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The Myths Vs Facts of Governance, Risk and Compliance

The Myths Vs Facts of Governance, Risk and Compliance

Governance, Risk, Compliance

As disruptive technology changes the way businesses operate and communicate internally and externally, companies are facing increasing complexity of governance, compliance and risks. The need for a high degree of agility and transparency in the GRC program is imperative today. But organizations usually respond in a piecemeal way to these new pressures as these compete with the management’s time and available resources. The consummation of IT is also creating a bigger challenge for organizations to establish a comprehensive GRC program with proper governance structure enterprise-wide. The result is a haphazard collage of process monitoring and reporting tools that potentially increases costs and risks.

Governance, Risk, Compliance

Here are 5 myths that add mystery to the effective implementation of a GRC program with 5 supporting facts that work:

Myth: Mine is a small company, I don’t need any Governance processes in place!

Fact: Small companies who think they don’t need “governance” have unofficial governance in place. Governance really means, defining how the organization should get its work done. Defining what is expected of these processes are usually Policy and Procedures.

Myth: GRC is all about technology.

Fact: GRC in fact, is optimizing performance against an organization’s goals and objectives, while managing risks and being compliant. It’s about Principled Performance with the elimination of silos and fragmentation among organizations and processes involved in GRC.

Myth: The reactive, checkbox compliance mentality works best for an efficient GRC program.

Fact: An haphazard collage of silo-ed , reactive compliance measures potentially increase costs and risks. Your organization needs to take advantage of realtime service performance, security, and operational information to enable realtime risk assessment and finegrained business impact analysis.

Myth: Today, there are multiple disciplines under your organization’s GRC umbrella, each of which has their own internal processes, policies, and controls. It’s easy to manually achieve end to end visibility across this entire information space such that you reduce your risk exposure.

Fact: Manual is passe’. With manual processes you struggle to gain any sort of scientific- led visibility on your operational and risk posture. The time taken for your team to assess the dependencies across risks, compliance, business and operations is long.  As a result, your organization remains exposed to recurring compliance and audit failures, data breaches, IP losses, and service performance failures.

Myth: An optimal GRC management tool works wonders to your risk, compliance and governance processes.

Fact: There is no such thing as GRC management, only the management of GRC processes. To top it all, an automated cloud based service management platform to manage your GRC processes is a boon for your operating managers. It’s beneficial to get a single window 360 degree view across simultaneous processes, policies and controls. With service management you can extend your investments to break down siloes, operationalize integrated GRC, and enhance the efficiency and efficacy of your GRC.

An organization’s GRC approach has a dramatic positive impact on organizational effectiveness by providing a clear, unambiguous process and a single point of reference for the organization. Your GRC approach and the tools that help you achieve that should eliminate redundancy, duplicative software, hardware, training and rollout costs. The GRC process and approach you employ should provide you with a single source of truth for your employees, management and stakeholders.

By Sheetal Kale

Insights From AWS Reinvent: Three Steps To Ensure Cloud Propels Your Digital Business

Insights From AWS Reinvent: Three Steps To Ensure Cloud Propels Your Digital Business

Cloud Digital Business Success

It was an exhilarating experience at AWS invent, from learning about all the innovations by Amazon Web Services (AWS) through various sessions and discussing cloud monitoring and management challenges with hundreds of attendees at our booth. There has been a lot of coverage about “what” the AWS team had announced and the respective benefits.

But what are the key broader action items that you can take from the show?

Cloud Digital Business Success

Here are three of them:

Innovate first with the cloud to win:

Cloud promises more agility and operational efficiency than traditional IT. No wonder all the upcoming and disruptive startups are mostly based on the cloud. We saw several companies such as Twilio and Workday highlight how AWS enables their business to be disruptive. If you are trying to adopt the cloud in your enterprise, first identify new product or services as the initial candidates for the cloud. The new “project” is more likely to be a success since there are no risks associated with migration and the agility of the cloud would make it more likely to succeed. Getting a big win under your belt will make it easier for you to convince rest of the organization to use the cloud.

