As talk of imminent cyberwar crescendos, data center operators and company executives may wonder whether they are at risk for being targets. A proper attitude toward the threat, however, involves a balance between reasonable security measures and “que sera, sera.”

Cyberwar Is On

Depending on whom you ask, you may hear that cyberwar is imminent or that it is already ongoing. Perhaps the most amusing statements come from military leaders in the U.S. who complain about the nation’s lack of readiness or its need to prepare for aggressive assaults. The reality, however, is that the U.S. government is possibly the biggest instigator of cyber warfare on the planet. According to The New York Times, cyber attacks on Iran have been taking place since the Bush administration, sometimes in conjunction with Israel. These attacks—not surprisingly—include Stuxnet. Regardless of whether the government has taken official credit for this malware (or Flame, another probably spawn of the U.S.), it is pursuing criminal action against the source of the leaked information. In other words, the federal government is indeed responsible. Although Iran has apparently responded, largely with rather ineffective attacks against financial institutions, the threat in this case is almost laughable: the entire gross domestic product (GDP) of Iran fails to reach even half of the U.S. military budget alone—to say nothing of the rest of government operations.

In other words, cyberwar is taking place now. Larger countries, like China and Russia, are no doubt taking pot shots at the U.S. and others, just as the U.S. is doing to other nations. The main declared threat is not so much DDoS attacks against banks or even theft of password databases, but attacks on infrastructure, such as the power grid. But the U.S. government has all but invited such responses by inflicting similar attacks on others—most notably through the Stuxnet malware, which targeted Iran’s nuclear capabilities. (An attack of similar scope on the U.S. could conceivably cause a nuclear disaster a la Fukushima or Chernobyl, likely meeting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s standard for an act of war.)

How Should You Protect Your IT Infrastructure?

Cyber warfare is ongoing, and as governments expand their capabilities—and, worse, as they become increasingly desperate in the face of debt crises that demand solutions—the severity of attacks and the sophistication of the malware will increase. On the other hand, as is the case on any field of conflict, defense measures will also increase in sophistication and effectiveness (at least against known threats). So, what should be the response of companies to the ongoing threat? Here are a few points to note.

  • Maintain perspective. It’s easy to get riled up by the doom and gloom of generals and politicians, who regularly blow threats far out of proportion (usually because it’s an excuse to appropriate more money). Chances are, your business isn’t going to be singled out by a major nation-state for attack. Of course, if you’re investigating a major foreign official (as with The New York Times’ investigation of the Chinese prime minister) or you’re a major bank (meaning you’ve thrown your lot in with the Federal Reserve and its interest in maintaining the dollar as a world currency, often to the detriment of nations like Iran), then you might have something to worry about. But you probably also have the resources to protect your infrastructure. And if Russia doesn’t like you and wants to hack your system, it’s eventually going to succeed. So, be diligent about IT security, but don’t go overboard.
  • Take reasonable measures to protect your infrastructure. Security threats are ever present, regardless of whether an “official” cyberwar is taking place. You don’t need to divert every last dollar your company has to security—just implement a practical security strategy that is as effective as possible given your budget. You can’t protect yourself from everything, but you can take steps that will safeguard your systems from many threats. Install strong firewalls, enforce a solid set of password rules or other authentication procedures and so on.
  • Implement a disaster-recovery plan. Let’s say a foreign government attacks your system and brings it down. Is this situation really any different from a disgruntled former employee doing the same thing? In either case, a disaster-recovery plan can mean the difference between a relatively minor inconvenience and a catastrophic loss. Part of that plan should include data backup and, depending on your capabilities and requirements, an alternative data center site. It should also address what your company will do in the event of a protracted power outage.
  • Encourage employees and customers to be aware of security. You don’t need to have a one-track mind with regard to security, but in appropriate situations, take available opportunities to stress the importance of IT security, both to employees and customers.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity. Contrary to its talk, the U.S. government isn’t interested in protecting your business—it’s interested in protecting itself. (If it wanted to help companies, it wouldn’t tax and regulate them into oblivion.) That means you’re on your own when it comes to security. But this situation also creates opportunities. Should a wider-spread attack occur, companies that recover quickly will have a distinct advantage over those than languish. Of course, no one wants to win business this way, but the opportunities to serve new customers still exist in such cases.

