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Avaya Reimagines The Possibilities Of Communications With Zang

Avaya Reimagines The Possibilities Of Communications With Zang

Possibilities of Communications with Zang

Zang delivers the first all-in-one cloud communication and applications-as-a-service platform that lets anyone build custom, communications-enabled apps

Enterprise Connect 2016, Orlando, Fla. Booth #1707—March 9, 2016— Avaya today unveiled Zang,™ an innovative cloud communications platform and communication applications- as- a-service that revolutionizes the way businesses can use communications to connect with their customers and employees.

With 79% of IT teams currently developing apps for customers, partners and employees, 100% cloud-based Zang offers easy to use drag and drop tools, pre-built applications and robust APIs that make it possible for anyone to leverage the best of the web to quickly build and deploy applications that communications-enable consumer or enterprise applications and services.

What’s unique and exciting about Zang?

  • Zang combines a communications platform-as-a service (cPaaS) with rapid app development, which allows quick and easy creation of infinitely customizable communication experiences.
  • Zang communication applications work standalone or can be embedded into other applications, providing ultimate flexibility.
  • Out-of-the-box applications like Zang’s persistent team collaboration solution scales from a few users to thousands that are secure and accessible from mobile and desktop devices.
  • Zang connects popular collaboration apps like Google Hangouts with business solutions like or SAP for a seamless user experience.
  • Zang comes with simple SDKs, sample apps and the ability to use other third-party communications apps, which speed adoption and value creation.

Smart apps built on Zang allow people to define how they want to work and connect. Zang enables easy “click-to-connect” communications with high quality video, chat, voice, SMS and document sharing from mobile, web or desktop environments. Unlike other solutions today that offer rudimentary APIs, Zang’s highly interoperable platform provides complete workflow automation and sophisticated application development capabilities. This means developers end-users can use Zang apps with other communications apps like Cisco Spark, Skype for Business, and Google Hangouts to enable every day work applications and customers’ favorite touch-points.

Zang is already proven with customers. Thousands of developers have been using Zang’s communications services, including TelTech Corporation, whose TapeACall app is currently the #4 top grossing app in the business category of the iTunes app store.

The Zang communications platform is now available in the U.S. Companies that want to add voice and SMS capabilities to their mobile and web applications and services can do so by signing up for Zang services at


The confluence of cloud applications and marketplaces with the ubiquity and availability of mobile devices is driving a focus on communication as an escalation point from within other applications. Companies are looking to augment existing environments with open and extensible API-based apps that can syndicate a number of app services to quickly deliver mass scale for the user base.”

— Vanessa Thompson, research vice president, Collaboration & Communities, IDC

We are truly excited to unveil Zang today in front of thousands at the Enterprise Connect event. With Zang, Avaya continues to change the way companies communicate with customers and employees. Zang helps connect the right people to the right information at the right time via the right communications media to drive better outcomes.

–Gary E. Barnett, SVP and GM, Avaya Engagement Solutions

Similar to how WordPress made it easy to design a website, Zang enables anyone to build and deploy a communications app without needing technical expertise.  For instance, with Zang’s drag-and-drop functionality, an office manager at the dentist can create a personalized mobile app for patients to automate reminders. The possibilities are limited only to the imaginations of end-users.

–Mohammad Nezarati, GM, Zang, Inc. 

Note to the media: join a live teleconference with Gary Barnett and Mo Nezarati at 11:45 a.m. Eastern  to hear additional details.  Dial: 888-632-3384    Conference ID: AV0309

Listeners should access the call 10 minutes before the start time to ensure they are connected prior to the beginning of the call.  A replay of the conference call will be available beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on March 9 and available through March 12, 2016. Replay dial in: 800-727-5306 or 402-220-2670. Conference ID: AV0309

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About Avaya

Avaya is a leading provider of solutions that enable customer and team engagement across multiple channels and devices for better customer experience, increased productivity and enhanced financial performance. Its world-class contact center and unified communications technologies and services are available in a wide variety of flexible on-premises and cloud deployment options that seamlessly integrate with non-Avaya applications. The Avaya Engagement Environment enables third parties to create and customize business applications for competitive advantage.  The Avaya fabric-based networking solutions help simplify and accelerate the deployment of business critical applications and services.  For more information please visit

About Zang, Inc.