Break barriers to cloud adoption through a holistic hybrid management approach:

Once you have demonstrated success of cloud with your new project(s), you need to develop a holistic hybrid cloud and IT management approach. Let’s admit it, traditional IT is going to be around for some time. The better your cloud services can integrate and work seamlessly with your on premise resources or technologies, the easier would be cloud adoption. AWS recent partnerships with VMWare highlights how traditional vendors are working to make this happen. A hybrid approach can also help with the migration of additional resource to the cloud as you have end to end visibility and control to make the transition smoother.

Leverage end to end analytics to drive superior customer experience:

Customers and internal users today demand a relentless experience. They really don’t care about the hybrid, complex infrastructures that IT teams have to deal with. Andy Jassy talked about IT having “X-Ray vision” (AKA Analytics) as a necessity for understanding your customer needs. These analytics not only should span your cloud but also traditional infrastructure, providing insights across your entire application and infrastructure stack so you can proactively optimize experience to delight your customers.

How are you going about ensuring the successful adoption of cloud in your organization? Thoughts on using the above three strategies? Anything else I am missing? 

By Umair Khan

Brocade Digital Transformation and the Pursuit of Network Visibility

Brocade Digital Transformation and the Pursuit of Network Visibility

Brocade Network Visibility

Organizations that are going through digital transformation need networks that are extremely agile, extensively automated and highly visible,” – Jason Nolet, Brocade Senior Vice President

Network Visibility was being touted as a major issue for networks and network managers as far back as 2014. However, despite the massive upheaval in the tech landscape, even in the last two years, this still exists as a problem that many companies have failed to address. Global data centre traffic is expected to grow by more than 300% in the next 5 years, business and enterprise networks continue to expand and grow more complex, and all while their need for control of their network becomes a bigger and bigger issue for both functionality and security. These issues can be addressed by increased network visibility.

Network visibility is, in simplistic terms, “Simply put, it is the awareness and control of applications, data, and users on a WAN or LAN network”. It allows you to monitor and control all users, devices, and applications on the network in real-time, giving you both a detailed overview of your network as it currently exists, and an insight into how your network can grow and develop in the future; through data analysis and tracking usage trends.

According to IDC, “Two-thirds of CEOs at Global 2000 companies will place digital transformation at the center of their corporate strategies by the end of 2017…” 

Brocade’s New Releases

brocade network visibility

Over the past year Brocade have made big advances in network visibility, automated workflows, and network agility, through the release of Brocade Workflow Composer, SLX Insight Architecture, and the SLX 9850 Router. Now they are ready to unveil their next line of advancements in the field, unveiling a wash of new software and hardware designed to help businesses push themselves further and innovate with ease.

The official press statement from Brocade today announced the release of an expanded Brocade® SLX® series, which combines a string of new switches that allowed for optimum network visibility and new Automation Suites for the Brocade Workflow Composer. These Automation Suites have been designed to be 100% turnkey, with the option to have them fully or partially customized. Along with this, Brocade have also announced SLX Visibility Services and several new SLX switches (SLX 9140, 9240, and 9540); completing a trifecta of new software and hardware, that will combine to categorically improve network visibility.

Fast innovation can only happen with an agile IT foundation where automation works seamlessly with network visibility while digitally connecting all IT domains and functions together to eliminate silos and deliver end-to-end automation.” – Brocade Press Release

SLX Visibility Services

Around 60% of the companies that were listed on the Fortune 500 in the mid 1990’s have been displaced, and most of them because of one reason – the digital revolution. Many of these companies failed to transition to the internet age and as a result the Google’s and Amazon’s of the world have taken over.

Many businesses are now struggling with growth and transition in the age of “big data”, where their biggest issues come from their network. According to Sinefa, the Australian software company, most problems with networks are caused by how the network is used, rather than how it is designed. They claim, that in the past, the standard industry solution would be to increase bandwidth, create dedicated links, or to optimize and compress critical data – none of which actually solve the problem.

