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With the upcoming onset of the GDPR, many companies are seeking to leverage their cloud services for GDPR compliance. The Microsoft Office Modern Workplace episode, ‘GDPR: What You Need to Know’ includes outlines to make this process painless.  Companies want to ensure that those cloud services in use are compliant.  The GDPR places a higher burden on companies storing data on Europeans, and for many businesses, this data resides in the cloud.  Some important GDPR compliance considerations include building support for the consent requirement, rights to erasure and data portability,…

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In the world of technology, paradigms shift quickly.  Not long ago, we focused organizational security efforts on the perimeter of the network.  We assumed that systems would be secure if we could just keep the bad guys outside of the trusted network.  Phishing and malware, however, among other things, proved this to be a false assumption - perimeter defense alone would not be enough.  Responses to this often included efforts to seize control of information assets.  Control implied security.   When the cloud stepped onto the stage, lack of organizational control…

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The average company today is a hybrid collection of traditional on-premise and cloud-based IT solutions.  On-premise solutions may include identity and authorization servers, custom applications, packaged applications, and local data repositories. Cloud services fulfill a wide variety of business tasks such as document sharing, group collaboration, customer relationship management, payment processing, marketing, and communication.  This combination of on-premise and cloud services is called Hybrid IT. On-premise applications require equipment purchases, software deployment, and user training but cloud services can be purchased with a credit card and used almost immediately.  As…

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This statement may be familiar to many who have considered cloud services and it was both the start and end to many cloud discussions. What is most important to you, cloud security and service customization or flexibility and cost? Those who picked security and service customization adopted a private cloud model and those who picked flexibility and cost chose a public cloud model. Those that couldn’t choose continued using traditional IT to solve today’s problems and they had a tough time of it. The good news is that you don’t…

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The maturation of the cloud is fascinating as it continues to adapt, providing more opportunities for companies and consumers to leverage the vast computing and storage power of computers around the world. Whether those resources are housed in a corporate data center or dedicated hosting facility as part of private cloud services or through third party public cloud offerings, the cloud is most likely part of your everyday life and it is one of the biggest technology growth areas, offering companies ways to save money and become more adaptable to…

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I used to be agitated by the sound of the phone. My wife and I both have cell phones but we got a land line because there are some parts of the house where we have no reception and we occasionally misplace our phones. Shortly after we purchased it and before we could even give the number to friends, the calls started. Political calls, sales calls, and a plethora of other junk was funneled into our house. It was as if I had hooked up a sewer pipe directly to…

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In 5 to 10 years, the cloud will be as ubiquitous as the Internet is today. It is predicted that 2015 will see a dramatic change in labor and business models as operations shift to the cloud. It will be part of our normal lives, with cloud-based apps running on stereos, watches, mirrors, glasses and many other devices that we interact with or carry with us daily. Software and data will not be hardware dependent because they will be running in the cloud but you will be able to interact…

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As hard as it is to believe, 2014 is almost at a close. While some think about Holiday gatherings and gifts, I ponder what the next year will bring. What will security, technology, mobile and the cloud look like in 2015? Security is primed for change and we will see pressure both internally and externally. External pressure will come from compliance and consumers. It takes time for security practices, even those specified by governing bodies, to be widely accepted and practiced. However, we have reached the point where the expectation…

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Public clouds have been greatly promoted as an approach for organizations to reduce information technology (IT) costs and increase technology flexibility and scalability.  Cloud computing allows smaller organizations to employ IT services that would previously have been too expensive to implement due to high up-front infrastructure costs.  Companies can implement IT solutions faster in a public cloud because they do not have to spend time creating and configuring the technology environment.   Larger organizations, already familiar with remote computing operations, gain flexibility and scalability by utilizing cloud services or implementing private…

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