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How A Hotel Data Breach Can Affect You

How a Hotel Data Breach Can Affect You

The hospitality and travel industry are the largest industry in the world as billions of dollars are spent every year by companies and individuals as they take vacations and business trips. The hospitality industry has grown considerably since the addition of online reservation options, and so has identity theft. Hospitality venues host a large amount of information in their databases. From personal information of thousands of guests each year to employee information, a hotel database covers it all, making it a perfect target for criminals.

Hotels have become a hot target for criminals looking for a quick score or an identity to use. Names, addresses, email addresses, financial data and more can be found in a hotel database. Many even have reward options which cover a more extensive amount of personal information which is ripe for the picking if a hotel data base is breached. Most travelers have no idea how a hotel database breach can affect them. Below is more information on how a breach can affect you and what you can do to maintain your identity.


A data breach is when an outside source gains access to a company’s data base, in this case, a hotel chain. The breach will give the outside source access to all the information listed in the database. This means that credit card information is accessed which gives the criminal the ability to charge your credit card if they so choose. A data breach at a hotel has been known to happen and is usually done by a hacker intrusion. When this happens the hotel must take certain precautions to protect their customers as well as themselves.

Hotel Liability

In most states, the hotel is required to contact anyone who could potentially be impacted by the breach. This gives the customer the option to cut off their credit cards, notify their banks, etc. and potentially head off any access to their accounts. If the information allows a criminal to access a customer’s personal account then the hotel can be liable. Businesses are supposed to state their security procedures, so you are well aware of what you are getting into.

What You Can Do To Prevent Breach of Your Information

There are a few steps you can take to prevent a breach of your information. One is to use banks that monitor your purchase history. This way, if your information is gathered by a criminal, they will catch any suspicious activity. Since most people secure a reservation with a credit card, this is a smart action to take. You can also use the same card every time you check into a hotel. This will avoid more than one card or account being accessed if a breach takes place.

If you feel lucky, you can just show up at a hotel and pay cash. However, they will most likely ask for a credit card to put on file for any damages or charges that may incur during your stay. This can still put your information at risk, so find out the procedures and see if an option is available for you to feel more secure.

It is also crucial to be aware of online security measures. We all use the internet access available at our hotel. It is also necessary to make sure that this option is secure as well. It is best to use only a verified secure connection and still is safer to stay away from websites with your personal information or those that require passwords to enter.

A breach of data at a hotel can and will happen. It is best for you to understand what happens in this instance and how best to go about handling your accounts so that your identity cannot be stolen. Speak with your bank and credit card providers on a regular basis to ensure that you are covered if an instance like this was to occur.

By Michelle Patterson

Michelle is a Marketer and Writer for the new start up company GuestDoor 

Five Ways To Boost Your Cloud’s Security

Five Ways To Boost Your Cloud’s Security

Cloud Security

There is no disputing the fact that Cloud computing is on the rise. Regardless of myths and rumors, Cloud computing is steadily becoming a more viable for various applications and uses. As such, the Cloud works by using the Internet for the storage and transmission of voice, data, and video. In doing so, adoption typically allows for cost efficiency, increased productivity, greater mobility, better interconnectivity of users, improved accessibility and flexibility, and more. That being said, it is not surprising to see more and more users, as well as companies (throughout various industries) both adopt and implement the platform. For example, companies like Apple (iCloud), Google (Google Drive), Cisco (WebEx Collaboration), and Sony (Playstation 4) have or plan to utilize the cloud to further their offerings. Though the cloud can be a highly effective tool, there are some disadvantages that hold the platform from even wider adoption. Chief among these potential detriments is security.

As stated above, the cloud moves data across the Internet, networks, and various mobile and wireless devices. In doing so, users’ systems become more susceptible to data breaches and hacks. This can be due to a number of factors including insecure interfaces, data loss or leakage, as well as account/service hijacking. While security has gotten better, it is still a primary concern of those considering adoption; however, though these threats are real, and should not be taken lightly, they should not wholly deter users away from Cloud usage. Instead, they should inform users. Currently, there are a number of methods available to beef up users’ cloud security. Though some are more effective than others, each is sure to fortify users’ platforms.


