Data Security Forecasts through 2020

When talking about technology, security is always a top-line issue. Data breaches are costly and a near-constant risk. Today, 54 percent of companies report being the victim of a successful cyber attack. Many companies faced with data loss never recover, so identifying and plugging holes in your security is a crucial task. With the number of cyber attacks always on the rise, you need to keep security at the forefront of your planning. Here are a few data security forecasts to watch for and possible solutions for the next few years.

  1. 99% of breaches exploit known risks. Cyber attacks happen, but the method of attack is often through a hole in security that has been identified for at least a year before the attack happens. Your security professionals know that an attack is possible, so be prepared to focus your efforts where they will do the most good—fixing known vulnerabilities.
  2. Shadow IT is a major risk factor. While many third-party programs offer big productivity boots, shadow IT solutions don’t come with the same protections as those deployed by your IT department. Google Docs might be a quick way to share information and get feedback, but it can also leave your documents exposed to hackers. Develop policies that inform and secure these shadowy programs so your business can stay agile without opening any doors to outsiders.
  3. Cloud-based solutions lead to flying attacks. Analysts predict that the cloud will be a standard part of any IT stack by 2020, which also leads to the need to protect that digital space. Since IT can’t secure cloud data with physical resources, data protection becomes the next best thing. Stronger encryption, better passwords, two-factor authentication, and other increasingly sophisticated strategies will be a must as the cloud becomes part of life on the ground for businesses.
  4. Be prepared to leave passwords behind. As recognition software platforms become more applicable, the need for passwords disappears. When software can use facial recognition, voice recognition or even your typing rhythm, you won’t need to remember a complex password or carry a security token to access systems. Start looking at these security options now, and be ready to deploy them as soon as you feel they are ready.
  5. Invest in IoT security. Predictions say IoT devices could be involved in up to 25 percent of cyber attacks, which means this is an area that needs some better defenses. This is particularly true when you realize that a recent HP report noted that 70 percent of common IoT devices have known security vulnerabilities. Since these devices provide a point of access, you really need to close the gates before malicious code jumps from the IoT to your secured network.

More technology options mean significant improvements to business processes. Unfortunately, this boost comes with the price tag of more attack vectors for malicious coders. More devices and more access points add up to more spending on IT security and education. Done right, IT security can be the guard dog it should be, sending the burglar on to the next, less protected house.

Aligned Expands into Northern Virginia with New 180-Megawatt Data Center Campus

Adaptive data center to meet growing need for high-density, highly efficient and scalable colocation solutions in Ashburn

ASHBURN, VA — (Sept. 10, 2018) Aligned, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, today announced its new 26-acre, 180-Megawatt master-planned data center campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

When complete, the campus will offer approximately 880,000 square feet of expandable space, drawing redundant, critical power from two on-site substations to service the IT operations of hyperscale and cloud service provider customers.

The campus’ initial 370,000-square-foot, 80 MW facility, followed by a 510,000-square-foot, 100 MW development, will sit atop major fiber and conduit routes, providing access to more than 50 carriers in the immediate area. Both facilities will feature Aligned’s on-demand adaptable and intelligent, dynamic infrastructure, complete with its patented, award-winning data center cooling technology, which is purpose-built to support high, mixed, and variable power densities of 1-50kW per cabinet in the same footprint.

“Our new Ashburn data center campus addresses the needs of cloud providers and hyperscalers that demand a highly dynamic, scalable and future-proof data center solution,” said Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “Data centers are the new engines of innovation for the 21st century, and we are delighted to provide Northern Virginia with an incredibly efficient and highly reliable colocation data center platform.”

This new campus is a strategic addition to Aligned’s portfolio. With high-capacity, adaptive, and future-proof facilities in Dallas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and now Ashburn, Aligned is well-positioned to service customer needs in the country’s fastest-growing data center markets.

Aligned’s mission is to make data center critical infrastructure intelligent enough to continuously improve both its economic performance and environmental impact, delivering a noticeable business advantage. The company’s unique approach to infrastructure deployment allows it to deliver the data center platform like a utility – accessible and scalable as needed.  It also reduces the energy, water and space required to operate physical data center environments, significantly improving sustainability and yielding greater water usage effectiveness for customers.

From build-to-scale and customizable services, to rapid power and square footage scalability, to just-in-time provisioning and accelerated delivery schedules, Aligned’s data center platform and business model are uniquely positioned to address the infrastructure needs of today’s hyperscalers and cloud service providers.

About Aligned

Aligned is an infrastructure technology company that offers adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers.  Our intelligent infrastructure allows us to deliver data centers like a utility—accessible and consumable as needed.  By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions, combined with our patented cooling technology, offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving reliability and their bottom line.  For more information, visit www.alignedenergy.com and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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