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Washington, D.C. – Any business collecting, storing, processing, or otherwise handling data containing personally identifiable information on European Union citizens needs to plan for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect May 25, 2018.

Open-i Advisors’ new GDPR preparation service makes it easy and affordable to assess how web hosting and cloud computing providers collect, store, and use customer data. Our data consultants are experts on mapping the way your organization uses data, finding possible risks, and determining what steps you can take to mitigate risks. You’ll be presented with a document that can be either assessed by our partner lawyers or your own legal team.


We work with you to create a report that includes:
• A summary of risk points
• A map of data flows by department
• A list of suppliers and other third parties with whom the client may share data (or who may share data with the client) with their GDPR statements included as relevant
• A list of all found public privacy or disclosure statements, ready for review

“By working with Open-i Advisors, you can save time and money by packaging up everything you will need to hand off to legal counsel so that they can address your needs in as low cost a manner as possible,” says Open-i Advisors Co-Founder Christian Dawson. “Our legal partners are experts on GDPR compliance, so if you’re looking for a holistic solution we can provide that as well”.

GDPR preparation from Open-i Advisors provides data expertise when you need it, with a data-consultant led discovery process, to analyze how data is used across your organization. Our process is straightforward and simple:

Initial Compliance Check: We speak with key people at your company to assess your data privacy risks and measure your current privacy controls against the GDPR.

Data Discovery – Internal: An extensive register of your organization’s current data processing activities will be produced, along with a comprehensive visualization of the organizational data life-cycle in its entirety.

Data Discovery – External: Open-i Advisors will do a public search of statements made by your organization, including privacy policy, email submission forms, white paper submission forms, client sign-up forms, etc.

Final Compliance Check: Open-i Advisors will highlight areas of anticipated concern to consider business process changes where necessary, and to discuss with legal counsel.

This GDPR preparation service is offered for a reasonable hourly fee, which will result in a low cost for your company to gain all the insights you need to identify internal changes needed by your organization.

Find out more about GDPR Preparation for Hosting & Cloud Companies here: http://openiadvisors.com/consultancy/gdpr-preparatory-consulting/

About Open-i Advisors
Open-i Advisors is a consulting company focused on Internet-related industries. Its hands-on approach helps organizations manage their customer data and determine their optimum market focus using next-generation industry segment data gathering and analysis. Open-i Advisors industry-expert consultants offer their experience and leverage a process that includes the power of quantitative data to better understand and actualize client goals. For more information, please visit www.openiadvisors.com.

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When it comes to starting your online business, choosing the best domain name, picking a robust website builder and selecting a reliable web hosting are 3 important factors that you need to get right at all costs if you want to achieve success and grow in the online business. Without getting these basic foundation right, you will simply disappear in the sea of other online businesses out there. Thus, today, we’ll tackle one of these factors, which is web hosting and to assist you in making the right choice. One of the major warning signs of a low-quality web host is frequent and unplanned downtime. The result of which is a loss of potential customers, leading to decrease in sales, which could ultimately affect your ROI. Also, a sub-standard hosting provider doesn’t invest in the kind of a robust infrastructure that is essential to keep your website safe from all potential harms and cyber threats. If you are planning on getting a hosting for your site then do check out this infographic…
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ – GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced that GoCentral is the first-ever website builder to feature an integration with Google My Business. Together, GoCentral and Google My Business now gives businesses another way to create powerful online identities for attracting and engaging customers.

An early beta program has demonstrated the power of the integration. During the beta, 1,538 businesses created business listings through Google My Business using GoCentral. Over the course of three months, those listings were viewed over 1 million times and resulted in participating small businesses receiving over 7,000 phone calls and more than 17,000 clicks to their website. Directions to physical storefronts were requested more than 11,000 times.


Google My Business is a free and easy-to-use tool for businesses to manage their online presence across Google, including Search and Maps. By creating a business listing, verifying and editing their business information, publishing posts promoting a special offer or event, or replying to reviews, businesses can attract new customers and engage with existing ones. With the new integration, small business owners can easily create and submit a Google My Business listing while building a website on GoCentral. Additionally, users can read and respond to reviews directly in GoCentral.

“Business owners want to reach more customers, and we’re always thinking about new ways to help them find and connect with those customers,” said GoDaddy Director of Digital Marketing Products Nissim Lehyani. “GoCentral’s new integration with Google makes it simple for entrepreneurs to check an item off their list when starting a business, enabling them to enhance their online presence and find success online.”

The Google My Business integration is the latest addition to GoCentral’s expanding capabilities for building a powerful online presence. GoCentral enables anyone to build a professional, mobile-optimized website in under an hour. After building a website with GoCentral, customers can then drive traffic and engagement with its integrated marketing features for SEO, social media and email marketing.

