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Live Hack 17 - Review

ServerChoice, in conjuntion with Barlcyas Bank and The Herts Chamber of Commerce, hosted a Live Hack Event in January 2017. We revealed the techniques used by hackers from social engineering to ransomware - would your business be safe from these real-world threats?

Ransomware

Understanding Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts the contents of a user’s hard drive, preventing users from accessing their files or folders on a system until the ransom is paid. It’s rapidly grown to be one of the most widespread and damaging threats the computer users are facing today.

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How to... Get the right choice for a SIEM solution.

The time that security was “just something extra” for a company is long gone. Now that attacks and their associated losses are common occurrences, the need for security is one of the top priorities for organisations of all sizes. Getting ‘good’ security could easily eat up vast sums of money without making a big impact to your safety, so understanding which tools you need is an important concern.

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Security Interleaving

What makes the connected world so good for us makes it so good for hackers too. So it’s about time we talked about security interleaving.

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Social Engineering vs Good Manners

What is social engineering? A fairly quick and catchy explanation would be that social engineering is the art of human hacking1, whereas a more in-depth, technical analysis would include a combination of cybernetics, mathematics and ethics, as the idea behind it is that someone can actually ‘hack’ (exploit) another person.

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Division of Responsibilities

We’ve had a few customers come to us with horror stories about grey-line responsibility division with their previous supplier – where neither party has been sure who is responsible for what. So I thought a quick blog might help raise awareness of this issue.

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What is... 95th Percentile Billing?

You might have heard about 95th percentille billing. It's standard across the industry but it can be confusing at first glance, so this blog aims to dispell the myths.

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PCI DSS v3.1 - So what's new?

Earlier this month we got our Attestation of Compliance (AoC) for the shiny new PCI DSS v3.1 - but what's new in v3.1, and why is it important?

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Penetration Testing - Compliance, value and security

If you're interested in security, you've probably heard of penetration testing. But how can you get the best value? Are all pen tests born equal? Does compliance equal security? In this blog I'll aim to answer all these questions and more.

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The Importance of PCI Compliance

With the InfoSec 2015 expo just around the corner, now seems like a good time to mention the growing importance of PCI compliance. And we have a white paper available for download too!

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Internet Speed

A lot of people and organisations including ISPs and government agencies associate bandwidth with speed. While this is understandable by the consumer (“more bits equals more speed”), the terms are not strictly interchangeable and more bandwidth definitely does not always mean more speed.

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Creating a 'Security First' Culture

A couple of years ago, when I decided to re-focus ServerChoice’s hosting products around ultra-high-security hosting, I didn’t fully appreciate at the time how much work was involved and just how difficult it would be to create what we now call our “Security First Culture”.

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How to... do an expo

It seems like every other week I get another invite for an expo pinging its way into my inbox. With so many out there, how does a company pick which ones to go to?

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PCI Scope - Uncovering Best Practices

Scope is a topic that never gets old, has endless discussions with different points of view, makes you confused and can quite often make you want to bang your head against a wall. But it is arguably PCI’s most fundamental element...

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Human-only Knowledgebases

A friend was telling me recently about a problem he was having in his office. It’s one that I’ve also come across in previous employments and I thought I’d take a moment to outline the importance of the subject: human-only knowledgebases.

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Glossary of Terms

We hear lots of words day-in, day-out. But do you know what they all mean? For those that don’t (and to be honest, also for those that do), here’s a very tongue-in-cheek guide to terms frequently heard...

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PCI FAQ - The Basics

As no doubt many of you will know, becoming PCI compliant can be a daunting task. With this in mind, I’ve collaborated with our chief Information Security guru to bring you an FAQ that covers some of the basics.

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How Private is Privacy?

Last weekend I was chilling on my sofa after a busy week, looking for a film to watch. I came across a documentary about a whistle blower and I started thinking that we’ve been taught a lot about what was happening, what it is happening and what will continue to happen with privacy.

Wib

The Week In Brief: 6th February 2015

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: F0xy, Flash and Anthem's stash.

