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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Common Misconceptions around the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

Common Misconceptions around the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

In a recent post, we discussed what PCI DSS is, why it matters, and the release of the latest version, including a summary of the changes and the impact of each. See “What PCI DSS version 3.2 means for you” for more information. In 2016, West Monroe Partners has conducted over 140 IT diligences on behalf of private equity firms and strategic buyers across a number of industries as...

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Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud

Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud

West Monroe Partners recently completed a nine-month effort to help a client migrate a large custom SaaS platform with regulatory requirements (PCI DSS v3.1, SSAE16). The engagement involved migrating on-premises systems to Microsoft Azure’s IaaS platform, and in the coming weeks, we’ll be detailing our methodology for designing and securing that environment in a series of blog...

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What PCI DSS Version 3.2 Means for You

What PCI DSS Version 3.2 Means for You

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) recently released version 3.2 of their Data Security Standard (PCI DSS v3.2).  The PCI DSS is a global standard designed to protect payment card data.  It applies to any organization that accepts or processes payment cards, and lays out a comprehensive compliance program designed to define how organizations should implement...

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Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Compliance

Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Compliance

As advisors to our 100+ private equity clients who use M&A activity to provide positive returns to their investors, WMP helps establish platforms, processes, and technology that can enable rapid EBITDA growth. Within the world of M&A, carve-outs and divestitures are some of the most complex situations when it comes to quickly getting the newly acquired business on the right track...

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10 Ways to Improve Your Next CX Survey

10 Ways to Improve Your Next CX Survey

Surveying has been around a long time. Before we had web analytics, social media, or data warehouses, we had surveys. With today’s technology, brands can be connected to their customers like never before. Yet despite this world-shaking shift into the digital age, for many customer experience practitioners (us included, we fully admit!), surveying still remains a favorite method of data...

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Marty McFly—The Future is Now!

Marty McFly—The Future is Now!

I loved the movie Back to the Future. Besides the given that Michael J. Fox was in his acting prime, I always reveled in how the future was depicted. I am a sucker for creation and innovation, so I always geeked out over seeing the mini- pizza inserted into the oven for mere seconds that emerged as a large family sized meal, or the hover boards and the lace- up sneakers Marty wore.…

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Beyond Decision Tree Segmentation for Banks

Customer segmentation is an essential and valuable exercise for marketers in the financial services industry. The many benefits of a customer segmentation program include the ability to target campaigns and products to the most profitable audiences, increase response rates, lower acquisition costs and increase retention and cross-sell rates.  Segmentation can also help banks compete with...

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Role of Identity Management – Removing the Friction

With what seems like a daily stream of news related to data breaches these days, why is identity and access management (IAM) still: Not moved to the top of every CIO/CTO roadmap Only talked about as just the management of an identity and not also the governance of that identity Not a standard swim lane with every project that requires any type of authentication to any service (on-premises or...

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I’m a Gary Clark Jr. Brand Evangelist

Dreamforce 2015 was incredible! As usual, it upstaged and outdid the previous year’s event and this year the conference was punctuated by an outstanding music festival newly coined Dreamfest.  I have been excited about this concert since registering as one of my favorite artists; Gary Clark Jr. was kicking the night off. …

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