Security soars to the cloud
INTERNET| Aug. 15, 2012, 10:55 a.m.
The air of general distrust and scepticism that used to surround cloud computing seems to be dissipating as an increasing number of businesses now migrate their systems to it. Ironically, the very issue that used to cause hesitation about the cloud has now become the main reason for companies to embrace it, namely security.
“For a long time, there had been a perception among business owners that the cloud environment is less secure,” says Lutz Blaeser, MD of Intact Security, the official distributor of Avira anti-virus and security software products in South Africa.
“While that may have been true when the technology was newer, it has since evolved and business owners are realising that their paranoia is unwarranted; that the cloud can actually offer their company better security than they can do in-house, on their own. If your small business is running between 5 and 100 PCs, chances are that you don’t have the IT personnel or resources to spare that will give you the sufficient help that you’ll need in the event of an IT security breach.”
Earlier this year, Microsoft released a study that was conducted by their Trustworthy Computing Division. It revealed how small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are increasingly benefiting from implementing cloud systems. Of the U.S. companies that were surveyed for the study, 35% indicated that they had experienced noticeably higher levels of security since adopting the cloud, and they spent 32% less time per week managing security than companies not using the cloud.
More than half of the companies surveyed in the Microsoft study said that the cloud left them with more time to concentrate on adding new products and services that benefited their business faster and more securely. Among those SMBs utilising the cloud, 41% said that it had enabled them to employ more staff to help grow their business in terms of growth or sales.
To keep pace with this trend of cloud uptake among businesses and individual consumers, Avira has just launched a technical preview of its latest product, a new cloud-based anti-virus solution called Avira Protection Cloud. Still just in a beta-testing phase, the program uses swarm and cloud technology to easily detect malicious files on a PC.
MORE INTERNET NEWS
SEACOM fibre services ‘turning tide for African business’SEACOM aims to shake up the enterprise connectivity space by offering businesses high-speed connectivity and quality bandwidth at an affordable cost. Read More
Connectivity critical for Nigeria's ICT sector, says SES chiefConnectivity is vital for any country to fully optimise the huge potential of cyberspace, SES Sales Manager for West Africa Joy Nma Emenike tells Kokumo Goodie. Read More
Eutelsat, Facebook to partner on satellite initiative to get more Africans onlineEutelsat Communications and Facebook have announced a new initiative that will leverage satellite technologies to get more Africans online. Read More
Alcatel-Lucent to deliver submarine broadband connectivity to oil and gas facilities off AngolaAlcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, has been awarded the development of the Sonangol Offshore Optical Cable (SOOC). Read More
MTN excels in NCA data quality testsMTN has distinguished itself as the most reliable data service provider in Ghana, according to the results of Quality of Service data monitoring tests released by the National Communications Authority. Read More
More institutions benefit from Airtel’s free internet connectivityAirtel connected a further five learning institutions and one Police Station to the internet for free this week, bringing the number of institutions Airtel has connected for free to over 150. Read More
Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicações Moçambique selects Intelsat to extend broadband servicesEmpresa Nacional de Telecomunicações de Moçambique has renewed its relationship with Intelsat S.A. for satellite solutions that will help the company deliver broadband connectivity to corporate networks and provide cellular backhaul services to support remote areas of Mozambique. Read More
MTN invests R1.2 billion to fund network upgrades in Kwa-Zulu NatalMTN South Africa is investing about R1.2 billion to upgrade its network in Kwa-Zulu Natal, which includes the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in the scenic suburb La Lucia. Read More
Teraco interconnects Africa to the world’s financial marketsTeraco has announced a new fibre link that provides capital market participants with the reliable, high-bandwidth and high-speed connectivity required to transport critical financial data. Read More
Facebook’s mobile momentum grows in AfricaFacebook has shared new statistics revealing that 2.2 million Kenyans use Facebook every day and 4.5 million each month, while 7.1 million Nigerians use Facebook daily and 15 million are active every month. Almost all these people are coming to Facebook on a mobile device. Read More
FEATURED STORYConnectivity critical for Nigeria's ICT sector, says SES chief
Connectivity is vital for any country to fully optimise the huge potential of cyberspace, SES Sales Manager for West Africa Joy Nma Emenike tells Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHHigh tech homes: Just press play
High tech, digital homes where everything is automated and connected aren’t the stuff of science fiction any longer, says BNC Technology.