These days, more and more companies are adopting the idea of incorporating the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) technology in their businesses. In order to maintain a steady flow of information, and collaboration with all the other procedures in a company, implementing policies is very important.
The advent of cloud computing has meant great things for everyday users and business owners alike. Long gone are the endless stream of memory sticks and space-consuming servers: cloud computing has revolutionised how we store information.
However, as with everything, with advantages come risks. As this BBC article documents, a lot of people are concerned about the security of cloud computing, with many deeming it vulnerable to hacking. But that doesn’t mean that you have to leave online storage behind completely. There are precautions you can take to help keep it secure. Here are just a few:
One of the oft-quoted reasons for enterprises to migrate their IT applications from legacy on-premise systems to cloud is the apparent cost advantage. But is this really the case? A recent survey by Panaroma Consulting threw some rather surprising results. In the study, the research firm reports that over 60% of the businesses that migrated their ERP solution to the cloud saw between 0-20% savings in cost. Less than 8% of the surveyed businesses saw cost savings of over 60%. Given that cloud based systems come with their own set of risks and challenges, it is likely that businesses may want to rethink over their cloud migration strategy. Does a 0-20% cost saving really warrant this investment?
Nearly one third of all malware attacks are targeted at small businesses with fewer than 250 employees. These attacks can have negative effects on your business and the personal lives of your employees. If you are a small business owner than you need to seriously consider finding ways to protect your company and employees from cybercrime. Here are 6 ways to protect your business from cyber-crime.
The average smartphone sends out hundreds of thousands of pieces of information every day, giving away its location and unique identity to advertising agencies around the world.
The findings come from a special Channel 4 News investigation, which used a “black box” from IT security company MWR InfoSecurity to track data sent from a mobile phone.
Channel 4 News technology producer Geoff White came up with the concept of “Data Baby”, a project that would look at the personal information of a fictitious young woman who lives in London and uses a variety of social media and IT devices in her personal life.
Gartner is one of the world’s leading research and analysis companies and with most of the people employed there having brains the size of a small planet – even if it is not this one – then it is a good idea to listen to what information flows out to us mere mortals. The latest jewels state:
"Gartner’s 2013 CEO survey suggests CEOs feel that business uncertainties are declining and yet, CIOs awake each day into a world of technology uncertainty and change," said Daryl Plummer, managing vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "The savvy CIO will get his or her CEO to recognize the change being brought about by disruptive shifts is coming at an accelerated pace and at a global level of impact."
Gartner analysts presented their findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held here through October 10. Gartner’s top 10 predictions are broken out into four categories and include:
Cloud Storage is a milestone in the world of mobile and portable data storage capabilities. Its importance can be further strengthened when you consider how unsafe conventional storage devices like USBs, and hard drives can be; whenever there are any virus onslaughts, voltage fluctuations, or any other hazard, chances are these devices will malfunction and you’ll lose all your data. With USB sticks there is an added chance that you might misplace them, or they might get stolen; in either case, your data get lost.
By Anand Srinivasan
In a recent report on the growth of IP telephony services, market research firm Infonetics Research has revealed that VOIP based services will grow to become a $74.5 billion industry by the end of 2015. This growth is being aggressively fuelled by business communication services such as SIP trunking and cloud unified communications. The report found that SIP trunking for businesses alone grew 23% in the first half of this year compared to H2, 2012.
VOIP is just one of the many facets of the cloud based telephony system that is catching on in the SMB industry. One of the common reasons to switch to a cloud based telephoning system is the lower cost of rentals and overhead compared to traditional telephone systems. But before we try to understand all the benefits that SMBs stand to gain from a cloud-based telephone network, it is important to understand how exactly this is different from your traditional phone lines.
By James Macdonald
Many small businesses that we offer IT support to have recently asked us about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) security measures. Due to costs, many small companies now actively encourage employees to use their own devices at work. This is in addition to the fact the majority of company computer purchases are now tending to be laptops and mobile notebooks. This increased use of mobile devices has left smaller companies at a far higher risk to security threats than ever before.
This is especially pertinent when you consider that many smaller companies do not have the budget for a dedicated tech support team who can offer this type of expertise.