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How To Evaluate a Cloud Provider Security

When you’re searching for a cloud security provider, you need to think about more than just the 5 stars they received. While reviews and testimonials can be helpful when finding a partner to work with your business and are a good starting point, they can only tell you so much. Your organization should be considering how they handle their security, how they can assist with your compliance requirements, and whether or not they’re the right match for you.

Advantages of Working With a Cloud Security Service Provider

The cloud brings a number of benefits to the table, ranging from increased productivity to improved communication. By working with a cloud service provider who keeps security in mind, however, you can find a whole host of other upsides to the technology. Cloud service providers can:

  • Improve the reliability of your applications
  • Make it easier for your team to work in-office, remotely, or both
  • Offer a secure cloud environment with enhanced security features
  • Help your organization meet compliance requirements
  • Ensure you’re using the right services for your business’s needs, saving you from overspending
  • Make sure your applications are integrated properly
  • Be on call if something goes wrong
  • Monitor your cloud-based systems

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How Can You Evaluate a Cloud Service Provider?

There are plenty of cloud service providers out there – and they aren’t all the same. It’s important to know what to evaluate. Here are 3 questions to get you started.

Do They Take Cloud Security Seriously?

It is essential that you first evaluate a cloud service provider’s security. If they are not taking their cybersecurity methods seriously, they could cut corners when it comes to your business.

When comparing your options, you will want to determine:

  • Whether or not they’ve had any breaches, and how they responded to them
  • Any data loss incidents and the actions taken to rectify them
  • Their cybersecurity expertise, experience, and knowledge – including certifications
  • The security controls they deploy for themselves and for clients, like multifactor authentication (MFA) and real-time identity monitoring

How Does the Provider Handle Compliance?

Cybersecurity and compliance with government regulations is more important than ever; it’s a necessity for many businesses if they want to hold onto their insurance policies. Failing a compliance check could mean that insurance won’t pay out in the event of a breach.

So, when it comes to cloud service providers, they need to understand the compliance requirements of your industry. This is a good time to review their standards, frameworks, operations, audits, and processes. What are they doing to ensure compliance for their clients? You want a provider that is adhering to security regulations and industry guidelines.

What Support, Services, and Tools Do They Offer?

Cloud services can encompass a wide range of services and support options. It’s important to consider what your organization needs to help you evaluate providers.

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With your cloud needs and wants in mind, you can ask these questions:

  • Does the provider offer migration, cloud management, or both?
  • Do they offer proactive IT and cloud management?
  • Is help desk included?
  • Are there internal resources used to manage the cloud?
  • How are backups and data stored and handled?
  • Do they make assurances regarding uptime and performance?
  • How is billing handled for these services?
  • What is included in the service-level agreement?

Of course, your organization should pay special attention to the cloud service provider’s service level-agreement (SLA). This will outline exactly what the provider will handle for you, their security responsibilities, shared responsibilities, maintenance, support, and more. If you skip this step, you could be setting up the partnership for misunderstandings that lead to security and compliance issues.

Are They a Good Fit for You?

Not every cloud service provider out there is going to be a good fit for your business. Reviews and the questions above are a great start, but they’re not always going to give you a full picture. What works for the company next door may not always work for you. From customer service to initial interactions to cost, there’s a lot to take into account.

You’ll also want to consider your organization’s needs and wants when it comes to cloud services. A good provider will help you with an initial conversation by going over these and not trying to simply shoehorn you into any one solution. They’ll assess your current strategy and work with you to ensure application and infrastructure integration so there are no big hiccups in your day-to-day.

If it’s time to migrate to the cloud or change how you manage the technology, VersaTrust can help. With certified experts on hand, we’ll have a meeting with your organization to go over your current approach, needs, and challenges to help identify the best cloud services and solutions for you.