Users should be familiar with the ins and outs of their system. If they are, they are better able and prepared to prevent, scan, identify, assess, and combat security threats. Inversely, if a user is unfamiliar with their system, it is less likely that they will be able to act on any impending threats. Monitoring the security of your cloud is different from that of operations/performance. While security monitoring is less advanced as its performance counterpart, it can still be an effective tool. Monitoring is ultimately the user’s responsibility; therefore, users should stay actively engaged with their systems. Additionally, there are a variety of monitoring options available, each with different tools and focuses. In selecting one for their system users should be sure their solution is inclusive—i.e. software assessment, configuration security monitoring, server account admin, authentications, etc.

Knowledge Base/Familiarity:

More tactic than tool, knowledge base and familiarity are not dissimilar from monitoring. As users must actively engage their systems to better understand its workings, it would serve one well to examine other models and categories too. There is more than one type of cloud; there is Public, Private, and Hybrid. That being said, users should research the functionality, limitations, benefits, and disadvantages of each before selecting one. In doing so, they will be able to select the best option for your intended use. Additionally, they will be better able to monitor as they will know the general workings of the platform.


Regardless of how well users monitor their systems, if one does not implore encryptions with their data, they are doomed to have a security breach. Encryption refers to the process of reappropriating information/data stored, processed, and transferred through networks, the Internet and mobile and wireless devices in order to keep it from prying eyes. In doing so, it typically converts clear text data into cyphertext—which cannot be accessed via unauthorized persons. Aside from this, there are a variety of encryption methods available.

For example, Tokenization, which replaces sensitive field data (i.e. credit/debit card number, social security number, etc.) with an alternate data called a token. This method is preemptive and is effective when users take a data centric protection approach—meaning information is secured before moving it into the cloud. For example, an admin encrypts all backup data before moving it into the storage cloud.


While it is useful to learn from mistakes, it is not always the best route. This is especially true with the Cloud platform. Users will likely store, transfer, and receive a ton of personal information in using the cloud. That said, even the slightest breach of security can be disastrous. Security failures can be caused from ignorance, inexperience, and/or ineptitude, While Knowledgebase and Familiarity work to reduce ignorance, and Monitoring remedies inexperience, how can users counteract ineptitude? The answer is checklists. It is extremely common for easy tasks to get compounded into something else. As users then work to overcome new issues, they may forget to monitor pre-existing ones. Checklists can help users effectively secure their system. By making a log of all the necessary steps, redundancies, procedures, etc. users are more apt to maintain quality security.


As mentioned above, security vulnerabilities, as well as other mistakes, are often a result of human blunders—i.e. inexperience, ignorance, etc. That being said, users may want to seek out automation as it automatically improves security. Cloud ecosystems are very complex; therefore, manual configuration can be outrageously time consuming, harrowing, and expensive. With that in mind, there are a number of automated provisioning tools that are not only more cost and time efficient, but effectively prevent variances that lead to security vulnerabilities and breaches. Automations can work two-fold as they can help admins to better control security settings—meaning users’ systems would be more effectively monitored.

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Structure—i.e. the layout and configuration of a cloud can affect how accessible the platform is.

While there is a variety of security practices available to users, the above are straightforward, quick, and effective solutions. Again, some may be more effective than others; however, each definitely has a role to play in the overall security of users’ cloud platforms.

By Michael Ventimiglia

Managing Editor at – complete guide to VoIP service comparisons and provider reviews.

Cloud Technology: Taking Your Company To A Brighter Future

Cloud Technology: Taking Your Company To A Brighter Future

Cloud Technology: Taking Your Company to a Brighter Future

Cloud computing is a technology that we have heard about many times but not realized that we have been using it in our daily routine. The reason for this is that we do not what cloud technology exactly is. Cloud technology includes the usage of a cloud which is a place where all devices are connected so that access can be gained from anywhere. This reduces the need to run around organizing personal and official data. With the use of cloud computing you can access any of your personal data, official information, games and even movies from any location which does not require you to carry out your data everywhere in pen drives or external hard disks. This makes it highly convenient to access your information anywhere, without the fear of accidentally losing it or it falling into the wrong hands.

