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What is Data Security?

Data Security is a practice of keeping data protected from corruption, unauthorized access and the latest Ransomware. The aim of implementing data security in enterprise IT environment is to ensure privacy while protecting personal or corporate data.

There has been a huge emphasis on data security as of late, largely because of the internet. There are a number of options for locking down your data from software solutions to hardware mechanisms. Hence, if you’re not following the essential guidelines, your sensitive information just may be at risk.

Encryption- Data encryption has become a critical security feature for data in transit and rest. The encryption algorithm uses security mechanisms like mathematical schemes and algorithms to scramble data into unreadable text. It can be decoded or decrypted by the party that possesses the associated key.

User authentication- This feature has turned into a strong data security feature these days. To explain in simple terms, when you log into an email or blog account, you are diverted to a sign-in page that allows you to log into applications, files, folders, and even an entire computer system. As soon as the user logs into the web page, they can enjoy a lot of privileges until they log out. Some systems will cancel a session if your machine has been idle for a certain amount of time—say 5 to 15 minutes, requiring to a re-login into the web page.

Nowadays, a single sign-in scheme is also being implemented into strong user authentication systems. This requires users to login using multiple factors of authentication such as a one time password sent to their smart phone, a smart card access or a finger print or the latest retina scanner.

Backup solutions- Unless we backup critical or production data, data security seems to be incomplete. That’s due to the fact that data in a machine is always prone to get compromised. Users can suddenly be hit with a malware infection which can destroy files, someone could hack the system and gain hold of data to demand ransomware and some hackers might sell the data. When everything else fails, a reliable backup solution will allow you to restore your data instead of starting completely from scratch.

Thus, the main focus behind data security is to ensure privacy while protecting personal or corporate data.

Need professional help to keep your enterprise data safe and secure?

You can approach DNF Corporation for all your data security needs. DNF will work with your data personnel to evaluate the existing encryption strategy and policies. This process will start with getting detailed asset information on your organization’s hardware and software environment, sensitive data, and current security policy management sets. In combination with your corporate objectives, DNF team will determine the business objectives for encrypting data-at-rest. From these objectives, DNF will derive a plan and proposal to address the policies, architecture, and scope of the project to keep you protected to the fullest.

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DNF Security Fanless PC plays vital role in electronic police surveillance

Vehicular traffic grows proportionately as the population grows in a region. Although, this is good when development of region is taken into account, it also brings in new challenges and forces to have intelligent transportation system.

This is where enhancement of automation level of transportation management system becomes critical for transportation departments located around the world.

Electronic police surveillance system can be applied to big traffic junctions to decrease traffic accidents and ease the duty of police personnel by automatically taking pictures of those who are violating the traffic rules.

The system should be vehicle operable and must be able to work in harsh environments like poor road conditions, dust pollution and hot conditions. The system must have great processing power and graphic capability.

DNF Security’s fanless series PC’s incorporate powerful hardware components such as Intel 3rd-Gen i7/i5 processors, High speed DDR3 memory and Enterprise class hard drives to offer extraordinary computing power, fanless architecture and reliable operation for in-vehicle surveillance.

DNF Security fanless series PCs can be used in police vehicles which are on patrolling duty. These in-vehicle small but powerful computing machines are available with a storage capacity of 1TB enabling patrolling officers to install database driven by analytics.

So, all those officers who are using DNF Fanless solutions can have computing power and database on hand to process ticketing requests and capture traffic violators.

DNF Security fanless series PCs can also be used for fleet management and public transit.

This arrangement not only fits into smaller footprint, but can cope with industrial, inaccessible and harsh outdoor environments as well. As the computing system is completely fanless server, its operation is extremely quite along with excellent heat dissipation.

DNF Security Fanless PCs are loaded with a Windows 7 Professional operating system which is one of the most reliable OSes released by Microsoft.

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The value of Big data Analytics in Healthcare!

Healthcare organizations located around the world are facing the pressure to reduce costs, improve coordination and outcomes and provide more with fewer resources and be more patient centric.

However, in practical, the industry is witnessing entrenched inefficiencies and suboptimal clinical outcomes.

This is where analytics can help these organizations harness big data to create actionable insights, set their future vision, and improve outcomes and reduce time to value.

So, what exactly is analytics and how can healthcare sector benefit from it?

Analytics is nothing but a systematic use of data and related business insights developed through applied analytical disciplines to drive fact based decision making for planning, management, measurements and learning. On the whole, Healthcare Analytics can be descriptive, predictive or prescriptive.

But why are we now behind it?

Factually speaking, Healthcare sector is increasingly being challenged by factors such as inefficiency, wastage of resources and improper planning. These in-capabilities are also leaving behind an entrenched loss of more than $2 trillion on an annual note. The disorganization can be attributed to several factors such as ineffective gathering, sharing and use of information.