Rather the way to solve this problem is to rethink the way we look at network visibility. Network managers need to be able to see how their network usage is hindering performance, and have the ability to shape and control network traffic. Visibility and control of real-time traffic and applications need to be seen on the same level as routers, firewalls and switches, in terms of core network functions.

jason-noletWhen CloudTweaks spoke to Jason Nolet, Senior Vice President of Brocade, we asked why he felt network visibility was so important to innovation?

Customers I talk to understand what’s coming at them in terms of network demands, and they know that network reliability, performance and scalability are still critical.  But they have additional concerns such as: How can I better understand and serve the applications using my network?  How can I remediate failures more quickly to address ever more strict SLAs?  Having network visibility can help address many of these concerns and with today’s silicon and software technology, enhanced visibility can be embedded natively within the network itself…

Brocade views network visibility as a central responsibility of the network infrastructure, in their eyes they are just as crucial as switching packets. Hence the expansion of the SLX product series to include a range of switches with network visibility embedded into every router and switch, allowing for pervasive network visibility, improved troubleshooting remediation times, and improved cyber security.

By Josh Hamilton

Tweaking the Cloud for Optimum Results

Tweaking the Cloud for Optimum Results

Tweaking the Cloud

For both business and personal use, the cloud is one of today’s dominant technologies, though just a few years ago many of us would have been dismissive of it, if not completely unaware. Most of us use a variety of cloud storage applications such as Google Docs, Dropbox, and OneDrive that have very quickly and inconspicuously altered our lives; remote working is no longer a copy-and-carry bother, accessing personal documents can be done from any location, uploading files takes a moment and doesn’t require any additional hardware. But the benefits to our personal lives are just a drop in the ocean of advantages the cloud provides businesses; is it any wonder that CompTIA reports the public cloud service market will reach $204 billion in global revenue by the end of this year? One particular advantage of the cloud is that it’s available to absolutely everyone and as such small- and medium-sized organizations have access to the same tools that formerly have been exclusive to large corporations with their hefty budgets and extensive infrastructures.

Tweaking the Cloud

Exploiting the Cloud Optimally

According to CompTIA’s Trends in Cloud Computing over 90% of surveyed companies state they use one or another form of cloud computing; regrettably, most of them are still using it for non-critical functions instead of full production stage. Says Seth Robinson, senior director, technology analysis, CompTIA. “The reality is that the cloud market is undergoing refinement as users gain greater appreciation and understanding of what cloud computing entails.”

seth-robinson-gFor best results, organizations are using the cloud to reduce both hardware and support needs, thus reducing energy consumption as well as shrinking CapEx costs. Switching to the cloud can take the strain off in-house infrastructure maintenance and development, particularly in smaller companies that don’t have the funds for a department dedicated solely to IT upkeep. Furthermore, as the cloud is reducing a company’s private infrastructure, it is, in fact, expanding its network and increasing accessibility, strengthening data efficiency and utilization. And let’s not forget the cost efficiencies of cloud computing; small and medium businesses optimally employing the cloud are reporting cost efficiencies of up to 40 times that of those running their own IT systems.

Of course, many companies using cloud solutions are still in the early stages. Says Robinson, “… A significant number of businesses are still learning about cloud concepts and performing experiments, pilots, and initial migrations.” If you’re not at least tweaking your organization’s cloud usage for prime performance, you’re way behind the curve.

Pitfalls to Avoid

Don’t let cloud concerns dampen your enthusiasm, but optimal cloud usage means avoiding some of the pitfalls and maintaining control. Currently, security and data privacy concerns are high on the list of public cloud fears along with a significant number of organizations reporting loss of visibility and control after cloud adoption. Notably, the highest difficulty reported is transition with organizations struggling to shift critical apps to the cloud.

