Office 365 vs. G Suite: The dilemma of choosing between the behemoths and the benefits of Office 365

Office 365 vs. G Suite: The dilemma of choosing between the behemoths and the benefits of Office 365

Those who remember Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) understand why there was such an interest in the release of Google Apps vs Office 365. Since their initial release, Google Apps has bloomed into G Suite and BPOS has evolved into Office 365. Both of which are capable of hosting a cloud based collaboration solution for companies of any size.…

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More Data, More Problems… Leveraging the Azure Import/Export Tool

More Data, More Problems… Leveraging the Azure Import/Export Tool

In today’s market businesses are likely familiar with the enterprise services provided in Azure and have already started planning a cloud transition.  As Azure expands its core offering and more business transition to a cloud platform, the question becomes, “how does an organization move large amounts of data to the cloud, specifically to Azure?”  Introducing the Microsoft Azure Import/Export...

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Is Data Warehousing really dead?

Is Data Warehousing really dead?

Traditional data warehousing was pioneered by Ralph Kimball and Bill Inmon in 1970s to address growing problem of accessing data for reporting and analytics from multiple disparate data sources. Key drivers and goals of data warehousing are: Collect data from multiple sources into a single repository Expose data for reporting and analytics in a performant way Keep full history of data...

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Controlling Inbound and Outbound Traffic Flow in an Azure-based Cardholder Data Environment

Controlling Inbound and Outbound Traffic Flow in an Azure-based Cardholder Data Environment

In our previous post, we examined the trade-offs when implementing a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in Azure using Active Directory Certificate Services. For an overview of the blog series and a list of the topics being covered, see the introductory post, “Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud”. This week, we will continue the Azure Secure Cloud Migration blog series by...

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So Many Databases To Monitor, So Little Time (Part 2 of 2)

So Many Databases To Monitor, So Little Time (Part 2 of 2)

Picking up from last time, we’ve successfully prepared our instances in the proper way by utilizing Transact-SQL. Meaning, we were able to correctly map the service account that Tripwire uses to all the databases in a given instance. Additionally, we were able to grant the proper permissions to the account so that Tripwire will function correctly.…

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Transparent Data Encryption with the Azure Key Vault

Transparent Data Encryption with the Azure Key Vault

In last week’s post, we covered a BitLocker implementation for Azure virtual machines. But as mentioned in that post, because BitLocker doesn’t fully satisfy the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirement (specifically, 3.4 and 3.5.2) for data encryption at rest, we also implemented SQL Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) for all databases.…

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Encrypting Data at Rest in Azure

Encrypting Data at Rest in Azure

Last week, we covered the segmentation of the client environment using Azure’s Network Security Groups. For an overview of the Azure Secure Cloud Migration blog series and a list of the topics being covered, see the introductory post, Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud. This week, in part 4 of the Azure Secure Cloud Migration blog series, we’ll cover the implementation of hard disk...

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Isolating the Cardholder Data Environment with Network Segmentation

Isolating the Cardholder Data Environment with Network Segmentation

In a recent post, we discussed many of the challenges with attesting to PCI DSS compliance, including a description of some of the factors that are often overlooked when defining the cardholder data environment (CDE). See “Common Misconceptions around the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)” from our recent series of blogs on PCI DSS-related topics for more information. …

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Securing Cloud Networks

Securing Cloud Networks

Continuing our blog series on Azure Secure Cloud Migration, we will discuss Azure’s take on network control and how scalability and manageability play a role in designing a secure and functional environment. See our previous post on Talking to the Cloud for insights on architecting an Azure network. Network Access Control Network Security Groups (NSGs) are a native Azure feature to apply...

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How to Talk to the Cloud

How to Talk to the Cloud

Picking up from last week’s post on Preparing to Migrating to a Secure Cloud, the first part of our Azure Secure Cloud Migration blog series, we’ll jump right in to how and why the client’s Azure network was architected. Connectivity and traffic flow between Azure, on-premises locations, and even business partners are things to consider immediately, as they impact the overall structure of the...

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