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IT Solutions and Services: How to Know What You Truly Need

Running a business successfully requires you to rely on IT solutions and services in various capacities. However, trying to evaluate all of the different options and determining what you actually need from a provider to run your business well can be a challenge. You know that you need IT services to help you navigate all the modern technology demands that companies face, so you need more than just a support line you can call when things break. You want access to proactive IT that will help you advance your business. At the same time, you know that you probably do not need everything that IT companies are trying to sell to you.

The necessary services that will benefit your business will likely differ from one company to the next. However, we will walk you through the essential core IT solutions you want to ensure that your business has the support it needs.

IT Solutions and Services To Incorporate at a Minimum

You will want to consider how the different IT services fit your business model. This will help you make the best decisions to support your business. However, you will likely want to begin by building a list of core services, including the following IT solutions.

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1. Help desk with remote support

Your company relies on a wealth of technology for daily operations. Not only do you have computers and all the relevant software and services, but you also have your scanners, printers, and phone systems. Therefore, you want IT services that include a help desk you can contact when needed for assistance with installing, setting up, and maintaining the technology.

2. Cybersecurity

Data has become a central component of running a business in today’s business world. You use it to make important decisions about the strategies and action plans you need to move forward. This data comes with a huge responsibility: your employees and clients depend on you to protect and secure it. Any IT package must include network IT security services and cybersecurity.

3. Backup and recovery

Even with cybersecurity best practices, the risk remains for data breaches or other means of data loss or damage. Businesses must take backups seriously. You do not want to neglect the importance of this step in protecting your data. If anything negatively impacts the data, your backup will provide what you need to keep the business moving forward.

Make sure that the IT solutions package you get includes offsite backups and that they are regularly tested. That way, you will not be caught unaware if you end up calling upon the backup.

4. Cloud solutions

Cloud solutions have rapidly become popular options for companies because of their benefits. Specifically, users experience flexibility and improved security through the cloud. They can access their data and workflows remotely, allowing them to continue moving forward even if something keeps them from getting into the office. Companies also appreciate the ability to create improved business budgets with cloud services.

Look for a quality cloud solutions provider offering Azure support plans so your business can also take advantage of all the cloud has to offer.

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5. Business phone services

If you have VOIP or cloud phones, it’s often a safe bet will also want your IT provider to manage them. If something goes wrong with your IT services and software, you want to have one vendor who can help you manage software updates, and patching and integration with the rest of your systems, rather than having to coordinate between two or more because of a separate VOIP provider.

6. IT consulting

Technology continues to change rapidly with new capabilities and expectations emerging all the time. A consulting component to your IT services gives you strategic guidance that evaluates your needs and company direction with different capabilities and available options. The outcome is a long-term vision of what will most benefit your organization and how to implement it.

7. Training

Remember, that to employ technology successfully, you not only need to choose between the different options, but you also need to incorporate it into your workflow and then train your employees. Beyond training for purposes of adoption, cybersecurity awareness training is critical to keeping your network secure. Over 80% of successful ransomware attacks start at the employee level.

Getting IT Support Should Not be a Hassle

The right IT services will help your business excel. The key is knowing whether the provider is going to live up to the expectations. Be clear in articulating what you think you need. Listen to what they recommend – and ask questions if you’re not confident or comfortable with their recommendations.

Be sure to ask potential IT service providers specific questions like:

  1. What is your process for handling support requests?
  2. How long is the average ticket response time?
  3. How long is the average ticket resolution time?
  4. What level of support will you provide if we get hit with ransomware or a phishing attack?
  5. How are you securing our network?
  6. How do you secure your network to ensure that hackers can’t access us through you?
  7. Are offsite backups included? If so, how often are they tested?

Without well-supported IT, you can’t do business. Make sure you have the support you need.

Want better IT Services? Contact VersaTrust. We’ve been helping Fort Worth businesses feel good about their IT Service for over 25 years.