The Google My Business integration is included on GoCentral Business Plus and Online Store tiers.

About GoDaddy
GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With over 17 million customers worldwide and nearly 73 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com.

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BOSTON, Mass. – Sedo, the world’s largest domain marketplace and monetization provider, and Donuts, the global leader in high-quality, new top-level domains such as .AGENCY, .LIVE, .TODAY, .CHAT and hundreds more, today announced that Donuts’ platinum (reserved, super-premium) domain name inventory is now featured on the SedoMLS network, the web’s largest domain distribution network powered by Sedo. With this collaboration, Sedo customers and SedoMLS distribution partners now gain access to previously unavailable platinum inventory from Donuts’ more than 200 new generic top-level domain (gTLD) extensions, such as bitcoin.money, fake.news, credit.repair and clean.energy.

In addition to supporting Donuts Platinum domains within the SedoMLS network, Sedo has also launched support for domains carrying a premium renewal fee. All registrants of domains that carry premium renewals can now list their domains for sale via the SedoMLS network and immediately get widespread distribution, and liquidity, thru their network of registrar partners.


Before launching on the SedoMLS network, some recent Donuts platinum sales via Sedo include:

super.market – $25,000
black.market – $30,000
tv.show – $35,000
the.news – $50,000

“We’ve already had great traction with Sedo, which is why we think SedoMLS is an ideal platform for providing buyers access to our platinum inventory of names,” said Matt Overman, senior vice president of sales, Donuts Inc. “Collaboration with Sedo and their huge network of registrar partners means more eyes on these domains, which we hope will drive greater awareness and more sales of our platinum inventory.”

“We’re excited to offer the Donuts platinum inventory and to showcase our support of tiered pricing, which is now available to all participating SedoMLS registrars and our distribution partners. This is a win-win-win for registries, buyers, sellers and domainers alike,” said Tobias Flaitz, chief executive officer, Sedo. “We believe Sedo is the only provider to offer these services and with Donuts being an industry leader in making its inventory more readily available, this paves the path for other registries to come on board in this capacity, too.”

Equally important, via Sedo’s make-offer bidding platform, buyers will now be able to negotiate the domain sales and renewal price. Sedo’s brokers will directly support these negotiations.

Every second domain transaction globally is handled by Sedo. To learn why more than two million customers are benefiting from trading over 19 million listed domains, check out our solutions to learn more or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn as well as in the upcoming Sedo Partner newsletter.

About Sedo
Sedo, headquartered in Cologne (Germany) with an office in Boston (USA), is the world’s leading domain trading platform with more than 2 million customers and 19 million domains listed for sale. Sedo offers buyers and sellers a full suite of domain-related services, such as domain traffic monetization, auctions, appraisals, transfers as well as marketing and promotional campaigns. The SedoMLS Promotion Network is the largest domain distribution network, with 670 partners, including international top registrars. It supports more TLDs than any other domain distribution network.

About Donuts
Donuts simplifies and connects a fragmented online world with domain names and related technologies that allow people and businesses to build, market and own their digital identities. Donuts holds the world’s largest portfolio of new top-level domains, and offers a wide variety of clear and meaningful names for use as business identifiers (such as .ltd, .company), navigation (such as .careers, .support), in vertical markets (such as .photography, .cafe, or .builders) or in broad-based generics (such as .life, .world or .live). Donuts provides its registrar/reseller customers with innovative services for the discovery, registration, usage and monetization of high-quality domain names. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Donuts, the registrar Name.com is one of the most admired brands in the industry. Donuts’ headquarters are in Kirkland, WA; it has offices in Denver, CO; Washington, DC; Dublin, Ireland and Beijing, China.

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The recently discovered set of malicious actors (Spectre and Meltdown) which affect almost all the computing and mobile devices around the world, have created a buzz among the tech companies. As reported by Google Project Zero, Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities can be injected through the JavaScript code running in browser. It enables the attackers to read the system memory in CPUs including the ones from Intel, AMD, and ARM. Attackers can read sensitive information in the system like passwords, encryption keys, etc. It was also found that if any virtual machine (VM) is attacked, the physical memory of host machine too can be accessed. Further, the attacker can access the memory of all the VMs running on same host. Variants of attack: Variant 1: bounds check bypass Variant 2: branch target injection Variant 3: rogue data cache load As per the researchers, the Variant 1 and Variant 2 take place by mounting Spectre vulnerability, while Variant 3 by Meltdown. The Meltdown enables the…
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Amsterdam, the Netherlands – 3W Infra, a fast growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting provider from Amsterdam with global operations and more than 4,000 dedicated servers under management, has attained the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for Information Security Management together with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. Validated by independent third-party IT audit company Noordbeek B.V., these certifications would help 3W Infra ensure that they have enterprise-grade controls in place to protect customer information and payment data while safeguarding business continuity.

