you can get. But what is durability in relation to storage, and do you really need those eleven nines?

Not every service provider even offers a durability rating as it can be difficult to measure and guarantee. A more important question to ask your cloud hosting provider is about how they are protecting against data loss generally. What technologies are in play? What are your odds of recovering data? How can you tie in backup?

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When You Can’t Avoid Malware, Turn to Cloud Backup

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, February 18th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Security

We’ve covered cryptolocker and other encryption-based malware on the blog in the past. One click-happy or poorly trained employee could bring your organization to its knees.

For Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles, the cryptolocker threat became all too real. This attack may have been targeted, as the hackers requested $3.4 million to unlock the hospital’s computer systems. More or less everything in the facility is tied to the computers, even the emergency room. For now, that means some patients requiring certain equipment or testing have been moved while the facility works off paper.

Cryptolockers aren’t the only malware that can take down your IT systems. Botnets hijacking your resources, rootkits granting administrative access, spyware collecting data, Trojans, viruses, and worms can all restrict or remove access to the applications, files, and data your business needs to operate.

Cloud backup can be a great tool to restore normal operations if your systems are completely inoperable due to malware.

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Hybrid Continues to Be Most Popular Cloud Option, Adoption Accelerating

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, February 9th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting

Hybrid cloud remains the most popular option for cloud infrastructure, as more and more businesses have an active hybrid environment or plan to adopt one. A recent EMC and IDG Research survey found that 88% of respondents believe hybrid cloud is ‘important’ or ‘critical’ to enable digital business transformation. The results seem to indicate what EMC calls one of the only things industry experts can agree on: hybrid is the future of enterprise IT infrastructure.

Meanwhile, RightScale's State of the Cloud report finds that 71% have already adopted hybrid. Are you following suit?

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Green House Data Team Takes 2nd in Boys & Girls Club Chili Challenge

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, February 2nd 2016

Green House Data has a strong chili game — green chili to be precise (how could we make anything else?). A team of our Cheyenne employees has entered and won the Laramie Chili Cook-off at Jubilee days, taking People’s Choice for green chili in 2014 and First Place green chili in 2015. Last week, they took their recipe to the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne Chili Challenge in Cheyenne, coming away with a Second Place finish in the green chili category.

The event raised money to support the organization via tickets and sponsorships, and had great attendance with 18 teams serving 34 different chili varieties. 

Read on to get the award winning green chili recipe!

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