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The Security of Data in the Cloud is now a Major Concern

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) a non-profit organisation (that recommends best practice for securing cloud data and cloud computing practices) believe the level of security of data in the cloud should be a cause of concern. These concerns were raised when they conducted a survey titled ‘Cloud Adoption, Practices and Priorities Survey Report’. In this report, the CSA surveyed over 200 IT and security professionals with over 72% admitting they “did not know the number of shadow IT apps within their organization, but certainly want to”. Over 61% of companies commented that the issues relating to the security of data in the cloud…


Barclays Launches Document Scanning App for Mortgage Brokers

Barclays is helping to speed up the process of securing a mortgage by creating a document scanning app for mortgage brokers. This app will allow mortgage brokers to save time by uploading submission documents whilst out on the road. As the document scanning app for mortgage brokers is available when the user is on the move, it can be used by smartphones and tablets with cameras attached to them. The user simply takes a picture of the document and uploads it using the mortgage application tool allowing it to be visible by the banks staff. Barclays bank has described this…


Avoid Office 365 Vendor Lock-in With Message Archiving

With Office 365 now using 50Gb mailboxes as standard, the risk of becoming locked in to the Microsoft Office 365 platform is increasing. Given the recent legal disputes regarding granting the FBI access to data stored in its Ireland data-center in breach EU Data Protection directives, being locked in to the Microsoft platform without the ability to migrate on short notice may prove a risk to your business in the future. Using a third party backup and archival system, such as a Barracuda Networks Message Archiver appliance, can overcome this Office 365 limitation and allow you to reduce the amount…


Microsoft Appeals against US Demands for Cloud Data Stored in Ireland

Microsoft has launched an appeal in a US courtroom after refusing to provide the US with Cloud Data stored in Ireland because of a warrant that exists in the US. This appeal has been launch in conjunction with a ruling Judge Francis gave in April 2014 stating that the Government shouldn’t have to arrange a fresh warrant each time it requires data. Francis commented that “the burden on the government would be substantial, and law enforcement efforts would be seriously impeded if warrants for data did not cover this information”. Microsoft’s Deputy General Counsel David Howard replied saying “the US…


The Dangers of Dropbox for Business

A large number of companies use Dropbox for business purposes; however it’s been recently discovered that it may not be wise to continue to do so as valuable information can easily be lost due to synchronising errors. Dropbox calls itself “a home for all your photos, docs, videos, and files” and says that “anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website — so you can access your stuff from anywhere.” However one user has had thousands of his files accidentally deleted. Jan Čurn the CTO of VirtualRig Studio who has…


You could test the latest beta Microsoft Office!

Microsoft is giving everyday home and professional users of Office a chance to experience the newest versions of the software for free before their official release date, in exchange for constructive criticism. The pre released beta versions of Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Vision and Word will be available to users in their purest non-tested form, in return users must provide developers at Microsoft with feedback on the new version software. Business users will also be offered the opportunity to test premium business products such as Exchange, Project and SharePoint as well as online cloud services. In order to…


European Commission Close to Standardising Cloud SLA Guidelines

The European Commission have almost finished creating a document detailing how to standardise Cloud SLA guidelines. This Cloud SLA document is targeted to help users save money and increase cloud trust from service providers and industry bodies. Although the Cloud SLA guidelines are almost complete, the European Commission will test them on users such as SME’s before formalising and publicly announcing them. When fully implemented, the guidelines will help cloud users ensure the most essential elements are documented in simple terms the availability and reliability of security levels, cloud services, quality of support and data management. The Cloud Select Industry…


British Business Threatened by Cyber Security

The body which measures the perceived level of risks concerning British SME’s, the Zurich SME Risk Index, has recorded a rise in concern for the first time in over a year regarding cyber security. In Q4 of 2013 the figure stood at 41.68 rising to 43.9 during Q1 of 2014. The results show that small and medium sized businesses are feeling more threatened than ever by cyber security threats. Of the businesses surveyed the majority of concerns sat in the privacy breach and data loss category, with 33% of companies recognising this as their number one concern. With this in…


Salesforce to Add Three New Data Centres in Europe

Salesforce, a customer relationship management (CRM) sales application has announced that they will be adding an additional three new data centres in Europe, as well as creating an additional 500 jobs. This is due to a 41% increase in its European revenue in the start of 2014. The company will open its first additional data centre in the UK in August 2014, and two other centres in France and Germany during 2015. The new data centres will provide additional support to Salesforce .com’s cloud computing services among a growing base of customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. According…


Telegram Messenger Dramatically Grows after Facebook buys WhatsApp

Over 5 Million people have signed up to the Telegram Messenger application after it was announced last week that Facebook has bought WhatsApp. On the 24th February 2014, Telegram Messenger tweeted that they were ‘the number 1 most downloaded iPhone app in 48 countries.’ The boost in users (100 new users per second) has caused the application to require new servers and an urgent upgrade to its current hardware. Telegram Messenger was developed by Nikolai and Pavel Durov, the two brothers behind Russia’s largest social network VK. The app allows its users to send messages, photos, videos and documents to people…

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