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3 Recommended Whitepapers: “Keeping Secrets – Good Password Practice”

3 Recommended Whitepapers: “Keeping Secrets – Good Password Practice”

3 Recommended Whitepapers: “Keeping Secrets – Good Password Practice”

Cloud security and password protection is big business. Today we have provided 3 recommended research papers to read over this week which goes alongside today’s infographic.

pass-robo“Enterprise Password Management – A Guide for Best Practices”

Learn how using RoboForm Enterprise is an easy, secure, and practical solution to common password management challenges.

An effective enterprise password management approach increases security without decreasing productivity or increasing costs. It’s essential to create a solution that your employees will actually follow and use. RoboForm Enterprise is a unique solution that allows your organization to use stronger password management practices without compromising security or increasing costs. The deployment is easy, takes minutes instead of months, and can be fully tested prior to deployment. We’ve taken away all the risks.

This white paper: describes appropriate password standards, explores the potential negative consequences of “password inflation,” contrasts the various methods of dealing with Enterprise Single Sign-On (SSO), and, describes an alternative approach to SSO (RoboForm Enterprise).

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password-securityStop Password Sprawl with SaaS Single Sign-On via Active Directory

In this white paper you’ll see how you can leverage your existing Active Directory investment to stop password sprawl, save resources, and become an IT hero to your users.

Organizations are rushing to SaaS in an effort to move business initiatives along faster, fueled in part by BYOD trends. In so doing, users are being required to manage even more accounts and passwords, leading to frustration and loss of productivity. In addition, executives and IT managers are realizing that SaaS adoption has hidden costs and security risks.

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“Keeping Secrets: Good Password Practice”

The password remains one of the most susceptible components of even the most advanced security system.

Alternative and supplementary forms of authentication have become far more common (and affordable), but the humble password remains the somewhat crumbling gatehouse to many a security structure. Learn how to tighten the weakest link of your security system.

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By Walter Bailey

Cloud Infographic: Is Your Password Safe On The Cloud?

Cloud Infographic: Is Your Password Safe On The Cloud?

Cloud Infographic: Is Your Password Safe On The Cloud?

In the modern world of Internet connectivity, cloud computing, online banking, social networking, personal privacy and information security is essentially dependent upon password protection. Passwords are the crucial barrier that safeguards the personal information contained in the perhaps dozens of accounts that we interact with every day from theft and exploitation. In particular, with the advent of cloud computing technology, password security becomes even more important as individuals store more and more information on virtual server networks. Despite the many advantages offered by cloud computing, the system remains vulnerable to security threats. As more people begin to use cloud computing technology, it is likely that criminals will continue to exploit these vulnerabilities in order to steal personal information from poorly protected cloud users. A secure password can mean the difference between a private and secure cloud experience versus losing valuable data and personal information.

Despite the risks of using weak and easily hacked passwords, the average person uses relatively few and simple passwords for multiple web sites and applications. Simply using “password” or “12345” might be easy to remember, but it is also easy for a skilled hacker to guess and thereby access personal information. Taking the time to learn how to create more secure passwords, as well as learning basic guidelines for maintaining that security, can make individuals far less of a target for data thieves and hackers. See the infographic below, provided by instantcheckmate.com, for more information about the history of password usage, the difference between a strong and a weak password, and the dos and don’ts of creating a secure password. These simple steps can help to ensure that your personal information and privacy is well protected while you take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing technology.

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Infographic Source: instantcheckmate.com

By 2016, Most New IT Spending Will Be In The Cloud

By 2016, Most New IT Spending Will Be In The Cloud

By 2016, Most New IT Spending Will Be In The Cloud

In an era when technologies are becoming portable day-by-day and are not anymore limited to user-supervision, cloud computing is a segment which is a new development being made for better business operations. This segment is said to grow exponentially by the year 2016 when it would take the largest portion of investments of both existing & emerging businesses.

As per the recent analyses made by Gartner Inc. approximately after two years (since 2013 is about to end), a new era will begin with a wide introduction to and implementation of cloud computing. It would be considered a core need for all types of organizations to operate their businesses effectively. And as a matter of fact, private cloud would start evolving into a hybrid cloud and it’s only a matter of time when almost half of the quantity of large enterprises will invest in and deploy hybrid cloud computing by the end of year 2016.

