28 Jun 2019

4 Reasons to Use a Multi-Cloud Strategy for Your Data

Data Management on Multiple Cloud Platforms

Plenty of IT providers have been moving toward multi-cloud strategies, both internally and for their clients. Why is that? We’ll dive deeper into the benefits of multi-cloud strategies. But first, let’s define exactly what they are.

Multi-cloud strategies provide data management across several cloud platforms. This may include any cloud deployment model, including private cloud, public cloud, community cloud, or hybrid cloud services. The multi-cloud approach prevents single-vendor dependency. That means more options so you can really optimize your digital systems for your business. That’s just one benefit, though.

According to CIO, “the drivers behind the trend are crystal clear. Benefits, such as avoiding vendor lock-in, cost savings, performance optimization, a lowered risk of DDoS attacks, as well as improved reliability, are all critical as businesses jockey for position in today’s new digital economy.”

 

The Top 4 Benefits of Multi-Cloud Services

 

1. Security

There are pros and cons to security in multi-cloud strategies. It’s not necessarily safer overall to use a multi-cloud strategy. Just like in a house, multiple entry points provide more room for intruders to get in. However, when you have your business spread out over multiple platforms, it also becomes more difficult for intruders to take everything. Plus, disaster recovery is often faster and more effective in this scenario.

 

2. Leverage

Single-service cloud providers hold a lot of control when you only use one. You’re at their mercy, and you often don’t have a fast alternative. That means switching to new cloud technology can cost you a lot of downtime.

Meanwhile, when you use different cloud services, you get to keep more control within your business. From a cost-savings perspective, that’s a major advantage. If one provider suddenly skyrockets their pricing, you can quickly make a switch to your other providers. The same goes for providers that add or remove services, or make significant platform changes.

 

3. Performance Optimization

Working with multiple cloud providers offers a ton of benefits for businesses. It’s not the right system for everyone, but for those it does work for, it can easily optimize many different components of the business. That’s because you can custom fit features of different platforms to suit your operations, finances, R&D, CMS, CRM, and more.

Different aspects of your business may function better in distinct cloud environments. For example, Google could be optimized for your operations, while research might function better with Microsoft Azure’s cloud computing system.

 

4. Multi-Feature Functionality

In a lot of cases, when businesses try out software, it’s like all the ladies of the kingdom trying on Cinderella’s glass slipper. Machine learning can only go so far in some cases, leaving you with single cloud solutions that only work half the time.

A multi-cloud environment combats this by giving you more selection for the features you need or combining features of different systems to integrate your own custom solution. You can keep most of your data in your data center, but shop out different features of other solutions.

 

Getting Started with a Multi-Cloud Database Strategy

It’s important to have the right developers and IT technicians in place to help you manage your cloud services.

If you want to find out what a multi-cloud strategy would look like for your business, book a consultation with Alt-Tech’s IT professionals and software developers. We’ll map out your best options, your best and worst case scenarios, and a cost-benefit analysis to help you decide if it’s the right move. Then, we’ll help you implement your custom solution.

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24 May 2019

How to Prepare Your Business for a Phishing Scam

Working online comes with certain risks. There are computer viruses, malware, spyware, worms, Trojan horses, and ransomware – just to name a few. With all of these potential threats, how can you keep your company safe online?

According to a 2017 study, 90% of online attacks can be traced back to phishing scams. Even though so many attacks are related to phishing, many companies still aren’t sure how to identify and avoid phishing scams. To help, we’ve put together some of the best ways to identify and prepare for a phishing attack.

 

What is a Phishing Scam?

A phishing scam is one of the most common cyber attacks we face. In a phishing scam, the hacker will usually disguise themselves as a reputable company and contact you through email. The phishing message will ask you to click a link or download an attachment, which allows the hacker access to your personal information like credit card numbers, account numbers, login credentials, and other sensitive company information. This also leaves you vulnerable to malware attacks.

While phishing emails are most common, there has been a spike in phishing attacks using text messages and direct phone calls. We’ve also seen an increase in spear phishing, which is a targeted phishing attempt directed at and personalized for a specific individual. These attacks are typically geared toward identity theft, so make sure to pay close attention to suspicious texts and phone calls.

 

How Can You Detect Phishing?

Phishing emails used to be littered with spelling errors and obvious mistakes that made them easy to identify. Scammers have gotten a little smarter over the years. Fortunately, there are still a couple simple ways you can detect a phishing attack before it strikes.

 

Read Closely

While it isn’t common anymore, it’s still best to double check all emails for spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, or other red flags. These are all signs of a phishing scam. Remember, if an email seems ‘phishy’, it probably is.

 

Look For Urgency

A phishing scam will usually want you to act now. Maybe it’ll say that your account is about to be closed or that there’s a limited time offer. Either way, their goal is to make you feel as if you need to act quickly. Remember, most companies won’t close your account without ample warning, so don’t panic. This urgency could indicate a phishing scam.

 

Double Check the Information

While it might look like it comes from a legitimate site, a phishing email will be coming from a less than reputable source. You can verify the legitimacy of the email by looking at the sender’s email address, the phone number and contact information, by contacting the legitimate institution to verify, or by typing the alleged web address in a search engine.

 

Protect Your Business

The best way to protect yourself from phishing scams is through preparation!While you can usually identify a phishing scam using the tips above, it’s still best to have a little extra protection in place.

 

Update and Install Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware Software

You can keep your personal information more secure by keeping your computer’s operating system and anti-virus tools completely up to date. And this helps with more than just phishing attacks. Having anti-virus and anti-malware in place will help protect your business from all kinds of online attacks.

 

Educate, Educate, Educate!

Your employees are your best defense against online attacks. To get them on board, train every employee on what a phishing scam is, how to detect it, and what the proper response is.

 

By following these steps, you can help prevent phishing scams from harming your business. If you want to improve your business’ online security, call Alt-Tech’s security team and learn how we can help protect your business online.

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