Three ways new businesses can benefit from the cloud

Are you in the process of setting up a new business? If so, you’ll need to think about how to handle your computing requirements. All modern businesses need to handle and store large quantities of data. Most also need to provide e-commerce facilities in order to attract online customers. In short, no matter what type of business you’re building, you’re going to need a comprehensive computer system. As a result, you may think that you have to invest in a great deal of processing and storage hardware. However, here at Nimbus CS, we can offer an alternative solution. We suggest that you use the cloud for all your data storage and management needs. Uploading your data to the cloud and managing it in the cloud has several advantages for new businesses that we’ll discuss in today’s blog.

1. Minimising start-up costs

Computing hardware can be expensive and it often isn’t necessary for individuals who aren’t starting an IT business. It’s much cheaper to take advantage of a cloud service like ours, which allows you to store and manage your data on a hosted server. Because cloud servers already exist and are ready to receive data, you don’t have to buy much hardware of your own or pay to install it.

2. Disposing of the threat of downtime

New businesses simply can’t afford to deal with server downtime. Temporarily losing e-commerce functionality or the ability to handle data can have a devastating effect on a business that is still trying to find its feet. Cloud servers are carefully managed in order to prevent downtime in a way that simply isn’t possible with in-house servers and hardware. Because new businesses are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of server downtime, we recommend utilising the cloud for data storage and e-commerce functionality in order to avoid it.

3. Defending your business

Security isn’t the most important concern that new businesses have. After all, larger, more established businesses with higher profits are more tempting targets for hackers and malware distributors. However, it’s always good to have peace of mind. Defending in-house hardware from cyber-attacks can be tricky, but cloud services like ours can protect your data for you.

If you’re currently building a new business, don’t waste money and energy buying and installing your own servers and hardware. Contact us and let us provide you with cloud-based storage, data management and web-hosting instead.

What changes will GDPR bring to how businesses must store data?

What changes will GDPR bring to how businesses must store data?

General Data Protection Regulation is set to be implemented in the UK on 25th May 2018, however, far too many businesses seem unprepared for the changes this will bring. One of the reasons for this is that many don’t realise the changes affect companies of all sizes, and that, by not acting, they are putting themselves at risk. To help make sure you are prepared, and your business is safe, here are the most notable changes it will bring.

1. More transparency

One of the biggest running issues surrounding customer data is the way in which it is collected. Individuals feel that they are often unaware of who has their data or how they collected it. More transparency must be given to how you collect data, so, for example, your company can no longer auto opt-in to data collection on forms.

2. Power to the people

If you hold customer data of any sort, then they will now have the power to have it deleted at any point they wish. Similarly, if you offer a service and they wish to switch, then they can transfer that data to the new provider. Once you have used the data for the intended purpose of having collected it, your company must delete it from your system.

3. Clear responsibility

Cyber attacks are on the rise, and the government is making it clear that businesses are responsible for safely storing any customer data. It is your responsibility to make sure it is kept safe and to willingly undertake impact assessments to ensure it is properly anonymised and secure. If a breach does occur, you are responsible for reporting it within 72 hours to the ICO and to any customers who are particularly at risk.

4. Greater levels of enforcement

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), who are responsible for monitoring safe data storage, are having their authority increased. They will be given more freedom to carry out independent investigations and to impose penalties on under-performing firms. Such fines have been increased from a maximum of £500,000 to £17 million, or 4% of global turnover.

Getting IT support from a credible and trusted company is a great way to ensure your customer data is secure, and that you aren’t breaching any upcoming GDPR. Here at Nimbus, we do exactly that, and our highly trained team support businesses of all sizes and across multiple industries. To find out more about how we can help get you ready for GDPR, get in contact today.

Microsoft among first responders to Krack attack on wifi

Microsoft among first responders to Krack attack on wifi

The Krack attack, a weakness exploited in the wifi WPA2 standard, has been high on the news agenda recently. It has massive implications because it impacts every router and device, due to the ubiquity of routers, both in businesses and in homes, using WPA2 encryption. It potentially allows hackers to read any data coming from a device by resetting the wifi encryption key to all zeroes, or revealing the encryption key.

The attack could also inject malware into websites, as previous attacks can bypass HTTPS website encryption or data flows. It is especially dangerous to Linux and Android 6.0 device users. You can read about the vulnerability and the latest from the founder of the exploit.

How have tech companies responded?

The advice is to update router firmware and deploy OS patches to all devices as soon as possible. There is no need to disable your wifi or rip out your router for a new one, as there is little evidence of actual attacks yet. Generally, this latest panic is another reminder that it is a very good idea to have auto update enabled on any machine so you always have the most up to date cyber security. At Nimbus CS we can handle updates for you, using our centralised administration system we can view and control the roll out of updates to your systems.

The good news is that Microsoft, Apple and others have already deployed, or are testing, patches that will protect users running those operating systems against any exploit. However, it may take some time for router vendors to patch their products and some routers don’t update automatically, requiring the user to perform that task. Here’s a list covering the status of patches from key OS and router vendors.

Time to outsource?

If all of this still sounds worrying for your business, then perhaps it is time to invest in outsourced IT support. Having your small business IT support provided by a professional company means you don’t have to worry about the latest vulnerabilities, patching software, or wider business issues like how to migrate to the cloud.

Get in touch to find out how we can help protect your business against the latest threats, and ensure your company data is protected, backed up and your systems are defended against attacks or any IT disasters that could befall a company at any time.

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