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Exploring OpenChain: From License Compliance to Security Assurance

Exploring OpenChain: From License Compliance to Security Assurance

Charlotte Gayton

Open-source software has become an essential part of many organisation's software supply chain, however, this poses challenges with license compliance and security assurance.
The OpenChain specification explained

The OpenChain specification explained

Charlotte Gayton

When implementing OpenChain, understanding the specification will help guide your organisation to having processes in place to review and manage open-source software
What are the risks with open-source software?

What are the risks with open-source software?

Charlotte Gayton

The key risks associated with open-source software, from whether you use it minimally, to using it throughout all your systems.
What is OpenChain?

What is OpenChain?

Charlotte Gayton

With much of the modern world is built upon software, organisations need to understand and manage the legal and security risks associated with open-source software.
How to sign your git commits

How to sign your git commits

Charlotte Gayton

Signing git commits proves that you are the author of the code you are pushing up to GitHub, and helps protect the integrity of your software supply chain.
Flex Your DevSecOps Muscles With Bicep (and get started with our cheat sheet)

Flex Your DevSecOps Muscles With Bicep (and get started with our cheat sheet)

Barry Smart

Bicep provides a significant improvement in tooling for organisations seeking to deploy infrastructure as code on Microsoft Azure.
How to fix the "You need permission to access workspace..." error in Azure Synapse Analytics

How to fix the "You need permission to access workspace..." error in Azure Synapse Analytics

Ed Freeman

Fix the "You need permission" error in Azure Synapse Analytics with this guide, addressing its causes and solutions for Data Engineers/Developers.
How to use the Azure CLI to manage access to Synapse Studio

How to use the Azure CLI to manage access to Synapse Studio

Ed Freeman

Assign roles in Synapse Studio for Azure Synapse Analytics devs using Azure CLI. Accessible by Owners/Contributors of the resource.
The Public Health England Test and Trace Excel error could have been prevented by this one simple step

The Public Health England Test and Trace Excel error could have been prevented by this one simple step

James Broome

Despite the subsequent media reporting, the loss of 16,000 Covid-19 test results at Public Health England wasn't caused by Excel. This post argues that a lack of an appropriate risk and mitigation analysis left the process exposed to human error, which ultimately led to the loss of data and inaccurate reporting. It describes a simple process that could have been applied to prevent the error, and how it will help if you're worried about ensuring quality or reducing risk in your own business, technology or data programmes.
How to update your Microsoft Authenticator App for a work/school account

How to update your Microsoft Authenticator App for a work/school account

Carmel Eve

This post quickly runs through the steps for setting up a new Microsoft Authenticator App for a work or school account.
Using Azure Key Vault for Encryption in C# - A Simple Tutorial

Using Azure Key Vault for Encryption in C# - A Simple Tutorial

Ed Freeman

Learn to encrypt data in your app using C# and Azure SDK libraries, and secure keys with Azure Key Vault. Discover the easy setup process in this blog.
Using multiple azure-cli credentials within automation

Using multiple azure-cli credentials within automation

James Dawson

Discover a technique for setting up multiple, concurrent authenticated sessions using azure-cli in this post.
Does Azure Synapse Analytics spell the end for Azure Databricks?

Does Azure Synapse Analytics spell the end for Azure Databricks?

James Broome

Explore why Microsoft's new Spark offering in Azure Synapse Analytics is a game-changer for Azure Databricks investors.
How does Azure Key Vault help me secure my data?

How does Azure Key Vault help me secure my data?

Carmel Eve

Azure Key Vault safeguards encryption keys & secrets for secure data access. It offers isolated storage, AD integration, RBAC, and access policies.
Building a secure data solution using Azure Data Lake Store (Gen2)

Building a secure data solution using Azure Data Lake Store (Gen2)

Carmel Eve

In this blog we discuss building a secure data solution using Azure Data Lake. Data Lake has many features which enable fine grained security and data separation. It is also built on Azure Storage which enables us to take advantage of all of those features and means that ADLS is still a cost effective storage option!This post runs through some of the great features of ADLS and runs through an example of how we build our solutions using this technology!
Secure Azure Function-to-Function authentication without the need for credentials

Secure Azure Function-to-Function authentication without the need for credentials

Carmel Eve

Explore how to build secure solutions on Azure using Azure Functions and Managed Identities, eliminating the need for storing credentials.
Enforce resource tagging with Azure Policy

Enforce resource tagging with Azure Policy

Mike Evans-Larah

Explore Azure Policy for proper tagging on resources and enabling tag inheritance from parent resource groups.
Managing applications using Azure AD, service principals and managed identities: A permissions story

Managing applications using Azure AD, service principals and managed identities: A permissions story

Carmel Eve

Explore Azure Active Directory's key concepts: AAD apps, service principles, managed identities, with setup examples.
How to plan your cloud transformation journey

How to plan your cloud transformation journey

Howard van Rooijen

We've been helping customers adopt Microsoft Azure since 2010, we have produced a lot of thought leadership to help people think about the steps required, the risk involved and how to plan a successful adoption.
Benchmarking the Cloud against on-premise data centres

Benchmarking the Cloud against on-premise data centres

Barry Smart

In the third and final part in this series we compare the risk of Azure vs the risk of on-premise data centres, using the Swiss Cheese Risk Model.
Automating office security with Synology, Surveillance Station, OneDrive and Power Automate

Automating office security with Synology, Surveillance Station, OneDrive and Power Automate

Mike Evans-Larah

Read about how we set up automated backups of our office security camera footage and used Power Automate to alert us if anything went wrong
AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Networking

AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Networking

Jess Panni

Explore AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform's offerings for cloud migration. Understand their services for your specific needs.
Cloud Adoption: A Deep Dive into the Swiss Cheese Model

Cloud Adoption: A Deep Dive into the Swiss Cheese Model

Barry Smart

In the second part of this series, we take a deep dive into the Swiss Cheese Model and show how this type of threat modelling is essential for understanding the risks that adopting Microsoft Azure post your organisation, and how you mitigate them.
Cloud Adoption: Risks & Mitigations Analysis

Cloud Adoption: Risks & Mitigations Analysis

Barry Smart

In the first part of this series, we look at how you take a strategic look at the risks of adopting Microsoft Azure, and how you report these to C-level execs.
Embracing Disruption - Financial Services and the Microsoft Cloud

Embracing Disruption - Financial Services and the Microsoft Cloud

Howard van Rooijen

We have produced an insightful booklet called "Embracing Disruption - Financial Services and the Microsoft Cloud" which examines the challenges and opportunities for the Financial Service Industry in the UK, through the lens of Microsoft Azure, Security, Privacy & Data Sovereignty, Data Ingestion, Transformation & Enrichment, Big Compute, Big Data, Insights & Visualisation, Infrastructure, Ops & Support, and the API Economy.
Why is blockchain revolutionising Financial Services?

Why is blockchain revolutionising Financial Services?

Matthew Adams

There is a lot of hype about the blockchain - usually wrapped up with talk about Bitcoin and crypto-currencies. In this article, we look at its impact on trust, and auditability in financial services, and why it may (or may not) be appropriate for your solutions.
Regulatory Compliance and Cloud Adoption

Regulatory Compliance and Cloud Adoption

Matthew Adams

In this post we review the FCA's guidelines for the adoption of cloud services by FinTech businesses, and help you to understand their impact across the value chain.