As a small business owner you are obviously looking for ways to cut back expenses, and to do things on a “lean and mean” basis.
One area that you have probably looked at most recently is your IT budget.
You are probably thinking to yourself: “Ok, do I really need this?”, or “Can I get rid of that?”.
These questions keep getting asked even more if you have what is known as an “On Premises” solution.
This simply means that your entire IT infrastructure is physically located at the place of your business.
Yes, there will be many expenses to this, and one of the biggest ones is that of hiring the staff to maintain all of this for you.
But, there is one option that can drastically cut your expenses – migrating all of your IT assets to the cloud.
The advantages to this are scalability, fixed pricing, no hardware or software licensing fees, etc.
While all this sounds good and is realistic, the cloud is still not a 100%, guaranteed secure environment either.
There are steps that you, the business owner can take to make sure that your cloud provider is ensuring that all levels of security are being used.
This even includes the use of biometric technology.
In this series of blog posts we will examine how these tools can help fortify the lines of defense of your cloud based IT infrastructure.
However, first, it’s important to provide an overview of what the cloud is all about, from a broad perspective.
A Formal Definition of the Cloud
The best way to explain what the Cloud is to provide a formal definition of it, which is as follows:
“The cloud is not a physical entity, but instead is a vast network of remote servers around the globe which are hooked together and meant to operate as a single ecosystem. These servers are designed to either store and manage data, run applications, or deliver content or a service such as streaming videos, web mail, office productivity software, or social media. Instead of accessing files and data from a local or personal computer, you are accessing them online from any Internet-capable device — the information will be available anywhere you go and anytime you need it.”
Because of the great vastness of the cloud infrastructure and the sensitive information and data that it possesses, it has become one of the prized targets for the cyber attacker.
There are security-based mechanisms in place to protect it, but it hardly ever seems to be enough.
There is one technology that could almost be “bullet proof” for a cloud infrastructure – and, that is once again, biometrics.
There are three distinct parts of the Cloud, known as the following:
- The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS);
- The Platform as a Service (PaaS);
- The Software as a Service (SaaS).
In our next blog post, we will explore in more detail the IaaS is all about for your business, and how you can protect it with biometrics.