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Gartner Market Guide for IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools
With the onset of more modular and cloud-centric architectures, many organizations with disparate monitoring tools are reassessing their monitoring landscape. According to Gartner, hybrid IT (especially with IaaS subscription) enterprises must adopt more holistic IT infrastructure monitoring tools (ITIM) to gain visibility into their IT landscapes.

With the onset of more modular and cloud-centric architectures, many organizations with disparate monitoring tools are reassessing their monitoring landscape. According to Gartner, hybrid IT (especially with IaaS subscription) enterprises must adopt more holistic IT infrastructure monitoring tools (ITIM) to gain visibility into their IT landscapes.

The guide provides insight into the IT infrastructure monitoring tool market and providers as well as key findings and recommendations.

Get the 2018 Gartner Market Guide for IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools to see:

  • The ITIM market definition, direction and analysis
  • A list of representative ITIM vendors
  • Recommendations for adoption of ITIM platforms

Key Findings Include:

  • ITIM tools are helping organizations simplify and unify monitoring across domains within a single tool, eliminating the problems of multitool integration.
  • ITIM tools are allowing infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to scale across hybrid infrastructures and emerging architectures (such as containers and microservices).
  • Metrics and data acquired by ITIM tools are being used to derive context enabling visibility for non-IT teams (for example, line of business [LOB] and app owners) to help achieve optimization targets.
Lift and Shift Backup and Disaster Recovery Scenario for Google Cloud: Step by Step Guide
There are many new challenges, and reasons, to migrate workloads to the cloud. Especially for public cloud, like Google Cloud Platform. Whether it is for backup, disaster recovery, or production in the cloud, you should be able to leverage the cloud platform to solve your technology challenges. In this step-by-step guide, we outline how GCP is positioned to be one of the easiest cloud platforms for app development. And, the critical role data protection as-as-service (DPaaS) can play.

There are many new challenges, and reasons, to migrate workloads to the cloud.

For example, here are four of the most popular:

  • Analytics and Machine learning (ML) are everywhere. Once you have your data in a cloud platform like Google Cloud Platform, you can leverage their APIs to run analytics and ML on everything.
  • Kubernetes is powerful and scalable, but transitioning legacy apps to Kubernetes can be daunting.
  • SAP HANA is a secret weapon. With high mem instances in the double digit TeraBytes migrating SAP to a cloud platform is easier than ever.
  • Serverless is the future for application development. With CloudSQL, Big Query, and all the other serverless solutions, cloud platforms like GCP are well positioned to be the easiest platform for app development.

Whether it is for backup, disaster recovery, or production in the cloud, you should be able to leverage the cloud platform to solve your technology challenges. In this step-by-step guide, we outline how GCP is positioned to be one of the easiest cloud platforms for app development. And, the critical role data protection as-as-service (DPaaS) can play.

Multi-cloud Data Protection-as-a-service: The HYCU Protégé Platform
Multi-cloud environments are here to stay and will keep on growing in diversity, use cases, and, of course, size. Data growth is not stopping anytime soon, only making the problem more acute. HYCU has taken a very different approach from many traditional vendors by selectively delivering deeply integrated solutions to the platforms they protect, and is now moving to the next challenge of unification and simplification with Protégé, calling it a data protection-as-a-service platform.

There are a number of limitations today keeping organizations from not only lifting and shifting from one cloud to another but also migrating across clouds. Organizations need the flexibility to leverage multiple clouds and move applications and workloads around freely, whether for data reuse or for disaster recovery. This is where the HYCU Protégé platform comes in. HYCU Protégé is positioned as a complete multi-cloud data protection and disaster recovery-as-a-service solution. It includes a number of capabilities that make it relevant and notable compared with other approaches in the market:

  • It was designed for multi-cloud environments, with a “built-for-purpose” approach to each workload and environment, leveraging APIs and platform expertise.
  • It is designed as a one-to-many cross-cloud disaster recovery topology rather than a one-to-one cloud or similarly limited topology.
  • It is designed for the IT generalist. It’s easy to use, it includes dynamic provisioning on-premises and in the cloud, and it can be deployed without impacting production systems. In other words, no need to manually install hypervisors or agents.
  • It is application-aware and will automatically discover and configure applications. Additionally, it supports distributed applications with shared storage. 
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Unlocking Digital Transformation with Adaptive Workspace Management
Digital transformation can be stalled for organizations that do not start this process of re-architecting their workspace provisioning approaches. In this whitepaper, Liquidware presents a roadmap for delivering modern workspaces for organizations which are undergoing digital transformation. Liquidware’s Adaptive Workspace Management (AWM) suite of products can support the build-out of an agile, state-of-the-art workspace infrastructure that quickly delivers the resources workers need, on demand

