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(Bloomberg) — A major shipping company is under attack. With help from a corrupt executive, an international hacking syndicate called Scorpius, has penetrated the computer networks of Fast Freight Ltd. The hackers have taken control of servers and compromised the systems that control Fast Freight's vessels and its portside machinery. The company's cybersecurity consultants have 48 hours to uncover the breach and repulse the attackers before they cripple Fast Freight's business and cause serious economic damage.
It sounds like the plot to a blockbuster thriller. But this was the fictional scenario 42 budding computer security experts faced at the annual U.K. Cyber Security Challenge competition earlier this week in London. With demand for cybersecurity expertise exploding, but qualified people in short supply, war-gaming competitions like this have become key recruiting grounds for companies and government security agencies.
"We want to find untapped talent to fill roles in our own operation and in the industry as a whole," said Rob Partridge, BT Group Plc's head of commercial development for penetration testing. BT is one of a half-dozen companies, including Airbus SE, Cisco Systems Inc. and smaller, specialist cybersecurity firms Darktrace Ltd. and Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., that sponsored this year's Challenge competition. The U.K.'s National Crime Agency, the Bank of England and law firm 4 Pump Court also supported
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(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. agreed to sell some of its Chinese cloud assets to its local partner but said it's committed to a domestic market for internet-based computing that could be worth $30 billion.
Beijing Sinnet Technology Co. will buy servers and other unspecified "operational assets" in the country's capital from Amazon Web Services for as much as 2 billion yuan ($302 million), it said in a filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange. The sale is intended to comply with government regulations and improve service, it said.
Amazon's business in China has been hollowed out by the rise of local rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., which has come to dominate e-commerce and is expanding in cloud computing with new data centers. Amazon, the global leader in internet computing, is vying for a slice of domestic spending on cloud services and gear that IDC estimates will reach $30 billion by 2021. But the U.S. company has to deal with laws introduced this year that mandate the storage of data within the country and bolster government control over the movement of information.
On Tuesday, the e-commerce giant rejected media reports tying its asset sale to an imminent departure from the Chinese market. It said instead it was selling hardware to comply with laws that forbid ownership or operation of certain types of cloud technology.
"AWS did not sell its business in China and remains fully committed," the company said in an emailed statement. "We're
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IBM Cloud wants to make sure that what happens in Germany stays in Germany, at least as far as its European customers' data is concerned. Starting next month, the cloud provider will institute new security measures at its Frankfurt data center that will restrict access to all data stored in the facility to EU-based IBM employees. These employees will also review, approve, or deny all access by non-EU based employees.
In addition, clients using IBM Cloud's dedicated environments in Frankfurt will review and approve all non-EU access requests to their content whenever an issue, support or otherwise, requires such access. In those cases, access will be temporary, and the client will be notified when the access is ended. Logs tracking access will be available to the client.
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Over time, the company said, this support model will be expanded to include IBM's full cloud architecture stack in Frankfurt, taking in infrastructure, AI, data, analytics, DevOps, and more. Beginning in 2018, German users will be offered full encryption — at rest and in-transit — with keys that will remain in possession of the customer.
Reading between the lines, this means that Big Blue has all but locked access to client accounts on Frankfurt servers for everyone outside Europe, including its own employees in the US.
Related: Microsoft CEO Urges Tech to Focus
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – This implementation makes phoenixNAP the first Amazon Web Services (AWS) edge location in the state, enabling it to provide a direct access to AWS cloud services with low latency and high bandwidth. Beginning today, companies all across the southwest will have a new choice in how they connect to AWS from their on-premises and colocation environments.

AWS Direct Connect is a dedicated network connection that brings robust and secure connectivity between on-premises or colocation environments and the cloud. Enabling organizations to transfer data via a private connection, AWS Direct Connect is ideal for organizations with latency- or compliance-sensitive workloads.


“Establishing connectivity into AWS Direct Connect in Arizona is a win for the entire state,” says Ian McClarty, President of phoenixNAP. “The availability of a dedicated network will enable faster, more secure, and highly efficient data transfer and workload migrations, while reducing bandwidth costs. We are honored to work with AWS to bring this innovation to Arizona and we are excited for the opportunity to enable companies all over the southwest to leverage AWS. With our focus on providing security and hybrid cloud solutions, working with AWS supports our vision and helps to answer our customers’ demands.”

The reduced bandwidth costs and consistent network performance of AWS Direct Connect make it more accessible to a wide variety of enterprise organizations. Gartner estimates that the worldwide cloud services market will grow 18 percent this year to a total of $246.8 billion. The increased market demand for cloud services and hybrid infrastructures is common to many industry verticals and sectors, including regulated industries that require advanced data security solutions.

