Internet of Things and Security: 5 Factors to Determine Risk vs. Reward

200by200securitythumbprintWe’ve talked about how the Internet of Things — the rising connectivity and communication among objects, users, and the Internet — is becoming the next big thing for businesses across industries.

In the healthcare sector, for instance, IoT is helping both providers and patients see benefits such as scaled expertise, ongoing monitoring, and hospital prevention.

But, as with any technology seeing an upswing, it’s to be expected that there will be associated security questions and challenges. This is especially true because what makes IoT so powerful — the potential to share information immediately with everyone and everything — inherently creates a security threat.

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4 things cloud services will do for your business, starting today

LPresize4 things cloud services will do for your business_imageWe’ve heard that cloud is a technology that will change the future. It is being said that someday, it’ll be the way businesses buy all of their technology. While all this may be true, you don’t have to wait for the future to bring cloud services to your business. Both large and small businesses are using cloud services for greater flexibility, to free themselves from managing complex technology and, importantly, to save money. So, can it help your business?

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How businesses save time with Cloud

LPresizedsave time with cloud_image supportIt’s not news that cloud has brought about a revolution in technology. It has proven to be a major breakthrough for business capabilities.  It offers many tangible benefits for real-world businesses that need to meet the demands—and take advantage of the opportunities—of today’s instruments, and the interconnected and intelligent world. One of the key benefits in making the move to cloud is centered on “time,” and how it makes the best use of it. Here are a few reasons why:

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More Mobile, More Apps: Is Your Business Ready?

We’ve known for a while now that mobility is a force in the enterprise — the rise of BYOD and app development are evidence. But the numbers are pointing to something even stronger: Mobility as a mainstay in business.

Consider that this year, U.S. adults will spend almost half of their overall media time — 43.6 percent — with digital. Of that time, 19.4 percent will be spent on mobile, compared with 19.2 percent on laptops and PCs, according to a July study by eMarketer. And that doesn’t even cover how employees and businesses are using mobile in the workplace.

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Back to Your “Tech-Centric” School

appleFrom instant student-teacher collaboration based on cloud technology to art and music educational apps and interactive gaming, schools nationwide embrace advanced technologies even with ever-looming budget cuts.

Using technology to transform education isn’t a new concept. But the breadth and depth of how technology can be used today makes it even more important for education and IT leaders to be prepared — so that school district infrastructures and devices can handle the evolution now and in the future.

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3 Things You Should Know Before Upgrading Your Network

modernethernet2013resizedWith increasing mobility, thanks in part to BYOD; the rise of Big Data; and more and varied uses for the cloud, networks are getting a workout like never before. To keep up with changing needs, organizations need to increase bandwidth to optimize their networks’ performance.

If your organization is taking steps to improve bandwidth, it isn’t alone. According to the Killer Apps 2013 survey by Ipanema Technologies and Easynet Global Services, businesses are prioritizing investments in their networks, with budgets increasing for 52 percent of organizations. This comes after modest investment in corporate networks during 2012.

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ISO 27001: More Than a Data Center Standard

Managed-HostingWe recently announced that our German data center and office in Frankfurt received ISO 27001 certification.

This is just the latest of many ISO 27001 accredited CenturyLink facilities around the world – including in London and Singapore – and it’s certification is central for businesses relying on it to secure, store and manage their data. Here’s why:

IT underpins and supports almost every aspect of a business these days. The volume and value of data used in everyday business increasingly informs how organizations operate and how successful they are. ISO 27001, quite simply, helps protect this information.

The 27000 family of standards, created and overseen by the International Organization for Standardization, offers a set of specifications, codes of conduct and best-practice guidelines to ensure strong IT service management.

ISO 27001 is a technology-neutral, vendor-neutral information management standard that offers the prescription for the features of an effective Information Security Management System.

This extensive catalogue of requirements focuses on all areas of business. The main drivers for security are undoubtedly globalization, government directives, terrorist activities and threats from hackers, where ISO 27001 is increasingly being seen as a prerequisite for doing business in a secure way.

This process-oriented standard goes beyond the preservation of electronically processed data; it also applies to all safety-related aspects of personnel and business processes, including physical security, such as access and business continuity management. As a result, the certification is not restricted to the data center: It also covers offices.

ISO 27001 certification has become the benchmark in security and shows that, when it comes to data protection, Savvis and other certified providers meet the legal requirements of nations across the world.

ISO 27001 is recognized globally, throughout the EU via the European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

There are a growing range of regulatory and statutory requirements that relate to information protection, bought on in part, due to the proliferation of threats to information.

Put simply, ISO 27001 is not a marketing ploy.

As businesses turn to cloud to realize cost and efficiency savings, while supporting innovation, ISO provides assurance for the infrastructure that supports these emerging technologies.

Donald Badoux is managing director, Germany, for CenturyLink.

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Thriving With New Technology Starts With a Strong Network

blog-cloud-keyboardIn today’s business climate, the key to staying competitive — and thriving — is embracing and implementing new technology.

In fact, more than 40 percent of companies are upping their investments in technologies such as mobile, analytics, cloud, and social over the next two years, according to a recent IBM Tech Trends study. This growth shows why it’s so important for businesses to make sure their networks have the bandwidth speed needed for optimal performance. Because behind every great technology is a great network — one that lets business and IT leaders be prepared for anything.

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