IT audit company Noordbeek B.V. has checked and validated a variety of processes as well as management and operating controls within 3W Infra’s organization to be able to grant 3W Infra the two ‘enterprise-grade’ security certifications.


To ensure that customers’ information is secure with 3W Infra, Noordbeek has validated things like 3W Infra’s business continuity, the documentation of organizational processes, separation of duties, managing (strategic) suppliers, IT system management, human resources policies and procedures, physical security measures in the offices and data center environment, handling and embedding of organizational knowledge, security incident reporting, and more.

3W Infra has received the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS certifications from Noordbeek IT Audit, Compliance & Advisory now and is able to send the third-party attestations to customers on their request.

“We see quite some service providers in the worldwide hosting industry eager to serve enterprises and other customers with high demands and mission-critical operations, but we don’t see many of them achieving accreditations like ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS, especially not the relatively smaller hosting providers,” said Roy Premchand, Managing Director of 3W Infra. “We know it’s not cheap to have these ISO/IEC 27001 and PCI-DSS quality guarantees embedded in your organization, but we think it’s a good step towards GDPR compliance and a big plus for our mission-critical customers who already entrust their IT infrastructure to 3W Infra – among them international companies within gaming as well as cloud services providers with global operations. Besides that, we expect these enterprise level accreditations to bring great value on a global level while attracting new types of customers from around the world within for example healthcare, finance, and government.”

SSAE 16 Certification

On top of the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS certifications achieved, 3W Infra is targeting expansion of accreditations embedded in the organization with an SSAE 16 certification in the future. While PCI-DSS is focused specifically on the data security of credit card information stored in a facility, SSAE 16 is more generally focused on the services operating environment and the internal controls of 3W Infra as a service provider.

“Although we’re a pure-play IaaS hosting provider, not a data provider, we do deliver managed engineering services through our Remote Hands solution to data services providers who store and process financial information,” added Mr. Premchand. “Our Data Center Neutral Remote Hands Service on the world’s main Internet hubs in Frankfurt, Amsterdam and London, thus may require us to go for this SSAE 16 accreditation as well. Especially because the clients for this Remote Hands engineering service come from all over the world. Most of them are not in the position to drop by in the data center to check data processes and handling themselves. The 3W Infra engineering teams are an extension of their own organization so to say, and SSAE 16 would provide them an end-to-end data security guarantee.”

About ISO/IEC 27001 and PCI-DSS

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is a worldwide-recognized information security management standard which would ensure that an organization can apply a framework to business processes to help identify, manage and reduce risks to information security. The standard does not only consider IT but all business operations of an organization.

The PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security) standard is a proprietary standard for all organizations that process, transmit, or store payment cardholder data. The standard is providing a framework with technologies and practices that would need to be adhered to in order to protect and secure the cardholder data.

About 3W Infra
Founded in 2014 by some Internet and hosting industry veterans, 3W Infra is a global Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting provider with great engineering knowledge and skills headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The company’s enterprise-grade, ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS certified hosting solutions are tailored to the specific needs of each customer. 3W Infra’s infrastructural solutions are engineered for scalability and cost-efficiency, with cloud-enabling services including colocation, dedicated servers, IP Transit, and high-level customer support. These solutions come with 3W Infra’s Remote Hands including Relocation engineering services at the world’s main Internet hubs in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and London.

As a fast-growing company aiming for sustainable growth, 3W Infra serves a dynamic array of different customer types with a variety of needs. The company’s flagship data center in Amsterdam features one of the lowest calculated pPUEs in the industry (1,04), which is highly energy-efficient. 3W Infra has a significant amount of colocation customers and more than 4,000 dedicated servers under management, while its global network now exceeds 160 Gigabit/sec (Gbps) of available bandwidth. 3W Infra’s customer base includes some of the largest Internet, gaming, broadcasting and cloud services companies in Europe and beyond.

To learn more about 3W Infra, visit: www.3winfra.com

About Noordbeek IT Audit, Compliance & Advisory
Noordbeek B.V. was founded in 2006 by Prof. Dr. Ir. Ronald Paans, Professor of Postgraduate IT Audit training at the VU University in Amsterdam. Noordbeek is an IT audit and consulting firm specializing in certification programs and handling of complex IT-related issues. Offerings range from certifications in the field of PCI DSS, ISO 27001, ISAE 3402, COBIT 5.0 to consultancy projects such as improving the connection of IT to business processes and making the cooperation between service provider and customer more effective.

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