As the industry’s first all-in-one cloud communications platform and applications-as-a-service, Zang makes it easy to add communications as a natural part of any app or browser experience.   Zang helps developers to easily and quickly build in high quality communications instantly into their apps, allowing companies to dramatically enhance their communications experience internally and externally. With Zang, you can take advantage of the best of the web through the apps services and APIs available today at

Is Fear Holding Back a Next Generation of Cyber Security Approaches?

Is Fear Holding Back a Next Generation of Cyber Security Approaches?

Next Generation of Cyber Security

As I walked through RSA last week, I was struck by the usual fear laden messages “You’re not safe and never will be but I (vendor) have a silver bullet that will protect you.” And, I wondered if this fear-based approach is deterring a badly needed next generation of cyber security approaches.

For as long as I have been in the security industry, the focus has been on selling fear and today that fear is firmly anchored around cyber attacks and what could happen when attackers compromise your network and get a hold of your data. As much as the specter of cyber attacks is real the paranoia and hysteria that accompanies it often gets in the way of finding real solutions. While there were some new and innovative technologies on show at RSA this year, many vendors are still touting yesteryear technologies and approaches.

Expanding Data Networks


In the workplace, digitization has changed how we work – it goes beyond the devices we use and where and when we work, and more to the tools and data and our interactions with a expanding networks of people and data. Yet, despite the fear around security breaches, there are few security approaches that truly focus on securing at the data layer with a contextual focus on people and the expanding number of applications in use today.

Digitization increasingly shapes our everyday lives. It’s changed how we manage our personal finances and how we form networks and connect with people socially. Yet despite much media hype around increasing cybercrime, approaches to staying safe online are seem lax compared to the precautions that people might take with their physical safety. For example, parents who would not leave their children unsupervised while outdoors will let young children play on Internet-connected tablet devices, without adequate safety precautions, potentially putting their children at risk at being exposed and in the longer term being exploited online.

So how do we usher in a next generation of cyber security approaches

  • Children need online safety programs as part of their curriculum. And, to do this successfully, requires that resources also be injected into teacher training and awareness of where to focus and how to make cyber security enticing.
  • Parents and families need to get involved. A key finding from a recent study Addressing Gender Gaps in Teens Cyber Security and Self Efficacy was that teen girls were likely to develop confidence and interest in cybersecurity through informal approaches. It’s a great opportunity for cybersecurity practitioners to become role models and mentors to a younger generation.
  • I noted earlier that many cyber security approaches lag as much as 10 years behind the business landscape. Overhauling industry approaches is difficult when approaches and toolsets have been in use for decades. That’s where reverse mentoring can play a role. Partnering with young people is not just about them learning from us; it’s about what we can learn from them.
  • It’s time to finally drop the fear-based messaging. That would help us focus on what really needs to be fixed versus exploiting fear.

By Evelyn de Souza

IoT: Connected Manufacturing Leads To Service as a Product

IoT: Connected Manufacturing Leads To Service as a Product

Connected Manufacturing

A car is driven back to its home garage for the night, and its data port is plugged in. Then, some exciting things happen. First off, the car sends diagnostic information back to the manufacturer to cross-check against any systems that require repair, maintenance, or replacement. The manufacturer then downloads a selection of new driver experiences, including a different acceleration style (choice of sporty or smooth), improved navigation and mapping software, and new stay-in-lane safety features.

This is not a vision of some distant future. These things are happening now with certain brands of cars, and they will expand quickly across much of the retail and industrial automotive landscape. It is a subtle example of the power and diversity of the Internet of Things – the capacity for all types of machines, not simply computers and phones, but every kind of device or tool to communicate, primarily by way of the Internet.


