Implementing Certificate Authorities in Azure

Implementing Certificate Authorities in Azure

This entry in our series on Azure secure cloud migration discusses the process of implementing a public key infrastructure (PKI) in the cloud. See “Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud” for more information on the blog series and topics covered. Implementing these solutions on-premises always poses interesting systems management questions and in that regard deploying in the cloud...

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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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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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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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Vision & Value: Helping Your Business and IT Leaders Align Through Change

Vision & Value: Helping Your Business and IT Leaders Align Through Change

The expectations of how Program and Project Managers support the implementation of new technology are changing. Technology deployments and implementation projects have historically been owned and managed in great part by an IT department, with sporadic input from the business. In today’s environment of cloud computing and solutions-as-a-service, this is not the case.…

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Organizational Change Management Budget Risks in the Era of Cloud Computing

Organizational Change Management Budget Risks in the Era of Cloud Computing

System implementations have changed dramatically over the past 20 years.  The era of highly customized software, multi-year waterfall implementations and massive infrastructure budgets has shifted to modular software, agile methods, flexible configuration and cloud. What does this have to do with an accompanying budget for change management?  If you’re not careful, it guts it.…

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How Sustainable is your ERP System?

How Sustainable is your ERP System?

Sustainability is no longer solely driven by regulations and PR opportunities. It is now also seen as a strategic driver for competitive advantage and innovation. Companies that identify sustainability as a key differentiating factor have begun to innovate their business processes and revolutionize their end-products and services. From the insurance industry, where assessing risk from climate...

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Using the Office 365 Import Service

In May of this year Microsoft introduced a “preview” version of a new tool; the Office 365 Import Service. Office 365 administrators with mail message data in PST archive files can directly import message data into user mailboxes. Whether the PST files are shipped to Microsoft on physical disks or uploaded over the Internet Office 365 administrators use mapping files that link PST files to...

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