Articles : Iwan Price-Evans

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How Does Threat Intelligence Work?

by Iwan Price-Evans on Security • January 5, 2022

The software and web industries speak a lot about security and the ability to handle security threats intelligently. In a landscape where security is becoming increasingly complex in nature, it's important that those running websites, applications, and APIs in production have visibility of the threats their organizations are facing and how best to mitigate those threats. Threat intelligence can help achieve this, but how does it work and how should security teams integrate a threat intelligence solution into their toolchain?

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3 MINUTES

Using Machine Learning For Better Threat Intelligence

by Iwan Price-Evans on Security • December 16, 2021

Organizations are operating digital infrastructure at a scale never seen before. This scale is producing enormous volumes of threat data from multiple sources, which requires processing across millions of lines of input on a daily basis. Many businesses and security teams are looking to machine learning (ML) to try to make sense of all the data. In particular, if ML technology can help them to identify threats and respond to them faster and more accurately than a team of human experts doing the work manually, it would provide a significant upgrade to cybersecurity.  In this article, we look at the different ways that a machine learning engine, such as the one built into Snapt’s NovaSense threat intelligence platform, can help security teams to make critical decisions.

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Snapt saves retailers from losing sales during Black Friday

by Iwan Price-Evans on Press Releases • November 26, 2021

Tech innovator Snapt helps retailers stay online during the most important sales day of the year by ensuring that websites, applications, and services remain online, secure, and function as fast as possible. San Francisco, Cal. — With the most significant sales of the year happening right after Thanksgiving, Black Friday is the most critical day in the holiday shopping season for retailers. As retail businesses increasingly move focus to online sales, all parts of the sales process must function correctly during the year's biggest sales event—including online offerings. However, Black Fridays past have seen even large retailers like Costco, J.Crew, Walmart, and Lululemon experience issues with their online retail websites, unprepared to meet the surge of online traffic.

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6 MINUTES

How To Add Observability To Your Application Pipeline

by Iwan Price-Evans on Snapt Nova • October 22, 2021

In this data-driven world, we capture data for just about everything in our software and hardware. User data, user behaviors, events, data flows, and the inner workings of our servers, virtual machines (VMs), and containers are all recorded. Applications expose ever more data to DevOps and IT teams, to help them make good decisions. However, all of this data is meaningless if users cannot access the data easily, make sense of it, and act on it. This is where observability comes in. 

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Hosted Edge vs Cloud: the battle for latency and security

by Iwan Price-Evans on Cloud • October 14, 2021

We talk a lot about the importance of cloud computing and moving infrastructure into the cloud for better performance and availability on a global scale. However, with expectations for application performance continuing to rise and people connecting in more remote places than ever, some businesses need to do more than simply maintain a cloud presence – they need to consider the benefit of setting up a hosted edge environment. A hosted edge can provide a massive reduction in latency, translating to a huge improvement to user experience, more conversions, more revenue, and better customer retention. However, the edge is often harder to secure than a core network, and more variable than the big public clouds. Can businesses enjoy the latency advantage of the edge with application security they can trust?

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The Most Shocking Thing About Facebook Group's Outage

by Iwan Price-Evans on High Availability • October 5, 2021

What's the most shocking thing about Facebook Group's outage, which took Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp offline on October 4, 2021? The millions of missed messages? That it took around seven hours to identify and resolve the problem? The estimated $50 billion wiped off Facebook's value? No, the most shocking thing is that it took until now for this to happen.

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The Role of ICT and the Tech Sector in Sustainability

by Iwan Price-Evans on Cloud • September 21, 2021

With climate change and resource shortages increasingly dangerous problems for our planet and society, it's important that we continue to increase efforts to live and work more sustainably. One of the key opportunities we have comes in the form of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) which are at the forefront of our technological innovation. The tech sector can play an important role in driving sustainability by enabling lower energy and resource use.

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How We Optimized HubSpot Website Performance and PageSpeed Score

by Iwan Price-Evans on Tips and Tricks • August 26, 2021

HubSpot is a great platform for sales and marketing teams. Unfortunately, the HubSpot CMS does little to help marketers and web developers to optimize their websites for a fast user experience, short page load times, and a good Google PageSpeed score. The CMS backend is relatively slow (with a server response time as high as 1.5 seconds), and exposes few native options for developers to improve on some of the biggest bottlenecks. We overcame the performance limitations of HubSpot's CMS backend and optimized our HubSpot website by using our own product – Snapt Aria ADC – to accelerate the HubSpot website with automatic caching, minifying, compression, rewriting, and SSL offloading. We also replaced most of the HubSpot template and style framework with Tailwind CSS. Altogether, we took our PageSpeed score from 20 to 95.

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