The driving force for organizations today is digital transformation, propelled by a need for greater innovation and agility across enterprises. The digital life-blood for this transformation remains computers, although their form-factor has changed dramatically over the past decade.  Smart devices, including phones, tablets and wearables, have joined PCs and laptops in the daily toolsets used by workers to do their jobs.  The data that organizations rely on increasingly comes from direct sources via smart cards, monitors, implants and embedded processors. IoT, machine learning and artificial intelligence will shape the software that workers use to do their jobs. As these “smart” applications change and take on scope, they will increasingly be deployed on cloud infrastructures, bringing computing to the edge and enabling swift and efficient processing with real-time data.

Yet digital transformation for many organizations can remain blocked if they do not start changing how their workspaces are provisioned. Many still rely on outmoded approaches for delivering the technology needed by their workers to make them productive in a highly digital workplace.

In this paper, Liquidware presents a roadmap for providing modern workspaces for organizations that are undergoing digital transformation. We offer insights into how our Adaptive Workspace Management (AWM) suite of products can support the build-out of an agile,  state-of-the-artworkspace infrastructure that quickly delivers the resources workers need, on demand. AWM allows this  infrastructure  to be constructed from a hybrid mix of the best-of-breed workspace delivery platforms spanning physical, virtual and cloud offerings.

How Mobile App Protection Fits into a Broader Security Strategy
Mobile app security is a key, but often overlooked aspect of an organization’s broader security plan. Neglecting mobile security leaves organizations vulnerable to security incidents and breaches, even if their servers and networks are protected. In this solution guide, Guardsquare presents a history and overview of various security strategies, the growing importance of mobile app security, and steps that an organization can take to strengthen the security postures of their mobile apps.

Prioritizing Mobile Application Security

Despite the increase of cyberattacks targeting mobile applications, most organizations neglect, or deprioritize mobile application security until it’s too late. The coverage of high-profile breaches and security incidents involving mobile apps in the news tells us that mobile app security should be a high priority in every organization’s broader security strategy. Failing to properly secure your mobile apps can result in the following:

●    Financial loss
●    Reputational damage
●    Customer data loss
●    IP theft
●    And more

This whitepaper shows organizations how to prioritize mobile app security by focusing on building better relationships between development and security teams. This resource also provides a history and overview of software development and steps that an organization can follow to build a concrete strategy to strengthen their overall mobile app security posture.

Download the full report here.

Incorporating Mobile App Security into the Dev Lifecycle Without Friction
Security is an integral part of the mobile application development process. Organizations are beginning to prioritize security in their development process, but often at the end of the lifecycle. In this report, Guardsquare reviews the mobile application development process to demonstrate how to integrate security measures throughout the development lifecycle, not just at the end. In adapting these recommendations, developers can avoid slowdowns and ineffective, reactive security measures.

Mobile app security shouldn’t be left until the end of the development process. It is possible to integrate security measure throughout the entirety of the development process — even if your team is using one of the agile development methods. If an organization pushes security later in the development process, or even waits until the development process is complete, they run the risk of major complications and the consequences from security incidents. These include:

  • Financial loss
  • Reputational damage
  • Data loss (company or customer)
  • IP theft
  • And more
Overall, this makes security more expensive, especially if organizations find vulnerabilities after deployment. Consequently, it is the recommendation of industry experts that developers incorporate security into the lifecycle early via security assurance (SA).

This whitepaper will show your organization how to seamlessly integrate security throughout your mobile app’s development lifecycle, without slowing your app development teams down. Guardsquare covers each step of the secure software development lifecycle (SSDLC) and shows you how security tests can be built into each of the seven phases: inception, requirements analysis, architecture and design, development, testing, deployment, and steady state.

Ready to take your security strategy to the next level? Download the full report to get started!

iOS App Security: Is it really better than Android?
With its tightly controlled iOS ecosystem, Apple insists that its platform is more secure than Android’s. Is this really the case? This infographic explores the myths and misconceptions surrounding iOS security, and how they can affect your mobile app. From ‘fleeceware’ apps to sideloading, each security myth is evaluated and solutions are provided to help iOS apps improve their overall security posture.

Apple paints a rosy picture of of the iOS ecosystem’s security. However, the “walled garden,” or closed platform isn’t as secure as it appears. This myth often leads to developers neglecting security measures when creating apps for the iOS ecosystem, as they believe that Apple’s security is superior to Android’s.

