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Cloud Licensing in Your Environs

One of the first hurdles you'll face when migrating to The Cloud is the bewildering variety of license options available. While working with financial and legal terms can be excruciating, it can also help you choose the right provider and save money for your small business. To understand Cloud licensing, use this beginner's guide to get a better feel for how software licenses work.

The Permanent License

Previously, there was a perpetual license, whereby your software was stored on a physical disk and you were allowed to use it for an unlimited period under the terms of the End User License Agreement (EULA). Think of the EULA as the rule book for software; it tells you things like how many machines the software can install, how long you could have access to free updates, and how much liability the company is willing to shoulder if something goes wrong when you use the software.

Why Data Breach Transparency Protects Business

Article Written by Avery Phillips

In a perfect world, data breaches wouldn't happen. Unfortunately, the reality is that criminals are looking for any way to exploit the cybersecurity flaws of your company. Companies using data storage methods relying on big data, the cloud, and the IoT are finding all too often that they are not bulletproof and that a data breach can bring a business to a standstill or worse. However, there is one way to lessen the blow of a data breach. 

Disclosing to your customers that a data breach has happened and exhibiting total transparency afterward isn't just ethical, it's mandated. Transparency is also the only way to get your business back on track. Being open and honest when answering customer questions about a data breach will help you to regain their trust and protect your business operations. 

Below are some ways that transparency protects your business and some tips on how to be transparent in the event of a data breach.

Latest Trends in Cloud Computing Technology



Article Written by Juned Ghanchi


Cloud Computing technology has become highly popular in the recent few years, so much so that people sometimes forget that these luxuries didn't always exist. It hasn't been long ago when we used to delay work because the file was lying on our system in some other place or used to carry our USB drives, CDs, or floppy disks wherever we went. Now, however, everything has become storable, accessible, and editable on the cloud, eliminating the need for carrying hardware everywhere. 

The way in which we share information has been revolutionized with cloud. Both everyday technology users as well as the business world are enjoying the benefits of the shift. It was cloud that enabled massive open online courses (MOOCs) in 2012 that scaled organized education for the first time. Since then, the industry is growing at a rapid pace as it has much more room for growth, innovation, and development. Every industry, be it banking, education, health, agriculture, or any other business have significantly progressed as stakeholders have taken advantage of the cloud instead of setting up physical infrastructure. Let's check out the recent trends in cloud computing technology. 

Easily Manage Events With Cloud Computing



Article Written by Sally Perkins

Running large scale events can be difficult, and with the global population on the rise, crowds are becoming even bigger and harder to manage. But cloud-based technology, which allows you to share information instantly across different devices, makes managing these events easier than ever. Here are some of the ways cloud-based computing can alter the way you manage your events in helpful ways.

A Global Technology Provider for 700+ financial services clients, Increases Efficiency of Personnel and SOC team by 37%

Article Written by Arun Gandhi, Director of Product Management at Seceon and Grigoriy Milis, Chief Technology Officer at RFA

As security breaches and attacks continue to lead global headlines, effective cybersecurity protections are the "new normal" for conducting business today. In addition to recently enacted regulations, with more coming in near future, it is imperative for managed service providers (MSPs) to provide best-in-class security solutions to customers while differentiating themselves from the competition. 

Traditional solutions are no longer sufficient; tools must evolve to combat the increasing sophistication of cybercriminal techniques and technologies. Customized malware exists now that can evade and bypass many of the traditional endpoint security solutions. Traditional signature- and manual calculation-based approaches are simply not sufficient for providing security with the increasing sophistication of cyber threats. Above all, the biggest challenge remains integration of these point solutions as they are from different manufacturers and not built to communicate with each other inherently. 

In business for nearly thirty years, Richard Fleischman & Associates, also known as RFA, is a trusted technology partner to more than 700 clients globally who retain more than $900 billion in total assets under management. Serving as an MSP for its financial sector clients, RFA used a number of traditional solutions and services from large market leaders successfully, but was always challenged to find a solution that could address threats (i.e., detect, contain and eliminate) between the perimeter and endpoints to their required level of sophistication. Multi-layered approaches recommended by industry experts were rendered ineffective as the solutions were note properly integrated and remained silo'ed. Moreover, the level of protection afforded resulted in dissatisfaction when compared to the overhead cost. 

