By Abe Covello, Structured Senior Systems Engineer -- The Playing Field Before any discussion of backup, archive and disaster recovery, you first need to define what you are talking about in each case. While everyone has a slightly different interpretation of what the terms mean, for me they are: Backup - Short-to-medium term storage, fast recovery. Recover data due to hardware/software or human error.Archive - Long-term storage, slow recovery. Primarily for compliance (SOX/HIPAA/PCI).Disaster Recovery - Short-term storage, medium-to-fast recovery. Recover data due to medium-to-large scale issue (fire/natural disaster or cyberattack) that affects the ability of the business to operate/generate revenue. Backup and archive are both similar enough to discuss as a single solution. However, due to the number of stakeholders and moving parts, disaster recovery is best looked at as a separate -- although related and intertwined -- solution to backup. Both protect your business and your data from loss, often in similar ways. But the goal of each is very different. Backup/Archive Strategy For years, the prevailing view of backup was that it was an unpleasant necessity. Backups took many, many hours or days to complete. Data was written off to magnetic tapes, shipped to a warehouse somewhere, and…

So Vulnerable: Common Findings from Penetration Testing


Ethical Penetration Testing

By Chris Green, Structured Security Engineer, CISSP-ISC2, CISA ISACA, QSA PCI SSC, PCIP PCI SSC Amid rising global tensions and numerous warnings from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), organizations across the globe can expect to see an increase in cyber attacks from nation-states, criminal gangs, and copycats riding the…

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Know the Three “Cs” of Cloud Connectivity


Cloud Connectivity Image

By Robert Karcsay, Structured Connectivity Specialist, SD-WAN & Cloud, CCNT #662000 If you have decided to move your systems and data to the cloud, you are among a growing number of businesses looking to stay competitive and remain nimble. But to achieve your business goals without blowing up your budget or your people, there are…

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Identify, Connect & Protect at the Edge


Aruba ESP Edge Computing

By the Structured Enterprise Networking Team In modern network architectures, more and more data is being generated, analyzed and stored at the “edge” -- not in a traditional data center. That edge better serves users of ubiquitous mobile devices like laptops, phones, and tablets because it puts them closer to their applications and data. But…

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Fast, Secure Backup and Recovery Powered by Veeam® Cloud Connect


Modern Data Protection

By Darrell Bowmer, Lead Engineer, Data Center Services, Structured Some business disruptions are difficult, if not impossible, to come back from without significant tried-and-tested contingency planning. One of those incidents is data loss, be it through human error, a software or hardware failure, or a malicious attack via ransomware. The best way to protect your…

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Worried about Higher Cybersecurity Insurance Premiums? Here’s How to Limit Your Exposure.


Cybersecurity Insurance

By The Structured Security Team -- Experts agree, it isn't a matter of if your organization will come against a cybersecurity threat, it's a matter of when. And companies that provide cybersecurity insurance are passing along the costs, increasing premiums to combat the risk of increasing payouts. Cybersecurity Insurance Costs Are Increasing Rapidly Cybersecurity insurance…

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The Amazing Upside of Millimeter Wave P2P/P2MP Links


Millimeter Wave

By Jed Rabe, Senior Wireless Engineer, CWNE#280, ACDX#925, ACMPV8 -- DEFINITION: A band of spectrum which utilizes wavelengths from 30GHz to 300GHz. The wave lengths are between ten to one millimeter in length. The millimeter wave band is above the micro-wave band and is typically used for similar applications.  Background: Recently I was involved in…

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Protect Identities with MFA, Validation and Strict Management


National Identity Management Day 2021

By Brad Pierce, Structured Managing Director of Security, CISSP/CISA/PCIP -- Last week in the news were reports of more than a billion accounts being leaked online from just two sources (Facebook (533M) and LinkedIn (500M)). The data is still being validated, but the source seems to largely be public information that has been aggregated, bundled…

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Supply Chain Hacks: Fallout from a nation-state-backed attack


By Jesse Wilson, CISSP, Sr. Security Engineer -- Two weeks have passed since the discovery of Sunburst (https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-352a), an exploit so vast it likely will become the biggest breach in history – at least to date. Government agencies and private businesses alike are scrambling to detect indicators of compromise (IOCs), install patches and implement damage…

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Community, Continuity


First, let us extend our most heartfelt wishes that you and those closest to you have been spared illness or financial hardship as a result of coronavirus. As a Pacific Northwest-based company with deep roots in Oregon and Washington state, this community and its collective health means everything to us. Second, we are keenly aware…

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