These concerns, however, shouldn’t halt the progression of cloud adoption; according to Concept Technology Inc., following a few essential steps helps overcome such worries:

  • Select trustworthy and competent service providers and vendors. Ensure data centers are secure, crucial SLAs are in place, and provider services are high quality.
  • Plan your cloud. Just because the cloud can improve business operations, doesn’t mean it will without a good strategy. Ensure that you’re implementing cloud tools in the right areas to improve productivity and benefit employees.
  • Test control, security, and reliability. It’s always easier to simply believe that the services you’re paying for are complete; don’t foolishly bury your head in the sand but instead, put in the effort to ensure access is adequately controlled, data security policies are in place, and system violations can be detected and appropriately countered.
  • An always-up infrastructure is key to a thriving business. Ensure that your providers offer the necessary support to handle maintenance and failures without downtime.
  • Plan for recovery and backup. Cloud backup options make it easier than ever to prepare for disaster; ensure backup of on-site facilities is covered but be sure also to check that service providers have suitable backup facilities protecting your off-site data and services.
  • Finally, it’s important to have an out. Cloud services are advancing so rapidly that it would be a mistake to lock yourself into a contract with a provider that isn’t keeping up with the industry. Today most vendors offer high-value services without restrictive contracts.

Any further tips or insights to offer around optimum cloud tweaks? Be sure to let us know.

By Jennifer Klostermann

Last Week: Google, Gooligan, and Amazon Glue

Last Week: Google, Gooligan, and Amazon Glue

Google Security 

It has been revealed that over one million Google accounts have been hacked by an attack campaign called “Gooligan” – breaching 13,000 new devices every day. The malware attack was uncovered by a security group who immediately contacted the Google Security team and continue to work closely with Google to combat the malware.

Gooligan could potentially affect any devices running on Android 4 or 5 (that’s Jelly Bean, KitKat, or Lollipop), which accounts for over 74% of in-market devices.

Google’s director of Android security, Adrian Ludwig, released a statement on Thursday, thanking the group for their research and reassuring customers that they are working to fix the problem:

As part of our ongoing efforts to protect users from the Ghost Push family of malware, we’ve taken numerous steps to protect our users and improve the security of the Android ecosystem overall…”

The malware itself exploited known weaknesses in older versions of the Android OS, it used this weakness to take control of devices and install apps and software without permission – using innocuous and harmless sounding names such as StopWatch or Wi-Fi Enhancer. There have also been cases of hackers using the victim’s username and password to post false reviews of the apps. The malware can access data from Google Play, Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, G Suite, Google Drive, and more – in a similar fashion to the Android malware campaign found by researchers in the SnapPea app last year.

Google have removed associated apps from Google Play, disrupted the servers used by the attackers, and taken steps to secure Google accounts that may have been compromised by the malware.

Amazon Glue

On Thursday at Re:Invent, AWS’s Las Vegas Conference, Amazon announced Amazon Glue, a fully managed ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) service that eases the process of moving data between your data stores. The program is designed to help you through the process of compiling and preparing your data for analytics, and loading it from source to destination with the utmost ease. CTO, Werner Vogels, said during the announcement that they want to turn the accepted notion, that it takes 80% of your time preparing data and only 20% analyzing it, on its head.

AWS wrote in their blog post announcement that:

AWS Glue simplifies and automates the difficult and time consuming data discovery, conversion, mapping, and job scheduling tasks,”

AWS Glue is integrated with Amazon S3Amazon RDS, and Amazon Redshift, and can be connected to any data store that is JDBC (Java Database Connectivity)-compliant. AWS Glue will trawl through your data sources, identify data formats, and then offer suggested schemas and transformations, to save you the time spent hand-coding data flows. These transformations can be edited using tools like Python, Spark and Git, and shared with other AWS Glue users.

Google App Builder

On Thursday Google released their brand new App Maker, their new, super-fast way for businesses to build apps- to “go from idea to app in days, not months”. App Maker features built-in templates, a drag-and-drop UI editor, point-and-click data modelling, support for open standards (HTML, CSS, Javascript etc), and built in integration with G Suite and Google services like Maps, Contacts, and Groups. All of which work together to help developers move through the process as fast as possible.

