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When Your Company Is In The cloud, Nail Your Contract To The Ground

Chances are, you and your business are engaged with the cloud. Services like Dropbox are cloud-based, for instance, and easy to use. Your business, however, likely needs access to greater storage and technology than you can receive from a simple download.

Moving to the cloud means you don’t have to maintain your own servers and you can quickly upgrade storage and other services. If you aren’t using the cloud yet, you probably will be soon.

According to industry prognosticator IDC, about half of IT spending in 2018 will be to access the Cloud, increasing to 60% of all IT infrastructure spending and 60% to 70% of all software, services, and technology spending by 2020. Deloitte says that spending for cloud-based data centers, software and services will reach $574 billion by the end of this year.

Hiring a provider of cloud services shouldn’t be a snap decision. It requires investigation of a vendor’s best practices and will probably also require changes in your business practices. Both are needed to help ensure your vital information is not lost or stolen.

Here are some things to consider when you shop for a cloud provider.

Make sure the company has strong security. A good defensive position includes strong identification measures for all users. The company must be able to limit access to your information to a minimum of its own employees as well as ensure that only your own authorized employees can get to stored data. Its cyber security measures should be able to detect activity by potential hackers and prevent the intrusion. There are several industry and government standards that indicate the provider follows best practices.

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The Threat in Your Pocket: Devices Are Also at Risk of Cyber Crime

Virtually everyone walking around in the civilized world today holds in their hand a device that cybercriminals can use to make their lives miserable.

It’s not only computers and laptops that users have to be concerned about; mobile devices are equally as vulnerable to attacks, especially since most people now use their smartphones and tablets to access the Internet and their email.
The four biggest cyber security threats faced by device-users:

Known Unpatched vulnerabilities: New viruses and malware are being deployed every day, by the millions in fact, but the good news is that technicians are getting better at discovering and identifying the threats and quickly creating “patches” to nullify those vulnerabilities. The risk to a user increases significantly when users don’t, for any number of reasons, deploy those patches – usually via app and system updates – even when the risk and remedy is known.

Unknown Unpatched vulnerabilities: Of course, many of these millions of threats go unidentified and, therefore, unpatched. These unknown threats are significant and can lead to everything from a loss of data to identity theft to financial catastrophe. Another name for these threats are zero-day vulnerabilities.

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