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Mobile – Wireless Communications

Mobile – Wireless Communications

Enterprise Mobility for Dummies Accelerate and transform the enterprise with mobility…

Considerations for Embracing Wireless Management Employee behavior is once again driving major changes for IT departments – this time it’s..

Seven Ways to Create an Unbeatable Enterprise Mobility Strategy Enterprise mobility is about more than just Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)…

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Mobile – Wireless Communications

Mobile – Wireless Communications

Enterprise Mobility for Dummies Accelerate and transform the enterprise with mobility…

Considerations for Embracing Wireless Management Employee behavior is once again driving major changes for IT departments – this time it’s..

Seven Ways to Create an Unbeatable Enterprise Mobility Strategy Enterprise mobility is about more than just Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)…

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Cyber Forensics Research Study: Possible 968 Million Android Users Affected

Cyber Forensics Research Study: Possible 968 Million Android Users Affected

Cyber Forensics Research Study: Possible 968 Million Android Users Affected

A recent study has been released by the Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group (cFREG) at the University of New Haven, which found that there are serious security and privacy problems in the Android platform. 968 million Android users may be at risk due to the flaws in various social media and communication apps. These flaws could allow an attacker to access users’ passwords, as well as private data stored on company servers. According to Ibrahim Baggili, director of the cFREG and assistant professor of computer science at UNH’s Tagliatela College of Engineering, an attacker could access all sorts of data: “Depending on the app, user locations, passwords, chat logs, images, video, audio and sketches can be viewed by people invading the user’s privacy.”

Ibrahim-Baggili

The problem is exacerbated by a lack of responsiveness on the part of app developers, which have not responded to Baggili’s warnings and have made no move to acknowledge or address the flaws revealed by the study. “Most companies did not even respond,” said Baggili. “This exacerbates the problem – and it shows that mobile developers are still not taking security seriously.”

Anyone who has used or continues to use the tested applications are at risk of confidential breeches involving a variety of data, including their passwords in some instances” says Baggili.

Baggili’s team is now creating videos that explain the problems, identify which apps may put users at risk, and provide steps for securing personal data. One video will be posted daily to YouTube from Monday, September 8 through Friday, September 12. The cFREG’s YouTube channel is http://www.youtube.com/unhcfreg

Although all of the data transmitted through these apps is supposed to go securely from just one person to another, we have found that private communications can be viewed by others because the data is not being encrypted and the original user has no clue.” Baggili said this is especially true when there is a “man-in-the-middle attack.”

Baggili said many people feel they have nothing to hide. Yet, strangers can easily tap into a variety of “private” data without informing the app user.

UNHcFREG was established in fall, 2013 as part of UNH’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, to research digital forensics, security and privacy awareness and help reduce cybercrime. Last spring, UNHcFREG discovered vulnerabilities in WhatsApp, which has 500 million users and Viber, which has 300 million users.

By Gustav Steinhardt

Investorideas.com – Cloud Computing Stocks; Cloud services market is expected to grow to $555 Billion in 2020

Investorideas.com – Cloud Computing Stocks; Cloud services market is expected to grow to $555 Billion in 2020

Ideas get bigger when you share them… New York, NY – Point Roberts, WA – August 29, 2014 (www.investorideas.com newswire) Investorideas.com staff: Investorideas.com, a global news source covering leading sectors issues an updated cloud computing stocks directory for investors following the sector.

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Investorideas.com – Cloud Computing Stocks; Cloud services market is expected to grow to $555 Billion in 2020

Investorideas.com – Cloud Computing Stocks; Cloud services market is expected to grow to $555 Billion in 2020

Ideas get bigger when you share them… New York, NY – Point Roberts, WA – August 29, 2014 (www.investorideas.com newswire) Investorideas.com staff: Investorideas.com, a global news source covering leading sectors issues an updated cloud computing stocks directory for investors following the sector.

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Logicalis US To Software Providers: Embracing The Cloud Can Increase Your Bottom Line

Logicalis US To Software Providers: Embracing The Cloud Can Increase Your Bottom Line

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Solution Provider Offers Seven Reasons SaaS Makes Good Business Sense

NEW YORK, September 2, 2014 – By 2015, experts predict half of all software providers will deliver their applications as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). In fact, SaaS is expected to represent three-fourths of all spending on public cloud services in 2015, making the idea of SaaS delivery models top of mind for software providers. Those not yet embracing a SaaS delivery model may already be feeling significant competitive pressure knowing that customers want choices in the way they consume their software. For software providers wondering whether a SaaS model is right for them, Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), has outlined seven of the most important reasons that adopting a SaaS delivery strategy makes good business and financial sense for software providers.

