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    How to Improve your Cloud Security the SaaS world

    The computing world is moving to ‘as-a-Service’ model – where products, tools and technologies are delivered to users as a service over a network -- typically the internet -- rather than provide locally or on-site within an enterprise. It can be accessed at any time, generally on a subscription basis.

    Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle, Salesforce, Intuit and Shopify are just some of the big-name examples of companies who have moved to an SaaS model.

    But the move to providing services (and storage) over a network – that is, cloud computing – has reinforced the need for robust cybersecurity practices. Ideally, cloud security should be a shared responsibility between your IT department or provider, the business itself, and the cloud provider. But where there are gaps ,there are vulnerabilities.

    Here are some tips to ensure your cloud computing experience remains a safe one!

     

    How to Sell your CFO on outsourced IT

    In larger organizations, CFOs and procurement offices are becoming increasingly involved in corporate IT outsourcing decisions. However, with a focus on cost containment and a preconception that IT is at best a necessary expense, this frequently places them at odds with initiatives aimed at innovation or acquiring access to talent and expertise.

    This is compounded by the fact that IT leadership is frequently unable to determine the current costs of the IT Services they want to outsource, making it even more difficult for the CFO to perform a meaningful analysis.

    Bust most often, cost isn’t the actual issue – it’s an inability for different teams to speak the same language and articulate the business value that is created through outsourcing.

    If your organization is wanting to bring in the help of a managed service provider, here are some tips to help you build the case that take into account your key financial decision-maker:

    5 Business Problems Solved by Outsourcing Your IT

    It’s often said that good managers know how to delegate. And this concept extends beyond employee interactions – in fact, most businesses are already delegating (or outsourcing) a number of vital services. Utilities are a prime example – it makes much more sense to pay a power, water or gas bill rather than trying to dedicate time and resources providing these essential services in-house.

    And given how integrated and essential IT has become to even the most basic of workday functions, many businesses are reaching the point where becomes increasingly more economical – and effective – to outsource their IT needs to a reputable Managed IT Service Provider.

    Here are 5 key problems that can be solved by outsourcing your IT: 

    Six Tips to Improve Your Organization’s Identity and Access Management

    As you might have guessed, Identity and Access Management (IAM, or Identity Management for short) basically refers to the IT security discipline of managing digital identities. This includes the provisioning (and de-provisioning) of identities, securing and authenticating identities, and granting authorizations related to access and abilities – think delegating email account access, editing & reporting abilities in an online database, or access to network drives.

    The overarching goal for IAM is to ensure that any given identity has access to the right resources (applications, databases, networks, etc.) and within the correct context.

    Because IAM is so important to IT security, it’s important to have some policies and plans in place that will help your users handle their access responsibly and safely – the consequences of being careless can be quite damaging to your business.

    With that in mind, here are six tips to help you strengthen how your business deals with Identity and Access Management: 

    How Data Losses Happen – And How to Recover from Them

    At Discovernet, we’ve long been proponents of not putting all your eggs in one basket. Or in this case, all your bytes in one location. While we’ve previously stressed the need to back up your data, today we’re going to explore some of the common ways organizations can lose their data, and share how organizations who do experience a data loss can recover and resume operations.

    Get a handle on Document Management with SharePoint

    At some point, you don’t realize how convoluted your document management system has become until your bring on a new hire and watch them struggle through labyrinthine folder structures. Or perhaps ping-ponging the working version of a file (v.4 final FINAL) as an email attachment is getting ridiculous, with duplicated versions sitting on the network drive and local machines.

    But fortunately, like most things in IT, there is a better way.

    Four Common Misconceptions about Hiring a Managed Service Provider

    More and more companies are making the decision to work with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) to meet their IT needs, and for good reasons. Consider the following assessment of today’s corporate IT departments:

    Testing Your IT Security and Compliance

    Does your business have cybersecurity measures in place? If so, when were they deployed, and how long has it been since they (the measures, not your antivirus software) have been updated? Have they ever been put to the test, or have you been fortunate to avoid an attack up until today?

    IT security is never a set and forget deal – as threats evolve, it’s important to periodically review and test the measures your organization has put into place to protect your networks, data, and daily operability.

    How to Hire an On-Demand CIO

    When you consider how integral technology is to today’s businesses, it’s understandable that the ability to hire and support both a Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Security Officer (CSO) is something many companies aspire to – both to remain up-to-date, competitive, and secure. 

    Managed Services & Cloud Computing Defined

    It's a bit of an understatement to say there are a lot of acronyms and terms when it comes to technology. Terms like WPA, LAN, WAN, MPS, MSP, SaaS, IaaS, Cloud, VPN, and Virtualization make up only a small sample of today's IT vocabulary. While many of these acronyms and terms are mainly used by IT professionals in the know, others are becoming more commonly used by C-suite executives, business owners, operations managers, and others who need to make informed decisions on how to make the most of their IT budgets.

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