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Dropbox Hack Highlights Need for BYOD Security

cloud security imageA recent confession by Dropbox that their system was hacked should make every CIO’s blood run cold, not to mention validate IBM’s recent ban on the file hosting service.

In the absence of an enterprise data access strategy that extends to tablets and smartphones, BYOD users are turning to free consumer services like Dropbox to retrieve and share needed files. Hello, data. Goodbye, security, governance and compliance.

Everyone knows the pitfalls. IT has no control over data stored by these services. The encryption keys are held by the service provider. Even though the data is encrypted once it gets to the cloud, the lack of client-side encryption exposes data in transit. In effect, use of these services blasts a gaping hole in the wall you have built to guard against data leakage and regulatory violations.

The need to plug this hole is sparking new interest in Managed File Transfer (MFT), a technology originally developed to protect data exchange in the pre-BYOD era.

MFT not only encrypts data transfers at the point of origin but also requires authentication of both the user and device. It enforces corporate policies on who can send what to whom. It provides an audit trail of all file sharing activities for compliance and forensics purposes.

While most vendors offer a public cloud option, the technology can also be deployed on-premise in an installed or virtual private cloud scenario so that the stored data never leaves the enterprise. Files are downloaded from a central server on an as-needed basis and then deleted from the mobile device. IT can maintain complete control.

The technology also overcomes email file limitations that force users needing large Power Points, CAD drawings or other oversized files to turn to unsafe web services in the first place. And it simplifies IT administration because the same password can be used for desktops, laptops and BYOD devices.

Whether with MFT or another solution, CIOs need to find a way to bring tablets and smartphones under their security wing. Otherwise, it will continue to be a BYOD Wild West out there. No company can afford that risk.

To learn more about MFT and the solution that SEEBURGER offers, visit http://www.seeburgermft.com

SEEBURGER Delivers Secure Cloud-Based File Sharing for SMBs on Amazon Web Services

SEEBURGER’s multi-award winning secure file sharing product, SEE FX is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Now, companies can  have access to their files from a cloud that is based in their region, wherever they are globally.  Additionally, your data is stored in a secure, compliant, highly secure fashion by the world-leading cloud provider, Amazon.

A View From The Channel – Part II

Guest blogger, Michelle Jones.  Vice President Global Channels & Alliances

My last post addressed the need for software vendors and channel partners to adapt to changing market conditions, industry regulations, technology landscapes and ever-shifting customer requirements. My take of “adapt or be left behind” has proven true.  In the few short months since that post we’ve seen significant acquisition activity among vendors (and between partners of vendors), endless debate/discussion regarding the risks and opportunities of social business, growth on all fronts “cloud” and  massive attention to the resulting privacy implications.

So what does this mean?  It means that focus is more important today than ever before.  Before hopping on the latest buzzword bandwagon, companies should look at their core competencies- be it technology, consulting, services- and determine how to leverage the new forces at play to make them the best they can be.  Most importantly, keep your compass pointed to customer value.  In my opinion, all roads must lead there.

I am in no way suggesting businesses do not innovate-  innovation is key to the success of any company working with technology.  It does, however, mean do not get distracted by the next shiny thing that emerges for it may prove to be fad vs. future.

Do your homework and remember, your customers and partners chose to do business with you for a reason.  Validate their choice of you as their trusted partner with constant innovation, investment, improvement and modernization of what you do best.  Then exploit new technologies and methods of deployment, strengthen relationships via all channels possible and never forget the end game- customer value. Read more

What Facebook Can Teach Us About Data Privacy

Facebook is currently the world’s most popular web site, with more than 690 billion page views each month, according to metrics from Google’s DoubleClick service. Facebook currently accounts for about 9.5 percent of all Internet traffic, slightly more than Google, according to HitWise.

Much has been said of Facebook’s infrastructure and its ability to keep millions of individuals connected to friends, family, and businesses on a 24/7 basis.   One might argue that Facebook is the tour de force of personal information and privacy. Read more

Connecting People, Processes and Technology – A View From the Channel

Guest blogger, Michelle Jones.  Vice President, Global Channels & Alliances

We’ve all seen and felt dramatic changes in market conditions, industry regulations and the technology landscape over the last year- and I’m sure there is more to come. Technology vendors, partners and our customers alike are impacted every day as a result of forces, good and bad, beyond our control.  By way of example, consider the economic downturn, market consolidation, and ever-shrinking IT budgets (the “bad”) and virtualization/cloud, social business and most innovative technology solutions in history (the “good”).

The implication?  Adapt or be left behind.

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Secure transfer of mission-critical data in the age of WikiLeaks and compliance – with SEEBURGER Managed File Transfer

Do you have your data transfers under control?

One of the major advantages of modern technology is the ability to transfer company data more quickly and spontaneously between people and systems. Yet the methods for transferring sensitive and large files are not always as secure and reliable as they could be or should be according to compliance regulations in the age of the cloud, WikiLeaks

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1 To celebrate our 25th anniversary we interviewed our CEO, Bernd Seeburger

Bernd Seeburger

An EDI veteran’s vision for success “From the garage to the boardroom” | Looking back over 25 years

SEEBURGER has been successfully providing B2B integration solutions for 25 years, and as the founder of the company, you are seen as an EDI veteran. How do you explain the company’s success?

“An EDI veteran – I take that as a huge compliment. We certainly do have a long and eventful history, during which we’ve grown from a small one-man operation to a globally expanding B2B integration specialist and solutions provider.

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Cloud and EDI – The Ideal IT Mélange

Written by Ken Kinlock, November 25, 2010

Yes, cloud computing is a great “mélange” (mix) with EDI; We know what EDI is, so what is ”cloud computing”?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
“Cloud computing is Web-based processing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices (such as smart phones) on demand over the Internet”.

WOW! An on-demand, cloud computing model for EDI/B2B, removes the limitations of IT budgets, IT staffing, EDI expertise and EDI systems. It is a pay-as-you-need-it concept. It takes the system from the in-house business and makes it just a hook-up, not another IT project.

The term “cloud” is used as a “symbol” for the Internet. You remember the “cloud” drawing used to represent the Internet in computer network diagrams? Cloud computing providers deliver common business applications online that are accessed from another Web service or software like a Web browser, while the software and data are stored on servers. Read more

Will Core ERP Ever Move to the Cloud?

by Dennis Gaughan, Gartner Anlayst

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Gartner’s acquisition of AMR Research. In many ways, I can’t believe an entire year has gone by; it’s gone very quickly. One of the striking differences between AMR past and Gartner present is just the “virtual-ness” of the workplace. Given that most AMR analysts were located in Boston, a lot of our discussion and debate happened in a conference room, which is just not possible in such a large organization. That is not to say those conversations never happen at Gartner, quite the opposite. They just occur on the phone 95% of the time. I bring this up because we had some interesting discussion on the phone the other day about the potential adoption of ERP in the cloud, and that combined with some other data, will help influence our research agenda going in to 2011. Read more

Survey says: Corporate IT budgets looking good for 2011

Technology executives are seeing their budgets rise in 2011, and that money will be allocated to new projects, according to a Wedbush survey.

Wedbush surveyed 100 IT managers with decision authority on projects. Wedbush’s findings indicate a penchant for cloud, virtualization and collaboration projects. Even big software projects like enterprise resource planning implementations are showing some momentum.

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