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first_imgYou need two to Tango. Apparently, so does a secure IT infrastructure.A thriving enterprise needs a modern datacenter to successfully meet its business objectives. A key pre-requisite for a modern datacenter is a robust infrastructure security. And, for a robust security to be effective, it needs to be intelligently automated.The infrastructure security dilemmaAt its core, every enterprise is a data business. And data is vulnerable to malicious actors. An average data breach is costing organizations between $3M – $5M1. The impact of these breaches is not just financial but also a loss of trust. Both internally and externally.Enterprises have not had a lack of security tools. Multiple surveys have consistently shown enterprises have an average of 75 security tools. However, these tools struggle to work with each other or across the datacenter. This situation only gets worse. There is a looming shortage of security professionals with an estimated shortage of 3.5M skilled professionals by 20213.Enterprises are at a dire crossroads. Critical IT infrastructure faces security risk. The current tools are inadequate. And there are not enough security professionals in the industry.How are enterprises to conduct business in a safe, frictionless manner while protecting its business and customers?Two to TangoSuccessful enterprises have adopted two guiding principles to address this dilemma –Integrate security deep into the infrastructure To effectively integrate security into the infrastructure, one should start with the infrastructure components. One of the key  building blocks is  the server. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recommends system designers to adopt the Cyber Security Framework4. This way security can be built into each and every subsystem. This enables systems to identify, protect, detect, respond and recover from malicious activities when they occur.Automate as much of this robust security as possibleIntelligent automation increases the efficiency and consistency of actions. Combining intelligent automation to the Cyber Security Framework makes for a robust IT infrastructure.Dell EMC has adopted these two guiding principles for all their PowerEdge server designs. Based on the Cyber Security Framework, Dell EMC has developed a Cyber Resilient Architecture to protect servers against cybersecurity attacks. Every PowerEdge server is made safer with a Cyber Resilient Architecture and supported by impressive security and automation features. Let’s examine a few of these innovative features.Securely protect from malicious activityEvery server undergoes routine BIOS and firmware updates. However, these routine maintenance activities present a vulnerability that malicious actors could take advantage of. To mitigate this, every PowerEdge server comes designed with an immutable silicon-based Root-of-Trust mechanism. This mechanism cryptographically verifies the authenticity of every firmware and BIOS update. A verification failure results in a rejection of the request and user notification.A similar automatic verification is conducted when the server is booted up as well. Key routine tasks are quietly but effectively verified. There are several automated security features including Chassis Intrusion Alert, Signed Firmware Updates, and Supply Chain Assurance that are deliberately designed to protect the server infrastructure.Diligently detect malicious activityIt is critical to determine if and when your servers are compromised. This requires visibility into the configuration, the health status of the server sub-systems. Any changes to BIOS, firmware and Option ROMs within the boot process should be detected immediately. To help automate this, PowerEdge servers employs iDRAC.The iDRAC is a dedicated systems hardware, to comprehensively monitor the server and take remedial action depending on the event. For example, one of the interesting and automated security checks the iDRAC provides is Drift Detection. System Administrators can define their server configuration baseline based on their security and performance needs. iDRAC has the ability to detect deviance from the baseline. It also helps repair the drift with simple workflows to stage the changes.System Administrators can proactively take action to keep their server infrastructure secure with multiple alerts and logs from iDRAC.Rapidly recover from malicious activityIn the event of a security breach, it is critical for enterprises to limit the damage and rapidly get back to normalcy. PowerEdge servers have a few features to support swift restoration to a known good state. The BIOS and OS recovery feature uses a special, protected area that stores the pristine images. This helps servers rapidly recover from corrupted OS or BIOS images. Additionally, the iDRAC stores a backup BIOS image that ensures “automated” and on-demand Cyber Resilient BIOS recovery. System administrators can easily restore the servers back to its original state immediately following an adverse event.If the server system needs to be retired or replaced, PowerEdge servers use System Erase to safely, securely and ecologically-friendly manner to erase sensitive data and settings. A brief overview of PowerEdge Security and AutomationAs the above examples highlight, robust security needs to be intelligently automated. And intelligent automation needs to have integrated security.IT takes two to Tango.PowerEdge servers come with a wide variety of such robust security and automated features including HW + interfaces (like TPM, SED drives) that the OS then uses to build an OS-level security infrastructure. IT Leaders have been referring to this popular guide to server security to calibrate their systems to best practices of keeping their critical infrastructure safe and secure. Does your critical infrastructure meet these considerations?Why not reach out to your Dell EMC rep for more information on how we can help you with your IT Infrastructure security.Sources:Report from Cyber Security Insiders – https://www.cybersecurity-insiders.com/portfolio/2017-ransomware-reportReport from IDG Communications – https://www.idg.com/tools-for-marketers/2018-security-priorities-study/Report from Cybersecurity Ventures – https://cybersecurityventures.com/jobs/NIST Cyber Security Framework – https://csrc.nist.gov/csrc/media/publications/sp/800-193/draft/documents/sp800-193-draft.pdflast_img read more

first_imgCoordinator of the Health Promotion Resource Centre in the Ministry of Health Helen Royer says diabetes contributes greatly to the rate of mortality in Dominica.Royer made the remarks during the official launching of a three month training workshop for the management of Diabetic Foot in Dominica this morning.She says statistics indicate that diabetes is the third cause of both morbidity and mortality in Dominica and has proven to be very costly to individuals, families and the country.According to Royer, the increase of amputation related to diabetes is of major concern for the Ministry of Health and it is against this background that the diabetic foot care program was initiated since experts remain convinced that the majority of many amputations can be avoided.She told the ceremony that not only do these patients suffer from the amputation of their limbs, but also a significant psychological impact which can be very severe.“Amputation does not only result in loss of mobility but can have a considerable psychological impact on the entire family. In fact many people who have had amputations report feeling emotions such as grief and bereavement similar to experiencing the death of a loved one.”She explained that it was with this in mind that the training workshop was established with a view to exploring methods in which amputations could be prevented.“The workshop offers a concentrated program on how to treat and assess advanced lower extremities, arterial disease with the goal of saving the limb. The training brings together experienced skilled professionals who will provide specific detailed information about proper diagnosis and management and will give physicians the knowledge to make critical decisions that will ensure the best possible outcome for every patient they come in contact with at the community or hospital setting.”At the end of the workshop, participants are expected to be further inspired and equipped to effectively execute their role in the prevention of amputation.It is also hoped that the training will be an impetus to continue to avail new opportunities for addressing the issue of diabetes and amputation.Dominica Vibes News 27 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyleLocalNews Three month training workshop for Diabetic foot officially launched in Dominica by: – June 10, 2011center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more