Blog posts by Mike Small

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Log4j – How Well Did You Perform?

Over the past few weeks since this vulnerability was made public much has been written by many on what your organization should do about it.  This is not the end of the story; Apache has already released 3 patches for related vulnerabilities, and you need to be ready for the next one when it arrives. With the beginning of 2022 now is the time to step back and review how well your organization met the challenges that this posed.  What will your new year’s resolutions be? In this blog, I will outline some of the questions that you should ask yourself.  How well did...

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A Sovereign Cloud Is About More Than Just Privacy

Using cloud services has now become an essential component of digital transformation.  However, the dominant cloud service providers are not European and, following the recent Schrems II judgment, transferring personal data to these services has become increasingly problematic. This is just one factor behind the increased interest in the idea of the sovereign cloud. The Impact of Globalisation Globalization has provided many benefits allowing nation-states and organizations to obtain what they need, when they need it from wherever it is cheapest. This has reduced the costs for...

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Google Cloud Digital Sovereignty Announcement

On September 8 th , 2021 Google and T-Systems announced their intention to build and deliver sovereign cloud services for German enterprises, the public sector, and healthcare organizations.  So, what are a sovereign cloud services and why does this announcement matter? Sovereign Cloud The sovereign cloud is seen as a solution to the risks that arise from the increasing dependence of organizations on cloud services that are owned by foreign entities and delivered from outside of the local jurisdictions.  These risks include loss of critical services through geopolitical...

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Cisco Future Hybrid Cloud

In early June 2021 Cisco announced its vision for the Future Cloud. This vision comprises two distinct elements – UCS, a unified hyperscale computing infrastructure and tools to provide end to end observability of hybrid cloud services . Hybrid Management Challenge As organizations adopt a hybrid IT delivery approach this increases the challenges of managing and securing the different elements.  Some of which are delivered as cloud services and some in other ways.  Usually, these different elements need different management and security tools and, where hundreds of...

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A Cloud for All Seasons

The Coming Storm On April 28 th , 2021 the European Data Protection Board announced that The Portuguese Data Protection Authority (CNPD) ordered INE (National Institute for Statistics) to suspend the sending of personal data from the Census 2021 to the United States. CNPD has issued a decision addressed to INE for the suspension within 12 hours of any international transfer of personal data to the United States or other third countries without an adequate level of protection in the context of Census 2021 questionnaire. If this were your organization, would it be able to...

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Cloud Codes of Conduct Get the EU Green Light, but More Is Still Needed

Green Light On May 20 th , 2021 it was announced that the EU Cloud Code of Conduct had received official approval by the Belgian Data Protection Authority, following the positive opinion issued by the European Data Protection Board.  At the same time, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) comprised of all the European Data Protection Authorities (DPA) provided a favourable opinion that the CISPE Data Protection Code of Conduct complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This has been a long journey – in 2017 we published a Leadership...

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Business Continuity and the Cloud

On Wednesday March 10 th at 1am in the morning a fire started that destroyed a major data centre that provides cloud services from OVHcloud . Thankfully no one was injured but this should be a wake up call for cloud service users to check that they have factored the use of cloud services into their business continuity plans. Digital Transformation must include Business Continuity Planning As organizations go through digital transformation, they increasingly turn to using cloud services.  These allow them to develop new applications and create new ways of doing business...

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Does Microsoft Double Key Encryption Help with Schrems II?

On July 16 th , 2020 the European Court of Justice issued its decision on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-US Data Protection Shield for the transfer of personal data for commercial purposes by an economic operator established in an EU Member State to another economic operator established in a third country.  The use of cloud services is now commonplace and has been increased due to the need for working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.  In addition, unstructured files like documents, spreadsheets and slide decks that are stored in these services often...

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AWS – A new Vision for Hybrid IT?

Attending AWS re:Invent is always an exceptional experience and, despite it being virtual, this year was no different. As usual, there were the expected announcements of bigger better and faster services and components. AWS always shows a remarkable level of innovation with many more announcements than it is practical to cover comprehensively. Therefore, in this blog, I will focus on what I think are some of the highlights in the areas of hybrid IT, edge computing, machine learning as well as security and compliance. There is an old adage – “Keep it Simple Stupid” and...

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GCP Trust, Security and Compliance

In their race towards digital transformation, organizations are using cloud services to accelerate the development of new apps and improve efficiency. They allow new applications to be rapidly developed, existing applications to be modernized and deployed without additional capital spend. This provides important business benefits but also increases the challenges for the cloud customer to ensure cyber-security and regulatory compliance. It is in this light that the recent announcements from GCP (Google Cloud Platform) need to be understood. Trust but Verify Initially, cloud...

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