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A vital observation from a business standpoint is the fact that so much of the value of this car company now lies with the transfer of data. The car is as physical a product as ever, but the current that drives everything forward, from design to manufacturing to sales to aftermarket monetization, is data.

Connected Manufacturing

From an outside perspective, the Internet of Things offers an unlimited selection of innovations, ranging from an electric toothbrush that monitors correct brushing style, through to tire pressure sensors in truck fleets to geolocation sensors attached to livestock. The potential for their use is limitless, and this includes on the factory floor. Connected Manufacturing is the industrial application of the Internet of Things. It ushers in a revolution in manufacturing, on par with Ford’s development of mass production and the mid-20th-century development of Just-In-Time logistics.


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Proactive analytics, for example, helps a device identify future needs, such as when a part might fail, when it requires service, or when supplies need to be ordered. When the machine itself can dispatch the appropriate commands to a human or another machine, it ensures smooth, safe and economical operation.

Distributed intelligence allows for greater degrees of personalization. In healthcare, medical device dashboards can reflect an individual patient’s information and requirements. At home, an intelligent refrigerator can automatically add needed items to a grocery list or grocery delivery service. In manufacturing, greater capacity opens up for customized production according to an individual customer’s requirement without extensive retooling or downtime. The machines themselves can decide how best to approach the project and self-organize to get each job done.

Intelligence Through Data 

The universal availability of data and its intelligence allows decision-makers, designers, account reps and everyone else in the supply chain to share necessary information, opening up opportunities for enhanced sales and support, improved internal management, customer service, and innovation.


Connected manufacturing is a type of cornucopia, a perpetual source of sustenance for every business and manufacturer primarily because of the data that it makes available. But it demands a change in mindset, even for those that deal in heavy tangible goods, since the same intelligence that powers the manufacturing process now modifies the management model.

Companies are now becoming purveyors of information and providers of services. Rather than sell, or even lease a piece of heavy machinery to a customer, a business may realize greater overall revenues by providing services, such as maintenance, training, and supplies. They can attract and retain essential customer data to facilitate up-sells, and innovative aftermarket monetization opportunities. This idea of not selling a product, but retaining ownership of it and delivering services instead, requires significant flexibility on the part of corporate decision-makers, long used to a more traditional approach to commerce and business. It is the result of a chain of processes that starts with the Internet of Things, moves through connected manufacturing and winds up in the service industry.

Business leaders who are contemplating a move into the world of the Internet of Things must ensure their education travels along two streams: first is understanding the sheer diversity and versatility of IOT technologies, and how to implement them into the manufacturing and delivery stream. Second and arguably the most important is the flipped notion of “you-as-a-service.” No matter how tangible or long-standing a company’s products may be, their value now lies in the information halo that surrounds it. Machine-to-machine communication leads to data; data leads to information, and information becomes the key to every company’s future.

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By Steve Prentice

Cloud Tools For Managing Your Virtual Office

Cloud Tools For Managing Your Virtual Office

Virtual Office Cloud Tools

Today, those with the necessary skill sets and employment experience are scattered across the globe, and virtual offices allow you to employ the right person for the right job, even if your head office is far from a particular talent pool. But managing remote offices and personnel requires a certain finesse not necessarily needed in a physical office. Thankfully, the cloud provides the structure and tools necessary to ensure fast communication and collaboration, reliable project management, and secure storage and operations.

Collaboration & Communication


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Efficient business environments require regular, often real-time, communication, and various cloud-based software and app solutions make this possible. Organizations are able to go so far as archiving employee discussions for later reference via ‘chat rooms’ that make inter-office communication easy, and these solutions typically include mobile apps which let employees stay in touch wherever they are. A few solutions such as Convo, Flowdock, Slack, and Yammer provide basic versions at no cost, as well as a range of upgrades for purchase once you’re sold on their functionality.

