Data security and the cloud: 3 things your team needs to know

My Post (93).pngIncreasingly, companies are moving their data and processing to cloud services. It’s easy for this out-of-sight data to be out of mind when it comes to security, but if anything, it should be top of mind because it’s even more exposed than is on-premises data. With regulators issuing record fines for privacy violations, developers need to make sure they secure their data in the cloud.

Fines for privacy violations will only increase in 2020. In 2019, after one year of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement in the European Union, there were over 59,000 personal data breach notifications across Europe, along with 91 reported fines. France’s National Data Protection Commission fined Google $57 million for improper processing of personal data for advertising purposes. With more violations occurring with respect to data stored in the cloud, data owners, developers, and CISOs need to focus on cloud data security.

In July, the Information Commissioner’s Office of the United Kingdom announced that a large European airline would be fined 1.5% of its 2017 revenue, or $230 million, for allowing attackers to modify its website, scraping personal and financial details using a malicious JavaScript component.

“While we can never know how much reach the attackers had on the airline’s servers, the fact that they were able to modify a resource for the site tells us the access was substantial, and the fact they likely had access long before the attack even started is a stark reminder about the vulnerability of web-facing assets,” stated a RiskQ analysis of the issue.

Such data breach fines are only increasing. The EU’s GDPR allows fines of up to 4% of revenue per violation. California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) fines companies that fail to protect their users’ data can be fined up to $2,500 per violation—and $7,500 per willful violation—per individual whose data was breached. And fines under the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) will likely rise as well.

Traditionally, having data stored locally meant attackers had to compromise the corporate network before gaining access. While the past reminds us that this has occurred all too often, at least that network was under local control and monitoring. Services on demand allow attackers to access sensitive data if they can bypass cloud access security—which is typically under the control of the cloud provider, and opaque to the enterprise. – Read more

Why Software Organizations Eat Their Own Dog Food

My Post (92).pngSoftware vendors sell software, obviously. But software vendors also use software, also fairly obviously. What’s not always as obvious from the outside is to what degree the software business uses its own products.

It makes sense, the software business is typified by large-scale enterprise companies that need all the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tools, database services, Human Resources (HR) applications, financial IT solutions, big data analytics functions and Artificial Intelligence (AI) advancements that actual customers want to get hold of.

As the saying goes, if your product is good enough, then you should be able to eat your own dog food. The term has been popularized in technology circles to the extent that it is now sometimes referred to as dogfooding. But dogfooding doesn’t sound good to software marketing people, so they like to say ‘we drink our own champagne’ instead. But that’s cheesy and real champagne only comes from France, so let’s stick with dogfood.

While human beings are discouraged from actually eating dog food, companies like to engage in dogfooding for a number of reasons, so here are a few Kibbles ‘n Bits to munch through.

Validation of product

Probably the key reason companies dogfood is to attempt to validate and substantiate the functionality of the software they produce. Whether they need to make sure their products do all that they claim or whether they want to confirm that investments in R&D actually deliver, it’s a proven way to get a reality check.

“Building a proposition based on ‘customer asks and requests’ and then evolving it as a result of feedback… and further iterating it based on observing user behavior are all valid ways for a software vendor to become more customer-centric… but nothing beats walking a mile in the shoes of your customer,” said Sal Laher, chief digital & information officer at IFS. “The experience of implementing your own software and setting your business up for success can have a profound effect on everything from internal process improvement, through to any company’s culture adoption of new technology like [cloud] Software-as-a-Service.”

Laher explains that at the beginning of 2019, IFS embarked on a journey to implement its own full ERP suite, along with other supporting cloud solutions including its payroll and marketing software. The company aimed to ‘stress test’ itself and perform this exercise faster than it had done for any individual customer to date, knowing that time-to-value, ease of use, simplified best practice processes and total cost of ownership are the most important things for customers. So did it go as smoothly as Laher had hoped?

“We had some issues that took us more than a month to get settled, but that’s only half the point. We knocked our goals out the park and developed crucial learnings that benefit how we engage and deliver for our customers. It also served as a workforce boost to help inspire further pride among our team,” added Laher.

Cost-saving

It might be the most obvious reason of all, but some technology dogfooding is simply down to the fact that it makes sense from a cost-saving point of view. No specialist in HR software is going to buy another competing vendor’s product in order to handle its HR function. Firms may buy competitor’s products in order to craft interoperability connections, but even this is rare because most enterprise software companies that need to do this will form partnerships.  – Read more

Advantages of cloud computing in education

My Post (91).pngThere are tons of advantages of cloud computing in education. Not only small and medium-sized businesses and start-ups increasingly rely on cloud services, but also large and established businesses are increasingly taking advantage of new opportunities and thus improving their economic position.

We must understand that the fourth industrial revolution is above all a social, economic, educational and technological revolution that changes the way of life of societies, as is the beginning of capitalism with the so-called first industrial revolution.

  • Cloud computing delivers agile and flexible solutions, from data center migration to student data collection and analysis.
  • Cloud computing optimize your district’s IT operations, save money, and keep student data secure in the cloud.
  • Cloud computing demonstrates innovation and develops the next generation of online learning, analytics, and campus management solutions.

and within the framework of this technological dualism, we are shown between humanism and artificial intelligence or between humanism and post-humanism. This is how the so-called cyber-physical systems emerge, which are nothing more than the integration of computers, networks, and physical processes, with embedded computing and monitoring networks to control physical processes, with feedback cycles in which physical processes act computationally and vice versa.

What are the advantages of cloud computing in education?

Cloud computing offers access to abstract computing infrastructures to take all advantages of cloud computing in education for the students and staff through the Internet. Cloud service providers allow their customers to rent IT infrastructure flexible, without the need to invest capital in IT and data center infrastructure.

It is only a normal development of network technology. Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle, put it more simply: “The cloud is nothing more than a network with a connected data center. You no longer have to worry about developing and maintaining hardware and software. That’s what the “cloud provider” does. The cloud is a service, a service.

Cloud computing can take place in several ways. In addition to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), cloud computing through Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) are the most frequent in the business environment. The three variants allow the company maximum flexibility in the choice of media used and free companies from the long maintenance and repair work of the software used.

Benefits SaaS for Education Businesses

• Focus on core business
• Liquidity
• The high selection of vendors
• Costs are scalable
• Based on a consumption-oriented pay as you use the model
• Allows for short implementation
times • Allows for reduced complexity
• Bills customers of expenses for maintaining software
• The risk lies with the provider
• Short notice periods

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