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Incident Management - Part Two: BC/DR

In my last blog you heard about the basics of incident management. Now it’s time to take it one step further and see what we can do for incidents that cannot be dealt with during the normal course of operations.

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2015 - The Year of IPv6?

With the recent news that BT will be offering IPv6 connectivity to its end users in 2015, the rest of the industry has started pondering if it could be time to finally take the dive and jump on the bandwagon.

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The Week In Brief: 23rd January 2015

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: Credit Cards, Crypto and Sinclair C5s.

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Incident Management - Part One

I thought it was about time I wrote a blog covering Incident Management. It’s a topic that is absolutely vital to all organisations, yet is often very poorly handled. As there’s so much interesting information around the subject, I’ve split the blog into two parts. This first part will cover the reasons why organisations fail and will also include some handy tips on how to structure your incident management.

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The Week In Brief: 16th January 2015

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: Iran, Lizards and the stock market.

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The Buying Process - What makes us different?

I’ve no doubt we’re all still stuffed with Turkey and chocolate, and everyone’s looking at immediately purchasing cloud and colocation services… right? Well, maybe not, but I do want to take the opportunity to talk about our ‘buying process’ and what I think makes ServerChoice stand out.

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The Week In Brief: 9th January 2015

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: Full House! Mac, Linux, PC and Industry.

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ServerChoice in 2014 - A Festive Wrap-up

So here we are: nearly at the end of the year. With everyone still running around panicking about presents, wailing about the weather and generally stressing out, I thought I’d take a little time to write a Festive Wrap-up of what this year has been like for ServerChoice.

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Securing Your Public Network Infrastructure

It’s probably about time I broke tradition and brought this blog daringly close to being on-topic. This time it’s all about securing public network infrastructure. This in itself could feel like a bit of an oxymoron; why bother securing a router or switch whose job it is to pass all traffic, both good and bad?

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The Week In Brief: 5th December 2014

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: Films, Phishing and Predicting

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PCI v3 is nearly here... are you ready?

It may not seem like it yet, but the New Year will be upon us before we know it. And as the lights of 2014 are switched off, so the world says goodbye to PCI DSS version 2. Is your business ready for the change?

Wib

The Week In Brief: 28th November 2014

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: Business, Breaches and Blackmail.

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Risk, Security & Compliance

There are three words that seem to dominate a lot of conversations about cloud hosting or wherever information is stored in the ‘ether’. These words are: risk, security, and compliance. With so much talk and confusion around the three, I thought it a good idea to try and find out just what the differences or similarities between them really are.

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PRNGs - How Random

While you’ll usually catch me discussing Cisco’s latest networking hardware or looking into the depths of Internet routing protocols, this blog is about cryptography. More specifically: random numbers and cryptography, as I think a few people might not realise about how information is kept secure.

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404 - Internet Not Found

I recently had the unpleasant experience of having no internet access for a weekend, following some issues while changing ISP, and I discovered I’m not just reliant – I’m addicted.

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Hosting Costs

It occurred to me recently that hosting costs can sometimes be a false economy: people often attach a low value to their web hosting despite it being the heart of their business. With this in mind, here’s a short blog outlining my thinking.

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Technical Blog: Understanding POODLE

We all hear the headline facts about the latest vulnerabilities and bugs that affect our online life, but how often do we read the finer details? The more technically minded readers of our blogs might find the nuts and bolts interesting. With this in mind, I thought I’d take a minute to walk you through the latest exploit, known as POODLE, that affects SSL.

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ServerChoice Blog - Planning for Disaster

A lot of the blogs I’ve read about DR are aimed at medium SMEs and larger corporations, but who’s looking after the little guy? With this in mind, I wanted to put together a list of considerations that all organisations should bear in mind when taking first steps into the world of disaster recovery.

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An Eye on Monitoring

Not too long ago, ServerChoice underwent a significant upgrade of our monitoring systems. Now the dust has settled and everything is bedded in, it seemed like a good time for me to write a blog that explains a bit about it.

