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Cloud Versus On-site: The Facts about IT Security

Cloud Vs. On-premise: The facts about IT security

The facts about IT security

IT security is a topic of conversation that is likely to be a cause for concern for companies of all sizes. There is a perception that larger businesses have superior security, but this isn’t always true. Just ask telecoms giant TalkTalk who were hacked in 2015 and had significant amounts of data stolen, leading to some customers falling victim to fraud.

This shows that it isn’t necessarily size that determines the vulnerability of a company to an IT security breach. It’s the perceived risk, the culture of the business and the security measures that are in place. Big businesses may be at least as vulnerable as their mid-market and SMB counterparts when they don’t have the right safeguards in place.

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Privacy Shield: Wrangle over Safe Harbour and US Government Access to EU Data Appears Finally Settled

Serviced Cloud ensure privacy and UK data sovereignty of the data of British businesses

Privacy Shield a more formal compliance framework

Disagreement over the Safe Harbour, which let American companies use a single standard for consumer privacy and data storage in both the US and Europe, appears to have finally ended. Safe Harbour was rejected by the EU following leaks by Edward Snowden which discredited it because US Government security agencies were revealed to have flouted the rules.

Safe Harbour let US companies self-certify they protected data about EU citizens appropriately; however, the US National Security Agency practiced widespread surveillance through accessing data which was supposedly protected by Safe Harbour.

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ISO27001: Your Guarantee of Information Security with HTL's Serviced Cloud Solution

ISO27001 and HTL Support guarantees information sercurity

Cloud booming but some variability in quality

The cloud and managed services space have mushroomed in recent years. Some of the main reasons the cloud has boomed include:

  • Businesses have rushed to exploit its advantages
  • VARs and resellers have jumped on the cloud bandwagon
  • Knowledge proliferation around implementing cloud solutions
  • Lower barriers to entry as tech costs have fallen
  • Subcontracting of infrastructure to third-party data centres
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7 of the Most Significant Threats to IT Security for Small and Medium Businesses

7 security threats to IT Security

Strong business case using outsourced services

Last year saw no let-up in the anxieties over cyber security. Criminal enterprises seem able to distribute malware via email to steal identities unimpeded by the international cyber law enforcement authorities; hackers continue to crack open customer databases of businesses as diverse as TalkTalk and Ashley Madison. It is a necessity for any business on the internet to be able to effectively defend against today’s agile threat environment.

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Microsoft Invests out of Safe Harbour Wrangle but It Doesn’t Change the Right-sized Partner Rationale for Smaller Enterprises

Data Privacy Safe Harbour

Safe Harbour renegotiation by the end of January

Following the EU ruling that rendered the Safe Harbour agreement invalid last October 2015, in November Sataya Nadella (the current wearer of Bill Gates’ big Microsoft CEO shoes), announced investment in UK data centres as part of a $2bn European cloud infrastructure development plan.

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As Safe Harbour Flounders Private Cloud under UK Data Sovereignty Remains Best Assurance of Privacy

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Safe Harbour flounders on judicial rocks

The Safe Harbour agreement, which lets American companies use a single standard for consumer privacy and data storage in both the US and Europe, has been ruled invalid. The agreement, which would have provided clarity and certainty over complex sovereignty issues of data stored in the cloud, seems to have floundered as a result of the whistleblowing activities of Edward Snowden.

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