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Upcoming Summit Offers Actionable IT Security Strategies for IT Executives

​On February 23, the Technology Executives Club®, a leadership community for executives committed to driving corporate growth through technology innovation, hosts the Cyber Security & Risk Management for CIOs and Technology Leaders Summit – 2017 in Chicago. Billed as “not just another CISO event,” the event promises to provide actionable, practical IT security strategies and frameworks for CIOs and senior technology executives.

Keep It Private: The Case for a Hosted Private Cloud

While security fears remain among the leading obstacles to cloud adoption, the regulatory and governance requirements specific to many industries also play a role. After all, the failure of a company’s IT infrastructure to comply with those requirements could put it at risk for costly penalties and fines, as well as do irreparable damage to its brand and reputation. 

How to Move from Compliance to Data Security

Given the stringent IT security controls associated with many regulatory requirements and industry standards, you’d think that compliance with those requirements and standards would signify that an organization is operating a highly secure IT environment and its data is well protected.  In some cases, that’s true…but not always.

Partnering for IT Security and Compliance

IT staffs have their hands full staying on top of constantly changing technologies, keeping their user base happy (and equipped with the latest applications, software, and updates), and just maintaining normal day-to-day IT operations. Managing the security and compliance of their organizations’ IT infrastructure consumes even more time and can add greater complexity. Many companies lack the in-house expertise to battle constantly emerging security threats or to keep pace with new or changing regulatory requirements.

What Could You Do with a Block of Professional IT Services Hours?

There are always “those” projects — the ones you try to plan for but often find you really don’t have the time or in-house expertise to take on.  Maybe it’s your initial foray into cloud computing, requiring the migration of a few workloads to a new cloud environment. Perhaps you’ve finally received budget approval for putting a DR plan in place. Or maybe you’ve been tasked with examining your entire IT environment to identify opportunities to improve operations.

Data Migration: Lessons Learned

If you read part 1, part 2, and part 3 of US Signal’s three-part blog series on data migration, you probably have a good understanding of what is involved in moving workloads to the cloud. As the 1968 hit by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell says, however, “there ain’t nothing like the real thing.” You can’t fully understand all the in’s and out’s of a data migration project until you’ve been through one. Even then, the “gotchas” and “where-did-that-come-from’s” will vary from project to project.

Data Migration: Part 1 - Moving to the Cloud

No one likes moving to a new home. It’s time consuming and labor intensive.  There’s the prep work, including finding the right place, getting the financing in order, transferring over utilities, etc. You’ll want to sort and pack things so they are easy to find, and label your boxes so they end up in the right place. In addition, there are probably things that you’d prefer to throw out rather than move. Then there’s the actual packing and, of course, the logistics involved in who will execute the actual move and when. That’s not to mention all the work required once you’re in your new home — from unpacking to re-assembling things.