Where does Analytics stand in this scenario?

This is where big data analytics proves helpful, as it helps in gaining insights and can help demonstrate value and achieve better outcomes, such as new treatments and technologies. From managing small details to large processes, analytics can aid exploration and discovery; help design and plan policy and programs; improve service delivery and operations; enhance sustainability; mitigate risk; and provide a means for measuring and evaluating critical organizational data.

Does Analytics address specific objectives?

  • Yes, it can help in improving clinical quality of health care
  • Analytics implementation in Healthcare can improve patient safety and reduce medical errors
  • It can improve patient’s wellness, prevention and disease management
  • Understand physician profiles and clinical performance
  • Analytics helps in improving customer satisfaction, acquisition and retention
  • Healthcare sector has also experienced improvement in pay for performance and accountability
  • Healthcare analytics can also prove beneficial in improving operational effectiveness as it has the potential to increase operating speed and adaptability
  • Analytics can improve pay for performance and accountability
  • Financially speaking, Analytics has the ability to improve utilization and optimize supply chain and human capital management
  • It improves risk management and regulatory compliance
  • Healthcare analytics helps in reducing fraud and abuse

Interested in a more in-depth explanation?

DNF Corporation can explain it to you in detail. DNF and its partners give analysts powerful, intuitive workflow solutions and applications for data blending and advanced analytics that lead to deeper insights in hours, not the weeks seen in typical approaches.

Explore your opportunities today.


Microsoft Azure is most desirable cloud storage platform for enterprises

Software Giant Microsoft introduced cloud computing and infrastructure platform called Windows Azure in 2010 and it was later renamed as Microsoft Azure in 2014. This enterprise cloud storage was meant for enterprises to build, deploy, and manage applications and services through a global network of Microsoft Managed data centers.

Microsoft Azure has the capability to integrate the public cloud applications with the current IT environment and helps to build applications using any framework, language or tools.

According to Gartner, Azure is currently the pre-eminent cloud platform for not only Platform as a service (PaaS) but also infrastructure as a service (IaaS)

As Azure offers a powerful cloud platform with flexibility and scalability, enterprises are lining up to adapt this technology to overcome the complexities of on-premise server capabilities.

So, what makes Azure stand tall among competitors?

Azure effectively integrates with the other tools of Microsoft- Enterprises rely on Microsoft tools such as Office 365, SharePoint and Outlook; and Azure effectively integrates itself with all these tools.

Lower cost- Azure allows users to pay only for what they use and offers to its users the privilege of pay-as-you-grow model. The cost of developing, testing and distributing web based applications reduces as users have to pay only for processing time and storage space they need at a given time. Therefore, it helps to reduce CAPEX and benefits you to enjoy the economies of scale from resource sharing.

Security and compliance- The Online Services Security and Compliance team of Microsoft maintains the security control framework and introduces programs and policies to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and to manage security risks. Azure also abides the latest EU data protection laws.

Reliability- Microsoft Azure is termed to be the most reliable cloud storage platforms for enterprises. The company has gradually improved downtime issues it faced in 2014 year by year and now stands on par with AWS in 2016.

Scalability- Enterprises need not worry about storage capacity, when it comes to application usage stats. Users can move virtual hard drives between cloud servers and on-premises or can add additional capacity to ensure that your application is running smoothly.

Data storage- When it comes to storage of different types of data, Azure offers Binary Large Objects (BLOBS) which are the easiest way to store unstructured text and binary data like audio, video, and images. The Export/Import feature of Azure will help to move this data in and out of Blobs storage as required.

By integrating their IT landscape with Microsoft Azure, companies can enjoy all the above said benefits of Azure.

Microsoft buys DNA to fit 1,000,000,000TB of big data in a gram!

Software giant Microsoft is buying ten million strands of synthetic DNA from Biology startup Twist Bioscience to investigate the use of genetic material to store data. The storage capacity of DNA is higher than conventional storage systems, with 1 gram of DNA able to represent close to 1 billion terabytes of big data. DNA is also remarkably robust and keeps data intact for 7,000 years. So, storing data on DNA makes an intriguing option for long term data archival.

However, the big difficulty at present is reading and writing the content on synthetic DNA. The writing is not that simple and involves a new technology developed by Twist which needs a lot of specifically designed machines.

As per the available reports, a custom DNA sequence costs about 10 cents per base, with twist hoping to get the cost down to 2 cents. Data reading uses genetic sequencing.

Reading the data uses genetic sequencing. The costs of this have dropped substantially over the last 20 years. The human genome project, which ran from 1990 to 2003, cost about $3 billion. The same task can now be done for about $1,000.

Those costs, though dropping, mean that commercial viability of synthetic DNA storage is still some way off, but the technology itself works. Microsoft says that its initial trials with Twist have shown that the process allowed full retrieval of the encoded data from the DNA. If the technology can be made cheap enough, it means that one day long-term data archiving could use the same technology as life itself.

