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Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage Means Security for Small Business Data

Nearly two-thirds of American companies are using cloud computing for some aspect of their business, according to a survey by Avanade, and that number is increasing by approximately 19 percent each year. If your company hasn't embraced the cloud yet, or if you have yet to use cloud storage, you're missing some of the big-company features cloud storage can offer small businesses. The most important of these is security.

How cloud storage means security for small businesses

In addition to being convenient, storing your data online can keep your sensitive client and business information secure for even the smallest business. What can cloud storage offer:

  • Secure access to all digital files. When you store your data on a server or hard drive, your information is subject to hackers and unauthorized access. What's more: if your computer is stolen or destroyed, your data goes with it. With cloud storage, your data remains intact and your can access it from any computer.
  • Secure mobile access. Mobile devices are notoriously easy to hack. While storing your sensitive sales and client information on your iPad or other device many be convenient, it' also leaves your company information largely unguarded. Cloud storage offers security AND convenience.
  • Secure file sharing. Unless you're a one-person business, you likely have sensitive sales data and other information that you share with your mobile sales force or other principals in the company. Security can be an issue with many file-sharing services. With cloud storage, all authorized users can access the information quickly and securely.

Cloud storage offers several levels of security. If your lap tap or company computer system is lost or destroyed in a fire or other accident, your data remains. In addition, your data is protected by a team of IT security professionals, something that is beyond the means of most small businesses when the owner wears multiple hats.

Tappin offers a secure and affordable Dropbox alternative. We feature a variety of cloud storage solutions designed for small businesses, and we use the same high-level security encryption that is used by banks and financial institutions for their Internet transactions. We also use a one-way hashing algorithm that can't be reversed to protect customer passwords. Content safety is the most important aspect of Tappin products. To learn more about how Tappin solutions can help your business, visit Tappin.com or call our sales department at 210 308-3267.

 

5 Reasons Your Small Business Benefits from The Cloud

5 Reasons to Use the Cloud in Your Small Business

According to a recent article in Forbes.com, the total market for cloud services “is expected to grow from $76.9 billion in 2010 to $210 billion by 2016.” So far the numbers appear to be backing that assertion up. If you're not using “the cloud” in your small business, here are five good reasons why you might want to start.

1) Secure File Sharing and Access
This is a big deal for businesses of all sizes. Cyber-security is becoming a major risk for businesses on a global scale. Laptops and mobile devices make it easier than ever for people to simply grab the devices that contain important information that places your business and your customers at risk. Rather than storing this information on insecure devices, you can have vital information that’s stored on secured servers in the cloud while allowing access to these important documents and information virtually anywhere and at any time by users who have the right file sharing app, like Tappin.

2) Bring Down Technology Costs
Most small businesses can’t easily afford a full time IT guy (or girl) on staff. It’s an expense that would be nice, considering the vulnerabilities many companies face when it comes to cyber security. However, it’s largely outside the realm of practicality. Storing information on secured clouds means that you have the benefits of a full-time IT staff to protect your information for a much more affordable price.

3) Convenience
It wasn’t that long ago when people had to carry portable filing cabinets around to keep up with all the paperwork they were responsible for. At least that’s what it felt like after eight to ten, or more, long hours of a workday. Now all you need is a smartphone, tablet computer, or laptop and you can access all those important files at any time of the day or night. It’s much more convenient than it’s ever been in the past.

4) Disaster Recovery
Recent years have shown devastating disasters that wiped out communities. Whether it’s forest fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, or tornadoes; disasters happen at the worst possible moments. Off-site storage of information in “the cloud” ensures that when bad things happen for the sake of your business, the information you’ve stored in the cloud is protected. This will help you, and your business, get back up and running much faster. It will also give you the tools you need to get in touch with customers to update them about what’s going on too.

5) Reduce Environmental Impact
How many trees are lost to creating additional paper copies of information so that multiple people in your business have access to it? Business owners interested in adopting a more earth-friendly way of doing business will appreciate the simplicity of this step in the process.

These are just a few of the general ways businesses benefit from operating in the cloud. If you look hard enough, you’re sure to find a few ways that are specific to your business. Then you can become part of the 41 percent of growth in expected cloud use the IDC’s “Worldwide and Regional Public IT Cloud Services 2012-2016 Forecast” has predicted over the next four years.

 

Is the Cloud Safe?

To Cloud or Not to Cloud - Or Both!

Does uploading your photos, documents and (perhaps) sensitive business and personal information to a "Free" cloud leave you feeling exposed?

Dropbox is a cloud service offering filing sharing and backup, but it is not safe from hackers

Do you feel exposed with sensitive data in the cloud

Do you feel exposed with sensitive data in the cloud

who have illegally accessed documents. According to MacObserver, last May IBM banned the use of Dropbox due to security concerns and IBM’s requirements that data be stored on secure servers. In July 2012, Cnet reported that Dropbox admitted client data had been hacked and offered assistance to the victims.

With TappIn you can access and share data from your own computers, network devices, servers, Salesforce accounts and cloud storage. You gain flexibility, mobility, but most of all - security.

Based on the report, WP-Appliances vs The Cloud, despite growing numbers of cloud users, many IT establishments are reluctant to place their full confidence in cloud solutions, and so have held back on internet security solutions relying on cloud. The security concerns include:

  •  Lack of proven security effectiveness
  •  Inability to physically access critical data
  •  Account access vulnerability
  •  Unavailability of security audits

On the other end of the security scales are security appliances conforming to proven standards. Here is a comparison of how appliance and hybrid solutions perform in the areas of efficacy, mobility, scalability and reliability:

1. Reliability
a. Appliance based – Requires manual labor and all associated overhead
b. Cloud based – Global coverage – 100% uptime possible

2. Manageability
a. Appliance based - Fragmented visibility and control
b. Cloud based - Centralized visibility and control

3. Efficacy
a. Appliance Based - Protects against last known threat
b. Cloud based - Protection based on last real time request

4. Mobility
a. Appliance Based - Internet connection via IT managed devices
b. Cloud Based - Secure Internet Connection over any network

5. Scalability
a. Appliance Based - Solutions are complex
b. Cloud Based - Global coverage with 100 % uptime availability

The above comparison paints a very rosy picture of hybrid cloud based security. Hybrid solutions such as TappIn, provide secure, reliable and flexible configurations and are definitively a promising way to go.

TappIn provides a service that allows you to access files residing on computers, servers or the cloud. You have access and can securely share files from a web browser or mobile device including Android devices and iPhones. This type of instant and secure data access is crucial to conducting business in today’s geographically disparate world. This is a Dropbox alternative providing both secure mobile access and secure file sharing. Providing the best service for online file sharing, TappIn has advantages of cloud accessibility together with data security.

Happy New Year!

We hope your 2012 will be your best year yet. As friends and customers, you may have wondered about the progress of TappIn and GlobalSCAPE. Everything is going great and you will be seeing and hearing more from us as the year launches.

In fact, GlobalSCAPE’s CEO, Jim Morris, will be highlighting TappIn during his presentation at BOCEMb 2012, the 8th Annual Noble Financial Equity Conference. BOCEMb 2012 will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on January 18. Mr. Morris will discuss the acquisition strategy and company growth.

We know traveling to Florida may not be one of your New Year’s resolutions, so we’re happy to let you know that you can watch the webcast of the presentation. Mr. Morris is presenting at 12:00 PM EST and the webcast is available in the investor’s section of the GlobalSCAPE Web site. http://www.globalscape.com