On Premise vs Private Cloud: Finding what best fits with your organization

On Premise vs Private Cloud: Finding what best fits with your organization

New York, NY – At Adept Technologies we offer Adept Enterprise in 3 flavors. Private Cloud, On Premise, and Hybrid. We know there are certain mission critical systems that can never be placed outside the organization, while other mission systems can.

It really comes down to the requirements of the organization. As a software vendor to the Department of Defense you are held to strict data requirements, including where data can be stored. Obviously the Cloud is NOT a place to store this data.

In some cases where organizations are subsidiary to larger organizations, and are bought and sold every two to five years, it makes sense to have your mission systems stored in a private cloud.

Another interesting flavor is our hybrid systems where On Premise systems and Private Cloud systems work together based on the requirements of the organization.

Adept Enterprise

Adept Enterprise in three flavors

Being a pioneer in enterprise software requires us at Adept Technologies to leverage On Premise, Private Cloud, and Hybrid platforms. Most of our clients have been surprised to find that lower costs have not been the biggest benefit of our private cloud systems, but they come from operational shifts, performance gains, and zero percent down time.

We at Adept Technologies do not leverage 3rd party cloud services such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Zadara Cloud storage for our Private Cloud services. The reason why is we do not trust the public cloud. We like to know what server stores your data, where that data is and where it goes at all times. We build our servers and we program them and we place them in our server racks (we own the racks too) at our different datacenters via our partner corporation Tierpoint. They provide the redundant space, power and internet communications. We have been working side by side with Tierpoint for over eight years, providing our Adept Enterprise private cloud services to numerous clients, and we have had 100% update time.

Offering Adept Enterprise in 3 flavors, On Premise, Private Cloud, and Hybrid gives our customers the flexibility to manage their systems, that best fits their organization, and prevents critical information from being in the hands of the wrong people.

We mold Adept Enterprise around your organization.

Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

New York, NY – We at Adept Technologies have already updated all of our server systems at our datacenters and offices for the Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities. We have already sent out updates to our “on-premise” software systems that support the fixes being released by OEM vendors.

For our “off-premise” solutions over the last ten years we at Adept Technologies have invested large sums of money in having our own hardware and datacenter spaces. We do not use Amazon, Google, Microsoft Azure or any other 3rd party “cloud” service providers and we never will. We do not use VMware or any other Hypervisor based technology. Unlike other technology companies that leverage these services to reduce their costs with your data, we are not like them, and you are safe with us.

We have added information based on outside sources on what is Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities, it is listed below.

Adept Technologies Datacenters

What are Meltdown and Spectre?

Three critical vulnerabilities were recently identified by independent teams of security researchers. The three vulnerabilities, collectively dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, impact all Intel CPUs built in the last 10 or so years – which is quite a significant number of devices. These two vulnerabilities enable a malicious user LAN application to read the protected kernel memory of other processes (Meltdown) and applications (Spectre). This could include things like passwords, personal documents, and credit card data.

Who is affected by this?

Almost everyone, especially Cloud Server providers. Meltdown exclusively impacts Intel processors. So, if you have an Intel CPU you’re impacted. Spectre on the other hand impacts Intel, AMD, and ARM processors. Combined, the list of vulnerable devices includes PCs, Macs, Android and iOS devices, and smart devices – all of which run a potential vulnerable CPU.

How are they exploited?

Exploitation occurs through the execution of malicious untrusted applications. Proof of concept JavaScript code has been released for Linux. This means that all a victim has to do is visit a website that has been compromised. Spectre is a more difficult vulnerability to exploit, and to this point no proof of concept code has been seen in the wild.

What do they do?

The vulnerabilities enable an attacker that has gained access to the device to be able to defeat the barriers between the memory space of user-land (normal) processes and kernel process. This effectively enables a malicious application to read portions of kernel memory, which often contains data prior to being encrypted, processed, and sent to a socket.

How do I protect myself?

Update your software! Microsoft, Apple, Google, and other vendors have released patches to mitigate the risk Meltdown. If an update is available for your platform, install it. Intel has also announced that 90% of the CPUs released within the last 5 years will have a patch available by next week, which should mitigate the impact of Spectre.
Outside of software updates, use sound fundamental security principles when accessing the Internet. Avoid downloading an executing files from untrusted sources, and avoid visiting unknown sites.

PRESS RELEASE Adept Technologies Launches Free Integrated GIS Mapping System

Adept Technologies Launches Free GIS Mapping System

New York, NY – 2018 is an exciting year for the clients of Adept Technologies.
Answering the demand for an integrated GIS mapping system, and eliminating the need for 3rd party GIS vendors, Adept has listened and delivered.
Leveraging the ESRI ArcGIS API for JavaScript, our clients that have invested in ESRI ARCGIS systems will now not have to worry about 3rd party GIS vendors when using the Adept Enterprise systems and services.