AWS Direct Connect enables organizations under strict security and compliance regulations to transfer their data to the cloud. The service can be used to access AWS services in any AWS Region globally and create high-performance hybrid infrastructure and provide improved security and efficiency for sensitive workloads.

“The direct access to AWS Direct Connect services will make a big difference for many businesses we work with,” adds William Bell, VP of Products at phoenixNAP. “Reduction in latency and private connectivity will enable us to provide a new level of hybrid cloud services within our Phoenix data center facility, offering our customers direct access to AWS and the ability burst resources as necessary, while still maintaining full control over their compliance-focused private cloud deployments. Establishing connectivity into AWS Direct Connect in our Arizona facility allows us to service our enterprise customers’ private clouds, high-security applications, and specialized infrastructure with direct access to the cloud.”

More details about the service can be found here: https://phoenixnap.com/aws-direct-connect

PhoenixNAP is a Premier Service Provider in the VMware® Cloud Provider Program and a Platinum Veeam Cloud & Service Provider partner. PhoenixNAP is also a PCI DSS Validated Service Provider and its flagship facility is SOC Type 1 and SOC Type 2 audited.

About phoenixNAP
PhoenixNAP is a global IT services provider offering progressive Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions from locations worldwide. Our bare metal server, cloud, hardware leasing and colocation options are built to meet the evolving technology demands businesses require without sacrificing performance. Scalable OpEx solutions to support with the systems and staff to assist. PhoenixNAP global IT services. Visit http://www.phoenixnap.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ for more information.

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Amazon Web Services rolled out five new security and encryption features to its Simple Storage Service (S3) to make it easier for customers to protect their data. Amazon had launched S3 back in 2006 with each block of it protected by an Access Control List (ACL) that kept the developers’ data private, shared either for reading or shared for both reading and writing, as needed. From then, AWS has added many supports, including bucket policies, server access logging, versioning, API logging, encryptions etc. to keep the data safer. AI and machine learning support was also added to it with Amazon Macie, a tool for discovering, classifying and securing content at scale. But recently, some of the leading companies who use AWS S3 buckets for storing their confidential data, found that their data was exposed on the web. Responding to that, AWS announced five new security features to its S3 platform. Default Encryption The things stored in S3 didn’t use to get encrypted by default, and…
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Conshohocken, US – As computing infrastructure keeps on moving into the cloud, Unisecure, cloud server hosting provider the premium data center in the US recently reported that most of the organizations are opting for their hybrid cloud solutions. In the report, many associations stated that there’s no better place to integrate hybrid cloud services into your IT environment than in Unisecure.

It offers unprecedented adaptability, security, and reliability in hybrid cloud services. Hybrid cloud services offered with the features of public cloud server & private cloud server gives the adaptability to combine public cloud and existing on-premises infrastructure in the ratio that is best for your framework. As a hybrid cloud service provider, Unisecure, quickly provisions infrastructure and applications, increments scalability, enhances productivity through computerization and virtualization, and at the same time lessen costs. These hybrid cloud solutions give effortlessness, security, administration, and control to help your IT and business objectives by combining features of private & public cloud.


“The core reason that leads organizations to utilize hybrid cloud is the need to keep their most sensitive information secure. Numerous IT heads still have questions about public cloud environment, with its multi-tenure model and universal availability via Internet, can provide the assurance of data privacy they require. By utilizing hybrid cloud solutions offered by us, organizations can keep their most sensitive or mission-critical data securely on their own premise and behind their own firewalls, while as yet approaching the advantages of the public cloud for information that is less delicate. Obviously, other benefits such as flexibility, performance, and cost-effectiveness are also the causes.” said Olivia, Head of Business Development at Unisecure.

About Unisecure
Unisecure is one of the leading data centers and cloud hosting provider in the US established in 1996. It is well known for cheap cloud web server hosting prices. Unisecure data centers guarantee 99.995% uptime, high-density redundant power, flexible configurations, carrier-neutral facilities, and 24x7x365 customer support. We have 5 data centers among which 2 are located in Philadelphia and Conshohocken, U.S embed with Information Security Management System (ISMS) to examine risks and develop better processes for security our data centers are most secure and reliable. Our data centers offer services from virtual private server hosting,cloud web server hosting,linux dedicated server hosting, co-location services to bare metal server , firewall and advanced backup solutions. We have 50000+ customers over 17 countries including brands such as Canon, DHL, HP, Microsoft, Pepsi, Mc Donalds and much more. For more information about server hosting services, visit https://www.unisecure.com/contact-us/

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