Posts Tagged ‘cloud computing security’

Cloud Document Storing and Sharing

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Millions of people rely upon cloud services as a method for storing and sharing documents.  Another benefit to using the Cloud to store documents is it provides acces to work on the documents from multiple devices, such as Android based smart phones, iPhones, iPads and computers.

When looking for a good solution you need to determine who you will be sharing the documents with.  Will you be storing confidential information?  If another party got access to the documents, would that be an issue? These are just a few of the questions to ask before committing to a given solution.

Looking at many of the offerings you will find that most all promote the fact that they use SSL encryption for data transfer.  While SSL encryption is good, it is not a total solution.  What happens once the data gets to the server?  Is it encrypted there?  Who else can gain access to your files?  And are the files truly yours?  If the servers are located in a different county, data stored on them falls under the laws of that country.

The cloud can be a great asset or it could become a major liability.  Like all things in life, there is good and bad and we must do our best to protect ourselves and the people we work for.  Convenience is great but there may be consequences for that ease of use.

We are currently offering a free Data Disaster Audit and Review to businesses in the Clifton Park, Albany and Saratoga area who would like some options to help Eliminate HI-Tech Frustrations.  If you’d like some free tips, give us a call or fill out our online form at www.HITmanSafe.com.

Microsoft Business Productivity Online (cloud) Security Breach

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Many businesses are starting to look into utilizing the cloud and many companies are getting into the business.  This past week, there was a data breach for people using Microsoft Business Productivity Online.

The security flaw opens up a users offline address book to others, allowing it to be download by people other than the owner.  As I have a lot of confidential information stored in my address book, had I been using this system, it would have posed a serious issue.  Fortunately I don’t use the Microsoft Business Productivity Online service.

Many smart business people don’t put a high enough value on security until something bad happens.  There is a reason why some cloud service providers charge more than others.  While many are looking to keep a tight handle on expenses, skimping on IT services could lead to much higher costs and severe penalties if the business is found to be neglectful in their security proceedures.

This article was written by The Boss of HITman Services, a computer and IT company serving the Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Counties of New York.

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