Security Concerns with the Cloud

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Cloud computing has become a hot topic and an extremely popular space in the Tech world.  We’re no longer dealing with small amounts of data.  Instead, we’re sharing large documents with our team, sharing photo albums with our friends and loved ones, and even streaming videos from our phone. From reduced costs of the flexible SaaS models to the ubiquitous nature of the cloud, customers especially on-the-go are turning on their mobile devices to access documents at an alarmingly high rate.  With the increasing rise in mobile technology and the demand to view information anywhere, anytime, it is no surprise that customers are becoming more and more interested in transitioning to the cloud. This raises the question, why wouldn’t anyone want to be part of this new trend that’s shaping the way we view and share content?  Despite the obvious benefits of the cloud, executives must still consider the security concerns before adoption.

The burning question on the minds of IT execs and cloud analysts alike is how secure is your data really? Whether these are proposals, contracts, or important confidential documents, it’s critical that your data ends up in the right hands. A company’s intellectual property, originating from a CEO or a design intern, needs to be securely managed, without the fear of any outsiders encroaching on their information. Fortunately, the right cloud offering can help reduce the majority of these security risks.

Here are some questions to ask yourself while choosing the right cloud provider for your company:

1)      Is the cloud provider’s infrastructure physically secure?

2)      Does the cloud provider own the servers managing the customer’s data or are they hosting elsewhere?

3)      Is my cloud provider multi-tenant or do they use their own datacenters?

4)      Is the data encrypted?

5)      Are the files user protected and the accounts password protected?

In order to guarantee a level of confidence with their customers, the majority of cloud offerings try to meet these standards in physical security, data encryption, as well as user management and authentication.

You need to consider what happens when you entrust a company with your data.  With the increasing demand to partner with other companies to strengthen one’s network, the security risks run high.  Big reputable companies like Salesforce pride themselves on having hundreds to thousands of partners.  On the one hand, this is great because customers can fully benefit from the myriad of applications being offered. However, any integration with third parties can create security loopholes. This is why it’s crucial for cloud providers to run vulnerability scanning tests on the application security to ensure partners aren’t posing a threat.

Despite many security concerns, it’s clear that the pros outweigh the cons, demonstrating that moving to the cloud is a wise decision. Reduced costs, flexible SaaS models, and access to documents anywhere, anytime, are some of the many benefits of the cloud. Understanding your company’s needs and engaging with a cloud provider who fulfills them is the first step towards making this transition.  Once you accomplish this, adopting the cloud is a no-brainer.  The sky’s the limit.  Literally.

Why should Digital Distribution factor into your Green initiatives?

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Among such things as reducing, reusing and recycling, one of the most important things an organization can do is implement electronic technology. Green business is seen as socially smart, Bringing digital distribution and work flow to your organization can streamline business processes, increase productivity and efficiency, reduce physical storage space and minimize wasted natural resources.

Let’s narrate through an example – An advertising firm based in San Francisco needs to send advertising banners for a trade show in Shanghai, China.

The environmentally unfriendly way;

  • Print locally and ship through an overnight shipping provider via an airplane.
  • The package will take more than 48 hours to reach its destination when you consider time zone differences, travel time and custom delays.
  • A direct flight from San Francisco to Shanghai, China would emit approximately 1800 lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere.

The environmentally friendly way;

  • Digitally transmit the file to a print service provider in Shanghai using an electronic medium like ishipdocs.
  • The package will be delivered in 24 hours or less because digital transmission bypasses both an airplane and custom delays in addition to significant travel time savings.
  • Reduce your Carbon footprint by approximately 1800 lbs.
  • Its Green.

Digital distribution technology makes you socially smart, productive and helps reduce your Carbon Footprint.  From a print provider perspective it allows one to offer green printing services.