Canadian businesses vulnerable to data breaches: Security needs tightening

February 29th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »
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The cloud-computing stack: Cloud computing is the answer to data security

It is a myth that only giant corporations become a victim of data breach as they deal in large amount of data. The reality is small and medium-sized businesses are not exception when it comes to getting hacked. Their data is equally insecure and unless they strengthen their security policies, they are looking for trouble with a capital T.

Today’s story throws light on the vulnerability of small and medium sized businesses. The focus today is on Canadian companies.

What the survey says?

According to the survey conducted by Primus Business Services 60 per cent of the small and medium business owners admitted that they invest less than 10 per cent of their budgets in data. It is true that they are aware of the risks they are taking but are unable to act on it.

Half of the company-owners said that they were concerned with cloud computing security, 40 per cent of them were of the opinion that they would feel more secure if cloud services had full unified threat management/firewall protection or if the cloud was a single-tenant environment.  Around 48 per cent agreed that having proper company security polices will solve the data breach problems.

Cloud-computing is a relatively new phenomenon and hence companies are wary of switching to this technology. As of now only 14 per cent companies are taking advantage of this technology. Somehow it is still felt that cloud-computing is insecure as compared to having your own servers.

According to AJ Byers, Executive Vice President of Primus Business Services “Our public and private cloud computing platforms have been designed with enterprise grade security, failover, and disaster recovery technologies that are far more advanced than the standard firewall and server protection that most small and mid-market companies are investing in to protect both their own, and customer, data.”

What does cloud-computing exactly do?

A cloud firewall protects cloud servers and offers a fully unified threat management approach to securing the
customer’s environment.
Cloud computing key features:
Network security: A configurable firewall combined with an Intrusion Protection system, Denial of Service protection, traffic forwarding, VPN support and other
security tools.
Application security: includes email and web security – Protects users from receiving malicious spyware and spam emails.

What does cloud-computing exactly do?

A cloud firewall protects cloud servers and offers a fully unified threat management approach to securing thecustomer’s environment.

Cloud computing key features:

Network security: A configurable firewall combined with an Intrusion Protection system, Denial of Service protection, traffic forwarding, VPN support and othersecurity tools. Application security: includes email and web security – Protects users from receiving malicious spyware and spam emails.

The above makes it all the more clear why data security is important. Data encryption via cloud computing is the way to keep data breaches at bay. Companies like Alertsec take care of security needs for big as well as medium-sized and small companies.

Let us peek into the key features of Alertsec:

256-bit Full Disk Encryption

Web-based management

Comprehensive 24/7 support

Logging & Reporting

HIPAA, PCI and SOX compliant

Alertsec’s cloud-based, hard disk encryption service provides an easy and convenient way to protect all information stored on your organisation’s laptops and PCs.


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