These general principles obviously do not address the specifics of a good security strategy. What type of firewalls should you use? Should you use multifactor authentication? The answers to such questions depend on your security budget, the potential effects of downtime and so on. What might be a sufficient security approach for one company might be entirely unacceptable to another. Everyone, however, can take at least some steps to improve security; and these steps collectively are far more helpful than listening to blustering generals trying to stir up the next cold war.

Conclusions

Cyberwar or not, there’s little you can do to affect the grand scheme of international politics (although it might help a little to elect officials that prefer a more Switzerland-style foreign policy). Thus, worrying about it won’t help. Implementing and maintaining the security of your own IT infrastructure, however, can help. You may not be able to hold off an attack from a major nation-state, but every little effort helps, even if it’s only effective against private hackers. If everyone improves their own security, overall security will improve. Threats will always exist, and countries will always badger each other. Implement the best security you can, and for the rest, whatever will be, will be.

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(The Hosting News) – Robert Hoffmann, a six year veteran of 1&1, has assumed the top spot at the online provider’s hosting division.

The revelation was made Thursday and signals the departure of former executive Oliver Mauss. Mauss, however, will remain with the company as an executive member of 1&1’s Executive Board.

During his past experience at 1&1, Hoffman served in the capacity of Global Chief Sales Officer.

“I feel proud and highly energised to take the reins at 1&1’s international hosting business,” Hoffman noted in a press release.

“Our hosting solutions continue to lead the pack in many markets worldwide and deliver important impacts for business and professional users alike.  I look forward to my part in building upon exciting innovations across our DIY, software-as-a-service and professional hosting segments in the coming years,” he continued.

Mauss, meanwhile, will also assume a responsibility for 1&1 Internet’s corporate venture projects and play a role at United Internet.

Among 1&1’s services are domains, hosting, e-mail, e-commerce and the highly publicized 1&1 MyWebsite, a service that allows businesses to design their own online presences.

Source: Hoffmann Assumes Top Spot for 1&1’s Hosting

 

(The Hosting News) – Open-Xchange, maker of communication and collaboration software for the mobile-app economy, today announced an agreement with Hostway, a leader in cloud and managed hosting services, to bring web-based communication and collaboration to its users and distribution partners.

Hostway will replace its legacy webmail product with Open-Xchange, enabling in excess of 1 million email accounts to take advantage of next generation email, mobility, and collaboration capabilities for business and personal use. Open- Xchange allows users to integrate accounts across multimedia platforms, access information anywhere on any device, and facilitate teamwork and group scheduling and sharing.

In addition, Hostway will provide Open-Xchange as a hosted, wholesale Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform to enable resellers, including telcos and cable companies, to rapidly launch and profitably deliver branded cloud services. This will enhance competitive differentiation, customer retention, and revenue per unit, as well as assist partners to extend and tighten their relationship with their customers.

“Hostway’s success in the cloud marketplace continues to prove that companies choose providers they can trust to protect their critical and sensitive data,” said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. “Adding Open-Xchange further diversifies Hostway’s cloud portfolio and place in the market. Hostway is a one-stop shop for customers and partners for all their hosted services, let it be infrastructure or applications.”

“Business-class email and collaboration is a killer application for small and mid-sized businesses, and Open-Xchange continues to emerge as a leader in this category,” said Todd Benjamin, Hostway’s VP of Hosted Services. “This partnership enables us to upgrade and extend the capabilities of our existing customers, and at the same time reduce the time-to-market and investment required to achieve a carrier class deployment for our distributors and resellers.”

Hostway will start the deployment of Open-Xchange Server 6, and upgrade to the upcoming next generation Open-Xchange software, OX App Suite, without any user or data disruption upon its release. German engineered and designed for the mobile world, OX App Suite uses open standards, HTML5 and advanced JavaScript integration to deliver device independent communication, collaboration and digital media content. Additionally, the app-based portal gives providers a new basis for up-sell and cross-sell of white-labeled services and mobile applications.