Canada to review policy of deleting surveillance video after 60 days

Ontario’s corrections ministry has plans to increase the surveillance video retention policy from 60 days to 180 or 360 days. The decision was taken when an inmate facing drug possession sentence had to face a reduced jail term because jail surveillance video was deleted.

Ontario’s Community Safety and Correctional Services spokesperson Andrew Morrison said in an email that government was aware of the case, the latest hearing and the reduction of jail term due to lack of video evidence. He added that the Ministry has begun a review of its policy related to retention/preservation of video surveillance and this case will help inform the review.

The current policy at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC), deleting surveillance video after 60 days, is “ridiculous,” London lawyer Kevin Egan said.

That hardly gives enough time to inmates who want to blow the whistle on incidents or crimes, he said.

“Inmates often feel intimidated speaking out when they are in jail and often only come forward when they’ve been released.”

With many people behind bars for more than 60 days, the system has to build in more time to keep surveillance video, Egan said.

The trial details are as follows- In December 2014, Jose Lima, a jail inmate was charged after Methamphetamine, hydromophone and marijuana was found in his laundry towel. In December 2015, Justice Jonathan George found Lima guilty of drug possession in the argument, but then heard arguments about how London Police and EMDC handled the case.

London police waited five months, and for Lima to appear in court on another matter, to charge him for possession.

By the time they did that, EMDC had deleted video surveillance of Lima in the jail that might have shed light on the case.

The jail had a surveillance video which captured the entirety of Lima’s interactions with staff and other inmates, from the point he exited the transport vehicle and entered the institution. The evidence was relevant and could have proved the inmate guilty.

But since, jail surveillance laws retain videos for only 60 days, vital evidence against the inmate was knocked out in right time. Lima’s lawyer, Geoffrey Snow, argued in court that the delay and resulting destruction of evidence violated his client’s rights under section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. On this basis, Justice George agreed to reduce Lima’s sentence to 90 days.

If video evidence would have been available, the inmate would have got at least 2 years of rigorous imprisonment as per law.

For this reason, the Ontario’s corrections ministry is planning to increase the current video retention policy of surveillance video from 60 days to atleast 6 months to a year.

The moment this policy comes into affect, it will apply across whole of Canada.

Reasons to move to Hyper Converged Infrastructure!

Hyper Converged systems are type of infrastructure which have software centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources to be offered as one easy to manage appliance.

According to International Data Corporation (IDC) – a renowned analyst firm, Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) market will grow by 94% by this year end, earning $1.5 billion in 2016 for those offering these appliances. Another firm Gartner forecasts that the market will reach $5 billion market by 2019.

Thus, all these predictions and estimates boils down to prove one point and that is HCI will have a lot of craze among enterprise data centers managers and so those offering these appliances will make merry in coming days.

Want to know what will propel data center managers move to Hyper Converged Infrastructure?

Below are the top three reasons which will make the IT leaders move to HCI

  • Hardware Infrastructure due for upgrade- When the implementation is done right, Hyper Convergence yields significantly lower total cost of ownership (tco) than legacy hardware.
  • Improve efficiency of internal processes- Higher performance and storage capacity mean that your people and processes will work faster and easier.
  • Effective management of business operations and processes- This advantage will prove especially important when users are dealing with specialized use cases such as video surveillance.

Want to replace your data centers legacy infrastructure with reliable Hyper Convergence Appliances?

StoneFly, Inc., offers Unified Storage and Server Hyper Converged Appliances in its product catalog. StoneFly USS is the ideal hyper-converged infrastructure solution to consolidate all of your server and storage systems into one easy to manage appliance. Use of virtualized operating systems allows for complete hardware utilization and considerable reduction in power/cooling costs. USS flexibility replaces the “fixed hardware model” of the past with on-demand resource allocation (such as CPU, memory, storage, etc.) based on your application needs.

The USS appliance includes a Virtual SAN Storage Appliance (SCVM) and the ability to create additional Virtual Storage or Servers as needed. By migrating your existing Windows and Linux physical servers to VMware-compatible Virtual Machines on the StoneFly USS appliance, you can greatly reduce your hardware footprint and run many more applications on much less hardware.

For those who desire to have highly available infrastructure in their premises, StoneFly offers its USS HA Cluster with two hypervisors and Active Active (Two) raid controllers which increase system uptime due to failover and failback capabilities.

StoneFly USS HA allows users to asynchronously replicate all your VMs and storage to remote sites such as public cloud (Microsoft Azure) or a private cloud (StoneFly Cloud Business Center) for disaster recovery.

Users can optimize their data with StoneFly’s enterprise level features including data deduplication, encryption, thin provisioning available on demand.

What are YOUR organization’s top IT concerns today? Contact StoneFly now to see how hyperconvergence can help.


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