Google have been using the buzzwordserverless” to promote the product, given the cloud-based infrastructure and drag-and-drop development. Despite the simplification of the developmental process, there is room for users who want to delve deeper into the coding thanks to the built-in script editor – one that purportedly function like a fully featured IDE (Integrated Development Environment). App Maker is available via Google’s Early Adopter Program for G Suite Business.

By Josh Hamilton

How Can Banks Compete With Fintech Startups?

How Can Banks Compete With Fintech Startups?

Fintech Startups

The relationship between Fintech and traditional banks is a complicated one. On one hand Fintech startups have emerged through the disruption trends of the sharing economy, as a direct challenge to traditional banks and institutions. However, for banks to survive this economic and technological revolution, they will have to adopt concepts and technology that is being pioneered by Fintech startups. Some banks have adopted a pragmatic approach, rather than trying to compete they are either funding the start-ups or even buying them outright. Because of this two sided coin, the relationship can be difficult to classify as either “adversarial” or “co-operative”.

There are two basic categories that Fintech can be divided into in this context, those who work with the banks, and those who are a direct challenge to the banks and the services they provide.

fintech startups

Forms of Fintech like credit card, home loan, or any other form of financial comparison sites work in conjunction with the banks. They rely on the banks and couldn’t exist without the services they provide; the banks tolerate them because they can be used as a source of business and revenue.

In contrast, there are certain sectors of Fintech that are much more disruptive and adversarial – aiming to completely displace entire segments of the banking industry. For example, online wealth management, through companies like Nutmeg (an online investment management and savings portfolio), has the potential to take over the traditional role of private and personal banking.

BankSimple, the US based web-only bank, is the embodiment of the Fintech threat to traditional banks. According to CEO, Joshua Reich, it does everything your bank can do, but in a virtual space – he famously remarked upon the launch of BankSimple that By not sucking, we will win”.

Banks may be large and sprawling institutions, but that doesn’t mean that they will be left behind. Banks are happy to let the Fintech companies innovate and find solutions to their process, then step in, copy their methods, and push out the competition. For example, HSBC is now testing a transaction platform based on Blockchain technology – last month financial innovation start-up R3 announced that they, along with 8 other banks (including HSBC and State Street), had successfully tested a Blockchain powered platform for bond transactions.

When Barclay’s became the first bank to start accepting Bitcoin, there was excitement that other banks may follow suit with cryptocurrencies. However, now it is obvious that they were only interested in the financial security that can be provided with the Blockchain technology that powers Bitcoin. Banks hold the upper hand in terms of sheer size and ability to implement changes on a huge scale, giving them the advantage in rolling out products to compete with Fintech startups.

Despite the banks taking advantage of Fintech in this way, there is still friction between the two. There have been calls from those in the financial sector for increased regulation of Fintech startups, in order to curb the freedom that they enjoy relative to the highly regulated financial marketplace that banks operate in. Although governments and regulatory bodies have got involved in this fight across the world, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have gone in a slightly unique direction; rather than regulate the Fintech start-ups more heavily, they have decided to introduce an effects test into competition law in an attempt to protect emerging Fintech start-ups from anti-competitive behaviour from big banks and financial institutions. This increased competition and collaboration is likely to produce a mutually beneficial relationship for both parties.

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Regardless of the relationship between Fintech startups and banks, Fintech could not exist without the banks. The overwhelming majority of consumers still use banks to store their money, whilst almost all services offered by Fintech startups are reliant upon financial information about customers that only the banks have access too. What Fintech lacks in financial information, it makes up for in innovation and creative technology, and it is this advantage that allows them to compete with the banks on a larger and larger scale. Data analytics has become increasingly important over the past decade, and is now the number one driver of financial innovation – something that start-ups have been pioneering. Their methods for using big data and analytics to fuel financial planning, have revolutionized banking in a way that many financial institutions have failed to keep pace with.