According to Gartner, cloud computing is basically an advanced method of computing which consists of all the latest most-advanced IT-enabled facilities and capabilities. By using cloud computing, these features are delivered as services. And needless to say, cloud computing has already shaped into a trending industry which is the hot talk of the town.

Just as organizations and large enterprises design their individual cloud computing strategy, the procedure should be divided into two primary IT-focused work flows; while two would be supporting the IT framework a full-strategically designed business work flow would operate at the back-end. Those two main workflows include the enterprise in the first place where it is being treated as a customer of cloud services and that it is forwarding the same services to its customers. At the time when the organization is itself a customer, the focus is put on the capabilities and functionalities related to IT which the organization expects to be delivered as services. The main purpose of this cycle is to determine the possibilities and circumstances as to why and how cloud services should be utilized and what’s the perfect time to do that. This entire back-end procedure should be managed by the main service provider, including all the hardware and software managements. Organization/Enterprise (consumer) should not have any concern with it.

The latter part of the workflow involves procedures such as securing, organizing and controlling cloud-computing services. And yet, the last step defines the business of the enterprise. Apart from being a customer or a provider of cloud services, there are bright opportunities to utilize the same purchase to provide those services to business partners and consumers. This means that large enterprises would benefit from both B2B and B2C.

With that many facilities and capabilities being presented by cloud-computing, it is no wonder that why large enterprises would look forward to investing a great sum of capital in it in the upcoming few years. However, the expansion of this segment should do more with application development in the near future.

By Katherine Switzer

Trend Micro Predicts Cyber Security Concerns For 2014 And Beyond

Trend Micro Predicts Cyber Security Concerns For 2014 And Beyond

Trend Micro Predicts Cyber Security Concerns for 2014 and Beyond

Mobile threats, targeted attacks and vulnerabilities for the Internet of Everything highlighted

DALLAS, Dec. 9, 2013 – Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704) today released its annual security predictions report, “Blurring Boundaries: Trend Micro Security Predictions for 2014 and Beyond.” The outlook cites that one major data breach will occur every month next year, and advanced mobile banking and targeted attacks will accelerate. Critical infrastructure threats, as well as emerging security challenges from the Internet of Everything (IoE) and Deep Web, are also highlighted. The report parallels Trend Micro’s long-term projections in the recently released nine-part online video drama entitled, “2020: The Series,” depicting a technology saturated society and the corresponding cyber threats.

Blurring-BoundariesWe see the sophistication of threats expanding at a rapid pace, which will impact individuals, businesses and governments alike,” said Raimund Genes, CTO, Trend Micro. “From mobile banking vulnerabilities and targeted attacks, to growing privacy concerns and the potential of a major breach each month, 2014 promises to be a prolific year for cybercrime. We will also see the evolution of the IoE, which serves as a prelude to the surge in technological advancements as the decade closes.”

Prominent predications for 2014 include:

•       Malicious and high-risk Android apps will reach 3 million
•       Banking via mobile devices will be compromised by an uptick of Man-in-the-Middle attacks, making two-step verification inadequate
•       Cybercriminals will increasingly use targeted-attack-type methodologies like open source research and highly customized spear phishing
•       Targeted attackers will increasingly use advanced threats such as clickjacking and watering hole attacks and target mobile devices
•       Lack of support for popular software such as Java 6 and Windows XP will expose millions of PCs to attack
•       Public trust, compromised by revelations of state-sponsored monitoring, will result in a variety of efforts to restore privacy
•       The Deep Web will continue to vex law enforcement’s ability to address widespread cybercrime

The report also focuses on the rise of the IoE, which promises to be the proverbial game changer in personal technology in the years to come. With augmented reality delivered through wearable technology including watches and eyewear, the possibility of large-scale cybercrime from identity theft by 2020 is a very real possibility as the technology continues to proliferate from 2014 and beyond.

This reality is brought to life in Trend Micro’s “2020: The Series,” which is based on Project 2020, a white paper developed in collaboration with the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA). The unique series presents a future consumed by technology and seeks to inspire stakeholders to take action now against looming cyber vulnerabilities.

View “Blurring Boundaries: Trend Micro Security Predictions for 2104 and Beyond”,  Watch “2020: The Series” in its entirety to learn what the future holds for technology at: 2020.trendmicro.com.

