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The latest cloud trends you should know

Cloud computing has caused business leaders and organizations to completely re-imagine how they approach their IT resources. The cloud isn’t simply a cost to manage anymore. It’s a vital, strategic part of any business operation aiming to meet consumer and employee expectations.

What can we expect from the cloud in 2019 and beyond? Here are six trends you should know about.

Accelerating cloud adoption

Cloud services are growing exponentially. For example, KPMG estimates that platform-as-a-service (PaaS) adoption will take a substantial upturn in market share from around 32% in 2017 to 56% in 2020. PaaS lets customers launch, manage, and develop apps simply and effectively, and it’s estimated that PaaS will become the fastest-growing cloud service platform.

Naturally, as businesses turn to the cloud for their computing needs, solutions and services emerge to meet new challenges and consumer demands.

Quantum computing progress

Cloud technology is edging us ever closer to the ultimate quantum computer, according to experts. Quantum computing lets us store, manipulate, and process data in a whole new way. With quantum computing, we can solve complex medical problems, properly direct resources like emergency services, and answer previously unanswerable questions.

Experts see the cloud as a path into quantum processing. The growth in cloud computing, therefore, increases our chances of unlocking this incredible new technology. The race toward developing the ultimate quantum computer will continue.

Security compliance

Cloud computing is now so popular that many businesses adopt the model without fully appreciating the associated security challenges. Companies are moving their data to the cloud, and it’s estimated that around 83% of businesses will run their services from either public or hybrid cloud platforms by 2020.

Business leaders must understand how cloud computing makes their networks vulnerable to cyberattacks if they don’t establish, maintain and update effective security measures.

Furthermore, with the development of rigorous data protection laws, such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), businesses must ensure that they remain fully compliant with evolving standards and rules to avoid hefty fines and reputation damage.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The IoT principle relies on cloud computing more than ever before. IoT hardware, such as cars and household appliances, are increasingly using the cloud to store information, remember users, and communicate activity.

We estimate that, as these devices become more mainstream for multitasking and automation at home and work, cloud technology will evolve to respond to increased demand and integration requirements, as well as privacy concerns.

Inter-connectivity

Connecting clouds and cloud services makes it easier to manage security issues and find remote computing solutions that support your unique business goals. What’s more, interconnecting services encourages providers to work together and collaborate. This is how a landmark technology, like quantum computing, may be possible.

As cloud computing grows in popularity and complexity, we expect the technology and techniques for managing inter-connectivity to become more sophisticated and powerful.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

There’s already a huge market now for AI development platforms. We can expect to see all cloud services becoming more sophisticated as a result, which is great news for developers, programmers, consumers, and businesses alike. Expect to see more productivity and service innovations such as chat-bots, voice-enabled technology, and automated delivery.

At the same time, demand for high-performance hardware capable of facilitating an AI environment will grow to support increased consumer and commercial applications.

Cloud computing in the future

The cloud has evolved from a simple storage solution into a strategic approach to technology delivery that organizations rely on for growth and competitive advantage. As cloud computing increasingly shapes the way we do business, company leaders need guidance to harness the seemingly endless potential of the cloud to meet operational goals and satisfy customers.

For more insight on how cloud computing trends may affect your business, contact us today.

4 reasons data encryption should be part of your cybersecurity strategy

The birth of the Internet has enabled an unparalleled level of information exchange across the world. Not only has it changed how we communicate and access information on a daily basis, but it has also fundamentally changed how the world does business.

The safe transmission, reception, and storage of data is an issue for all businesses, with data encryption playing an important role in every robust cybersecurity strategy.

What is data encryption?

Data encryption is the process of encoding a message in order to limit its access to authorized parties. In order to prevent prying eyes, a secret code is applied during data storage or transmission to scramble the data and make it unintelligible. At the other end when the data is received, a code key is applied to reverse the process. Data breaches have become normal today, so high-tech encryption is used to secure sensitive data and ensure privacy and compliance.

According to the latest Transparency Report from Google, data encryption for Google products and services has risen from just 48 percent coverage in late 2013 to 93 percent in 2019. Unfortunately, many cloud business services are well below this level. In separate data by the Ponemon Institute and nCipher Security, just 74 percent of businesses have partial or extensive public cloud encryption.

Let’s look at four key reasons why data encryption should form an important part of your cybersecurity strategy.

1. Compliance obligations

There are a wealth of government regulations and industry compliance standards around data security, especially for sensitive industries like healthcare and financial services. For example, healthcare providers must follow the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements for protection of sensitive patient information.

Similarly, education institutions must adhere to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and retailers are required to follow the Fair Credit Practices Act (FCPA). While community and compliance standards vary by countries and industries, data encryption often plays an important role in data protection and compliance coverage.

2. Cybercrime concerns

Whether it’s malware, phishing, or disruptive computer viruses, cybercrime is more prevalent than ever before. Data encryption is one the best ways to prevent hacking and keep your valuable information safe and secure. No industry or company size is immune to criminal activity, with hackers alwasy searching for sensitive financial information, health records, and trade secrets among other data.

End-to-end encryption is one of the best ways to safeguard against identity theft and other malicious activity, including public key infrastructure (PKI) encryption, homomorphic encryption, and other robust security measures.

3. Protecting user privacy

When you run a business, you are responsible for the personal data of your customers and employees. From financial and healthcare information, such as credit card numbers and insurance data, to staff names, addresses and birthdays, keeping internal user data private should always be a priority.

While encrypting user data will require extra system overhead, it is necessary to improve transparency and maintain customer satisfaction. The use of comprehensive data encryption is one of the major issues that define professional organizations, with a number of recent large-scale data breaches bringing this fundamental privacy issue into public focus.

4. Seamless performance

There are significant network management and system resource issues related to data encryption, with specific measures needed to ensure maximum performance. This concern is one of the main reasons so many businesses avoid data encryption. For example, complexities often arise around archiving, where data is difficult to encrypt due to existing indexing and search protocols. Similar issues exist with mobile devices, edge inspection, and authorized third-party access.

Despite the unintended consequences of data encryption, however, it doesn’t have to negatively affect performance. Successful data encryption often involves the use of cloud-based services, with simple website encryption protocols like secure sockets layer (SSL) combined with robust server-side encryption solutions.

Working with your managed IT services partner to add the right level of encryption to your data protection strategy can enhance your compliance and your peace of mind. Ease Tech is ready to advise you on where it makes sense to implement data encryption measures to further secure your cloud environment.