About Hostway Corporation

Hostway Corporation is a leader in Cloud and Managed Hosting. Hostway delivers reliable, secure, and scalable Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions to over 600,000 customers worldwide. Hostway services its clients from more than 250,000 square feet of state-of- the-art data center space, spanning four continents and 12 countries. Hostway has emerged as one of the largest cloud hosting and Infrastructure-as-a- Service providers in the world due to the company’s expertise in developing secure, multi-tenant hosting environments and is committed to providing SMB’s and large enterprises with cost effective business solutions. Hostway’s core products include Managed Hosting, Cloud Hosting, and Email and Applications.

About Open-Xchange

Open-Xchange develops, markets and sells integrated tools for the app and mobile-economy that enable full collaboration of email, documents, scheduling and social media. Built for the cloud, OX App Suite connects business and personal worlds, across devices and legacy systems. Sold and delivered through cloud and hosting providers, telco’s and local Internet services companies—OX App Suite gives individuals the freedom to collaborate, work and communicate the way they want.

Open-Xchange AG is a privately-held company headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany with offices in Olpe, Germany, San Jose, and Ardsley-on-Hudson, NY. For more information, visit www.open-xchange.com.

Hostway Partners with Open-Xchange

 

(The Hosting News) – Cloud hosting provider VPS.NET on Thursday unveiled a new website redesign along with a new logo – something that represents a visual shift for the company.

Discussing the matter in a press release, UK2 Group marketing manager Terry Myers said the move “reflects the innovative and streamlined approach VPS.NET has come to symbolize in the cloud industry.”

VPS.NET serves as a hosting brand of UK2. The company’s services provide cloud servers, sites and apps along with partnerships for resellers.

VPS.NET Unveils Redesign + Logo

 

(The Hosting News) – In advance of the Parallels Summit 2013 next week in Las Vegas, Parallels Gold Partner, ViUX Systems announces deployment of Parallels Cloud Server for high-availability Managed Cloud Hosting on new Dell PowerEdge C-Series servers.

Parallels Cloud Server transforms how ViUX Systems delivers Cloud Servers by combining Parallels Cloud Storage with Parallels Containers and Parallels Hypervisor – to dramatically improve the reliability, performance, and density of ViUX servers, as well as, increase profitability.

In recent weeks and over the coming months ViUX Systems will continue deploying new Dell servers and upgrading existing servers with Parallels Cloud Server software – replacing prior stand-alone deployments of Parallels Virtuozzo Containers and Parallels Server Bare-Metal, which ViUX has used successfully dating back to 2006.

Parallels Cloud Server is an important step in the evolution of the ViUX Cloud, as it includes revolutionary Cloud Storage technology, which will significantly improve the availability and performance of ViUX Cloud Servers – with elastic, scalable Parallels Cloud Storage at its core.

Parallels Cloud Storage uses the existing unused disk space on ViUX servers to deliver Cloud Storage at a fraction of the cost of competing solutions. This provides for ViUX: fault tolerance (no single point of failure); high performance (equivalent to local disks versus network storage devices); and the lowest cost Cloud Storage solution available to benefit ViUX Cloud Hosting customers.

Each Dell PowerEdge C-Series server that ViUX deploys has approximately 4TB of storage per node (with 4 nodes per server), and Parallels Cloud Storage takes this disk space and combines it into one large Cloud Storage pool upon which ViUX VPS Containers and Virtual Machines running on each node are replicated across the storage pool – for both high performance and fault tolerance.

Parallels Cloud Server includes: Parallels Containers, the highest density, highest performance Cloud Server virtualization solution (formerly Parallels Virtuozzo Containers), enabling near instant provisioning with no operating system updates required by the customer; and Parallels Hypervisor (formerly Parallels Server Bare-Metal) giving ViUX the flexibility to create Virtual Machines for customers who prefer to manage and maintain their own operating systems – all controlled by the hosting automation and billing system that ViUX has also used since 2006, Parallels Business Automation Standard (PBAS).

