Lifeline Data Centers Wholesale Colocation, Wholesale Data Center 2015-08-25T13:30:39Z http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Alex Carroll <![CDATA[Survey reveals plans to increase spending on data center facilities]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8469 2015-08-24T13:17:03Z 2015-08-25T13:30:18Z With demands steadily increasing for enterprise data centers, it’s no surprise that nearly 90 percent of data center operators throughout North America and Europe are planning to expand their budgets for their facilities in the near future, according to a recent survey.

And, contrary to some predictions, they’re not solely relying on the cloud to handle that extra capacity, a report by 451 Research revealed.

So, what are the most frequently cited options? Based on the study, the top three solutions companies are implementing include consolidation, the cloud and colocation. And companies

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Alex Carroll <![CDATA[Lessons Learned from a Jeep’s Hacked Computer]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8442 2015-08-24T13:18:28Z 2015-08-20T13:30:35Z Two security researchers recently proved that automobile manufacturers may need to beef-up security for vehicles with dashboard computers.

Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek were able to manipulate a Jeep’s dash computer and remotely disable its brakes, take control of its steering wheel and shut off the engine while journalist Andy Greenberg was driving it. The experiment prompted Fiat Chrysler to recall 1.4 million vehicles.

On its website, Fiat Chrysler America seemed to imply the hack was possible only because Miller and Valasek were experts who spent months trying to access the control

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Alex Carroll <![CDATA[Sloppy Policies Create Security Threats]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8409 2015-08-14T19:44:10Z 2015-08-18T13:30:05Z When business leaders think about information technology security, they often focus on protecting themselves from hackers and viruses. But sometimes, the greatest threat to IT security is internal.

Lax security policies may allow workers unrestricted access to sensitive information. And without proper security controls, employees may retain access to systems and accounts, even after they leave a job.

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

In July 2015, an audit of the Los Angeles County Probation Department found 695 employees still had active computer log-ins, seven years after they were terminated.

One would think

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Rich Banta <![CDATA[Is it Time? 3 Sure Signs That You May Need a Data Center Upgrade]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8457 2015-08-10T22:27:05Z 2015-08-13T13:30:05Z At times, the signs are obvious that you need to address the challenges facing your company’s data center. Aging equipment, excessive downtime and business expansion typically point to an immediate need to analyze alternative solutions. However, with data center downtime averaging about $8,000 a minute in costs, it makes sense to plan ahead … before any of those serious problems start cropping up.

Here are 3 signs that your team should start considering a data center upgrade.

You’re running out of space. Just about every business owner starts an enterprise with plans

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Alex Carroll <![CDATA[How to Choose the Right Place for Your Data]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8455 2015-08-10T22:19:38Z 2015-08-11T13:30:58Z For IT leadership, choosing a colocation data center may create anxiety similar to what parents feel when deciding where their children will go to school. In either situation, you’re entrusting a third party with a big responsibility. And even though an organization may present itself well online or in brochures, you need to do some investigative work before making a decision.

Any reputable colocation facility will welcome inquiries and be happy to show you around. So think about what’s important to you, and make a list of questions to ask.

What You

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Rich Banta <![CDATA[Layered Security Features Offer Best Defense]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8411 2015-08-03T19:40:37Z 2015-08-06T13:30:18Z In 1996, Tom Cruise’s character in “Mission: Impossible” pulled off a vault heist, bypassing complex security features, including a retinal scan, a voice-recognition safeguard and a motion sensor. That fictional scene illustrates how a group of clever, motivated people can crack top-notch defenses. But in real life, a stunt like that would be … well, impossible.

Businesses understand the value of their data and proprietary information, and they know hackers become more sophisticated every day. That’s why some companies are choosing to beef up their security systems with two-factor (2FA) or

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Alex Carroll <![CDATA[New Tool Designed to Help Banks Evaluate Cyber Risk]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8440 2015-08-03T19:29:09Z 2015-08-04T13:30:29Z On June 30, 2015, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council rolled out a new assessment tool for financial organizations, with the aim of helping them detect and defend against security risks.

The Cybersecurity Assessment Tool walks users through the process of analyzing their own systems, personnel policies and technology infrastructure to determine how prepared they are to defend against threats like data theft and hacking.

The assessment is divided into two sections – Inherent Risk Profile, and Cybersecurity Maturity – with five points of focus for each section:

Inherent Risk Profile

This section of

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Rich Banta <![CDATA[Why Audits Really Shouldn’t Scare You: Part 2 of a 2-Part Post on Cybersecurity]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8392 2015-07-21T00:34:32Z 2015-07-30T13:30:14Z Last week, in “Breaches, Hackers and Audits,” we talked about some recent software glitches and security failures that have been making news lately. Breaches and hackers send chills down the spine of IT security personnel – and rightly so. If the word “audit” has also caused you anxiety, we’d like to tell you that it’s really OK – an audit isn’t intended to punish you. In fact, it can actually help you defend against those other chill-inducing threats.

Embracing the Audit

An audit is a learning tool. It can help you identify

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Rich Banta <![CDATA[Breaches, Hackers and Audits: Part 1 of a 2-Part Post on Cybersecurity]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8390 2015-07-21T00:29:26Z 2015-07-28T13:30:08Z At around lunchtime on July 8, 2015, trading at the New York Stock Exchange came to a halt when NYSE decision-makers recognized a “technical issue” associated with a software release. Reports since then have been vague regarding what the issue was and how it was remedied, but it seems symptomatic of problems that affect businesses of all sizes.

The NYSE outage could be the result of a coding problem. When code is flawed, businesses may not notice the problem until their security has already been compromised. And while many people with knowledge

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Alex Carroll <![CDATA[Dual-Fiber Connectivity: Laying the Groundwork for Business Growth]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8367 2015-07-21T00:18:40Z 2015-07-23T13:30:47Z Indiana is a state known for basketball, motorsports and vast expanses of farmland. But increasingly, it’s becoming a hot spot for tech startups. According to Forbes magazine, between 2001 and 2013, the Indianapolis-Carmel area ranked ninth of all cities in the United States for tech sector growth, with a 50.4 percent increase in overall tech industry employment.

It’s not just tech companies that are setting up shop in the Hoosier state. Some businesses have chosen to move their headquarters to Indiana, thanks to tax breaks and other incentives. And all of

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