There is a give and take involved with this relationship, and I predict that we will see more and more overlap between the two, blurring the lines until they are almost indistinguishable. Banks have never been left behind before, and it would be foolish to suggest they will be this time.

By Josh Hamilton

How Big Data Is Helping In Customer Service Environment

How Big Data Is Helping In Customer Service Environment

Customer Service Environment

Do you remember the last time you spoke to an agent over the phone seeking some help? Did you get the solution immediately or did it take some time to reach a convincing answer or solution?

The answers to these questions decide how intelligently your customer support system has been designed to face such challenges of the customer service and how effectively the customer data is being used with total focus on the customers.

The specificity in the service that is sought by an individual customer is a vital factor to maintain a good rapport of the customer service. The ability to answer such specific needs comes with a sheer understanding of the customer behavior. The existence of data is unavoidable and its importance is immense. The idea for good customer service lies in data analysis. It always helps to keep an innovative approach towards making good use of the customer data and bring corresponding changes, accordingly.

Customer data is the factor which helps to improve your services substantially and when data analysis gets involved, the behavior of the customers become more predictable. And predictability helps to manage things better. The productive insights coming from data, help to get expected results, provided the unstructured data of your company is given due worth and is utilized well.

Let’s look at the scenario in more detail and understand that how data plays a crucial role in the customer service environment.

Giving Shape To The Bulk Of Data

Data comes involuntarily on every step taken in business as well as by customer activity. This bulk of unstructured data gives many cues for innovations in the contemporary business environment. But you have to acquire the right tools to analyze this bulk of data and get meaningful results out of it. Today we have tools that help us analyze the unstructured data towards meaningful deductions. Most of the businesses are dependent on such data for better results.

So application of analytics helps you to understand patterns and trends that customers are looking for in the customer support environment.

Furthermore, intelligent data analysis also leads to powerful customer insights. A seamless customer experience is a matter of understanding the customers well and prepare a plan to respond with them effectively. The accumulated data supports and structures this plan.

Data And The CRM Strategies

A 2014 Gartner report suggested that 50% of CRM programs failed to meet client expectations. The same is true in old time as well. A company uses CRM tools to make a point that every aspect of good customer service should be taken into consideration for the best possible strategies. It also helps in taking the most efficient steps ahead of the benefits of the company.

The proliferation of the software industry and start-ups led many companies towards instant results. So most of the companies integrated CRM tools in their system without knowing that it was not on par, as the insights from data didn’t show up aptly and didn’t help to bring any meaningful changes. The supreme reason behind it was, they didn’t use the customer data effectively.

With the arrival of cloud technology, call center software came into existence and virtual call centers took shape. With specific details related to the customers that can be easily integrated into the company’s CRM, one can find an immediate solution to help the customers with much better customer support. Because the data is already there, the best one can do is, use it.

Customers differ in their interests and preferences for the same reason, it is necessary to give individual attention to the customers. While the customers avail the services they give many cues regarding, how efficient the services are and more. A data driven customer relationship management becomes crucial to maintain a sound customer support.

Individual Customer Preferences

Most of the companies have a huge bulk of unstructured data , it’s their ability to reap the benefits out of it, which decides their efficiency for purposeful customer engagement. The data that is collected to help know the customers individually and provides a medium to the service provider to restructure and redesign the services to its best potential.

Customer Service Environment

The best possible way to keep the performance of customer service high, depends on how effectively the customer choices and preferences are taken care of, by giving attention to the minute details related to the customers. By keeping an eye on the individual customers with the help of complex analysis of data, the scenario becomes more and more customer centric.

Virtual call centers have gradually turned out to be very meaningful in this stake as they work on a Call center software that uses meaningful deduction out of the data.

If the agent-customer conversation has more specific details related to the individual customers then customer specific points are brought in during the conversation that eventually lead to favorable results like sales acceleration and a better customer retention.

Data Is The Base Of Today’s Customer Service

The customer related data is the base of today’s customer service environment and because of the same reason the best ideas of the customer benefits are the ones that totally depend on the results of data that give forward-looking insights about customer service.