Once the underlying communication system is in place collaboration is a lot simpler, but there’s a separate range of cloud tools designed specifically to enhance the cooperation of various virtual teammates. Allowing your workforce to collaborate on documents, presentations, code, and whatever else they might be teaming up on, cloud collaboration tools help prevent overlap while ensuring the job gets done. Hackpad and Evernote provide many document collaboration tools; Github stands as a fast and secure code receptacle and version control system; and XMind and MindMeister are some of the big players used for brainstorming ideas.

Project Management

Depending on your preferred development method, a comprehensive collection of cloud-based project management tools are available, but a few of the major providers are Asana, Basecamp, Jira, and Trello. These tools allow the delegation of tasks and progress monitoring, and the primary interface typically acts as the command hub with projects listed and linked to associated tasks. Project managers can create teams, assign tasks, and set deadlines, and those involved in each project are then able to update their own progress and track that of other project members.

Storage & Security

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It’s important to understand the difference between cloud storage and cloud backup, but ultimately, they’re both necessary tools. Storing files on the cloud provides access across remote offices, and both SpiderOak and TeamDrive offer encrypted cloud storage solutions – along with many, many others. Using a storage service that offers synchronization is a must, as these solutions ensure the most up-to-date versions of files are available to all connected devices. Backing up workstations is a separate, essential function allowing the storage of the contents of multiple devices in one account. IBackup, Carbonite, and Mozy are a few of the enterprise solutions with easy management for multiple devices, fast upload speeds, and a host of useful add-ons.

Finally, just as in physical offices, security is a necessary element that needs to be considered. Along with the obvious anti-virus software requirements and reliable and responsible service provider testing, password control needs to be implemented. LastPass, Dashlane, and KeyPass are password managers with business and team capabilities that help employees follow correct password protocol and keep your remote offices protected.

By Jennifer Klostermann

Women In Technology

Women In Technology

Technology  Trends

Though the IT industry, in general, isn’t known for its staff diversity, there are many women who’ve made a significant impact on the industry and achieved great success. It’s interesting to note that on average 20% of startups globally are founded by women, female tech placements are growing 238% faster than their male counterparts, and in 2015 Forbes rated Jenny Lee, Managing Partner of GGV Capital, the top venture capitalist of the year.



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Chicago boasts the largest number of tech startups founded by women at 30%, but various other global locations are seeing progress here, too. Tel Aviv reported 20% of tech startups founded by women, Montreal 22%, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur 19%, Paris 21%, and Moscow 17%. The North American continent, however, shows the greatest progress, featuring the top five cities with the largest number of tech startups founded by women, and between 2009 and 2014, the number of tech startups in the US with at least one female founder doubled from 9.5% to 18%. Top industries for women CIOs are energy, financial services, and manufacturing, and in 2015, BNY Mellon won the award for best company for women in tech.



Forbes’ Top 5 World’s Most Powerful Women in Tech 2015 lists Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, in the number one position, followed by YouTube CEO, Susan Wojcicki, IBM CEO, Ginni Rometty, HP CEO, Meg Whitman, and Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer. Fortune 500 companies showed a growth of 43% in female CIOs between 2012 and 2014, and today 6 of the Fortune 15 companies have female CIOs. Though only 7% of the 100 richest tech billionaires are women, this number is growing, and female tech billionaires span the globe from Zhou Qunfei in Hong Kong, to Meg Whitman in Canada, to Denise Coates in the United Kingdom, and Judy Faulkner in the United States.

Funding By and For Women

With only 11.8% of startups founded by women making the C round of funding, it’s no surprise that just 7% of venture capital financing in the US goes to companies led by female CEOs. But a few organizations are trying to change this, and today we have a good selection of venture capital firms that only fund startups led by women, including Aligned Partners, Belle Capital, Cowboy Ventures, and Golden Seeds.