You may be wondering how such useful technologies can be available for you, but you have already been using a form of cloud technology every time you open your e-mail account. The moment you open up a new e-mail account, you create a certain amount of storage amount in a “cloud” somewhere, which enables you to store all your e-mail information which can provide you access to it no matter where you log in from. Not only e-mails, but even small text or data files can be stored in your account so you can have access to them from anywhere. This has unquestionably made things much easier for you.

Why is Cloud Technology getting Popular with Businesses?

Nowadays, businesses are taking cloud technology to another level as it enables them countless possibilities with which easier handling of official data can be carried out. Cloud technology based models are enabling companies to transform themselves into more effective organizations which can use well developed technological models for improving their productivity and ease of usage. This model also enables small companies to compete with giants as they provide a highly organized structure to the company.

The reasons for its increasing popularity are mentioned below:

  • Value for money
  • Requires less resources for management and upgrading
  • Security features
  • Helps in managing deployment times
  • Removal of hidden services fees and other costs
  • Enhanced data accessibility
  • Easy management and usage

In addition to these features, cloud technology also provides numerous CRM, ERP, eCommerce, phone line monitoring and other useful services with the help of various cloud computing models.

What is the Purpose of Cloud Technology?

Being a service hosted over the internet, the main function of this technology is to keep a track of facts, figures and other applications. The main reason why this technology is gaining popularity with its users is the flexibility it offers consumers and businesses to access any of their information from anyplace via the internet. This enables an organized computing system which integrates data storage, data transmission and processing services providing ease of use for the users.

This technology allows a significant shift in the workload. Since local computers do not require taking the load of data storage along with running applications, it leads to an increase in the efficiency of the office. Latest software options will be taking care of your storage options which will reduce the requirements on the user’s side for hardware and software. It will reduce the requirements one has to access all their official information.

How will Cloud Technology benefit your Business?

Cloud technology is revolutionizing the way businesses are being run worldwide. It is proving beneficial for companies all around the world and is useful for business in the following ways:

Cost Saving Potential: Cloud technology is a good way to reduce computer hardware costs in a company. It is a utility in which you only pay for what you want to use and it reduces the need to purchase IT assets and making large investments.

Flexibility: With the option to access official information from anyplace, this technology allows significant flexibility to a company to spread its horizons.

Security Options: Since the security of official information is necessary for the company, cloud technology offers complete safety of the information stored in it. The simple features of cloud technology help in easier management of data which enables the business to be secure and properly organized.

Cloud technology is the way to go for an increase in the productivity of your business. Look into options today to provide the best growth options for your company.

By Artem Kuprin

Artem is an Internet Marketing representative at Across Communications. Artem’s expertise is in VoIP, foreign affairs and Internet promotion, and he works diligently to help companies set up their telecommunication systems. His writing focuses on phone services including real-time alerts via phone, call center software and more.

Crime Mapping: The Great Equalizer

Crime Mapping: The Great Equalizer

Crime Mapping

One of the most interesting and useful tools that the Cloud has developed is mapping. When the Global Positioning System was developed it was envisioned simply as a tool to assist Military leaders to keep track of assets on the battlefield. Mapping has grown so far beyond this relatively simple use that it would be nearly as hard to do without as cell phones.

Of course there is much more to mapping than peeking at your smart phone to locate the nearest latte’ stand or even watching the cops on TV tracking the bad guys on their tablets. Mapping combined with Big Data is useful in everyday and long term risk management, at the personal and corporate levels.

Risk Management, whether as a formal, corporate process or an daily personal evaluation of the safest route to the grocery store, depends on getting all the useful information you can find and process. Knowledge of the potential for criminal activity in an area is useful information, whether we are allocating law enforcement resources or looking for the best place to park our car on a late night.

We are all familiar with the pre-Cloud concept of crime mapping from watching old detective movies. The detectives are sitting in the station, cigarettes dangling from their mouths, staring at a map tacked to the wall which shows all of the bad guy’s hits. If he stares long enough, the detective will figure out where the crook is going to strike next, and then the cops can be there to nab him.

