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As Edge Computing Gains Steam, We Must Balance Benefits With Security Risks

The overriding premise behind setting up a business is to make handsome ROI and this occasions cutting unnecessary costs. Edge computing comes on this basis to shift focus more to the source of data as a way of improving response times and saving bandwidth. Since you have to move closer to the source of data, there is always a high probability of jettisoning your otherwise well-articulated security measures. What most businesses fail to put into consideration is the absolute need to balance the accruable benefits with the potent security risks. If you are involved in the ongoing back and forth between centralized and decentralized IT, you must have begun to see the limitations of a centralized IT. You probably have also started questioning the rationale behind having hundreds or thousands of industry-standard servers running a host of applications in consolidated data centers.  This is not helped by having new types of workloads and distributed computing. If you sum up all of these with the fast pace of IoT, you definitely have a good cause for the observable rise in edge computing. The new realization now is that processing at the edge brings compute closer to data accumulation and hence the…

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How to Best Safeguard Your Customers’ Data From Cyberattackers

Your customer is the best asset you have and should be roundly protected from any form of harm. With the unceasing onslaught by cyberattackers on governments, businesses, and individuals, the least you can do is to go to any length to ensure that your customers’ data are safeguarded. A quick recap of some very ugly incidents in 2019, will bring to the front-burner why safeguarding your customers’ data must be your uppermost priority. In May, a surveillance contractor for US Customs and Border Protection suffered a breach, and hackers stole photos of travelers and license plates related to about 100,000 people.  A destructive strain of ransomware called LockerGoga has specifically been victimizing industrial and manufac­turing firms. As if that is not enough, in March, a research report from the threat intelligence firm Kaspersky, says that computer maker Asus disclosed a supply chain attack sometime in the second half of 2018 that had compromised the company’s Live Update tool to push malware to almost 1 million customers. We can go on and on as this is just the tip of the iceberg. The important thing to note here is that it’s now more necessary than ever to put serious measures in…

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Backdoor Encryption, An assault on Privacy

Facebook has certainly had its fair share of problems over the years, right from the Cambridge Analytica scandals to a host of other privacy issue related problems, which led to a lot of people deleting their accounts from the platform. Now that they have come up with a beautiful one, the end-to-end encryption that everybody should applaud, it’s a huge surprise that there is a concerted effort to stab privacy in the back through backdoor encryption. Salvos have been coming from all corners at end-to-end encryption. The surprising aspect of the whole thing is that these reactions are coming from largely unexpected quarters, that is those you thought would be very happy to fight cybercrime to a standstill.  The U.S. Attorney General William Barr in a reaction to the technology world says, “If the cops and Feds can’t read people’s encrypted messages, you will install backdoors for us, regardless of the security hit.” FBI head honcho Christopher Wray is not left out in the call for a backdoor, saying that the cops and Feds should be able to spy on end-to-end encrypted chats and the like. Also noteworthy is the fact that UK home secretary Priti Patel, US attorney general…

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How Data Architects Can Improve Your Business’ Cybersecurity

Brands engage the services of information security professionals to ensure the security of both their information and system. However, doing this without the input of data architects may turn out to be an exercise in futility. It has always been the focus of governments, businesses, and individuals to protect their information even before the coming of the age of computers. Highly sensitive information was marked as  “TOP SECRET,” “SECRET,” and “CONFIDENTIAL,” while some organizations go to the length of adding a stamped seal on paper.  All these were measures used to indicate and also maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) of the information for the intended recipient. Technological advancements have caused us to jettison some of these practices but that does not in any way mean that the security of information is no longer of immense importance. In this era of big data where corporations scramble for information and cybercriminals are upping their tech-savviness all in an effort to lay their hands on your data for obvious reasons, contemplating such an idea would even have been suicidal. The quantity of data and information you handle on a day-to-day basis has tremendously increased also and apart from information security professionals,…

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How Proxies Can Up Your Competitive Advantage

As the world has become a global village and we now operate a borderless market, both your online and offline businesses are in for the stiff competition and the only way to up your competitive advantage is to seek out innovative ways to stay relevant. With proxies as a third-party server, however, you can effectively ward off a lot of the challenges that can run down your business. A proxy server also referred to as proxy or application-level gateway is a computer that works by intercepting connections between sender and receiver. With a proxy in place, all your organization’s data will be fed in through one port and are forwarded to the rest of the network via another port. With the advancement in technology affording businesses the necessary tech-savviness to upgrade their performances, products, services, and quality, you must not be caught on the sidelines. So, what roles can proxies play in upping your competitive advantage?  1. Insurance against attacks One thing that will readily bring your business crumpling is a cyberattack. The effects can be so devastating that you must go all the way to ensure that you are protected. To show how dreadful cyberattacks can be, a Gallup…

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Using The Mobile App to Maximize Your Business Productivity

The intent and purpose of going into a business are primarily to make good returns on investments and this borders around the productivity of your employees. For your business to really thrive in this highly competitive global market it’s absolutely necessary that your employees are freed from bottlenecks and distractions, which you can enhance and maximize by using the relevant mobile app The fact that in 2019, the number of mobile phone users is forecast to reach 4.68 billion globally is a pointer that you need to catch in on the trend. App usage and smartphone penetration are still growing at a phenomenal rate and there are no signs that this will slow down in the foreseeable future. You should also take into consideration that there are 1.23 billion tablet users worldwide, to really appreciate the impact mobile apps can have on your business. Studies also revealed that the average American checks the phone every 12 minutes and 90% of the mobile time are spent on apps. This is an avenue you can utilize to maximize your business productivity since you will only be capitalizing on the interest of your employees to boost productivity. You can also factor in the…

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