Recently, I had a relative whose laptop died and she was upset about losing all of her data.
Five 9s, or 99.999%, refers to the desired availability of a given computer system. Having a 99.999% means the system will deliver its service to the user 99.999% of the time it is needed. In total, the only downtime in a given year calculates out to five minutes and fifteen seconds. Five9s is recommended for mission-critical data and e-commerce.
I get the pleasure of working with several refrigerator-sized storage subsystems capable of holding several hundred to thousands of spinning hard drives and solid state devices. These drives combine to store and service Petabytes of data. One of my main responsibilities is ensuring your data is available even if a few of those drives go bad and fail. I often get asked about data protection, so I thought I’d review one of the tools we utilize within our arsenal – RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks)
Many of you may be a little nervous about placing cardholder data in the “Cloud”. Don’t worry-this is a normal and welcomed concern. In February 2013, the PCI Security Standards Council released an Information Supplement titled PCI DSS Cloud Computing Guidelines. This supplement provides organizations guidance if they are going to be placing cardholder data in the “Cloud”.
How many of us receive e-mail on a monthly basis from our financial institution? With the technology that we have today I am guessing that most of us receive statement notifications electronically instead of via the post office. How many of us can actually tell whether or not the e-mail received is legitimate or from someone trying to obtain the username and password to your account? There are a few signs that you should look for before clicking on a link in any e-mail you receive.
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