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Case Study examples of how present clients have been using nCrypted Cloud #CloudWF

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Companies are struggling with how to maintain control over corporate data particularly on mobile devices when end users are using sync and share providers. So the big question is how can companies manage productivity, have the assurance of security whilst not disrupting employee workflow?

nCrypted cloud is an enterprise secure collaboration application that seamlessly integrates with cloud storage services to allow for secure BYOD, Cloud and mobility practices in the workplace. nCrypted Cloud enables mobile collaborating with file sharing security.

Here are some examples of how we are being used in different sectors of the market:

  • nCrypted Cloud recently helped Logical Outcomes to handle their sensitive data issues with a mobile workforce based in several countries. The company I am referring to are obsessed with security and they often work with personal and confidential data. So they designed a data security policy that ensured proper management of personal and confidential information at every stage, from data collection to analysis to archiving. It wasn’t easy but they had a legal and ethical responsibility to get it right. nCrypted Cloud enabled this company to encrypt private files and share encrypted data in Dropbox. They did this by stating that all projects were to be assigned one of three levels of information security – standard, enhanced and obsessive. At the minimum all projects would have standard level of security. If any personal information was added then this information would then have to be encrypted. Read more.
  • A fortune 100 company has been using nCrypted cloud within the healthcare industry for secure collaboration purposes. This large organisation wanted to be able to share sensitive data outside the organisation with a full audit trail. They also did not have a good way to share files with their external vendors. They were just about to purchase 5000 USB devices for the purposes of collecting medical information securely but replaced this with nCrypted Cloud Infinite Mail which is an extension plug in for Outlook. This reduced their postage costs as well.
  • In the insurance sector, a global insurance company wanted their brokers to transfer large data volumes to clients and also wanted to give employees the ability to send files and data securely especially to developing countries and to clients outside the corporation. One of their biggest problems for the European helpdesk was that their staff were using personal cloud services such as Dropbox to share corporate documents. The staff wanted to be able access files from any device and at any time however there was no audit trail as to where the companies information was. nCrypted Cloud gave them the ability to monitor and control data via corporate policies on access levels and also give the user ability to give the required permissions for whom will see the data, how long for and whether they have download capability or not as well as watermarking.
  • Lastly a university researcher from Browns University was conducting a sensitive piece of research in South Africa but the IT department within the University had strict rules and stated any information that was regulated, restricted, confidential or personally identifiable must be stored on a system owned and managed by the University. Added to this, a lot of the staff in South Africa were not computer literate and only had basic computer skills. The researcher is a Dropbox user and thought Dropbox is simple and easy to use and wouldn’t be too difficult to learn. Added to that, using Dropbox to store data on a device as well as in the cloud, which is important when collecting data in the field where Internet connectivity may be non-existent, and synchronized that data seamlessly with the cloud when an Internet connection was available. Dropbox’s simplicity contrasted with the solution offered by the university’s IT department. The researchers’ project had a number of folders and files which included large video, audio and word files, with their main concern for all involved was how to keep the data secure on the device in case they got stolen!  nCrypted Cloud was the solution because it encrypts data at rest and in transit, preserves the ease-of-use of DropBox and gives  project managers and network administrators, control over users and shared files. The data is also encrypted at the endpoints in a system, where an nCrypted Cloud client application resides. When a file needs to be used at an endpoint, the client decrypts the data for application use. So not only is the data encrypted but should a device be lost, access to data on that device can be removed. Read more.

nCrypted Cloud has a patented key management system which is deployed to protect data encrypted by nCrypted Cloud. For example, keys for unlocking an organisations data aren’t stored on nCrypted Cloud’s servers where they could be obtained by a third-party. The corporate private keys remain with the organisation and only the organisation public keys remain with nCrypted Cloud. For more information click here.

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Cloud storage bundles improve stickiness but not revenues – research #telcocloud

Source: Business Cloud News

Research undertaken by analyst firm Strategy Analytics has concluded that pre-installed mobile cloud storage bundles, such as Dropbox, have become table stakimageedit_5_5217674981es for device vendors and are perceived more as a prerequisite than a value-add, reports Telecoms.com.