Using crime mapping as a risk management tool is a similar process, except that we can use the resources of the cloud to do the hours of staring at the map for us. The data that goes into a crime mapping application combines a mapping app with crime data from law enforcement. The law enforcement data is usually part of the public record and available to anyone. Google Maps is the most popular mapping application, although app developers are free to use the application whose interface they are most familiar and comfortable with.

Crime Mapping Apps

Whenever I hear or see a police scanner I think of my old Granddad.

Back in the mid-70’s Granddad got a police scanner which ran all day and night in his bedroom. My grandparents lived on a hill over looking a medium sized city in Oregon. Not a big enough town that there would be constant chatter on the scanner, but enough that when something really exciting happened, Granddad could take his binoculars to the back porch and watch what was going on.

The Crime Mapping Applications available for the general public on mobile devices do not all provide the immediacy that Granddad’s scanner had. The data that the app uses may take minutes or hours to update for the general public. Some of the developers who are building crime mapping are tailoring their services to meet the needs of police departments and other first responders.


The Omega Group, developers of Mobile app have also developed FireView, an analysis tool for fire departments to facilitate tracking fire and EMS responses. CrimeView and CrimeView NEARme are leading desktop and mobile analytical tools for law enforcement professionals. The Mobile app allows users to view maps of crime activity near their current location, as well as investigating crime history near homes, businesses and schools. Incidents can be filtered by the time of occurrence and date. The map will show the type of crime with a distinctive icon, and the app allows filtering by the type of crime as well.

RAIDS Online


BAIR Analytics has worked with law enforcement agencies around the world for more than 20 years. BAIR stands for Behavioral Analysis & Intelligence Resources, and the company takes a scientific approach to providing public safety, national security and defense industry tools. RAIDS Online is a desktop and mobile tool designed to help law enforcement agencies disseminate crime information quickly to the public they serve. The service combines crime mapping with dashboard analytic tools to enhance public safety. Users are able to filter by date, location, and 27 crime types. Data is displayed with eight layers of limited offense information to protect victim privacy.

Balancing Privacy and Usefulness

One truism of any mapping application is that as more users participate in the service, the better and more accurate the service becomes. Both the Omega Group and BAIR Analytics enjoy the participation of numerous law enforcement agencies in North America and worldwide. Information about an incident may have to go through several administrative layers before the general public gets to see it on their smart phone or tablet. However, if a user discovers that there was a burglary two blocks away from his home within the last few days, he is more likely to pay better attention to the mysterious teenager wandering the neighborhood when he should be in school.

By Peter Knight

What The Cloud Can Do For Your Small Business

What The Cloud Can Do For Your Small Business

What The Cloud Can Do For Your Small BusinessIDC

If your company isn’t utilizing cloud computing technology, you risk falling behind in the marketplace. The cloud makes it easier to manage, share and store content and data, and the figures show that your competition has most likely already moved to the cloud or is about to make the switch.

Gartner predicts global IT spending will exceed $3.7 trillion this year, and the chief analyst at IDC estimates that 90 percent of the growth driving the IT industry from 2013 to 2020 will be driven by mobile, social, cloud and big-data technologies. To meet this rising demand, cloud service providers are stepping up their game to remain competitive—and this puts your business in good shape to take advantage of the cloud.

Implementing cloud infrastructure can reduce many of the costs associated with maintaining your own physical infrastructure and compensating the staff to support it. The cloud also revolutionizes business operations and strategies, especially for small businesses.

The Cloud Save Resources

Take a look at your accounting department, for example. You pay fees to own several licenses of accounting software, and then you pay for the PCs your employees use to access it. You also pay for servers to host the software, do the online backup and then hire personnel to maintain those servers and the software. You may also have to pay the software manufacturer directly to solve problems your staff can’t handle.

If you use an accounting solution that’s hosted in the cloud, you only have to pay for the right to use the software – you don’t have to fix problems associated with it. Your servers have a significantly reduced burden, in that they simply act as a conduit for the Internet; they don’t have to execute any programs. You can dedicate these resources to other business functions or reduce their use.

It Helps You Grow

The reduced strain on your own resources encourages growth for your business, making it an ideal solution for startups and small to medium-sized businesses. In addition, instead of having to research, purchase and install your own equipment, you simply have to find a cloud computing vendor. Once you sign on, then you have access to all the data and hardware you need to scale your business.