Research has found that women typically leave tech positions due to poor working conditions, difficult work-life balance, lack of interest, and inferior company environments. May continue their working careers in non-technical jobs though a similar number move to self-employment in the tech industry, and some join startup companies. Implementing mentoring programs and providing flexible working hours and networking opportunities with the possibility of personal development is a starting strategy for retaining women in tech and ensuring workforce diversity.

By Jennifer Klostermann

Jargon Free: The Three Real Main Benefits of Cloud IAM Solutions

Jargon Free: The Three Real Main Benefits of Cloud IAM Solutions

Main Benefits of Cloud IAM Solutions

There are significant discussions concerning cloud applications and software solutions, such as identity and access management (IAM) solutions, which are used in conjunction with them. These articles often discuss complex technical reasons and benefits, which may be difficult for a non-technical person to understand.

Cloud applications and cloud IAM solutions go hand in hand. This is because many of the benefits of cloud applications cannot be realized without a management solution in place. Without all of the technical concepts, what are these benefits, though? Perhaps the following points can help. These are three straight forward, easy-to-understand reasons why cloud identity management solutions are beneficial when implemented with cloud applications.

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Elimination of Manual Account Management Tasks

Manual account management for any type of application is time consuming. Admins must manually enter and create accounts in each application for a new user, which can also lead to errors. For cloud applications, providers often try to mitigate this issue by offering a web-browser where managers can control access to the cloud application directly. However, they rarely automatically provision processes and this necessitates a sequence of manual operations.

One of the most important benefits of cloud IAM solutions is that they work seamlessly with both in-house and cloud applications, so that admins can manage both from one dashboard. This allows an HR employee or manager who is creating accounts for a new employee to easily check off which accounts need to be created in any applications, and the accounts will automatically be provisioned in near real time. This allows for accounts to be created quickly and easily, so that end users don’t need to wait around for the access that they need.

Increased Security

When an organization begins to use several different cloud applications it becomes difficult to ensure that the correct people have the proper access to them. Users may have access to systems and applications that they shouldn’t, leaving the company’s data unsecure. Often over time, employees are granted access for a project, when another employee is on vacation, etc., and that access is never revoked. Additionally, it needs to be guaranteed that cloud application access is disabled once an employee leaves the organization. This step is often overlooked since a manager needs to manually disable the employee account in each application that they must access.

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IAM solutions allow for many different resolutions. A manager can first easily generate a report that shows exactly who has access to what, as well as any changes that they are making in that system. Many solutions also support workflow management. With workflow management and self-service, employees and managers themselves can request, check and approve facilities without any IT intervention. For example, an employee may request access to an application, a project or to view reports. The approval process is part of a structured workflow. The manager can authorize the request and it can be implemented immediately in the network, or they deny the request and the employee will not receive access. This not only dramatically improves efficiency, but this access also assists with managing an organization’s security. When an employee requests additional access or a new account, these established access rights ensure that only the correct people are providing the permission.

This process also allows a manager to easily disable the accounts of an employee who has left the organization, which ensures security of the network and data. They simply disable the user account in the solution and all connected accounts are automatically disabled.

Ease of use for remote employees

Another main issue is that cloud applications have great benefits for remote employees. These employees may access their work from anywhere at any time that they need to get their work completed. Without the correct cloud solutions in place, though, these main benefit may have some issues. For example, think of an employee who is working late at night, or is on the go and forgets one of their many, complex passwords. They aren’t able to contact the helpdesk to reset their password, which hinders them from getting quick access.


Password solutions such as single sign-on and self-service password reset, seamlessly work with in-house and cloud applications so that the organization can provide these solutions to all employees. Cloud SSO allows users to have a single set of credentials for all of their applications, so that they don’t need to enter numerous sets of credentials. This is extremely convenient for an employee who works on the go and needs to quickly log into their portal and access all of their applications. Self-service password reset solutions allow the employee the opportunity to reset their own password after correctly answering several security questions, without needing to contact the helpdesk. Remote employees, or employees who work after hours, benefit greatly from this since they are able to address any issues themselves even after the helpdesk’s regular business hours.