SA pooled the resources of three analysts covering mobile content, user experience and app tracking to come to the conclusion that premium storage bundles have already become ‘me too’ propositions that confer little product differentiation. Having said that they also conclude they can still be effective for both device vendors and operators when it comes to customer loyalty.

Christopher Dodge, Associate Director of SA’s Wireless Media Labs, said: “Our research suggests that consumers are agnostic to who the service provider is, but at the same time they place significant emphasis on the trustworthiness of the service, which in turn creates an opportunity for device OEMs and operators in becoming the trusted provider of the service, through pre-installing the application on the device with free storage.”

Nitesh Patel, Director of the Wireless Media Strategies Service, said: “For operators, the focus with cloud storage service should be on indirect monetization – this means rather than relying on cloud as a premium service, they should manage it effectively for reducing customer churn.”

Bonny Joy, Chief of SA’s Consumer Telemetry Platforms said: “ OEM partnerships with cloud storage providers are being received favorably by the end users. The AppOptix based on over one million application sessions in the US found that Dropbox on Samsung devices realize a traffc of 12.8 MB  per day, the highest among  major OEM brands.”

Fellow analyst firm CCS Insight has also published some research today, but focusing on the UK consumer communications services market. CCS is forecasting that by 2020, 79% of UK households will have signed up to a multiplay service bundle, a 60% increase on the current level. Furthermore the number of households buying a bundle of at least four comms services is expected to increase by over 400%.

Paolo Pescatore, Director of Multiplay and Media at CCS Insight, reckons this means premium content will become even more valuable and that industry consolidation is set to continue. “With a furious battle for customers raging, we expect the amounts paid for exclusive content deals on movies, sports and TV shows to continue to skyrocket. Sports will be a major weapon in every provider’s arsenal for many years to come,” he said.

“Our surveys reveal that consumers find it more convenient and better value to buy broadband, mobile, TV and land-line access from one company, so established providers that can offer all these services are in a strong position. Once multiplay packages are the norm, it’ll be the exclusive content on offer that’ll set providers apart. It’s little wonder we’re seeing a frenzy of acquisitions as leading players scramble to secure assets.”

Boosting Conversions in the Cloud @AppDirect #telcocloud

By Richard Dufty, VP of Worldwide Sales and Strategic Partnerships

AppDirect

Today’s small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are driving a software revolution. Just a few years ago, these companies went to retail locations to buy software, install it, and configure their systems to run it—or hire someone to do all of this for them. Now SMBs can simply go online to purchase and use powerful cloud-based software solutions.

In fact, more SMBs than ever before are turning to these cloud solutions; recent research indicates that 60 percent of SMBs currently use cloud services, a number that is set to grow rapidly within the next few years. Sparked by this growth, the worldwide market for SMB cloud computing is predicted to reach $40 billion by the end of this year.

Software providers are already starting to see real evidence of these trends. In late May 2013, Microsoft announced that the cloud-based version of its flagship productivity suite, called Office 365, reached one million subscribers in 100 days, faster than Dropbox and Facebook. Microsoft’s numbers translate to an average of more than one Office 365 subscription sold every second in the last three and a half months.

Demand for Cloud Services Rises, but Success Isn’t Guaranteed

As SMBs increase demand for cloud-based apps, cloud service marketplaces are increasingly common. According to Gartner, 50 percent of the top 100 service providers will offer cloud services to their customers by 2015.

“Service providers really do not have a choice,” the analyst firm adds, “but must offer cloud services to protect their current market and to stay connected to their customers.”

Despite the surge of marketplaces, SMBs still face challenges purchasing and managing cloud-based applications. Almost 60 percent of SMBs say they lack the resources to implement new technologies, while 57 percent say they simply don’t have the time to do so.

