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How to safely move your business onto the cloud

Would you like to take your business to the next level? Are you open to ideas on competing with your industry peers and cornering your area of the market? Does your technological operation require more than a few updates? If your answer to these questions is yes, you should seriously consider moving your business onto the cloud. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to save time, money, and effort. If you are eager to find out more, you will need to pay close attention to the following five steps.

Think about whether cloud computing will benefit your business

Before you make any big decisions, it is vital that you step back to evaluate your options. Your business should only be embracing cloud computing if it is going to offer a range of benefits. Why not carry out an extensive research project on other businesses that have moved onto the cloud? This is the perfect opportunity for you to follow on from their successes and to learn from their mistakes.

Bitglass Report: Less than Half of Enterprises Have Visibility into External Sharing, DLP Policy Violations in the Cloud

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Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, today announced the findings of its "Cloud Hard 2018: Security with a Vengeance" Report, which features survey insights from over 570 cybersecurity and IT professionals on their approach to cloud security. Visibility and compliance challenges continue to haunt organizations, with 44 percent of respondents claiming they have visibility into external sharing and DLP policy violations in their cloud application and environments. More shocking was the fact that 85 percent of organizations acknowledged they were unable to identify anomalous behavior across cloud applications. 

The cloud security market is growing in large part because traditional security infrastructure has failed. Where next-gen firewalls and built-in capabilities are insufficient for regulatory compliance, internal compliance, and cloud data protection, dedicated cloud security becomes critical. Specifically, 84 percent of respondents say traditional security solutions don't work or have limited functionality in the cloud.

"Cloud security is here to stay as is evident by the concerns and challenges survey respondents highlighted," said Bitglass CMO Rich Campagna. "Enterprise security teams are concerned about the next-generation of cloud threats that pose a risk to corporate data. There has already been immense progress in the past five years as security personnel come to the realization that legacy security tools and processes are not enough to secure their ever-changing ecosystem."

 

SentinelOne Extends Autonomous Endpoint Protection to All Cloud Environments

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SentinelOne, the autonomous endpoint protection company, today unveiled AnyCloud, enabling organizations to run the SentinelOne endpoint management platform in any public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructure. The new SentinelOne management console is natively supported on AWS public cloud, but with AnyCloud, customers can now deploy the entire stack to their private clouds, data centers or in a hybrid cloud fashion.

"SentinelOne is the only endpoint management platform that can be flexibly deployed in various configurations," said Tomer Weingarten, CEO and co-founder, SentinelOne. "We are committed to not only being deployable in any cloud - but also protecting each and every cloud. As more and more customers move critical data and workflows into the cloud, SentinelOne is purpose-built to provide prevention, detection and response capabilities with the broadest platform coverage for servers."

Pulse Secure Launches vADC Products for Microsoft Azure

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Pulse Secure announced that its virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) products are now available at the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Pulse Secure's vADC platform provides scalability, resiliency and a highly secure user experience for Azure applications whether deployed in a datacenter, Azure public cloud or hybrid environments.  

Just months following the vADC acquisition, this development demonstrates momentum and Pulse Secure's commitment to providing customers with flexible deployment options and accelerating cloud adoption with Azure, while leveraging existing IT investments. 

"Pulse Secure is proud to continue our momentum and execute on our cloud strategy. Our Microsoft Azure offering allows deployment flexibility and enables faster cloud adoption for enterprises seeking to deliver mission-critical applications in Azure's highly secure and reliable public cloud. Because our innovative vADC platform was ‘born virtual,' we future-proof best-in-class cloud application deployments," said Marion Smith, VP and GM, vADC Business Unit at Pulse Secure.

McAfee Study Reveals 1-in-4 Organizations Using Public Cloud Has Had Data Stolen

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McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, today announced its third annual cloud adoption and security report, Navigating a Cloudy Sky: Practical Guidance and the State of Cloud Security. The report outlines the current state of cloud adoption, the primary concerns with private and public cloud services, security implications and the evolving impact of unmanaged cloud use for the more than 1,400 information technology (IT) professionals surveyed.

Lack of adequate visibility and control is the greatest challenge to cloud adoption in an organization. However the business value of the cloud-Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (SaaS)-is so compelling that some organizations are plowing ahead. Fortunately modern cloud security tools and practices don't require organizations to make that difficult choice between business velocity and data security.

"Despite the clear prevalence of security incidents occurring in the cloud, enterprise cloud adoption is pressing on," said Rajiv Gupta, senior vice president of the cloud security business unit, McAfee. "By implementing security measures that allow organizations to regain visibility and control of their data in the cloud, businesses can leverage the cloud to accelerate their business and improve the security of their data."