Software providers are positioned along a continuum somewhere between traditional software on the far left, where the software provider develops the application and supports it for customers who deploy, manage and consume it any way they like, and at the far right, those who embrace SaaS in a way that transforms them from a provider of a product to a service provider similar to Salesforce.com, for example,” says Ryan McNees, Solution Provider Practice Leader, Logicalis US.

Seven Reasons SaaS Makes Good Business Sense

Most software providers find themselves somewhere in the middle of the spectrum today, but as they naturally move toward the right they will need to leverage and embrace the cloud and a SaaS strategy to get to a true SaaS business model.

Here are seven reasons this makes sense for software providers according to Logicalis US experts:

Shortened Implementation Times: By standardizing the implementation of a software solution, SaaS reduces the solution’s implementation time. When implementing a software program on-premise, the technical environment varies with each customer, causing the software provider to inherit and resolve the unique implementation problems of each customer. With a cloud deployment, the environment is standardized; implementation is the same time after time. Automation and orchestration technologies can also be leveraged to further streamline implementations, driving down time to consumption, and increasing customer satisfaction. By shortening implementation times, products can also be brought to market faster and more cost-effectively than they can with more traditional go-to-market strategies.

Marketing to New Customers: In a traditional software delivery model, the customer buys the hardware, implements it on premise, then deploys the software. Someone has to be responsible for that environment which adds cost and complexity that many customers would prefer to avoid. Consuming software as a service is simpler and offers a different financial model; instead of a large capital expenditure to buy dedicated hardware, the consumer can package its purchase as a monthly fee that fits into its operational budget. Therefore, as software providers adopt a SaaS delivery model, they’re able to reach a wider base of customers, particularly those who want to trade IT CAPEX for OPEX.

Capturing New Revenue Streams: In more traditional software delivery models, providers sell software and maintenance as a package, charging a large one-time payment. With a SaaS model, the larger single payment may be divided into a monthly annuity stream that continues at a steady, ongoing rate. By also including infrastructure services in the initial sale, software providers are able to make money on a larger piece of the overall IT landscape. The customer has to run the software they purchase on something; why not sell them cloud access on a recurring monthly basis and earn that additional revenue long term?

Reducing Risk: Risk mitigation is one of the most important factors in a business’ success. By selecting an experienced cloud partner with a proven track record in SaaS delivery rather than trying to build a hosting infrastructure in house, the software provider can avoid a lengthy, multi-year learning curve where mistakes in hosting the software will inevitably be made. Finding and partnering with the right cloud provider can mean avoiding these costly mistakes and greatly lessening risk for the business as a whole while still allowing the provider to capitalize on the annuity stream and market to customers who don’t want to buy on-premise hardware themselves.

Being Flexible: Offer Hosted, Managed Appliance and SaaS Solutions: Customers want options, but providing all the options customers want is a costly endeavor. Trying to do this all alone will inevitably lead software providers to push customers toward the model they are best able to provide, a strategy which may not be in the client’s best interest and could result in loss of business. Instead, create a go-to-market plan that includes hosted, managed appliance and SaaS strategies, then rely on experienced partners to seamlessly provide the pieces you aren’t able to cost-effectively deliver to your clients.

Partnering for ITSM, Change Management and Monitoring: A lot of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) companies provide just the cloud infrastructure and nothing more. But delivering a true solution means more than just building the environment the software runs on; it also means managing and scaling that environment, supporting the customers and managing their SLAs. It takes a long time to build a successful service organization, so in many cases, savvy software providers outsource key managed services they want to provide to their customers – from the infrastructure itself to backup and disaster recovery, automation and orchestration, and even managing a help desk for the software provider itself. An experienced customer service partner, for example, will determine what the issue is when a service ticket comes in – i.e., whether it’s the operating system, a database backup/restore issue, or an outage that needs to fail over. If it’s software-related, they’ll send the customer back to the software provider. Anything else, they’ll solve it on the spot on the provider’s behalf.

Selling Security – SSAE-16, HIPAA, PCI: Customers want assurances that the solution they deploy is secure. Choosing SaaS deployment partners who can help meet the end customers’ security and compliance requirements by providing a secure, audited environment and signing Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) for HIPAA, for example, will be a definite door opener with customers concerned about regulatory requirements.

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration, data center and cloud services, and managed services. Logicalis employs nearly 3,700 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex ICT infrastructures to meet the needs of almost 6,000 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, CA Technologies, EMC, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of $1.6 billion, from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific, and is fast establishing itself as one of the leading IT and Communications solution integrators specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of over $5 billion.

For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.

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