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 »

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.

I can’t listen to that

Value of Privacy in the 60s courtesy of The Andy Griffith Show

Andy Griffith vs the Patriot Act

Growing up in the UK, The Andy Griffith Show is not something I would normally have come across. However a recent article on brought this show and its ‘heart warming’ values to my attention.

It is really interesting to watch this, and see how much the value of privacy has changed since the ’60s.

Debate continues around how much impact the Patriot Act has on the provision, use and risk of using Cloud services in Europe, or indeed elsewhere, and I do not see this coming to a tidy end anytime soon. However, the need for privacy in communications, especially security of email communications has never been higher.

At AzureCoast we have seen many organisations attempt to implement secure email (S/MIME) capabilities, but struggle to maintain the service due to complexities of managing and provisioning certificates and key for hundreds, if not thousands of devices. And this is why we developed HardMail.

If you are an organisation looking to protect your email communications then take a look at the key and certificate management capabilities of HardMail, and get in contact with us to arrange a trial.

The Data Privacy Question

is there a need and solution for secure communications?

The lack of concern about security and data privacy is pandemic. Worse still, as this article describes, it shows no real sign of improving on a wide scale any time soon:

It’s not just that the loss of privacy is a cost of doing business. It’s that we’ve become so lazy, so complacent, that we can’t even muster the energy to realize what we have given up. […] Here’s another possibility. Ours has become a trust-based community. Read the full article here ››

It seems that our societies continue to surrender claims to private communications or privacy in the search for better personal security or getting something for nothing. But is this justified or even realistic?

There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Many of us were brought up with this ideal. That you get what you pay for, and free just means that you are paying for it some other way that you have not yet discovered. Whether we give up our privacy to get something for free, or because we are told it is “for our safety”, in a general sense this trend will continue.

However, there is a rapidly growing market for secure communications. AzureCoast see this growth across many sectors, including academic institutions, government agencies, banking and financial, research and development, military and security services, and many others.

These security conscious industries demand high levels of security and privacy in their communications and more are demanding their data be stored locally, within Europe or their home nations.

For service providers and telecom operators serious about providing secure services to major organisations there is both an opportunity and a solution. AzureCoast HardMail is a secure and encrypted email and digital communications service designed to enable service providers to deliver hardened, secured communications to a customers who demands the highest levels of data security and privacy.

Contact AzureCoast today to find out how to trial HardMail.