These are the three greatest benefits of cloud IAM solutions, without any technical jargon. Anyone, whether technical or not, can easily see that these solutions compliment cloud applications and allow their benefits to be seen without any major issues.

By Dean Wiech

The Road To Cloud Billing As A Service

The Road To Cloud Billing As A Service

The Road To Cloud Billing

With cloud services becoming more widespread and complex, cost management and billing require greater consideration and better facilitation, and just as one-size-fits-all cloud solutions are no longer practical, so too must pricing structures evolve and be tailored to individual clients. The global cloud billing services market features an array of vendors, and competition is fierce between the top players seeking to gain pole position while smaller vendors emerge with their own innovations and allures. Making sure the service you choose ticks the right boxes can mean the benefits of time saving, cost reduction, and superior client service, to name but a few.

Cloud Billing as a Service

Though CFOs have traditionally preferred capital expenditure over operating expenses thanks to the advantages of amortization and depreciation of investments over time, the tendency to shift IT investment from CapEx to OpEx is growing as the rapid advancement of technology makes IT infrastructure needs less and less predictable. Just as cloud computing promises flexible IT solutions that allow businesses to react quickly to changing circumstances, so cloud billing links the essential components of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) to provide the tools to monetize cloud offerings, along with the necessary agility to adapt and develop with the ever-changing landscape.


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Managing cloud consumption within a company or service provider requires a culture shift, and cloud billing helps make this move by providing organizations with the correct set of tools to manage functional accounting requirements such as quotations, invoices and statements, payment schemes, and user identification via the cloud, combined with the non-functional but as essential security and scalability requirements so advantageous in a cloud environment. The change in relevant management processes further allows organizations to leverage robust cloud billing solutions, providing usage-based and recurring revenue models through user-friendly and flexible platforms. And cloud billing solutions help ensure accurate usage metering, allow defined multi-service and multi-level costing, enable maximized revenue through accurate billing, and offer customers value thanks to relevant promotion and discount functions.

Optimizing AWS Cloud Resource Management

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a leading secure cloud platform with an annual revenue of around $10 billion and approximately 2,500 certified partners. It delivers database storage, compute power, content delivery, and further functionality to help organizations scale and grow. Along with the broad range of core cloud infrastructure services provided, AWS promises to accelerate cloud success through their rich platform services such as analytics, mobile services, enterprise applications, and Internet of Things (IoT) while improving operational efficiency and developer productivity through management and developer tools.


However, any offering with such a range and depth of features is consequently intricate, and many users find it difficult to navigate. Herein lies a sub-industry of organizations able to optimize cloud platforms such as AWS and ensure better utilization. CloudMGR is one such organization reducing AWS bills considerably while ensuring the day-to-day management of cloud resources is easier, faster, and more automated.

Optimizing AWS Billing and Cost Management

Providing solutions for both next-gen MSPs with their cloud-first approaches and successful integration of SaaS and DevOps key to their managed service business models, as well as Managed Service Providers (MSP), CloudMGR has launched new services including AWS Billing and AWS Cost Management to provide existing partners with the ability to offer new recurring models and new providers quicker entry into the market. The AWS Billing service lets partners manage their cloud billing relationship with the customer, further augmenting CloudMGR services which simplify AWS cloud management and assist AWS cost optimization. Additionally, the AWS Cost Management service caters to customers billed directly by AWS, providing the opportunity for cost consulting. These solutions can be employed with either AWS direct billing or AWS distribution partners billing services, further assisting companies to capitalize on cloud computing by making AWS easier to use.