Using Parallels Cloud Server and other software systems from Parallels, ViUX has deployed a super-efficient and highly automated Cloud Hosting Infrastructure from which a wide range of Web Hosting and Managed Cloud Services are offered, such as: Shared Cloud HostingPrivate Cloud ServersDynamic Dedicated Servers, etc… that appeal to the broadest possible customer base.

ViUX Systems Deploys Parallels Cloud Server

 

(The Hosting News) – Part of its constant growth initiatives in the Web hosting industry, UK2 Group recently announced it has appointed John Morris as chief operating officer and Steve Holford as chief marketing officer.

Morris brings key characteristics to UK2 Group as a former vice president at Rackspace having led their SMB division and previously heading customer experience for their international business. In addition, Morris brings a seasoned skill set through experience obtained as the director at Thomas Cook, operations director at lastminute.com and the chief operating officer at Viagogo.

Morris will be responsible for UK2 Group’s strategic operational activity including developing consumer strategy and streamlining global company operations.

“I’m very excited to join UK2 Group and contribute to its industry-leading growth,” said Morris. “UK2 Group has a long track record of innovation and originality that has placed them as one of the most significant players in the Web hosting business. Their inventive products and services have positioned them to accelerate at an ever greater rate.”

With nearly 20 years experience in the Internet and technology industry, Holford joins the UK2 Group leadership team as the former chief marketing officer at Fasthosts. Previously Holford was the director of Internet services at Video Networks, a UK based video on demand service provider, and the broadband product manager at Virgin Media. He also has substantial ecommerce experience gain through positions at Argos, a home shopping retailer, and Tesco Stores Ltd.

Holford has been charged with developing and executing UK2 Group’s marketing strategy to new and existing customers across a wide range of market segments and product offerings; including driving communications, commercial performance, and resilient branding.

“Joining UK2 Group, who’s contagiously innovative culture leads to frequent global attention, is exciting and exhilarating,” said Holford. “In an industry with a highly competitive nature, UK2 Group’s high-performance networks, world-class infrastructure and commitment to customer satisfaction are second to none.”

With investments from Lloyds Development Capital, the UK’s leading mid-market private equity investor, UK2 Group has substantially advanced their top-tier networks in Salt Lake City and London; among other locations. Specializing in global high-performance hosting UK2 Group’s flagship brands, including 100TB.com, VPS.NET, UK2.net and Midphase.com have reported substantial year-over-year growth.

ABOUT UK2 GROUP

The UK2 Group is ICANN accredited with experience retailing Web hosting and domain names since 1998. The group provides a wide range of advanced hosting and cloud services to more than a million customers through a number of brands including UK2.net, midPhase.com, VPS.net, 100TB.com, WestHost.com, AN Hosting.com, Resell.biz, VI.net, and Hostpuro.com. The UK2 Group’s products include shared, dedicated, bespoke and cloud hosting services; as well as a range of Web design, ecommerce solutions, and the associated domain registration and management services. UK2 Group also serves its customers from several state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar, data centers. With more than 200 staff located on both sides of the Atlantic, UK2 Group specializes in providing leading edge hosting products to small, medium and large enterprise customers who need secure and reliable products and services underpinned with excellent support. To learn more about UK2 Group, visit http://www.UK2Group.com.

UK2 Group Appoints New Executives

 

(The Hosting News) – CentriLogic, a trusted provider of international hybrid hosting and data center solutions to global enterprises, today announced strong business results for its fiscal year 2012. CentriLogic’s growth through 2012 was driven by its strategic international expansion program, key customer wins, a strengthened board of advisors, and a dedicated focus towards customer satisfaction. Notable milestones for the year include:

Company Growth:
In January, 2012, CentriLogic announced that it hadstrengthened its Board of Advisors with the appointments of Todd Klindworth and Craig Mosely to assist with strategic financial and technical direction. With Klindworth and Mosely’s involvement, CentriLogic focused on developing its cross-border hybrid hosting solution offerings to mid-market and large enterprise organizations on a global scale.

