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Sleeping Well with Cloud Services

Comarch
  • On December 12, 2016
  • http://www.ict.comarch.com

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Not so long ago, the only way to access a new application was to install it from a floppy disk. Prehistory, huh? Now we have the Internet. Anytime. Anywhere. Everywhere: in the office, at home, in cafés, on the street, even on the beach. We live in a world where we are connected all the time. This influences our lifestyle, our interests and attitude, it changes the way we work. This means a whole new era for the software industry. And this era should be called “cloud”.

Flexibility. Accessibility. Scalability.

Without a doubt, cloud services are a top solution today – and this fact is changing the world. As Steve Jobs used to say, “Everything is important – that success is in the details”. Same here. As interest in cloud services increases, so do worries about its specifics, mainly its security.

By the way… Did you know that, in 2019, total enterprise spending on security outsourcing services will be 80% of the expenses on security software and hardware products, up from 50% in 2015?

Nowadays, cloud-based solutions are becoming more and more popular. Many of the leading global companies are using them to implement their key business initiatives. The effect? Adequate data security has become crucial.

It is a fact that companies are subject to constant evolution. But at least one thing remains the same: taking care of the good image of the company and being reliable for customers – those two aspects have the highest priority. Given such a context, it is important to ask whether cloud services meet the challenge.

Let us be frank about it. Without security services there are no cloud services. Nowadays, security technology should be built into every cloud solution, because it is the foundation for best-in-class services. So, what do you need to keep all the data safe and sound?

  • Vulnerability Tracking – to verify the security of an IT environment by executing periodic vulnerability scans.
  • Patch Management – to get a collection of vulnerability-related information from various sources, like vendor sites, security bulletins and vulnerability databases.
  • Security Monitoring – to effectively monitor the security of IT environments, enabling you to quickly identify, analyse and respond to potential security threats.
  • Security Operations Center – to be in control all the time – seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
  • Compliance Management – to improve compliance with our support, identify and deploy best security practices and regulatory requirements.
  • Risk Management – to manage open threats by introducing controls, corrective actions, or other means aimed at mitigating risk.
  • Business Continuity Management – to determine the maturity of controls in terms of the Information Security & Business Continuity domains.

It is not a thing of the future any longer. Comarch’s portfolio already contains an extensive set of security services. Comarch cloud solutions are built on the foundation of providing security services that include the aspects mentioned above. Additionally, we provide security services which can add even more to a customer’s cloud infrastructure. Both cases ensure that our customers’ data is secure.

Clearly, doing cloud services right requires the use of a wide array of tools. Let’s pick and underline the three most important ones: effective IT security monitoring, vulnerability tracking, and consistent implementation of ITIL best industrial practices and the required safety certificates (ISO 27001, ISAE 3402 type I and II, PCI DSS, etc.). Such a trio can mean only one thing – a good night’s sleep for CEOs and companies’ management.

Nonetheless, the power of personalisation cannot be ignored.

Only precise analyses of customers’ needs enable the planning and implementation of security solutions that fulfil their specific requirements. All of that definitely needs to be supported by expertise. Dedicated secure solutions are designed by specialists experienced in areas such as firewalls, data leakage, content security, secure switching, routing, and secure networks, to mention but a few. And this is (mainly) what differentiates first-class cloud services from others.

To find out more about the above and much more, visit Comarch’s website.

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