By Jennifer Klostermann

Encryption – The First Line Of Defense For Big Data

Encryption – The First Line Of Defense For Big Data

Encryption and Big Data

According to estimates by Hewlett Packard, the average U.S. firm can expect to lose $15 million each year as a result of cybercrime. This number is twice the global average, but it is a preventable expense. As data continues to migrate to the cloud, the cost of bad security will only continue to rise. Threats to digital commerce are no longer as simple as email attachments or phony messages from Nigerian princes. DDOS attacks can bring your entire business to a crawl. Social engineers can gain access to admin level accounts with a five minute phone call. Packet sniffer programs can let hackers pear into private data to gain access to information needed to steal an identity. By using strong security protocols and in depth encryption, companies can avoid the massive impact that cybercrime can cause.


The Transport Security Layer and Secure Socket Layer are both part of the standard suite of internet protocols. The term SSL is used to refer to both, and encrypting the SSL is one of the main ways that businesses try to guard against unlawful access. The simplest kind of protection is a key exchange. In this method, both parties hold a public and private key. The public key works similarly to a padlock where the private key is the matching key.


When data is sent, the sender encrypts the data with the public key of the receiver, and the receiver will use their private key to unlock the data. This is a difficult encryption to break, but it is not foolproof.

The SSL will also use Cipher suite encryption to further protect data. This process begins by both the sender and recipient “handshaking“; establishing the desired method of encryption and other protocols to be used in their communication. This handshake includes a key exchange but it also has three other key features: the bulk encryption of all data sent (including the keys), the message authentication code (so hackers can’t insert their own false messages into the conversation), and the pseudorandom function (which defines a random starting point for the values of all keys used in the encrypted session).

With the full Cipher suite in deployment, most data can be deemed mostly safe. No security system is perfect, and data being mostly safe is often as good as it needs to be. However, for some of the most important transactions, mostly safe is simply not enough.

It is impossible to be 100% secure against a hacker, but it is possible to be not worth the effort. Once your data becomes so secure that hackers have no profit margins from breaking in, they will stop expending the effort. To that end, a further level of security is needed. While the basic SSL suites are effective, they are also common targets of attacks. What is needed is a third party proprietary suite that encrypts data in more advanced ways.

Monitoring Encrypted Traffic

According to Blue Coat, the first key beyond standard suites is the monitoring of encrypted traffic. Many attacks on the cloud are encrypted to make detection without opening the data difficult. Advanced security suites are able to scan for these encrypted suites without allowing the dirty data onto your network. In the event an attack does make it into the network, modern suites are equipped with highly advanced analytic tools that help to quickly identify the breach and work to prevent this attacker from gaining unrestricted access.

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After the attack, third party protection companies provide the analysis of what happened that is needed to identify and close loopholes in security. They look at how the attacker got in, what they could access, when the threat was detected, and help to detail the actions needed to ensure this sort of attack can cause no further harm.

In an age of cloud based companies and global workspaces, bad cyber security is even more costly than leaving the front door unlocked all night. With due diligence, SSL encryption methods, and the help of a third party software suite, companies can mitigate large portions of the cost of cybercrime.

cameron-johnsonBy Cameron Johnson

Cameron a business consultant specializing in cybersecurity and big data. Cameron has also had the opportunity to speak at international conferences and was recently recognized as one of the world’s top 100 experts to follow on social media.

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

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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…

Digital Transformation: Not Just For Large Enterprises Anymore

Digital Transformation: Not Just For Large Enterprises Anymore

Digital Transformation Digital transformation is the acceleration of business activities, processes, and operational models to fully embrace the changes and opportunities of digital technologies. The concept is not new; we’ve been talking about it in one way or another for decades: paperless office, BYOD, user experience, consumerization of IT – all of these were stepping…

Cloud-based GRC Intelligence Supports Better Business Performance

Cloud-based GRC Intelligence Supports Better Business Performance

Cloud-based GRC Intelligence All businesses need a strategy and processes for governance, risk and compliance (GRC). Many still view GRC activity as a burdensome ‘must-do,’ approaching it reactively and managing it with non-specialized tools. GRC is a necessary business endeavor but it can be elevated from a cost drain to a value-add activity. By integrating…


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