GIS Mapping System

“We now have a mapping system strictly leveraging the ESRI API and Adept’s API systems. This allows our customers to reduce costs and eliminate the need for 3rd party GIS vendors. We have added this system for free to all our existing customers that have ESRI ArcGIS systems. Our customers can now access their maps in the field via the Adept Systems, view all activities, inspections, documents, photos as layer data from their existing maps. They can mark up their maps, and print reports all in the field, and without GIS 3rd party tools. This is very exciting, and the ESRI API tools are amazing allowing us to give this away for free. 3rd party vendors in GIS were like middlemen between software vendors, and bad for the industry. The API systems that ESRI provides solidifies ESRI as the Industry leader in GIS.” Said Nicholas Cordua, Chief Technology Officer, Adept Technologies Inc.

Adept Technologies, Inc. (Adept) is a New York City-based software development company that provides integrated enterprise solutions to corporations and municipalities across the United States. Adept is the leading provider of customizable shoreline permit management software (the Adept Enterprise System) to hydropower project developers, real estate divisions, and issuing agencies. Adept Enterprise enables efficient management of energy resources and provides easy access to centralized data with GIS mapping integration. Available in Web, Windows, and private-cloud-hosted versions, Adept Enterprise is the only application designed to ensure FERC license compliance.

PRESS RELEASE Adept Technologies Announces New Office in Burlington Vermont

Adept Technologies to Open New Office in Burlington Vermont

New York, NY – 2018 will be another exciting year for the continual growth of Adept Technologies.
Answering the strong demands for its systems and services in North Eastern US States and Canada.

Burlington Vermont Office

“We visited many cities in four states looking for the right fit for our new northern office location. We kept going back to Burlington Vermont, the University of Vermont was a huge deciding factor, based our constant endeavor in finding talented technology professionals, and a healthy environment to grow.” Said Jeffery Moore, Director Human Resources Adept Technologies Inc.

Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. It is located 45 miles (72 km) south of the Canada–United States border and 94 miles (151 km) south of Canada’s second most populous municipality, Montreal. The city’s population was 42,452 according to a 2015 U.S. census estimate. It is the least populous municipality in the United States to be the most populous incorporated area in a state.

Adept Technologies, Inc. (Adept) is a New York City-based software development company that provides integrated enterprise solutions to corporations and municipalities across the United States. Adept is the leading provider of customizable shoreline permit management software (the Adept Enterprise System) to hydropower project developers, real estate divisions, and issuing agencies. Adept Enterprise enables efficient management of energy resources and provides easy access to centralized data with GIS mapping integration. Available in Web, Windows, and private-cloud-hosted versions, Adept Enterprise is the only application designed to ensure FERC license compliance.

More talent … Less technology

No one is safe from internet attacks, and A.I. defenses can’t help, Google security veteran says (https://www.cnbc.com)

Technology

A cybersecurity expert who has protected Google’s systems for 15 years said Monday no one is safe from internet attacks and software powered by artificial intelligence can’t help defend them.

Heather Adkins, director of information security and privacy and a founding member of Google’s security team, also advised consumers not to put sensitive personal information in their online communications.

“I delete all the love letters from my husband,” Adkins told several thousand people gathered for TechCrunch Disrupt 2017, a technology conference in San Francisco, after telling them “some stuff” like personal information shouldn’t be put in emails.

Network attacks “can happen to anyone … anywhere,” Adkins said during an onstage interview in which she urged startups to assume they would get hacked eventually and to prepare a response plan.

Google has said that more than 1 billion people use its Gmail program.

Adkins’ remarks came several days after the credit-monitoring firm Equifax revealed what may be the largest data breach to date.

Adkins explained that AI-powered security software is not particularly effective at stopping even 1970s-era attack methods, let alone more recent ones.

“The techniques haven’t changed. We’ve known about these kinds of attacks for a long time,” Adkins told the crowd, pointing to a 1972 research paper by James Anderson.

While AI is very good for launching cyberattacks, it’s not necessarily any better than non-AI systems for defense — because it produces too many false positives.

“AI is good at spotting anomalous behavior, but it will also spot 99 other things that people need to go in and check” out, only to discover it wasn’t an attack, says Adkins.

The problem in applying AI to security is that machine learning requires feedback “to learn what is good and bad … but we’re not sure what good and bad is,” especially when malicious programs mask their true nature, she said.

When asked what advice she would give to businesses to keep their networks safe, Adkins advised “more talent … less technology.”

“Pay some junior engineers and have them do nothing but patch,” she said.

…….Continue reading at https://www.cnbc.com

My Two Cents: I agree to disagree. The future reality is AI is here to stay and expand. Talented humans are needed to maintain, and help design the AI systems. The expansion of the Internet is alarming, and my thoughts right now are out on if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Back in the 1990s I thought it was a good thing when I lead the development of placing mechanical systems on the internet as a way of tracking and increasing productivity. I now believe this was wrong, based on the security risks that have exploded. AI is needed, we just do not have enough talented humans for the tasks at hand….