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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Public LTE: What is the True Cost of Going Wireless?

Public LTE: What is the True Cost of Going Wireless?

Across the country, telephone service providers are announcing their plans to suspend future support, and eventually retire legacy analog circuits. Over the past few decades, these circuits were used by utilities to connect critical assets with their core IT network. Many utilities are using this as an opportunity to upgrade their existing communications systems to IP or cloud based...

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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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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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Planning Your ERP Implementation? Do Not Overlook the “Seamless” Integrations!

Planning Your ERP Implementation? Do Not Overlook the “Seamless” Integrations!

Is your company gearing up for an ERP system implementation? If so, have the system integrations been thoroughly scoped and planned? Planning and building integrations is not typically as “seamless”, “easy”, and “automated” as the product marketing brochures make it out to be and could delay or add unexpected cost to your ERP system implementation.…

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Leveraging Open Source Technology to Deliver eBooks in Rwanda

Earlier this year I was privileged to work with the ‘Library For All‘ non-profit team out of New York to deliver a secure reader application to families all across Rwanda. I have built Learning Management Systems (LMS) for institutions around the world over the course of my career, but this particular project gave me a deeper appreciation for the reach you can achieve with mobile...

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What You Need to Know about Identity Access Management

Identity and access management – the process of ensuring the right people have the right access to information – should be a key component of any organization’s security infrastructure. A sound IAM approach will not only help protect your sensitive data, it will also save you time and money. However, implementation challenges such as business system complexities, lack of defined user roles and...

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Data for Good: Tackling the Open Data Movement

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend O’Reilly’s Strata Conference as a representative of West Monroe’s Advanced Analytics team. Strata focuses on trends in Big Data and Analytics, two of the hottest topics in the technology world today. At Strata, I was exposed to emerging Big Data architectures and design patterns, and had the chance to meet passionate and influential technologists in...

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Hyperconverged Integrated Systems, Simply

  The traditional data center infrastructure is comprised of discrete realms (compute, storage, network, etc.) each with discrete appliances (servers, SANs, switches). As a result of the inherent dissimilarities found in traditional infrastructure builds, you end up with equally dissimilar management interfaces even within a particular realm. For example, EMC and NetApp SANs, or Dell and...

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How to Create a Copy of a Production Instance in Dynamics CRM Online

Many of our clients have recently expressed the need to update their Sandbox instance to match the data in their Production instance.  Having the same data represented in both environments and in sync is crucial to consultants, developers, and clients alike.  Working in our client’s production instances is typically not a best practice, so we often design and test in sandbox before moving into...

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