Customers Demand It

Although they may not fully realize it yet, your customers want cloud computing solutions to provide them with better service. With cloud computing, you can get software that enables a customer to open a ticket, multiple people to work on it, and then have it passed on to a more qualified representative. Many cloud service providers have a knowledge base where your employees can store and share information pertaining to specific customer questions. Not only does it help your customers, it streamlines your service processes and helps your employees use time and other resources more efficiently.

The Cloud Isn’t Perfect

Even though the cloud helps small businesses far more than it hurts, it isn’t perfect. You can safeguard your business by paying special attention to these common security issues and asking your cloud service how they account for them:

What happens if a disaster strikes?

Any reasonable cloud services provider stores data in multiple locations around the country. This is probably the most common reason small businesses transition to the cloud. Make sure you ask your services provider the geographic locations where your data will be stored.

How is your data protected?

Cloud service providers have to place a high focus on security. Hackers are waiting to get their hands on private data, and most cloud service providers realize a single breach could become a public relations disaster (and worse yet, a lawsuit). Ask the service providers you are considering what technology they use to protect your data while it’s in their hands.

How many outages have they experienced?

This is really the biggest concern. According to Gartner, private data compromises happen infrequently; the more common concern in the cloud computing industry should be how often outages occur and whether those outages result in data loss. Many enterprises aren’t prepared for such a scenario. To protect your company, you should classify the various types of data that need protection. Communicate this to your cloud services provider, and ask them how they will protect the most sensitive data. At minimum, encryption, tokenization and data loss prevention systems should be present.

Issues in the Cloud

Leading cloud services providers Microsoft and Amazon have experienced data outages in the last year, according to These outages have affected large businesses like Instagram,, Reddit, Quora, Dropbox and Netflix.

So, if even the bigger companies get hit from time to time, why would you consider using the cloud? It still makes sense, and the industry is rapidly adapting to market demands. Following are a few common issues businesses experience according to Redmond Magazine:

Public attacks do happen. Yes, companies do have their data held in cloud storage hacked from time to time, but the cloud is safe for the most part. No security solution is 100 percent perfect, and a few big stories will always make the headlines. You can always ask your provider if they encrypt your files while they’re stored and what other measures they take to protect your data from unauthorized access. Think of it like you think of the bank: Sometimes, the bank gets robbed, but you keep your money there instead of at home because it’s still a safer option.

Backing up terabytes of data takes a long time. The standard is 30–60 days for the initial backup, even if that backup is performed over a T1 line. Because the cloud industry is growing so fast, this can be used as an opportunity to test the service of a new provider. Also, even though the initial backup takes an extended period of time, data de-duplication (transferring only those files that have been changed) cuts this time down to a fraction of what it was initially for ongoing backups.

There’s a need for customization. Many businesses say this is one of the largest hurdles they encounter. Rackspace, however, has already implemented a solution to this challenge: It allows IT pros to customize where their backups go, even if they go to other providers.

The shift to cloud computing continues to grow, and business leaders are discovering it’s not so much if you’ll move to the cloud, but when.

By Dan Stelter

SMEs Dropping In-house Datacenters In Favor Of Cloud

SMEs Dropping In-house Datacenters In Favor Of Cloud

SMEs Dropping In-house Datacenters in Favor of Cloud

We have often discussed that virtualization itself does not mean cloud computing, but rather it is the combination of virtualization and the delivery models being used to distribute the resources. And it is becoming clear that the benefits of cloud computing are starting to show despite unfounded fears that cloud computing is relatively unsafe. It is becoming a trend for small and medium companies to let go of their small data centers in favor of migrating their data and applications to the cloud.

This is evidence that people are starting to understand the real power of cloud computing –it is an equalizer. It brings the computing power and resources which were previously only accessible to large companies with enough money and man-power. Smaller companies have to be content with cheaper and less powerful hardware and less man-power. The result is that smaller companies are not able to compete with larger ones simply by virtue of available resources. But with cloud computing’s pay-per-use model, the underdogs are now able to harness that advantage previously held only by those with enough money. Because of this, the playing field is mostly leveled and even smaller companies can compete in the same space as bigger ones because they are able to offer similar services for probably cheaper prices.