How to Plan an Effective Cloud Marketing Strategy



Article Written by Agnieszka Podemska

Cloud services are utilized by many businesses for a variety of operations such as big data analysis, accounting, CRM, email validation, and many more. With the increase in popularity of cloud computing, companies turn to the cloud to optimize their marketing operations as well. Businesses can now build stronger relations with their clients by keeping in touch with them online. 

Additionally, thanks to the cloud, companies can analyze their target customers' behavioral history and adjust their range of products according to their clients' specific needs. Cloud can adapt marketing activities to individual recipients. It is also cost-effective as it eliminates the costs associated with printing marketing materials or spendings on radio and TV advertising. Due to the pay per use model, cloud users spend their budget only on the actual resource usage without wasting their money on unutilized storage. It is also a cheaper solution than the employment of the on-premises software. 

In order to strengthen their online presence, businesses need to prepare a successful cloud marketing strategy:

Increasing Healthcare Communication Efficiency Through the Cloud

Article Written by Avery Phillips

If there's one industry where time and precision count, it's in the healthcare industry. When handling the health of the general public, it's important that healthcare employees are able to communicate as efficiently as possible, as small communication mistakes can lead a patient to receive the incorrect diagnosis or be given the wrong treatment plan. As the healthcare industry continues to integrate technology into their day-to-day work processes, the use of the cloud and IoT technology to send files back and forth is improving efficiency in the industry.

Preventing Mistakes With Asset Tracking

Mistakes in the medical industry are unfortunate events that can lead to potentially life threatening errors. These errors can be as small as mislabeling blood samples, or writing down incorrect or illegible numbers on dosing instructions, which happen more often without the use of digital files transferred through cloud technology. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations works to reduce the number of errors committed by establishing good communication practices in healthcare that help avoid circumstances that bring about error.

Opportunities for Big Data with Cloud Computing



Article Written by Agnieszka Podemska

The term "big data" refers to sets of structured and unstructured digital data that are too complex and voluminous to be processed by traditional technologies. These sets of data can be mined for information by businesses. Big data is often described using 5 V's: Volume, Velocity, Variety, Veracity and Value. Volume refers of course to the large amount of data that needs to be processed. This data involves e-mail messages, photos, videos, voice recordings and social media posts. Velocity concerns the speed at which new data is generated. Variety refers to different types of data. Veracity relates to the reliability and relevance of the given data. Value equals to the profit businesses can gain by having access to big data. 

In order to store all the data we need innovative big data technologies that go beyond  traditional database solutions. Cloud computing enables efficient big data processing and it is available for businesses of all sizes. The current technological advancements in cloud computing for big data processing open new opportunities for businesses:

Transforming Business Operations through Hybrid IT Integration

The focus on Hybrid IT integration has never been as strong as it is today. With the growth in cloud and on-premise technologies, enterprises are faced with the challenge of figuring out ways to address overarching hybrid IT challenges and create maximum impact. Using homegrown solutions & point-to-point connectivity to integrate applications lead to spaghetti coding and it can do more harm than good. The right strategy to integrate cloud and on-premise applications is a Hybrid IT integration framework. It can put you on a path to faster data exchange, accelerated time to revenue, and streamlined business operations.  


 

Integration Issues that Prevent Enterprises from Reaching Benefits 

WhiteHat Security Delivers New Crash Course Series to Grow AppSec Expertise

Written by David Marshall

Today, WhiteHat Security, leading application security provider, launched its "Crash Course" series, which includes three webinars run by Kimberly Chung, who runs the Threat Research Center's WhiteHat Academy.

"WhiteHat has made a major commitment to educating and training the wider security and developer community. The WCSD program, Crash Course series and on-demand technical webinars-all provided for free-- demonstrate the company's long-term commitment to supporting industry professionals and helping them fulfill their potential," commented Eric Sheridan, chief scientist at WhiteHat and leader of the WCSD program.

The series complements the successful WhiteHat Certified Secure Developer (WCSD) program, which has enrolled more than 3,300 people and certified more than 500 developers in 2017 alone. The series is specifically tailored for application developers, security analysts, architects, managers or auditors and any security professionals interested in learning how web application security is key to vulnerability management.