Cloud

Cloud era

Agree or not we are living in the cloud era. More and more businesses are using IaaS, BaaS, DRaaS, PaaS, SaaS and other services offered by cloud providers. According to Gartner global IaaS market will reach $22.4 billion in 2016, a 38.4 percent increase on last year’s market value of $16.2 billion. The IaaS market is expected to be the fastest-growing public cloud services segment worldwide.

Where is my data?

Data security stays the main concern. Every day one can hear thrilling news about another data breaches or leaks from the public clouds. Decision makers are not confident if cloud is safe enough, which remains the main obstacle to move their infrastructure outside. Often heard questions are: “Where in fact will be my data stored?” “Will I have constant access to my business sensitive data?”, “Will the data be protected sufficiently to meet the General Data Protection Directive requirements?”

Private, hybrid, public or free?

Business users often store their data on free apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive not realizing this practice is associated with the high risk of data leakage. What’s more, the Cloud File Sync/Share is not considered as backup. Storware highly recommends to use trusted cloud services. MSPs such as Oktawave offer standardized contract agreements and assure the highest data security level proven by ISO 27001 certificate. Choose wise and always make sure the provider offers high data security standards. The cost of data leakage can be fatal for the business.

The another solution is private cloud, providing certainty of both proper data protection policies (if applied) and physical place where data is stored. Using a private cloud in your organization gives centralized and controlled data access. The question of the infrastructure and maintenance costs is open to managers. The mixture of two above models is hybrid cloud.

Bring it on

Using BYOD devices in the organizations has many strong points. Salesforce can easily reach the corporate data to perform a presentation on the field, or just stay businesswise online for a longer time. It’s obvious that mobile workers should have possibility to share data and collaborate with other in the organization. Problem starts when workers use free public cloud containers to achieve the task. Business security policies and IT departments shouldn’t allow to use such applications because of potential data leakage.

Cost of data leakage

The cost of data breach is growing issue. The latest security reports state that amount of unknown malware targeting businesses has grown nine times in the past year. There were almost 12 million new malware variants discovered every month. The entire last decade didn’t have as many malware as we’ve had in the last two years. Smartphones are especially vulnerable for data breach. Smartphones are a growing issue. In 20% of cases, a breach happens through either mobile malware or malicious Wi-Fi. Endpoints are usually the starting point for threats, and email is being used for attack in 75 per cent of cases. Every month one can hear news about millions of credentials stolen belonging to users of global IT service providers. The cost of data loss for the business users can be critical and amount much more than average ransom of 1 or 2 bitcoin (about US$600 to US$1300). The implementation of proper data protection policies in the organizations is a must now.

We bring the solution

Storware delivers data sharing and safety for endpoints in the SaaS and BaaS models. It means that one can benefit from the simplicity of KODO cloud offering, being sure of proper SLA, certified data protection procedures, reasonable costs and get it all in one’s favorite cloud provider’s marketplace.

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