Cybersecurity Tips on Working from Ho-Ho-Home This Holiday Season

The remote work or work-from-home business model is here to stay. Just consider these statistics:

  • Companies that embrace remote work have 25% less turnover than those that don’t;
  • In the past decade remote working has increased by 115%;
  • 86% of employees feel that remote working reduces stress;
  • People who work remotely half of the time save 11 days’ worth of commuting time every year; and
  • Telecommuting reduces greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to 600,000 vehicles.

These are some pretty compelling reasons to embrace remote working. While working from home is convenient and has many benefits, it also exposes individuals and businesses to a number of cybersecurity risks. Whether employees are connecting to networks from the office, from home, or from their local coffee shop, businesses need to plan for the risks of cyberattacks (such as data loss and leakage) and work to mitigate them. Networks with a centrally managed corporate network and remote workers present unique security challenges.

With the holiday season right around the corner, there are heightened cyber risks that come along with the season. Between the increased online shopping and potential travel plans, cybercriminals see the holiday season as a major prospective payday. Here we review some general strategies for addressing holiday cybersecurity this season.

Remote Work Cybersecurity Strategies

To keep information safe, business owners need to educate their employees on how to manage network security, work securely, and prevent the migration of home vulnerabilities to the office. It is also important that employees and employers receive a basic level of cybersecurity training so that they understand the implications of their actions. Cybersecurity executives and professionals aren’t the only ones who need to know how to deal with cyber attacks.

This new way of working expands the potential of cybersecurity threats with new vulnerabilities surrounding every employee whether working from home or at a local coffee shop. Here are five strategies to mitigate any security risks associated with remote working vulnerabilities:

  • Experts recommend that telecommuters use a secure VPN to provide end-to-end encryption. For organizations that allow access to email and cloud services from an employee’s personal device, it is recommended to apply the same endpoint security rules for antivirus software and custom firewalls as for employer-managed devices.
  • Empower employees to address the security of their home networks. Personal computers are an easy way for attackers to gain access to networks. Ensure employees have passwords to home routers and the proper firewalls in place to decrease the chances of an attack.
  • Implement policies that require employees to change their various device and application passwords frequently, ideally at least every three months. Passwords should be complex with specific character requirements, and not of the ‘123456’ variety.
  • Be selective about what software and applications are allowable, and ensure that employees know not to install unapproved applications.
  • In the event that a cyberattack does happen on a staff members’ home system, ensure that employees know to report it immediately 

E-Commerce Cybersecurity Strategies

Online shopping and the holidays go hand in hand. Heck, there is even a day specifically for e-commerce transactions (Cyber Monday, which falls on the Monday following Thanksgiving). It is safe for organizations to assume that their employees will be indulging in some online shopping during the holiday season, and they should plan accordingly by instructing their staff to ensure that all internet-connected devices ‒ including PCs, smartphones, and tablets ‒ are free from malware and infections by running only the most current versions of software, web browsers, and other apps. Employees should be mindful of the e-commerce sites they are visiting by shopping only on sites that use SSL protection. The easiest way to tell whether a site uses SSL protection is to check the browser’s address bar for HTTPS in the URL. Sites without the ‘s’ in HTTP are not safe to submit payment information or other personal details and should be avoided at all costs.

Employees should also be encouraged to regularly monitor their accounts, check their online financial accounts regularly for suspicious spending, and to take advantage of text and email alerting services that many banks and credit card companies now offer.

Identity Theft Cybersecurity Strategies

Identity theft, also known as identity fraud, is a crime in which an attacker obtains key personally identifiable information, such as social security numbers or driver’s license, in order to impersonate another person. Identity theft has taken on a new lease of life in the digital age, and our data has become a valuable asset that can be monetized and used to engage in fraudulent activities.

The best way for employees to protect themselves from identity theft is to be diligent about not sharing personal information and shredding sensitive documentation as needed. Creating, and regularly updating, long and unique passwords for all accounts and using multi-factor authentication wherever possible are also strong tactics for mitigating the risk of identity theft. 