For these reasons, service providers are ideally positioned to become SMBs’ cloud partner of choice. These providers already serve an important role for SMBs, offering essential business services—including Internet, voice, and mobile—that companies rely on. For busy SMBs, the option of turning to a trusted provider for cloud solutions can not only save time, but also make cloud adoption less intimidating.

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Outsourcing IT services to cloud providers #cloudwf

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Birger Steen, CEO of Parallels, the world’s leading enabler of cloud computing services, recently stated that slightly more than half of businesses globally outsource their IT services to cloud providers choosing that over the traditional model of building those services in-house.

Network software company, Spiceworks, says that in the last 12 months it has seen a 10 per cent decrease in companies using on premise IT pushing the base of cloud users to 55 per cent.

But what is cloud all about? Cloud storage services make sure that important files are available 24×7 wherever you are and using whatever device you have at hand, be it a laptop, desktop or a mobile device. You don’t have to worry any more about losing vital information if you misplace your device or your computer dies down.

Cloud saves your files, documents or photos not only on your computer or other devices but also in a date centre on premise. The cloud’s value proposition to companies includes lowered costs and handing of technical headaches to a third party. But barriers to adoption for enterprises include data sovereignty and worries over the stability of handing IT functions over to a vendor.

With the proliferation of online, cloud based storage solutions such as Dropbox and SugarSync accessing data has never been easier. Losing that very same data has also become easier. Data leaks are a serious concern for both large and small business. Apart from violating data privacy and regulatory rules, other concerns such as data confidentiality and integrity come into play.

Data loss becomes a serious problem since the aforementioned services allow users to keep any uploaded data even once they leave the company. Data is no longer under the control of a business’ IT team.

SkySync by 6PM introduces an alternative to the myriad of file sharing services found in the market. It has been designed and built for business. It ensures that you can access your files both online and offline; a true file synchronisation to any device; easy to control and track and a single sign-on integration. SkySync ensures that you can remotely back-up the contents of your file service and remotely wipe your devices.

And if you are worried about having control over confidential information SkySync understands such matters and strives to match its product to your security needs. It makes sure that only authorised files can be opened besides securing data in transit and on every device. It allows one to share documents among colleagues, suppliers, etc while retaining control over company files even on devices that one does not have control on. These include:

Ease of use: Designed from the ground-up, to be easy to deploy and administer, SkySync emphasizes short deployment times and short learning curves while still offering a feature rich product.

Ease of integration: Core to the SkySync implementation is integration. 6PM’s SkySync has been designed to be minimally intrusive to the client’s already existing infrastructure. SkySync can leverage Microsoft Active Directory to control logins and natively integrates with existing windows server file shares to free your existing data, synchronizing across multiple devices while still leaving control firmly in the hands of windows server administrators.

Private on-premise: Unlike other solutions, none of 6PM’s SkySync infrastructure depends on third party servers. Each SkySync deployment is a self-contained installation. Neither the control messages nor the data passes through 3rd party infrastructure. Every bit of communication goes directly to the client installation leaving control once again firmly in the hands of IT, allowing control over all aspects and reducing the risk of data leakage while still allowing employees to be productive and access data anytime, anywhere.

Security: All data between clients and the SkySync server is secured using industry standard encryption standards via SSL. By using 6PM’s SkySync, the number of entry points to your windows file servers is reduced since all requests are first sent to the SkySync Server. It is possible to increase security by allowing only the SkySync Server to communicate directly with the windows file servers.

Feature Rich: SkySync offers features that users have come to know and love, such as apps for popular mobile platforms like Apple iPhone and Android. Other features include public file sharing… meaning users no longer need to use third party services leaving your data safe and secure within your data centre at all times.

You can find out more about SkySync at the Cloud World Forum at the Olympia National Hall in Central London on June 17 and 18 or log onto http://6pmsolutions.com/products/6pm-tools/skysync/

Annette Vella is the Public Relations Executive at 6PM. Before joining 6PM she worked as a journalist with one of the leading media houses in Malta writing scripts and features for television, radio and newspapers.

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