Technology is quickly becoming intertwined in every aspect of our lives. At any point in the day you are likely connected to technology in one way or another. Our smartphones, laptops, smartwatches, and even smart TVs are made to optimize our daily lives. So what will be the next big thing to revolutionize the workplace?
The Smart Workplace
When we consider how our technology works together, it is clear that we desire seamless communication between devices, fast response time, and convenience in as few steps as possible. Smart devices enable you to crowdsource important information in real time. When we imagine what that might look like in the workplace, or hear “revolutionize” we might think of some very costly, high-tech server farm, or some elaborate system that is way beyond the budget or needs of the company.
However, the smart workplace is far more attainable, cost-effective, and necessary than you may think. In order to stay competitive, it’s crucial that businesses keep up with the technology curve. We are just around the corner from all enterprises needing a solid platform that spans multiple devices, transitions seamlessly on-site and remotely, improves storage, speed, and capabilities.
So what is the next big thing? What will take computing to the next level?
Hybrid Cloud Computing
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The Hybrid Cloud
Hybrid IT systems are the wave of the future for companies in all industries. A hybrid cloud utilizes a private cloud, combined with the advantages of a public cloud system. It allows a business to create a unified, well-managed system that combines services and data. These systems allow more personalized and expansive capabilities, which help to better meet customer needs. When a company uses a hybrid cloud system, the entire organization is more cohesive with data, communication, accuracy, and productivity.
The Public Cloud
The public cloud exists when you buy a server slice in a cloud computing environment that is shared with a number of other clients. A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is also a viable option.
The Private Cloud
The private cloud is a distinct and secure cloud based environment in which only the client can operate.
When combined, you reap the benefits of the public cloud solution without offloading the entirety of your data to a third party data center. It offers greater flexibility and security for company and customer data. Instead of a burden, your data becomes a competitive edge. Furthermore, it gives your hired IT professionals more control over both the public and private cloud systems.
As mentioned, hybrid cloud computing will soon be a necessity in the competitive business world. Because consumers are so accustomed to the speed and convenience in their daily lives, they will expect even more from the IT of trusted businesses. Soon, there will be a generation that knows nothing less than instant application downloads and smooth communication between devices and platforms. Furthermore, customers desire standardization. They want things to be the same everywhere they go and this pushes companies to keep up with the technology, not only of their competitors, but of every other company that their consumers interact with.
However, the hybrid cloud is certainly not beneficial only to the consumer. Customers and businesses alike no longer wish to own tangible things. With hybrid cloud systems, companies do not have to own their IT. You are no longer constrained by space or budget. You can easily experiment and find solutions that work for your business because you are not responsible for the system. Hybrid cloud computing will revolutionize the workplace.
Cloud Services with CCNY Tech
It is crucial that companies find a trusted third party for their Hybrid Cloud Computing Systems. CCNY Tech has an experienced team of IT professionals that will work to understand the needs of your business and will help you to find solutions that work for you. If you would like to learn more about hybrid cloud, visit our website or call us at 315.292.1046.
Ransomware attacks have become a growing concern, particularly for businesses. Ransomware is a subset of malware, which can infect a computer and hold important data ransomed. It allows the cybercriminal to encrypt a victim’s data and demand monetary payment before allowing decryption and regained access to their files. These attacks can be spread through compromised web pages, infected applications, malicious emails, and even external devices. However, more recent attacks are using Remote Desktop protocol which does not rely on any form of user interaction.
Data kidnapping is not limited to the infected computer; it can also affect other connected network devices. It allows the attacker to change login credentials and essentially lock them out of their own network, leaving all data completely vulnerable.
In the past, these attacks could easily be reversed. However, ransomware attacks have become more advanced, using a strong, public-key encryption that denies all access to files.
WannaCry is a major ransomware attack that took place in May 2017. The attack was able to infect and encrypt more than a quarter million systems globally. In this case, as in many ransomware attacks, the culprits demanded payments in bitcoins. Virtual payments in bitcoins allow attackers to remain anonymous.
Even after some of the money was transferred, the data was not decrypted. The WannaCry attack had an enormous impact on many businesses.. The U.K. National Health Service, for instance, was effectively forced offline during the attack. Downtime such as this has major economic repercussions and caused damages exceeding $1 billion to thousand of companies.
Ransomware attacks have been on the rise in recent years. The Symantec 2017 Internet Security Threat Report states that the ransom demanded has roughly tripled from the previous two years. Studies suggested that even while many executives pay the ransom to have their data decrypted, most never receive access to their files again. This is incredibly damaging to businesses in all industries.
Mobile Ransomware Beginning in 2015, a malicious Android app, called Porn Droid was used to lock user’s phones and change access PIN numbers. This allowed attackers to demand $500 to unlock phones. Attacks like this can come in many shapes and sizes and are likely to continue.
How ransomware works Ransomware is a malware with specific capabilities, allowing attacks to encrypt data and demand ransom paid to their bitcoin accounts. Ransomware kits are making this an easier task. These kits can be found on the deep web and open up malware opportunities to even those without technical savvy.
Preventing Ransomware It is important, particularly for businesses to take steps preventing ransomware. Some basic steps to IT security that every business should take are as follows:
Regular backups – All company and customer data should be backed up offline daily, weekly, or monthly depending on the amount of critical data being created and stored.
Regular updates – Software updates are often include security patches that can help to protect your network from weak points.
Security Awareness – All employees should be up-to-date on security threats and company best practices. Users should be aware of clicking on links in emails, opening attachments, and downloads that offer potential security hazards.
Increased cybersecurity efforts and disaster recovery plans are becoming an essential part of general IT needs. Using a professional technology services company for data protection helps to ensure minimal damage and quick recovery.
Computer worms, viruses, and ransomware are all real concerns for enterprise networks. It is important for businesses to consult IT professionals about cyber security. At CCNY Tech, our team of IT experts will perform full network evaluations, finding and correcting your security weak points and ensuring that all preventative measure are in place. To learn more, visit our website or call us at 315.292.1046.