Phishing Cybersecurity Strategies

With the expansion of telecommuting, vulnerabilities have increased as more devices are being introduced into corporate data ecosystems and new phishing schemes have been introduced. The FBI reports that phishing was the most common type of cybercrime in 2020 with the number of incidents reported doubling between 2019 and 2020. ‘Think before you click’ is a mantra that should be adopted and regularly repeated by all organizations.

Cybercriminals have really stepped up their phishing game in recent years. The FBI recently shared this list of the top ten most common phishing email subject lines from last year:

  1. IT: Annual Asset Inventory
  2. Changes to your health benefits
  3. Twitter: Security alert: new or unusual Twitter login
  4. Amazon: Action Required | Your Amazon Prime Membership has been declined
  5. Zoom: Scheduled Meeting Error
  6. Google Pay: Payment sent
  7. Stimulus Cancellation Request Approved
  8. Microsoft 365: Action needed: update the address for your Xbox Game Pass for Console subscription
  9. RingCentral is coming!
  10. Workday: Reminder: Important Security Upgrade Required

It’s easy to see how employees could be taken in, which is why it is critical to provide regular security training for your employees so that they understand and be able to spot phishing scams, malware, and social engineering threats. In addition to conducting phishing awareness courses, organizations can conduct mock phishing drills to keep employees alert and only click on links they trust. Ensuring your employees are educated in the ways to identify phishing attempts will go far towards keeping your networks and data safe and secure.

Ensure Your Stress-Free Holiday Season

While it is a magical time of year, the holiday season can also come along with it’s share of stresses. Between the jam-packed social calendar, family commitments, working hard to pick out the perfect gifts, and the general busyness of the season, there are plenty of things to add stress without piling on cybersecurity-induced stress.

Wondering if your company is safe and primed to survive the holiday season cyber safe? Versa Trust has been serving Texas businesses for over 25 years and can give your organization the peace of mind it so richly deserves this holiday season. Their suite of security services will protect your data, save you money, and keep your organization cyber safe. Connect with them today for a no-obligation risk assessment.

Improve Your Cybersecurity Year-Round

This week is the final week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, but that doesn’t mean that you or your organization should be relaxing your efforts to be more cybersecure. In fact, every aspect of our connectivity, from our devices to the cloud, can affect the future of our personal, consumer, and business cybersecurity.

This week is the final week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, but that doesn’t mean that you or your organization should be relaxing your efforts to be more cybersecure. In fact, every aspect of our connectivity, from our devices to the cloud, can affect the future of our personal, consumer, and business cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity is increasingly becoming more of a consideration in how we work, learn, and play. It is rapidly expanding beyond the realm of just cellphones and computers and will soon encompass network-connected IoT devices, like smart thermostats, driverless trucks, and even children’s toys. The IoT market is set to reach a value of more than $1 trillion in the next few years, expanding both our connections and capabilities, as well as the potential for new and ongoing breaches in cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity can be overwhelming, especially when you’re dealing with a crisis, like a breach or a hack in your workplace. However, when we treat cybersecurity as a year-round effort, it becomes much easier to manage.

Today, we’ll guide you through some of our most useful and actionable tips to help keep cybersecurity a priority throughout your company, reducing your risk of being targeted by cybercriminals.

Actionable tips for year-round cybersecurity

Being cybersecure doesn’t just begin and end with your IT department. As a business owner and company leader, you have a responsibility to do your part and incorporate greater awareness of cybersecurity into every decision you make.

Making these changes doesn’t have to be an expensive proposition, although many companies are making sizeable investments in this area this year. Annual global cybersecurity spend is growing at a rate of 12–15%, with more than $1 trillion expected to be spent between 2020 and 2025 alone. Making risk-reducing changes can be as simple as limiting file access since, currently, reports show that two-thirds of companies offer all employees access to at least 1,000 sensitive files. This can be remedied quickly and will immediately reduce your risk and limit damages in the event of a breach.

Here are a few more of our most useful tips to help you be more cyber aware.

