Tips on How To Use the Cloud to Protect Your Company from Harmful email security threats

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21 January 2013, Zurich Switzerland: Abusive email content, including Spam, Phishing, Malware and Viruses continues to increase, with more than 90% of all email traffic classified as junk.

To any business, small, big or massive, the cost of transporting this junk data is significant, and a waste of precious time and resource. The costs of equipment, IT management and business disruption caused by the presence of junk mail within the network are a real drag on budgets and operations that Cloud solutions can mitigate.

IT managers across the globe have been searching for innovative solutions to protect the corporate mail servers from this abusive content, and have found the most cost effective way is to stop abusive mail content from entering their networks in the first place. With Cloud services becoming so predominant in IT strategy; Cloud based email filtering is now taking the lead as email is a business critical application that can leverage the economics of Cloud technology immediately.

Cloud based email security can show rapid returns in savings by simply eliminating significant amounts of employee’s time across the entire enterprise. Plus, the technology can provide additional features such as disaster recovery and archival that are best run outside the corporate network for redundancy.

Register for the executive briefing now, to learn the tips on how to use Cloud email filtering to protect your business from the exponential growth of email-borne threats. As an added bonus, all attendees will receive a 2 months free Cloud based email filtering to trial. Click here to register now http://azurecoast.com/briefing/

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Only as strong as the weakest link

TheNextWeb Insider story on lost email data

The recent leak of email account data of some of the leading oil companies has been attributed to poorly maintained security in less secure shell and sub-domains. This incident is a very real reminder that security is not just the responsibility of one department or individual, and that any weak links could comprise the entire system or organisation.

It highlights the potential issues that ‘data trails’ can cause when weak points in the chain allow information to fall into the wrong hands. More here on TheNextWeb.com »

Many organisations focus so intensely on securing data centres, websites and physical buildings that other aspects of day to day business can often become neglected.

Given that over 99% of all business is now done through digital channels, providing secure communications that are easy to maintain and manage to every employee, contractor and third party has never been more important. Contact us today to find out how HardMail could prevent your organisation from being the next victim of leaked emails.

The Patriot Act: Inhibiting Cloud Adoption In Europe?

The Patriot Act Inhibiting Cloud Adoption In Europe from SecureCloudReview.com

Interesting comments from a USA citizen about the European perception of cloud computing and the Patriot Act.

Frankly, being from the US, I always assumed that US companies and especially US Government agencies wanted their data stored in US based clouds. It would seem that many outside the US have very different feelings about storing in the US. Read more here »

In his article he quotes a presentation and comments from Juergen Urbanski of Deutsche Telekom’s T-Systems, discussing the length that European customers will go to to keep their data out of the USA and USA Cloud providers.

The point they both seem to be converging on is that even if the fear of the Patriot Act is overblown, the reality is that there is a demand for secure European cloud services.

Data Sovereignty & Security still a major issue for cloud adoption

Security continues to be an obstacle to cloud adoption

In a recent article from GigaOm discussing the findings of a 2012 Future of Cloud Survey, security and data sovereignty were still cited as a major obstacle to Cloud adoption.

Security concerns still hamper cloud adoption with 55 percent of respondents citing concerns over cloud security. More here »

The issue of security will not go away, and whilst the Patriot Act continues to get so much media attention, consumers and enterprises are still raising questions about where their data is stored and who can have access to it. Obviously, there are many vendors, providers and governments that are unhappy with this negative coverage and they have engaged in several campaigns labelling this simply as Fear Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD).

FUD or not, the issue is here, and those carriers and service providers willing to capitalise on the opportunity will find themselves in stronger positions against those who are not.

AzureCoast’s HardMail is designed for service providers, telecom operators and enterprises who value security and data privacy. As a service provider, HardMail enables you to deliver in-country secure and encrypted communication services to security conscious consumers, businesses and governments. Find out more about HardMail here »

OTT Services for carriers

This week Telefonica announced the availability of their Tu Me application on Android following on from their recent launch on iOS.

Over-the-top, or OTT services have really hit the headlines recently, with many proclaiming OTT application providers to be the death knoll for telecom carriers.

But that doesn’t have to be so. OTT is simply the ability to deliver an application or service to your customer over a network. The contention arises around whether or not the application provider owns, or pays for the network it runs over.

Many service provider already deploy OTT services in some way or another, for example I can manage my Vodafone account over my Virgin broadband network. What is new is the ability to use applications on my mobile to control things on another network, like being able to set my Sky set top box to record a programme on my iPhone over the Vodafone network.

We believe OTT services are a simple evolution of connected applications and devices, and as such have worked hard to develop OTT applications and services that we carrier-friendly.

Take a look at our Branded Button page or our case study on 1ToGo case study for more information.

Actually, you can stop spam (almost)

A recent article in the Ventura County Star discussed how you can only reduce the amount of spam you receive, not stop it.

You can’t stop spam email, but you can cut how much you get Spam a nuisance, sometimes a danger, but can be slowed. Read the original article here »

Spam is definitely here to stay, and is estimated to account for 80-90% of network traffic. This is a problem is you are a carrier paying for every single bit of traffic, more so if you depend on costly undersea cables or satellite links.

For telecom operators and service providers, slowing spam is not enough because they pay for all traffic across their network. JetStream is a Cloud based service for operators, service providers and enterprises that stops junk in the Cloud before it gets to the network. Find out more here »

Malware, Spam Growth Explodes in May

malware growth explodes, are there cloud based anti malware options?

Malware seems to be on a global increase, and that’s not good news for anyone, especially network operators that have to carry this traffic.

April and May were significant months for malware growth and increased spam and phishing attacks, as the volume of known malware swelled by more than a factor of 10, growing by 927.4 percent from April to May. Read more »

If you are a network operator, you will want to keep as much of this out of your network as possible. That’s why AzureCoast offer their JetStream Cloud based anti-malware product. Find out more about JetStream here »