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Happy Data Privacy Day 2019

Data Privacy Day began in 2007 to spread awareness about data privacy issues for users of online services including social media. Data privacy and protection are not only a concern for users, however, and organizations around the world are taking a bigger role in helping to keep user data private and secure.

You’ve undoubtedly heard about numerous data breaches in recent years at high profile institutions. Then there have been the ransomware attacks like WannaCry which have held data hostage and practically crippled some organizations. You probably also heard about GDPR going into effect last year, affecting any organization dealing with personal data from the European Union. Data privacy and protection are no longer just features of online services, they are requirements.

When Equifax data was breached in 2017, the personal data of 143 million people was compromised. That’s a lot of data that should have remained private. Your organization may not be responsible for the data of 100+ million people but if you are responsible for the data of even one person, then you have the same data privacy and protection responsibilities as any amount of data.

The requirements for data privacy and protection don’t begin and end with the apps, websites, social networks, and other online services. They extend all the way down to the physical and virtual infrastructures on which those applications and their databases run. That’s where Scale Computing plays a role in providing a secure infrastructure platform that other organizations use to store and process data.

Our HC3 virtualization platform is a hyperconverged architecture bringing together storage, compute, virtualization, and backup/DR in a single solution. Our security-minded HC3 users are attracted to our architecture because it eliminates the cobbling together of multiple vendor solutions for infrastructure. When a storage vendor has to interface with a server vendor and then both have to interface separately with a hypervisor vendor, and then a backup/DR vendor is thrown into the mix, you see a lot of interface points that are potential security vulnerabilities.  

Owning the whole IT stack and providing all of the components in a single architecture reduces the surface area for potential attacks. It also means fewer vendor updates which always have some potential to introduce new vulnerabilities. There is much less risk of updates from one part of the system negatively impacting the other parts of the system when they are all being tested against the entire system before they reach you.

As with fewer updates, there are just fewer times where an administrator has to log into an HC3 system to manage it. HC3 has built-in intelligent automation that handles many of the mundane and routine tasks associated with other virtualization platforms. Even when problems arise such as hardware failures, self-healing automation often handles these events such that an administrator doesn’t have to address it immediately in a panicked rush. These self-healing capabilities are particularly important to infrastructure at sites that don’t have dedicated IT staff. The fewer times you have to touch a system, there fewer chances there are to inadvertently make it more vulnerable to attack.  

HC3 architecture is also a great defense against ransomware attacks because the hypervisor has very little exposure to attack and if a VM happens to be attacked, it can easily be reverted to a pre-attack snapshot or backup. HC3 has built-in backup and disaster recovery capabilities to protect data to secure systems both on-prem and in the cloud.

Complexity can make infrastructure systems more vulnerable, more unstable, and ultimately more costly. To ensure data is private and secure, you could benefit from a simpler, more reliable infrastructure like HC3. If you have questions about how we can help, contact us: 877.SCALE.59 or info@scalecomputing.com.