Weekly Cloud News Roundup: BC Hydro Faces Cybersecurity Threats, MySpace Loses 12 Years’ of Music

Weekly Cloud News Roundup: BC Hydro Faces Cybersecurity Threats, MySpace Loses 12 Years’ of Music

Each week we’ll bring you an overview of the latest news in cloud computing, cybersecurity and industrial IoT over the past seven days. This week we’re focused on a report by B.C.’s Auditor General and AWS Direct Connect. 

BC Hydro System Faces Cybersecurity Threats: Auditor General

British Columbia’s Auditor General has reported that BC Hydro could be susceptible to cyberattacks. With the system providing power to 95% of British Columbians, the system is considered critical infrastructure. This is not the only vulnerable industrial system: the Norwegian aluminum producer, Norsk Hydro, was struck by an extensive cyberattack this week.

Read more on the auditor general’s recommendations for assessing cybersecurity risks.

MySpace Apologizes After Losing 12 Years’ Worth of Music

MySpace experienced a loss potentially amounting to 50 million songs following a server migration error, although some reports are skeptical this was an accident. MySpace has credited the mistake to a server migration where files were corrupted and unable to transfer over to their updated site.

MySpace announces there is no way to recover any of the lost data.

Slack Hands Over Control of Encryption Keys to Regulated Customers

Slack announced that it is launching Enterprise Key Management (EKM) for Slack, a new tool that enables customers to control their encryption keys in the enterprise version of the communications app. The new tool should appeal to customers in regulated industries who might need tighter control over security.

Learn more about how Slack’s new tool gives the customers greater control over encryption keys.

Gigabit Connectivity Options for Amazon Direct Connect

AWS Direct Connect gives you the ability to create private network connections between your datacenter, office, or colocation environment and AWS. It also encompasses three distinct models: Dedicated Connections, Hosted Connection, and Hosted Virtual Interfaces. Amazon has announced an upgrade on Hosted Connections with 1, 2, 5, or 10 Gbps of capacity. These capacities will be available through a select set of AWS Direct Connect Partners who have been specifically approved by AWS.

While FuseForward is not a direct connect partner, we can set up a Direct Connect for our customers. Learn more about FuseForward Cloud Connect.

Learn more on the potential of Hosted Connections and where they’re available.

VMware Cloud on AWS Now Available on Canadian Soil

VMware and AWS announced a partnership in 2016 and now are extending that to Canadian customers who prefer their data be kept north of the border. The partnership is a recognition that many enterprise firms are operating infrastructure with a hybrid cloud model. While more workloads are moving to the public cloud, not all workloads are deemed appropriate to operate beyond an internal data center.

VMware’s virtualization suite of software enables firms to operate their own environment in the same cloud style of consumption.

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