Armadillo Managed Services launches cloud security assessment service

20 September 2021

Armadillo, a 20-year veteran Cyber Security MSSP has partnered with C3M, a player in cloud security posture management (CSPM) and cloud identity and entitlement management (CIEM) to launch its cloud security assessment as a service (CsaaS) to the market, helping companies to gain immediate deep visibility into their cloud infrastructure and cloud security posture.

The fully automated, 100% API based and completely agent less service discovers all the cloud assets of an organisation and identifies risky configurations. Comparing baseline cloud security posture with industry best practices, the assessment service also checks the company’s resources against security policies and multiple compliance standards including PCI DSS, CIS and NIST.

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UK businesses vulnerable as back-ups remain exposed to ransomware attacks

20 September 2021

'Businesses back-ups remain exposed to ransomware attacks'

'Business back-ups remain exposed to ransomware attacks'

Osirium Technologies, a leading UK-based cyber security software vendor, has today released first findings from The Osirium Ransomware Index which suggests that UK businesses are not sufficiently protecting the backups, or backup systems, they say would be critical to their recovery should a cyber attack occur.

The research, collected across 1,001 IT managers in the UK, cites 80% of small businesses rely on backups as a plan of recovery should a cyber-attack occur, with 63% of these using online backups as a preventative measure in avoiding data loss. Overall, four in five businesses (79%) surveyed admitted that they have experienced at least one ransomware attack; with 68% of these stating the attack occurred in the past year. Interestingly, despite 98% of respondents saying they were aware that backups are a target of ransomware attacks, over half (56%) do not keep offline backups and only 35% take extra precautions to protect access to backups and backup management systems.

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Scots gov re-tendering deal giving public bodies access to WAN services

20 September 2021

The Scottish government is re-tendering the deal giving public bodies access to wide-area network services in contracts that could be worth up to £350m.

Set to start from March 2023, the new deal will replace the existing Scottish Wide-Area network (SWAN) procurement arrangement that is supported by more than 90 public-sector organisations within the country, according to a tender notice. Around 6,020 sites are connected to the single broadband network, it said.

Although available to most public-sector bodies under the devolved administration, the procurement is led by NHS National Service Scotland, a non-departmental public body that provides advice and services to the NHS in Scotland.

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Proximity acquires regional edge data centre in Swindon

20 September 2021

Proximity Data Centres has announced the addition of a site in Swindon - an 89,000 sq ft facility that  provides capacity for up to 2000 racks.

A total of 7MW power is currently available with potential to increase to 14M, the company said. 

Proximity addded that "with excellent road and rail infrastructure and easy access to digital fibre routes connecting London to Ireland and the USA, Proximity’s latest Tier 3 facility - Proximity Edge7 - is ideally positioned to serve businesses along and near to the M4 corridor".

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