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Improving Cloud Visibility through IT Security

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Improving cloud visibility through IT security

Security concerns form the main reasons for the reluctance among businesses to move to public cloud applications. However, paradoxically, the advanced technologies and protocols that modern cloud service provides offers improved security for the applications. Cloud computing and IT security are often seen as divergent concepts but from a wider perspective, cloud computing technologies actually help propel IT security.

With better encryption, better tools and processes the shortcomings and concerns of cloud computing from a security perspective are being addressed. With cloud architectures that are virtualized and automated, infrastructure administrators now have a greater degree of control over the design and deployment of an infrastructure, with little scope for human error. In addition, the wide availability of security tools with very low upfront costs and the distributed nature and fault-tolerant architecture allows the cloud to offer the best security tools and services. Continue reading

Security-as-a-Service—Poised for Take-off

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Security-as- a-Service—Poised for Take-off

Security-as-a-service (SECaaS) or Internet-based security or cloud security products is an outsourcing model for security management. Here a third-party vendor delivers applications such as anti-virus software over the Internet. It can also refer to security management software provided in-house by an external organization.

Such systems are the next step in the evolution of Managed Security Services (MSS) and Gartner indicates that the demand for SECaaS will grow significantly and might substantially change existing IT security infrastructure environments aided by the fact that new forms of threats are also emerging with Cloud Computing’s growth. Continue reading

Security Automation – The Future of Cyber Security

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Security Automation – The Future of Cyber Security

With an increasing number of cyber security breaches affecting notable names, no company would confidently say they are fully protected or prepared to handle a sophisticated cyber-attack. Traditional methods, like anti-malware software, are no longer sufficient to keep sensitive data safe and it is time for automation to beef up cyber security for greater defense.

Recent attacks have been driven by automated bots and such intensive, sustained attacks make it a tough fight to handle the sheer volume and make quick and high-impact decisions to handle these threats efficiently. In these circumstances, security automation has become a powerful and effective component of cyber security incident response in combating the onslaught of incoming threats. Moreover, automation now goes beyond protecting just the technologies, but expanding into applications for IT infrastructure and the enterprise IT environment. From real time monitoring to alerts and incident response planning and investigation, security automation contributes to establishing a comprehensive security envelope for the enterprise. Continue reading

How is Cloud Storage Good for your Business?

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How is cloud storage good for your business

The storage requirements in businesses are growing manifold with the increasing information that companies access, collect and process. Cloud computing is now a rapidly growing and evolving concept now and its popularity is due to a plethora of advantages. The biggest feature of the cloud is the data accessibility from any part of the world that increases work efficiency and reduces costs of operations in the longer run. Another advantage of cloud storage is that remote data backup on the cloud reduces the costs associated with disaster recovery and backup units. Continue reading

Features of a Successful Cloud Migration Strategy

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Features of a successful cloud migration strategy

Migrating an enterprise to the Cloud calls for a well-thought out strategy. As businesses get increasingly digitised and data generated increases exponentially, enterprises have to ascertain what Cloud migration strategy works for them on the one hand, and if that strategy is successful, on the other.

The decision to migrate to the Cloud also requires that all architects understand application migration from multiple perspectives and criteria. These include: Application architecture, IT staff capabilities, investments made, and so on. Today, studies suggest that data management costs account for 70 percent of IT spend, every reason to ensure that the Cloud migration gameplan works like a charm. Continue reading

Assessing your IT Infrastructure for Cloud Migration

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Assessing your IT Infrastructure for Cloud migration

The benefits, utility and advantages of using the cloud platform for enterprise computing are no longer points of debate and too attractive to ignore. It is an attractive and efficient option for companies to avoid high capital outlays for new servers and the overhead costs of managing on-premises architecture. Companies moving to the cloud can transform different facets of their business, and harness the full potential of the cloud and cloud-based services like machine learning, data analytics, etc. Continue reading

Security Challenges Encountered by Data Centers

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Security Challenges Encountered by Data Centers

Lord Hewart coined the phrase “Not only must justice be done; it must also be seen to be done” way back in 1923. With a little adaptation, Lord Hewart’s words are as relevant in the corporate data center as they once were in the courtroom. What we end up with is something like “Not only must security controls be implemented; they must also be seen to be implemented.” Continue reading

The Pressing IT Challenges in an Enterprise

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IT Challenges in an Enterprise

Enterprises which run legacy platforms face major challenges to make their IT environment agile and competitive to support their business needs. To bring in agility, flexibility and scalability to meet the growing demands of an enterprise is always a catch up game for the IT leadership. While businesses want to scale their operations in an unlimited manner, there are only a definite resources of budget, time, skill, and service capabilities that an IT function has. Some of the pressing IT challenges that cloud technology can solve for enterprises are: Continue reading

Key IT Imperatives Leading to Cloud Services

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Key IT Imperatives Leading to Cloud Services

Organizations migrate to the cloud to achieve cost-efficiency, higher application performance and scalability. It is a complex process and enterprises must plan carefully for successful migration. The benefits of inter-operability, security, responsive service levels, along with a variable cost structure for both services and assets in cloud will make it easier for the IT leaders to take up the cloud journey. Some of the key IT imperatives which lead an organization to embrace cloud services are: Continue reading

Factors to look for Clarity when Adopting Cloud

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Factors to Look for Clarity When Adopting Cloud

The cloud is an invaluable solution for today’s evolving business needs, but adopting the cloud platform can spell big changes for an organization. Here are some factors businesses should seek clarity about before moving their workloads and applications to the cloud.

Cloud pricing model structure

Adopting cloud has the benefit of reducing costs drastically. Paradigm of cloud is scalable based on the needs of the business. However, the minimum threshold quantity for the IT economics should be worked out with the Cloud Service Providers. It is advisable to understand the pricing models of cloud providers for Infrastructure, Platform and Application that can unearth key pricing assumptions and hidden fees of subscription if any. In many a cases the software is provided at a nominal rate but the security, auditing and archiving aspects of the subscription are heavily priced.  A keen understanding of the pricing model will help the decision makers to list the needs and break the pricing structures before they make their decisions.

Read: How to Create a Cloud Adoption Strategy for your Business?

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