These initiatives enabled CentriLogic to grow at an unprecedented rate, achieving year-over-year revenue growth of 75% and significantly increasing EBITDA through 2012. CentriLogic also grew the size of its net new customer base by over 25%, adding high-profile customers like WIND MobileMenzies Aviation, Autodesk, and Wegman’s. The financial and customer successes achieved in 2012 have validated CentriLogic’s approach to international hybrid hosting solutions, combining elements of cloud computing, managed services, and traditional hosting to develop the most appropriate solution catered to each customer’s specific requirements.

International Expansion Program:
CentriLogic launched its aggressive international expansion program in 2012, opening two new data centers in Europe and Asia. In September, CentriLogic announced its entry into the European market with the opening of a 5,500 square foot high-density facility in Bracknell, United Kingdom. In December, CentriLogic disclosed the opening of another data center in Hong Kong. The addition of these two data centers has expanded CentriLogic’s global interconnected facilities footprint to over 75,000 square feet of data center space covering 3 continents and 4 countries.

To support its growing international customer base and facilities footprint, CentriLogic completed the Statement of Standards on Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16 Type II audit and the US-EU Safe Harbor Certification. The company’s commitment to adhering to industry-best practices and controls enables their customers to achieve peace of mind and gain competitive advantages.

“CentriLogic achieved many milestones and successes in 2012, highlighted by our arrival into the European and Asia-Pacific markets,” said Robert Offley, CentriLogic President & CEO. “Our international expansion program, unprecedented revenue growth, and high-profile customer wins in 2012 further validate our approach to providing customers with cross-border hybrid hosting solutions.”

2013 Fiscal Year Outlook:
CentriLogic is well-positioned to increase momentum and growth through 2013 with numerous product enhancements, additional geographic expansion plans, and significant business development opportunities currently underway.

“2013 is a pivotal year for CentriLogic, and we are strategically in a strong position to further increase our corporate growth and momentum over the next 12 months,” said Offley. “We have some very exciting announcements planned for 2013 and I am confident that we will continue to establish ourselves as a trusted vendor in the international data center services market.”

Industry Recognition:
CentriLogic was recognized by leading industry analysts Info-Tech Research Group and 451 Research in 2012.

“CentriLogic’s approach to hybrid hosting, coupled with their expansion into Europe and Asia, has placed them in a competitive position to fulfill increasing demand from enterprises that require flexible and tailored IT outsourcing solutions” commented 451 Research analyst Michael Levy. “CentriLogic’s outlook into 2013 is promising and 451 Research has identified them as a key player to watch for in the international Multi-Tenant Datacenter services market.”

About CentriLogic

CentriLogic is a trusted provider of international hybrid hosting, cloud computing, co-location, and data center solutions for organizations that gain advantage by outsourcing their hosting requirements, with global headquarters in Canada and data center facilities throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Unlike other hosting companies, CentriLogic uses insights derived from a customer-first philosophy to deliver a broad range of agile and elastic solutions designed to meet evolving IT infrastructure outsourcing needs.

CentriLogic Reports Accelerated Growth in 2012

 

International hosting provider, reseller and (VPS) specialist The Host Group announced late last week, an arsenal of new hosting and custom website design packages with expert social media consulting services. The Host Group now delivers complete WordPress website custom design and development equipped with the very latest in E-Commerce solutions.

Source: North American Hosting Provider The Host Group Introduces Custom WordPress Website Design amp; Social Media Consulting Packages

 

Bitdefender Enterprise, a provider of innovative security solutions, today announced that Webhosting.net, a global managed service provider (MSP), has chosen Security for Virtualized Environments (SVE) as the companyamp;rsquo;s standard security protection for its virtualization environments, including one of its newest offering, Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS).

Source: Webhosting.net Chooses Security For Virtualized Environments By Bitdefender As Exclusive Security Solution

 

ValueHost.co, a premium based value web host, is thrilled to announce the arrival an launching of their premium web hosting service. The new value based hosting service is being targeted towards new internet start-ups with quality, yet budget hosting in mind.

Source: Web Host ValueHost.co Officially Goes Live

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