Another reason why this adaption is taking place is because of the changing climate in the IT industry. Because of the internet and the popularity and ease of creating websites, plus the increasing demand for mobile application developers, IT workers with the key skills required in the data center space are growing scarce. There are now only a few people interested in the kind of work IT administrators do, and so this is creating a large cavity in man-power, couple that with the growing cost for upgrading data centers and you have a problem with only one best solution.

So now many CIOs are retiring their data centers and shifting IT workloads to external service providers because they are concerned that it will become difficult to find the right workers to run an increasingly costly data center. This actually bodes well for cloud computing as it will only help make it shine. And as in-house data centers are closing, the talented IT professionals left without work will probably find their way to cloud service providers thereby solidifying the

talents within that organization.

By Abdul Salam

Security And Mobile Cloud Computing?

Security And Mobile Cloud Computing?

Mobile Cloud Computing

Where does security stand on mobile cloud computing? Arguably, security is still one most significant concerns of Cloud customers. As more and more businesses continue to transition their mainstream Cloud-based I.T operations on Mobile-ready applications, it has opened the lid for security vulnerabilities in organizations.

Although, the adoption of Cloud and Mobile computing is getting bigger, with the majority of organizations and enterprises adopting this trend, it is, still, of immense importance for the general public to understand the consequences of any cyber-attack, as well as plan ahead to out-maneuver any such incidents.


The Verdict

Although, organizations seem to be quite concerned about the impeding security threats in the background of Mobile Cloud Computing, they fear such incidents may incur via non-sanctioned Mobile apps used by the I.T departments at organizations. But there are other factors besides the role that I.T can play here. Reckless actions by employees, as well as involuntary decisions by a Cloud Service Provider, can also damage an organization’s reputation, in spite of the many security control points in place. The Cloud and the Mobile can seriously affect organizations if not played on with caution.

In the U.K alone, financial losses from cyber -attacks has been estimated to be £27bn a year. With such high figures, corporate brands, business leaders, and entrepreneurs need to address this issue with extreme urgency, and put measures in place in order to be able to respond quickly and swiftly.

The Mobile Cloud Computing environment

While facts draw a scarier picture of Mobile Cloud Computing environment, there have been many happily-ever-afters. By nature, the Cloud is no Oliver Twist. It is easier to adopt the Cloud, and with Mobile First strategies making successful rounds, the two had to offer something beyond independent solutions. The consonant relationship between the Cloud and the Mobile is an ode to that idea. However, the ease that Mobile adoption of Cloud offers to organizations, makes it one appealing prospect for them. Various organizations are now planning to move up their usage of Mobile-ready Cloud applications. Still, seventy percent of such businesses admit that they use applications that are sanctioned by their own I.T departments. This was found out via a survey of two hundred I.T business professionals on the adoption and relying security issues of Mobile-ready Cloud applications, and was conducted by OneLogic and FlyingPenguin.

The Present Era

We are all indulged in Cloud Computing today in one way or other, without even realizing it. For emails, messaging, online gaming and social networking and even for online tax forms, transactions, credit card payments and what not, this all has been a revolution that now has made “Mobility” a synonym with “Cloud”. However, this is only just beginning.

It is also known that usage of Cloud applications is carried out from nearly 80 percent of the smart phones, 71 percent of tablets and again 80 percent through non-organizational computers. Apart from hacks, data interceptions, it is high time for such masses to cite concerns regarding identity theft, governance or complexity.

Various companies do admit that their employees share credentials with co-workers for various Cloud ready apps through smart phones, and they experience employees being able to log in even after leaving the premises.

We know that the future is going to be held by virtual reins, all accessible through smart handheld devices. It is essential for organizations to inhibit the usage of unsanctioned apps and restrict the sharing of valuable credentials via Smartphones quickly.

It is no secret that organizations need to improve the security for their Cloud apps -not to mention, eliminating the usage of Cloud apps without their consent- and find solutions that are flexible and allow the on-premise addition of more Cloud apps.

