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What Are Amazon S3 Buckets?

Launched in the United States in 2006, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is a public cloud storage platform that is highly scalable, fast, reliable, and inexpensive. The platform boasts 99.999999999% durability and between 99.95% to 99.99% availability. What Are Amazon S3 Buckets? Amazon S3 buckets are a part of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and come with a user interface that enables users to store … [Read more...]

Microsoft Office 365 vs Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) – Which is Best?

Microsoft Office 365 and G suite are both popular cloud-based storage and collaboration platforms that are used by many companies across the globe. They both come with a suite of applications for word processing, spreadsheets, emails, calendars, instant messaging and videoconferencing NOTE: On October 6, 2020, G Suite changed its name to Google Workspace, and Google have also made a number of … [Read more...]

How to Secure Data on IoT Devices in 5 Easy Steps

Over the last few years, the growth in Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices has increased exponentially, transforming how enterprises and small businesses collect, store, process and manage data. The growth in IoT connected devices presents a lot of exciting opportunities for innovation and improvements in the way we get insights into customer behavior, business processes, operational costs … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Keep Your Active Directory Clean

Malicious actors will often seek to leverage stale Active Directory objects in order to execute an attack. In order to keep your Active Directory clean and secure, it is crucially important that you know exactly who has access to what, how access was granted, and what they are doing with it. Having a clean AD will help to streamline the process of granting and revoking access permissions. It will … [Read more...]

What is OneDrive for Business and What Are the Benefits?

Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business (ODFB) is a cloud storage and collaboration platform, which is easy to use and can be installed on and synced to any Android or Apple mobile device or laptop. ODFB differs from OneDrive for personal users in a number of ways, some of which include better auditing and reporting, significantly larger storage space, better integration with Office 365 for … [Read more...]

What Are Office 365 Groups?

Office 365 Groups are similar to the security groups we see in Active Directory, however, they come with some additional benefits, which we will explore. Firstly, let’s clarify what a “group” actually is. What is an Office 365 Group? A group is a bit like a container which users are placed in. Each group will have a set of permissions assigned to it, which determine how the users … [Read more...]

What Is Active Directory and How Does It Work?

Active Directory (AD) is a directory service that runs on Microsoft Windows Server. The main function of AD is to enable administrators to manage permissions and control access to network resources. In AD, data is stored as objects, which include users, groups, applications and devices, and these objects are categorized according to their name and attributes. Domain Services (AD DS) are a core … [Read more...]

5 Things You Must Get Right to Secure IaaS and PaaS

The cyber-security landscape is changing rapidly as increasingly more organizations are adopting Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). We’re witnessing an inevitable shift, especially since the recent social distancing rules have resulted in large numbers of employees working from home and other remote locations. However, it wasn’t exactly a gradual … [Read more...]

What is a Proxy Server and Are They Good for Security?

It is surprising how few people are aware that any time you load up a website or connect with another person online, your connection gives your “address” to that site/person. Naturally, when faced with this information, a lot of people are not happy with it. A combination of cyber security and general privacy concerns requires most schools, organizations and a lot of the general public to adopt … [Read more...]

Active Directory Security Groups Best Practices

Active Directory security groups are used to give users or groups access to certain resources. If your Active Directory security groups are mis-configured or compromised, then your sensitive data could be at risk. In this article, I’m going to go through some best practices for your Active Directory security groups to ensure that you can maintain the security of your AD. Ensure Default Security … [Read more...]