Virtual call center tools use the customer related data and keep the deductions applicable for the best possible solution, that too without much wastage of time. Nowadays the virtual call centers using their data effectively have tremendous competitive advantage over others who are lagging behind in the usage of data.

On a Final Note

Data is crucial and so is the way to handle it. Cloud technology is one of the best ways that has shown relevance to use this data productively. Cloud is undoubtedly the best solution for usage and retrieval of data.

Innovation depends on the results that one can rely on and these results totally depend on effective usage of data. In this current scenario, it is not affordable to miss out on the importance of big data that has great potential to face contemporary challenges, successfully.

By Kirti Khanna

Expect Open Source Security to Become a Major Focus in 2017

Expect Open Source Security to Become a Major Focus in 2017

Open Source Security

There is no doubt about it: We are living in the middle of the Digital Age.

But we didn’t get here alone. Thousands of people from all over the world have come together to develop programs, apps and software to get us where we are now. In order to maintain the level of technology that we have become accustomed to, we need the help of coders and programmers from all over to help solve problems and make changes.

When the coding community is invited to manipulate the source code of a program, it is known as open source. But what does open source really mean for your software — and your security?

Open Source vs. Closed Source

Open Source Security

(Infographic Source: Kinvey)

Behind each program you are running, there is a set of codes that allow your computers, cellphones or tablets to read. For large companies, this code is heavily protected. When a company does not allow customers or users to manipulate the code of the program, this is known as closed source.

A company may choose to keep their code secret in an effort to protect their ideas or property. They may fear a competitor stealing their code to make a similar program, or they may not want to lose control of how the program or app runs. But in keeping the code a secret, customers and users are unable to understand how it works or make changes for themselves.

On the other hand, an open source code is available for users, coders and programmers to manipulate as they see fit. For example, Vid.ly is an open source video platform and an excellent example of the benefits one offers. Another popular example is GitHub, an open source community where developers and coding fanatics can follow or create projects.

Using an open source code rather than a closed source code gives users the opportunity to solve problems for themselves or recruit coders to make necessary changes for them. Open source code also gives users the opportunity to see and understand how the program works.

But open source codes can also bring up questions of security.

Why Is Open Source Security Important?

When code is open source, anyone can make changes or view the code. There are not restrictions on who can access that information, make adjustments or pull details.

Unfortunately, this means that hackers also have access to open source codes. Does this mean that open source is less safe than closed source? Not necessarily.

Having a source code open to the public means that many individuals can look for potential areas where hackers may attack. When multiple professionals can make changes when they are needed, codes are updated more frequently. Users can also browse through the code to determine its safety and security, something they are unable to do with closed code.

As we move into 2017, open source codes are only going to become more popular. This also means that security for open source codes will continue to grow.

What Open Source Security May Look Like in 2017

While open source code is no stranger to the world of database management systems, 2017 will be the year that it truly takes off. As more companies adopt open source codes as the standard, there will also be a new focus on how to keep that code safe from hackers.

As the demand for open source code grows in 2017, so will the demand for open source security. With more companies using open source code to run their programs, it can be expected that 2017 will see an increase of attacks on open source codes. To combat this and protect users, open source security will increase as well.

With the right security measures, there’s no reason to believe that open source code is less safe than closed source. By allowing teams of coders from all over the world to find potential problems and recommend solutions, open source code may actually be safer than closed source. In 2017, we will continue to see that level of security increase as more companies focus on protecting their open source codes.