The Solution

With constantly emerging new security threats, certain companies have also evolved their methodology in dealing with these risks. Now it is all about “digital hygiene” and according to research most of the companies are now employing a full time security teams. In the past, only 43% of businesses had adequate security measures. However, now more companies are heading to re-examine Cloud security in a more systematic way. However, many organizations still implement such security policies after an incident or because of a new regulation.

These days, many smart organizations are pursuing a rather three-dimensional approach in securing their Cloud architecture from breaches. Previously, businesses felt that only installing technical devices would suffice their security needs but they ended up being by passed all at once. However, now the key to security is diversified by 25% being the technical aspects, 50% being the internal organizational aspects and the rest being regulatory and legal. Here, utilization of various VPN services may also shine in securing your Cloud architectures when it is accessed via Mobiles, tablets etc. The high level encryptions that VPN provides are ideal to safeguard data transition via Mobile phones.  This 3d security protocol is what businesses need to rely on.

Afterwards, businesses also need to encourage training sessions for their employees to make them aware of underlying security threats and vulnerabilities. Organizations also need to manufacture stern I.T security rules, where they would be able to set parameters that could not be bypassed by human resource. Security management here, also need to be in complete coordination with their general management, and they must also remember to consistently update their existing security procedures.


There is no doubt that Mobile Cloud computing is not without any risks. However, with scrutiny and effort taken by the companies involved in this profitable prospect, these risks are addressable and manageable. Once such issues are solved, and companies empower themselves with the three legged security methodology, there I.T processes are sure to go smooth, in so doing, providing numerous benefits to the company.

By Pere Hospital:

Pere Hospital (CISSP & OSCP) is the CTO and co-founder of Cloudways Ltd. He has over two decades of experience in IT Security, Risk Analysis and Virtualization Technologies. You can follow Pere on Twitter at @phospital, or learn more about Cloudways at

Cloud Infographic: Critical Role In The Enterprise

Cloud Infographic: Critical Role In The Enterprise

Cloud Infographic:  Critical Role In The Enterprise

Cloud Computing has been around for a awhile now, but until recent years, it has expanded exponentially.  Different studies suggest that more than 4.4 million jobs will be created in the area of big-data by the year 2015, and the adoption rate of cloud computing application and services is much higher as compared to a few years back. More than 36% of customers have already adopted for the public cloud, and thus, they are opting for cheap as well as large spaces for their valuable data to be stored. This trend verifies that results achieved from varied research suggest that more than 15% of enterprises will adjust their IT capabilities and capacities for big data.

Included is an infographic provide by Aryaka which includes addition survey results from over 1300 companies worldwide.


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By Walter Bailey


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Cloud Services Providers – Learning To Keep The Lights On

Cloud Services Providers – Learning To Keep The Lights On

The True Meaning of Availability What is real availability? In our line of work, cloud service providers approach availability from the inside out. And in many cases, some never make it past their own front door given how challenging it is to keep the lights on at home let alone factors that are out of…

Using Cloud Technology In The Education Industry

Using Cloud Technology In The Education Industry

Education Tech and the Cloud Arguably one of society’s most important functions, teaching can still seem antiquated at times. Many schools still function similarly to how they did five or 10 years ago, which is surprising considering the amount of technical innovation we’ve seen in the past decade. Education is an industry ripe for innovation…

The Security Gap: What Is Your Core Strength?

The Security Gap: What Is Your Core Strength?

The Security Gap You’re out of your mind if you think blocking access to file sharing services is filling a security gap. You’re out of your mind if you think making people jump through hoops like Citrix and VPNs to get at content is secure. You’re out of your mind if you think putting your…

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Customers in the Cloud Global enterprises in every industry are increasingly turning to cloud-based innovators like Salesforce, ServiceNow, WorkDay and Aria, to handle critical systems like billing, IT services, HCM and CRM. One need look no further than Salesforce’s and Amazon’s most recent earnings report, to see this indeed is not a passing fad, but…

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…

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…

Digital Twin And The End Of The Dreaded Product Recall

Digital Twin And The End Of The Dreaded Product Recall

The Digital Twin  How smart factories and connected assets in the emerging Industrial IoT era along with the automation of machine learning and advancement of artificial intelligence can dramatically change the manufacturing process and put an end to the dreaded product recalls in the future. In recent news, Samsung Electronics Co. has initiated a global…


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