Benefits of cloud storage and common reasons why businesses are nervous about adoption

Cloud 101 Lesson


Cloud computing enables network access to a shared pool of resources in a way that’s quick and easily manageable. Cloud adoption started us toward the biggest IT shift in more than 20 years, according to the 2016 State of Cloud IT report.

Yet, uncertainty about cloud is still present in many minds and perhaps the reason for avoidance within some businesses. But if this transition is inevitable, then businesses face two options: resist and fall behind, or join them if you can’t beat them. Managed Cloud Services at TriTech examine how businesses can overcome their hesitation.

How Cloud Works


What is the cloud?

  • Cloud storage is used for saving, recovery, and backup.
  • Since your information is kept at the data center of your provider, it’s unaffected by damages to and malfunctions from your equipment.
  • Cloud services:
  1. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): CloudSigma, OpenStack
  2. Platform as a Service (PaaS): OpenShift, Microsoft Azure
  3. Software as a Service (SaaS): Citrix, RightScale
  4. Sets: IBM, Amazon, Oracle, Google
  • Cloud hosting: private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud.


Employees

The “Don’t” Reason – Fixed

All surveyed organizations said their top cloud worry was employees unintentionally exposing data. Moreover, employees are considered the weakest link in security infrastructure. Cloud or not, businesses are weary of network users, so how can this uneasiness be resolved?

  • Education. Talk to your employees about the appropriate security settings that you expect and the possible consequences of a data breach.
  • Action. Create rules or a policy.
  • Restrictions. Limit access to important folders and permit users only to areas they’ll be working with.


The “Do” Benefits

Businesses “are choosing cloud for the value it can add, not how much it can save them.” Almost 90% of organizations use cloud for “improving responsiveness to business needs.” Other reasons include:

  • Improving operations
  • Saving money
  • Responding to competition
  • Improving security


Cloud 101 Lesson


Security

The “Don’t” Reasons

89% of company IT professionals are concerned about cloud security with over half finding that “employee use of cloud-based applications makes their company less secure as they may unknowingly expose data during the process.”

But there’s more than just employees that are seen as a threat.

  • Hackers. Whether by using credentials or through the server, infiltration is very serious and dangerous. It can go undetected for days and often could’ve been easily prevented.
  • Inexperience. Lack of knowledge before execution is unwise. If you don’t know how your cloud works, how can you expect for it to be safe?
  • Loss. As a result of stolen or misplacement by an employee or thief.


63% of organizations ranked security higher than convenience, which is understandable since technology can be viewed as “the more convenient, the more risky.”

The “Do” Benefit (and fixing the “don’t”)

Verizon’s 2016 State of the Enterprise Cloud reports that 80% of organizations find cloud either more secure than or the same as their on-premise infrastructure.

  • Compliance. Verify that employees are enforcing the correct privacy designations.
  • Monitor. Frequently check the server for vulnerabilities and to ensure protection.
  • Inactivity. Delete old and unneeded data. Not only does it free space but eliminates data that may be forgotten and potentially confidential.
  • Managed Service. Hiring an IT company for your Wisconsin business is always an option, too.


Cloud Computing Solutions for Wisconsin Businesses

TriTech provides managed IT services in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Madison, and across Wisconsin. Learn more about cloud storage or begin a technology solution for your business by calling TriTech at (262) 717-0037 or toll-free (800) 891-3388.


SOURCES
The State of SMB Cybersecurity in 2015
State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud 2016
RightScale 2016 State of the Cloud Report
2016 State of Cloud IT
SANS Institute
NIST

Why Businesses Should Use Encryption for E-mail, Data, and Files

House of data encryption

“Going dark” is a term coined by the FBI with the definition of encryption in reference to criminal activity, a topic of debate and in the media lately. How is this relevant to networking for businesses in Wisconsin?

What does “Encryption” mean?

Encryption encodes a message so that only the intended receiver is authorized to decode and read it, enhancing security. In the Sophos 2015 survey “The State of Encryption Today,” 54% of United States organizations extensively use encryption, but only 38% of smaller businesses universally do.

Encrypted Data with Key

Encryption and Businesses

File Encryption. A majority of businesses encrypt to protect the data of the company and its employees. Yet, almost one-third of financial details for both are unprotected.

Devices. Disk encryption keeps data secure if a device is stolen or lost. Over 60% of servers, PCs, and laptops are encrypted by businesses, but more than half of Macs and mobile devices are not.

Other steps to improve security are authentication, password management, access management, and secure file sharing.

Consequences of Unencrypted

Encryption of sensitive data is important because the complications from successful threats are very serious.

  • Data Loss. The healthcare industry was responsible for 37% of data breaches in 2014. A Verizon study reported 53% of confirmed data loss incidents were in businesses with less than 1,000 employees. For more information about data recovery, click here.
  • Cybercrime. Stolen personal and financial information can result in being sold on the black market, identity theft, and fraudulent purchases.
  • Spam. It isn’t just annoying; it’s dangerous. Results can lead to hacking and malware.



data houses, encrypted and unencrypted


”Without” Reason

  • Budget. No one wants to spend money that they don’t have to. However, if data were a resident of a house, then encryption would be the front door; unlocked permits free entry. It ultimately could cost your business economically and reputably.
  • Operation. A misconception is that this practice will cause users and work to suffer. False. TriTech will design and implement a custom solution for your business so interference is not a drawback.
  • Knowledge. For over 20 years, TriTech Corporation of America has been a leading technical support and network solutions firm in Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Wisconsin. Our information technology professionals are certified and expert in their field.



IT services from TriTech have proven quality and consistent results. To start your business plan with encryption technology, call an experienced consultant today at (262) 717-0037, toll-free (800) 891-3388, or email service (at) tritechcoa (dot) com.


SOURCES
Sophos 2015 The State of Encryption Today Survey
Mandiant 2015 Threat Report
Symantec 2015 Internet Security Threat Report
CloudEntr The State of SMB Cybersecurity in 2015