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro Incorporated a global leader in security software, rated number one in server security (IDC, 2013), strives to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Built on 25 years of experience, our solutions for consumers, businesses and governments provide layered data security to protect information on mobile devices, endpoints, gateways, servers and the cloud. Trend Micro enables the smart protection of information, with innovative security technology that is simple to deploy and manage, and fits an evolving ecosystem. All of our solutions are powered by cloud-based global threat intelligence, the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ infrastructure, and are supported by over 1,200 threat experts around the globe. For more information, visit TrendMicro.com.

5 Reasons Why Cloud ERP Is Perfect For Your Start-Up

5 Reasons Why Cloud ERP Is Perfect For Your Start-Up

5 Reasons Why Cloud ERP Is Perfect For Your Start-Up

Investing in inventory and accounting ERP software can be a daunting process – especially for small and start-up businesses as they struggle to set up processes and invest in company growth while working to minimize spending and expenses. However, systems previously only affordable by large, established companies are now available for small and start-up businesses at less cost, thanks to the cloud. Cloud based ERP software (sometimes referred to as hosted or SaaS) provides all the same benefits of on-premises ERP with the added benefit of predictable monthly fees, remote access and reduced IT and hardware costs. Investing in ERP software is important as it is a decision that will help save costs down the road and improve efficiencies for faster company growth.

Below are 5 reasons why cloud ERP is perfect for your start-up.

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1. Minimal Implementation Costs

Implementation costs tend to make up a significant portion of the software purchase, resulting in a large initial investment. Although each implementation will vary, most consist of 4 components: the installation, system configuration, employee training and data migration. Within these components, data migration costs are among the highest due to complex data formatting and the transfer of many years’ worth of data from one system to another. However as a start-up business, there is often minimal, if any, historic data that needs to be transferred which significantly reduces the overall cost of implementation.

2. Infrastructure Costs are Pushed to the Provider

With cloud ERP software, the vendor installs and hosts the software on their own servers and takes responsibility for purchasing and maintaining all hardware needs. The customer does not have to worry about having up-to-date equipment or the physical storage space necessary to house it all. This helps to further reduce the costs for start-ups in terms of both initial investment and on-going hardware maintenance.

3. No IT Department Necessary

A key factor in choosing hosted ERP software, is that an adept IT department is not necessary as almost all IT issues are passed over to the cloud vendor. As mentioned above, the cloud vendor is responsible for dealing with and maintaining all necessary hardware and server requirements. This includes handling all regular back-ups as well. Customers don’t have to worry about hiring IT staff as they have access to a knowledgeable team of IT support representatives supplied by the vendor.

4. Predictable, Monthly Costs

One of the biggest differences between a SaaS and on-premises software system is the cost structure. With an on-premises solution, you’re paying a larger upfront investment as you’re purchasing the software licenses and paying for the implementation all at once. For SaaS applications, you pay the same implementation costs but the software licenses are paid for on an on-going monthly basis – you’re essentially leasing the software from the vendor as opposed to buying the licenses outright. This means that you’re responsible for paying on-going, predictable, monthly fees which makes it easier to budget costs and works to help improve cash flow.

5. Ability to Quickly Add New Individual Users

Start-up businesses need a software system in place that will help them grow quickly. With cloud ERP applications, businesses can slowly add individual users onto the system very easily one user at a time. A set “cost per user” will get added to the monthly fees each time someone new is added. This set cost makes it easier to budget for new hires.

Although there is no right answer when it comes to choosing between an on-premises and cloud-based ERP system, there are many benefits to choosing the cloud as a start-up. Aside from lower costs, the cloud requires less resources and personnel to manage. Make sure you spend time reviewing both options to find the one that is best for your business.

By Samantha Hornby,

Samantha is a marketing specialist in the IT industry working at Blue Link Associates. Blue Link provides hosted and on-premises inventory and accounting ERP software. Samantha enjoys writing about cloud applications and is excited to see many small and start-up businesses take advantage of cloud ERP.