In this infographic, Guardsquare provides an overview of Apple’s security features, like the closed system and code signing. Each is examined for both strengths and weakness. The infographic also looks at some of the system’s largest security concerns, including jailbreaking and sideloading.

Guardsquare’s analysis of the iOS system includes an analysis of over 200 tweaks, or scripts used to modify the behavior of iOS apps. The results yielded surprising insights:

  • 93% of the scripts provide free access within the targeted apps to premium content or features
  • Revenue losses for targeted apps could potentially cost the publisher millions of dollars annually
  • Scam apps found in the Apple Store generate approx. $48M in revenue

As demonstrated in this infographic, it is essential for iOS app developers to strengthen their mobile app’s security in the Apple ecosystem. Guardsquare offers strategic security recommendations to keep your organization’s apps secure, regardless of platform.

The OWASP Mobile Top 10 List and Why it Matters for App Developers
It can be challenging to find reliable information on the web. The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is dedicated to publishing reliable content in the web application space. OWASP’s Mobile Security Project provides resources like the “Mobile Top 10” and Mobile Application Security Verification Standard (MASVS). This report covers these resources in depth to help developers access a reliable framework for identifying, and solving mobile application vulnerabilities.

Mobile applications are a rapidly growing attack surface. With a variety of tools and techniques available to threat actors, mobile application developers need to build a reliable security framework to address the most common security vulnerabilities. In this report, Guardsquare analyzed OWASP’s “Top 10” mobile security risks and mapped them to RASP and code hardening best practices.

The report also examines the Mobile Application Security Verification Standard (MASVS), also produced by OWASP, which details additional risks and resilience guidelines that complement the “Top 10.”

Key insights:
●    A developer-centric overview of OWASP’s “Top 10” & MASVS
●    How resilience layer controls can prevent reverse engineering and tampering
●    Security technique that protect against the OWASP’s “Top 10” mobile vulnerabilities
●    How to build a layered security approach

Download the full report to learn how you can leverage RASP and code hardening to defend your Android and iOS apps against the most common mobile app security threats.

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It’s often difficult for developers to get hands-on knowledge and experience in code hardening techniques To help bridge the gap, Guardsquare’s engineers have created a set of fun, practical labs around four code hardening techniques. This technical magazine is the perfect way to improve your security knowledge, regardless of the mobile platform you use. Developers will walk away with a greater understanding of compiler and security concepts.

Application hardening is an important part of mobile app security, and yet, it can feel like a difficult concept to grasp.

Developers often struggle to get hand-on knowledge and experience working with hardening techniques. In this technical magazine, Guardquare’s engineers have created a set of four fun, practical labs to help your organization familiarize itself with application hardening techniques and the security vulnerabilities that each technique thwarts. These four labs include:

•    Code Checksumming
•    Control Flow (non-) Integrity in Android Applications
•    Native Library Encryption
•    Encrypting Objective-C Selectors

Developers will walk away from these labs with a greater understanding of the theory behind each technique, as well illustrations and guided examples to help them implement them in their own application security strategy.

Download the technical manual here and begin building a stronger security posture through application hardening.

Avoid Costly Inter-Cloud Routing Mistakes with an Intent Check
A Google search for “unexpected AWS charges” returns hundreds of thousands of results. In addition to economic consequences, inefficient traffic routing to and from your various cloud instances and other services can also lead to bandwidth and latency issues that undermine network and app performance. By using the intent check feature in the Forward Enterprise platform, you can identify and fix inter-cloud routing mistakes across all of your cloud instances.
A Google search for “unexpected AWS charges” returns hundreds of thousands of results. In addition to
economic consequences, inefficient traffic routing to and from your various cloud instances and other
services can also lead to bandwidth and latency issues that undermine network and app performance.
By using the intent check feature in the Forward Enterprise platform, you can identify and fix inter-cloud
routing mistakes across all of your cloud instances.
Automating Security for Cloud Application Provisioning
Often conducted manually, secure application provisioning can be painfully slow, essentially eradicating the benefits of cloud. Without a single source of truth and the ability to visualize all potential traffic paths, it’s nearly impossible to ensure that the intended security and connectivity policies are applied to new cloud applications. Which is why we’ve extended the secure application functionality of Forward Enterprise to the cloud.
Often conducted manually, secure application provisioning can be painfully slow, essentially eradicating
the benefits of cloud. Without a single source of truth and the ability to visualize all potential traffic
paths, it’s nearly impossible to ensure that the intended security and connectivity policies are applied to
new cloud applications. Which is why we’ve extended the secure application functionality of Forward
Enterprise to the cloud.