NTP: DDoS Evolves into 400 Gbps Monster Attacks

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, February 19th 2014 — Categories: Networking and Fiber, Security

You may have seen recent headlines about NTP attacks, a new variation of Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS) that is driving massive attacks with up to 400 Gbps of traffic overwhelming servers. Victims have included Xbox Live, customers at CloudFlare, and hosting company OVH.

The new NTP attacks take advantage of Network Time Protocol, which is used to sync timestamps between servers and networks. Hackers amplify their attacks through NTP, by sending a small packet to the NTP server under the guise of the target IP. The NTP automatically replies to the spoofed IP with the last 600 IP addressed that connected. The specific command used is “monlist”, which replies with the list of IP addresses.

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Gartner’s 3 Easiest Ways to Improve Data Center Cooling Efficiency

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, February 12th 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation , Data Center Design, Green Data Center

Even as we build a new efficient data center, we’re always looking for ways to improve the PUE of our existing facilities. As fans of efficient infrastructure in general (after all, efficient equipment is well-installed, maintained, and operates at a lower cost), we encourage our data center peers to strive for efficiency as well.

Gartner posted a Top 10 Techniques to Improve Data Center Cooling Efficiency back in April 2012. We’ll take a look at the three methods they found easy to perform while still delivering dramatic results.

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The 4 Step Guide to Disaster Recovery Planning

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, February 5th 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Disaster Recovery

IT is a critical component of every successful business on the planet. With everything from company websites to phone systems to resource management systems hosted in enterprise data centers, a disaster, whether it is man-made or natural, can bring a company to a shuddering halt. Any organization wishing to avoid losing critical data and systems needs a disaster recovery plan in place.

Planning for disaster recovery is more than standing ready for the worst: it can also help highlight inefficiencies and the discovery of what systems and data are truly mission-critical. This quick guide will help you on the way to disaster preparedness.

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The New IT Department: Adjusting Web Based Service Strategies to Meet Business Initiatives

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, January 29th 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Microsoft

Our previous article covered how SharePoint 2013 can be used to plan for, manage, and implement strategic initiatives in your organization. This piece will discuss the keys to building a web-based services strategy for your organization, and specifically how –as-a-Service offerings can help deal with strategic initiatives.

The role of the IT department is changing. The industry and analyst firms like Gartner agree on this. Infrastructure and services are being commoditized as IaaS or SaaS. This will be a key factor in how IT teams are structured, what they think about, and how they operate. This article will cover how this change will be influenced by web-based software and services and how IT teams can prepare for these changes.

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Tips for Security on Data Privacy Day

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, January 28th 2014 — Categories: Security

January 28th is Data Privacy Day, an international event focused on educating the public about information security and personal data privacy. With hacks and security breaches making headlines every week (see the massive Target breach), keeping your digital information safe is more vital than ever. Here are some quick tips to help you secure your data from prying eyes, and a quick overview of how Green House Data technicians approach cloud security.

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