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The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Big Data List

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Big Data List



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By David Fletcher

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3 Big Data Whitepapers: Big Data Turns Labor Information Into Gold

3 Big Data Whitepapers: Big Data Turns Labor Information Into Gold

3 Big Data Whitepapers: Big Data Turns Labor Information Into Gold

Big Data has been a hot topic on CloudTweaks for awhile now. Areas such as managing, securing, analyzing and extracting Big Data have all been discussed and illustrated through a number of articles and infographics. Today we have provided 3 recommended research papers to read over the weekend.

 

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“The Truth About Big Data

Big Data is all the rage today. There’s a lot of buzz about how it will transform your business with diagnostics and dashboards distributed directly to business users.

The truth is someday Big Data will do just that… if your organization can clear a few hurdles in getting it under control. This booklet is designed to get you out in front of the challenge of managing The Truth About Big Data in your organization and unravel the myths behind what Big Data is and the management solutions that will work to unlock its value.

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The Top Five Ways to Get Started with Big Databid-data-2

Despite the increased focus on big data over the past few years, most organizations are still talking about what big data is rather than focusing on what problems big data can address.

With such high-stakes costs and opportunities, the market is primed for big data solutions. In a recent study conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value in collaboration with the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, respondents were asked to describe the level of big data activities in their organizations today. The results suggest four main stages of big data adoption and progression along a continuum: Educate, Explore, Engage and Execute.

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Big Data Turns Labor Information into Gold

Transform the vast amounts of your existing labor information into important business value with these big data strategies.

Today, manufacturers are surrounded by the buzz about Big Data — as well as by the flood of information it represents. Why should they care? The answer is that a Big Data strategy creates opportunities to transform existing information about their workforce into business value. With the right data collection, analysis, and action, manufacturers can turn everyday data “straw” into information “gold.”

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By Walter Bailey

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Five Cloud Questions Every CIO Needs To Know How To Answer

Five Cloud Questions Every CIO Needs To Know How To Answer

The Hot Seat Five cloud questions every CIO needs to know how to answer The cloud is a powerful thing, but here in the CloudTweaks community, we already know that. The challenge we have is validating the value it brings to today’s enterprise. Below, let’s review five questions we need to be ready to address…

Cloud Computing – The Game Changer

Cloud Computing – The Game Changer

Global Cloud Index In October, Cisco released its Global Cloud Index (GCI) report for 2014-2019, projecting a near 3-fold growth of global data center traffic, with predictions that this traffic will reach 8.6 zettabytes (cloud data center traffic) and 10.4 zettabytes (total data center traffic) per year in 2019 and 80% of it will come…

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Computing And SMEs

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Computing And SMEs

Cloud Computing And SMEs SMEs (Small/Medium Sized Enterprises) make up the bulk of businesses today. Most cloud based applications created today are geared toward the SME market. Accounting, Storage, Backup services are just a few of them. According to the European Commission, cloud based technology could help 80% of organisations reduce costs by 10-20%. This infographic provided…

Cloud Computing Offers Key Benefits For Small, Medium Businesses

Cloud Computing Offers Key Benefits For Small, Medium Businesses

Cloud Computing Benefits A growing number of small and medium businesses in the United States rely on as a means of deploying mission-critical software products. Prior to the advent of cloud-based products — software solutions delivered over the Internet – companies were often forced to invest in servers and other products to run software and…

Mobile Connected Technologies – The Future Of The Healthcare Industry

Mobile Connected Technologies – The Future Of The Healthcare Industry

Mobile Connected Technologies Clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities are embracing new mobile technologies in order to be more efficient in their daily tasks. With faster communication and better collaboration, clinicians can spend much less time handling medical devices and more time administering care to their patients. Industry experts are stating that mobile connected technologies…

Cost of the Cloud: Is It Really Worth It?

Cost of the Cloud: Is It Really Worth It?