By Kayla Matthews

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Internet Of Things – Industrial Robots And Virtual Monitoring

Internet Of Things – Industrial Robots And Virtual Monitoring

Internet Of Things – Industrial Robots And Virtual Monitoring One of the hottest topics in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the Internet of Things (IOT). According to the report of International Telecommunication Union (2012), “the Internet of things can be perceived as a vision with technological and societal implications. It is considered as a…

Cloud Infographic: The Future of File Storage

Cloud Infographic: The Future of File Storage

 The Future of File Storage A multi-billion dollar market Data storage has been readily increasing for decades. In 1989, an 8MB Macintosh Portable was top of the range; in 2006, the Dell Inspiron 6400 became available, boasting 160GB; and now, we have the ‘Next Generation’ MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage built in. But, of course,…

Cloud Computing – The Good and the Bad

Cloud Computing – The Good and the Bad

The Cloud Movement Like it or not, cloud computing permeates many aspects of our lives, and it’s going to be a big part of our future in both business and personal spheres. The current and future possibilities of global access to files and data, remote working opportunities, improved storage structures, and greater solution distribution have…

Achieving Network Security In The IoT

Achieving Network Security In The IoT

Security In The IoT The network security market is experiencing a pressing and transformative change, especially around access control and orchestration. Although it has been mature for decades, the network security market had to transform rapidly with the advent of the BYOD trend and emergence of the cloud, which swept enterprises a few years ago.…

Ending The Great Enterprise Disconnect

Ending The Great Enterprise Disconnect

Five Requirements for Supporting a Connected Workforce It used to be that enterprises dictated how workers spent their day: stuck in a cubicle, tied to an enterprise-mandated computer, an enterprise-mandated desk phone with mysterious buttons, and perhaps an enterprise-mandated mobile phone if they traveled. All that is history. Today, a modern workforce is dictating how…

Lavabit, Edward Snowden and the Legal Battle For Privacy

Lavabit, Edward Snowden and the Legal Battle For Privacy

The Legal Battle For Privacy In early June 2013, Edward Snowden made headlines around the world when he leaked information about the National Security Agency (NSA) collecting the phone records of tens of millions of Americans. It was a dramatic story. Snowden flew to Hong Kong and then Russia to avoid deportation to the US,…

Three Tips To Simplify Governance, Risk and Compliance

Three Tips To Simplify Governance, Risk and Compliance

Governance, Risk and Compliance Businesses are under pressure to deliver against a backdrop of evolving regulations and security threats. In the face of such challenges they strive to perform better, be leaner, cut costs and be more efficient. Effective governance, risk and compliance (GRC) can help preserve the business’ corporate integrity and protect the brand,…

Three Factors For Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Three Factors For Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy A few weeks ago I visited the global headquarters of a large multi-national company to discuss cloud strategy with the CIO. I arrived 30 minutes early and took a tour of the area where the marketing team showcased their award winning brands. I was impressed by the digital marketing strategy…

Three Challenges of Network Deployment in Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Private Cloud

Three Challenges of Network Deployment in Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Private Cloud

Hyperconverged Infrastructure In this article, we’ll explore three challenges that are associated with network deployment in a hyperconverged private cloud environment, and then we’ll consider several methods to overcome those challenges. The Main Challenge: Bring Your Own (Physical) Network Some of the main challenges of deploying a hyperconverged infrastructure software solution in a data center are the diverse physical…

How To Overcome Data Insecurity In The Cloud

How To Overcome Data Insecurity In The Cloud

Data Insecurity In The Cloud Today’s escalating attacks, vulnerabilities, breaches, and losses have cut deeply across organizations and captured the attention of, regulators, investors and most importantly customers. In many cases such incidents have completely eroded customer trust in a company, its services and its employees. The challenge of ensuring data security is far more…

Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Cloud Architecture These days, Multi-Tier Applications are the norm. From SharePoint’s front-end/back-end configuration, to LAMP-based websites using multiple servers to handle different functions, a multitude of apps require public and private-facing components to work in tandem. Placing these apps in entirely public-facing platforms and networks simplifies the process, but at the cost of security vulnerabilities. Locating everything…

Is Machine Learning Making Your Data Scientists Obsolete?

Is Machine Learning Making Your Data Scientists Obsolete?

Machine Learning and Data Scientists In a recent study, almost all the businesses surveyed stated that big data analytics were fundamental to their business strategies. Although the field of computer and information research scientists is growing faster than any other occupation, the increasing applicability of data science across business sectors is leading to an exponential…