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The Conversation, on Fastly’s internet meltdown

The Conversation, on Fastly’s internet meltdown

Fastly’s global internet meltdown could be a sign of things to come David S. Wall, University of Leeds For an hour on the morning of June 8, dozens of the world’s most-visited websites went offline. Among those affected were Amazon, Reddit, PayPal and Spotify, as well as the Guardian, the New York Times and the UK government website, gov.uk. Together, these websites handle hundreds of millions of users. You can listen to more articles from The Conversation, narrated by Noa,

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The Conversation, on a decade hacktivism

A decade since ‘the year of the hacktivist’, online protests look set to return NeydtStock/Shutterstock Vasileios Karagiannopoulos, University of Portsmouth Many of us vaguely remember the word “hacktivism” from a decade ago. This was a time before serious ransomware attacks dominated current cybersecurity concerns, when certain hacking techniques were being used to send political messages to governmental and corporate entities. Hacktivism has since retreated as a form of protest, in part due to the prosecution of prominent hacktivists, sometimes with

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Endpoint Security Explained

First we’ll start with a definition of what an Endpoint actually is: a network-connected computing device. Quite broad, yes: practically this can be (among other things); Servers (including virtual machines) Network infrastructure (firewalls, switches, etc.) Laptop(s) Desktop(s) Smart Phone(s) Smart Device(s), be it a Fish-Tank or a Fridge We often use the analogy of a Castle, as do the National Cyber Security Centre: if a single door (or back-door) is left unwatched and unguarded, who’s to say our castle won’t

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Values – why Unique is good

On our About Us page we talk about our values. This series of blogs talks about our values in more detail, and why they are important to us. Something that is unique is the only one of its kind. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/unique I wish Hayachi Services were unique as a technology provider, but frankly we aren’t. We can’t be. Why? Well, we aren’t the only organisation on the market that are excellent and we love open technologies which allow organisations to be mobile and avoid

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Values – why being ‘Here to help, always’ matters

On our About Us page we talk about our values. This series of blogs talks about our values in more detail, and why they are important to us. To start with, frankly customers don’t pay for us to NOT be helpful. Although it goes deeper than that. For our staff, they want a business which is indeed there to help. Staff don’t want an extractivist relationship with an employer (or engager) but one of partnership. We invest in them, they

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Values – why having Fun is important

On our About Us page we talk about our values. This series of blogs talks about our values in more detail, and why they are important to us. Fun is a very subjective term. Which is good. People have fun in different ways, and so long as it isn’t at the cost of others – the fun isn’t malignant – we as a firm want to facilitate an enjoyable life for our staff and customers. If our staff are having

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Making the most of smaller IT budgets with Enterprise Open Source

It comes as no surprise to many of us that organisations need more out of ever smaller IT budgets – faster and, more importantly, stable tools, methodologies and processes to help you succeed. Success is a very personal thing, every organisation has its own definition of what success looks like – scale or growth or profits? (Personally I as Director very much buy into the Be More Pirate approach to success.) How does a stretched budget square with the increasing

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How virtualisation helps your environmental goals

Virtualisation is the efficient way to do things Working without Working with Working without virtualisation means you are running systems on bare-metal, that is – physical systems. Running single servers on bare-metal makes them slightly harder to administer, and often does not make full-use of the server in question. Not running virtual systems on end user devices in turn means not making the most of the machine. Many systems have too much installed, and this is visible after a year

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The Conversation, on Data Sovereignty

Tim Berners-Lee’s plan to save the internet: give us back control of our data Pieter Verdegem, University of Westminster Releasing his creation for free 30 years ago, the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, famously declared: “this is for everyone”. Today, his invention is used by billions – but it also hosts the authoritarian crackdowns of antidemocratic governments, and supports the infrastructure of the most wealthy and powerful companies on Earth. Now, in an effort to return the

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The Conversation, on Ransomware

Ransomware gangs are running riot – paying them off doesn’t help Jaruwan Jaiyangyuen/Shutterstock Jan Lemnitzer, Copenhagen Business School In the past five years, ransomware attacks have evolved from rare misfortunes into common and disruptive threats. Hijacking the IT systems of organisations and forcing them to pay a ransom in order to reclaim them, cybercriminals are freely extorting millions of pounds from companies – and they’re enjoying a remarkably low risk of arrest as they do it. At the moment, there

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