How To Save Your Business Time And Money

Time is money, so you need to be optimizing your time as thoroughly as you can. You cannot afford to waste time in business, so you need to ensure that your business processes are streamlined and up to date, that you've got the most motivated and passionate team you can find, and you're saving money in whatever capacity available to you. In order to be successful, you must know where to invest money and when to cut ties with companies who cannot offer you the service for the price you need. Saving time means that you have to be clever in your approach to business and really know how to manage your time effectively.

Effective Processes

You need your business to run like a well-oiled machine without hiccups and holdups along the way. There needs to be regular review of business processes, and you shouldn't be afraid to ask your team where they feel improvements can be made. Your computer systems should have anti-spyware installed and checks should be run alongside diagnostic tests. Codeassess programming provides quick assessment of codes and can help you diagnose problems in the system. Effective processes are streamlined ones that have proved themselves to be helpful and useful to your business.

The Advantages Of Modern Technology

Today, technology is an important part of day to day life because it is utilized at large scale by people of all ages. There are a lot of technologies that people utilize on a daily basis. Some of these include mobile phones, televisions and other kinds of gadgets. Yet, there are a lot more technologies that people use in order to simplify their lives. A few centuries ago people did not have access to a refrigerator or a small, compact or even cordless hoover. All of these modern technologies have revolutionized the way people take care of daily tasks. Besides that, technologies are also used in the medical field, the business field and so on so forth. In other words, it is easy to say that technology is vital to people's lives.

Devices of all kinds with various functions have slowly taken a big part in people's daily life, and that comes with a lot of advantages. Some of them are obvious, while others are definitely taken for granted. Below there are some important advantages that technology provides to people.

New Global Standards for Cloud Security

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As of May, the requirements of cloud security will be getting an overhaul. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will introduce tighter security protocols for many businesses not just in the EU, but around the world. You are mistaken if you think that the GDPR is only going to affect European companies and organizations. 

Appnovation, a global IT company, understands the GDPR's reach when they state "Put simply, this is something which will [affect] every organization that processes EU citizens' data, whether processed within or outside Europe." This bombshell that's about to drop on the digital security and data world is going to change the cloud and hold companies accountable for how they process sensitive data on it.  

Failure to adhere to these policy changes will result in hefty fines to your business. So, if you hold extensive data on the cloud, you'll want to know how it's going to change in accommodation for the GDPR. Read below to understand how and why it will change cloud security.

SolarWinds Study Finds Cloud Computing is Top Transformative Technology and Main Cause of Mounting Performance Challenges

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SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today released the findings of its annual state-of-the-industry study. The new study reveals the state of today's IT landscape: IT professionals are continuing to prioritize investments in cloud computing as they grapple with how to leverage the benefits of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. A juxtaposition of the findings with other independent research also suggests a misalignment between the IT investment priorities of the practitioners surveyed and their leaders.

The IT Trends Report 2018: The Intersection of Hype and Performance, the company's annual report on IT trends, explores the spectrum of today's existing and emerging technologies, and the extent to which they are disrupting IT and optimizing the performance of environments as organizations progress in their digital transformation journeys.

Overall, North American IT professionals are prioritizing investments in cloud computing and hybrid IT more than any other technology; 94 percent of respondents indicate that cloud/hybrid IT are one of the top five most important technologies to their organization's IT strategy today. By contrast, just two years ago, over one-third of IT professionals indicated, as part of the SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution, that cloud computing was somewhat important or not important at all. While AI and machine learning (ML) are not currently the highest priorities for IT professionals, optimizing cloud/hybrid IT environments creates a critical pathway to eventually deploy and capture the compelling benefits of these emerging technologies.

FileCloud Adds GDPR Support for its EFSS Platform on Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure

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FileCloud, a cloud-agnostic Enterprise File Sharing and Sync platform, today announced GDPR compliance support across Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. With GDPR regulations set to be imposed on May 25, FileCloud empowers large organizations with an international presence to choose where to host their data.

By enabling organizations to seamlessly integrate leading cloud offerings such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure into FileCloud, and adding a secure, collaborative layer, FileCloud solves the compliance piece of the puzzle that has eluded standardized SaaS solutions.

"No other enterprise file sharing platform on Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure offers similar breadth of features to support GDPR," said Madhan Kanagavel, CEO and co-founder, FileCloud. "FileCloud offers incomparable levels of flexibility and compliance so organizations can choose their vendors and methods of infrastructure support for their unique data."