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Post PCI

Hooray! You’re PCI compliant! You even have a certificate to prove it. So now it’s all over right? Not quite. On-site audits and self-assessments will be due soon enough, so I'm going to help you get through the things you need to do in order to maintain your compliance.

Wib

The Week In Brief: 3rd October 2014

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: Chips, Conditions and Clauses

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Password, passphrases and more

Failure to follow basic safety practices, such as weak password selection, is giving the cybercrooks an easy ride. This blog will discuss some pitfalls around passwords, and what we can do about them.

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PCI 101

With the PCI DSS community meetings just around the corner (6th October 2014), it feels like a good time to run over some of the top tips and misconceptions about this often misunderstood standard.

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The Truth About Cloud Security

I’ve lost count of the number of times I have heard someone say “The Cloud isn’t very secure”, so I am going to try to provide some insight into just how secure the cloud really is.

Wib

The Week In Brief: 15th August 2014

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: Basements, bills and blinds

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The Week In Brief: 8th August 2014

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: Billion breaches, bad BYOD and Blackhat 2014

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The Week In Brief: 1st August 2014

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: AV pitfalls, Peers and PaddyPower.

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Introducing... PCI DSS

Understanding PCI DSS can be a daunting prospect. So this week, our very own Jason Charalambous has written an introductory blog to help you understand what it is and how can it help.

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The Week In Brief: 25th July 2014

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: Banks, breaches and bottom lines

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The Week In Brief: 11th July 2014

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: Passwords, porn and personal data.

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The Week In Brief: 11th July 2014

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: Bugs, banks, and buckets of cash.

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Defining the Cloud: Public vs Private Vs Hybrid

Whilst there’s a lot talked about the pros and cons of cloud computing in general, not as much is said about the different types of cloud available, namely public, private and hybrid. In this three-part blog we’re going to take a look at the pros and cons of all three

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The Week In Brief: 4th July 2014

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: ‘Dunno’ data centres, doomsday drives and dropbox

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The Week In Brief: 27th June 2014

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: Custom chips, cracked cards and Curiosity bugs.

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The Week In Brief: 20th June 2014

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: Carbon, cupid and stupid.

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Free Air Cooling: Or why you don’t need to build a data centre in Iceland

Cooling is one of the most important areas of data centre design and is responsible for a large slice of the cost of both building and running such a facility. You may have read recently about data centres being built in Iceland to take advantage of the cooler climate, but how does this work, and should we all be relocating to Iceland-based data centres?

Wib

The Week In Brief: 13th June 2014

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: Kids, immigrants and mobile phones.

Support

Support: The Forgotten Factor

In this week’s blog I’m going to tackle the subject of support and how it’s often overlooked as a key part of a customer’s decision-making process. Let’s start with the question: “In a cost-driven industry, how can support really make a difference?”

Wib

The Week In Brief: 6th June 2014

A weekly roundup of what’s happening in our industry, covering infosec, the cloud, security, data centres, the web and more.

This week: Doctors, DDoSes and the inevitable world cup.

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Peering: it’s not just social interaction

One of the perks of being a network engineer is networking. While that may seem obvious, in this instance I don’t mean moving internet packets from location to location, I mean human networking.

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What a PCI-compliant cloud means for you

Choosing the right cloud company can be the difference between reducing the headache that is PCI DSS and increasing that headache 100 fold.

With so many cloud service providers claiming PCI compliance and the ability to offer PCI-compliant cloud services, which service provider is going to tick the boxes you really need? And on a more fundamental level, do you really need a compliant cloud?

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InfoSec 2014

InfoSec is one of our favourite events in the exhibition calendar and we hope this year will be bigger and better than ever. We’ve got an impressive new stand to go with our impressive new website – check out the previous blog post to read more about that – and we’re looking forward to seeing old faces and new at our stand N65.

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New Website Launch

Today’s the day we launch the brand new ServerChoice website. Not only have we given the site a fresh look, we’ve also created some new areas to provide more engaging content on a regular basis. You’ll also find Reference Projects and Testimonials sections, which will help endorse and showcase the work we do.

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