Cost of the Cloud Cloud computing is more than just another storage tier. Imagine if you’re able to scale up 10x just to handle seasonal volumes or rely on a true disaster-recovery solution without upfront capital. Although the pay-as-you-go pricing model of cloud computing makes it a noticeable expense, it’s the only solution for many…

Cloud Infographic – Big Data Analytics Trends

Cloud Infographic – Big Data Analytics Trends

Big Data Analytics Trends As data information and cloud computing continues to work together, the need for data analytics continues to grow. Many tech firms predict that big data volume will grow steadily 40% per year and in 2020, will grow up to 50 times that. This growth will also bring a number of cost…

Cloud Computing Price War Rages On

Cloud Computing Price War Rages On

Cloud Computing Price War There’s little question that the business world is a competitive place, but probably no area in business truly defines cutthroat quite like cloud computing. At the moment, we are witnessing a heated price war pitting some of the top cloud providers against each other, all in a big way to attract…

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Low Cost Cloud Computing Gives Rise To Startups

Low Cost Cloud Computing Gives Rise To Startups

Balancing The Playing Field For Startups According to a Goldman Sachs report, cloud infrastructure and platform spending could reach $43 billion by 2018, which is up $16 billion from last year, representing a growth of around 30% from 2013 said the analyst. This phenomenal growth is laying the foundation for a new breed of startup…

Digital Marketing Hubs And The Cloud

Digital Marketing Hubs And The Cloud

Digital Market Hubs Gartner’s recently released research, Magic Quadrant for Digital Marketing Hubs, recognizes the big four marketing cloud vendors as leaders, but also points to many challengers. Adobe, Marketo, Oracle, and Salesforce inhabit the leader’s block of the Magic Quadrant, reflecting both their growing capabilities as well as marketing technology platform scopes. Gartner believes…

Are Cloud Solutions Secure Enough Out-of-the-box?

Are Cloud Solutions Secure Enough Out-of-the-box?

Out-of-the-box Cloud Solutions Although people may argue that data is not safe in the Cloud because using cloud infrastructure requires trusting another party to look after mission critical data, cloud services actually are more secure than legacy systems. In fact, a recent study on the state of cloud security in the enterprise market revealed that…

What the Dyn DDoS Attacks Taught Us About Cloud-Only EFSS

What the Dyn DDoS Attacks Taught Us About Cloud-Only EFSS

DDoS Attacks October 21st, 2016 went into the annals of Internet history for the large scale Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that made popular Internet properties like Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify and Box inaccessible to many users in the US. The DDoS attack happened in three waves targeting DNS service provider Dyn, resulting in a total of about…

Why Security Practitioners Need To Apply The 80-20 Rules To Data Security

Why Security Practitioners Need To Apply The 80-20 Rules To Data Security

The 80-20 Rule For Security Practitioners  Everyday we learn about yet another egregious data security breach, exposure of customer data or misuse of data. It begs the question why in this 21st century, as a security industry we cannot seem to secure our most valuable data assets when technology has surpassed our expectations in other regards.…

How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

How Formal Verification Can Thwart  Breaches Formal verification is not a new concept. In a nutshell, the process uses sophisticated math to prove or disprove whether a system achieves its desired functional specifications. It is employed by organizations that build products that absolutely cannot fail. One of the reasons NASA rovers are still roaming Mars…

The Future Of Cloud Storage And Sharing…

The Future Of Cloud Storage And Sharing…

Box.net, Amazon Cloud Drive The online (or cloud) storage business has always been a really interesting industry. When we started Box in 2005, it was a somewhat untouchable category of technology, perceived to be a commodity service with low margins and little consumer willingness to pay. All three of these factors remain today, but with…

The Cancer Moonshot: Collaboration Is Key

The Cancer Moonshot: Collaboration Is Key

Cancer Moonshot In his final State of the Union address in January 2016, President Obama announced a new American “moonshot” effort: finding a cure for cancer. The term “moonshot” comes from one of America’s greatest achievements, the moon landing. If the scientific community can achieve that kind of feat, then surely it can rally around…

Virtual Immersion And The Extension/Expansion Of Virtual Reality

Virtual Immersion And The Extension/Expansion Of Virtual Reality

Virtual Immersion And Virtual Reality This is a term I created (Virtual Immersion). Ah…the sweet smell of Virtual Immersion Success! Virtual Immersion© (VI) an extension/expansion of Virtual Reality to include the senses beyond visual and auditory. Years ago there was a television commercial for a bathing product called Calgon. The tagline of the commercial was Calgon…

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…

Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

The Catch 22 The very same year Marc Andreessen famously said that software was eating the world, the Chief Information Officer of the United States was announcing a major Cloud First goal. That was 2011. Five years later, as both the private and public sectors continue to adopt cloud-based software services, we’re interested in this…