Remember smart devices connected to the cloud need smart security

Making investments in IoT and smart devices can make our workplace smarter, offering actionable insights that we can use to help increase productivity. However, the use of these devices should not be undertaken lightly.

Instead of unthinkingly letting these devices access your network, take the opportunity to work with your IT department to create new security policies that govern your company’s use of these objects.

Ensuring that these devices are configured correctly will help ensure better security, but that’s just the beginning. Regularly updating devices with the latest patches and network settings will help ensure they remain protected from hackers, who can use them as the first point of contact to access sensitive files and data.

Put cybersecurity first in every decision

As a leader, there’s very little that goes on within your business that you aren’t involved in. Even if it isn’t your forte, you still need to be an advocate for cybersecurity and ensure that it’s considered a critical part of every decision.

Whether you’re leading the development of better cybersecurity policies or simply creating relationships with reliable agencies and partners to ensure you always receive timely access to cyberthreat information, you have enormous power to implement positive change. Make sure that you’re using it to put cybersecurity first in every aspect of your job.

Advocate for strong passwords and passphrases

If companies do not develop strong and resilient password policies, employees will be left to determine the best practices of password creation on their own. Instead of prioritizing company security, most employees will simply do what’s easiest for them, leaving company data and systems vulnerable.

Strong password policies can empower your employees, making it easier for them to get involved in the cybersecurity of your organization. Training them on password best practices and providing them tools like an electronic password manager are great first steps.

Never use public computers to log into your accounts

When you’re trying to stay on top of company business, it’s tempting to bypass security in favor of getting work done. This drive has led many business leaders to use public computers to log into their secure work accounts. These public devices are not safe for secure company work, even if it’s something as simple as checking your email.

Always err on the side of caution and avoid using these public machines. If you have used a public computer to conduct work business in the past, change the passwords on those accounts now.

Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when idle

When your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity is engaged, your location is being tracked. To help limit your exposure, especially when you’re in the workplace, you should always disconnect your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities when they are not in use.

More resources:

Looking for more resources on how to help your company be more cyber aware? Check out this list of resources from the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the organizers of Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

How cloud computing can improve your organizational cybersecurity

If your sensitive data and applications are all hosted on a local server, this can be a huge potential risk for your cybersecurity. Making a move to the cloud can help offer better protection for these assets, while also simplifying the process of regular backups and disaster recovery efforts. Many organizations have used the upheaval of the last year to implement new cloud architecture, with forecasts projecting a global spend of almost $75 billion in 2021 alone.

Have you considered implementing more cloud computing to help with your organization’s cybersecurity? What’s holding you back?

This is a complex, yet necessary, process that can help lower your company’s risk for a breach. If you aren’t sure how to proceed, a trusted cloud expert can help you determine the best way forward.

Enlist a Dallas-Fort Worth cloud services expert for continued cybersecurity support

VersaTrust has been working with businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over 25 years. In that time, we’ve been trusted to implement quality IT solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses, to help improve their ROI and ensure their ongoing cybersecurity.

Want to start a conversation about improving your organization’s cybersecurity through a move to the cloud? Reach out to VersaTrust to start the conversation today.

The Benefits of Migrating to the Cloud With VersaTrust

By now, you’re probably aware of the fact that your company would benefit from a move to the cloud. However, accepting this fact and getting ready to migrate your company are profoundly different. It can be challenging for many small- and medium-sized businesses to prepare themselves for a move to the cloud, especially if they’re doing it without the help of a trusted and trained expert.

As you start planning the move and get caught up in the stress of migration, it’s easy to lose sight of the potential benefits that the cloud can offer your company. If that purpose is lost, it’s tempting to take shortcuts and cut corners to save money, to the detriment of your future growth, revenue, and productivity.

Fortunately, VersaTrust is here to help guide you towards the best solutions for your business. As a Dallas-Fort Worth cloud services expert, we specialize in leveraging the cloud to create unique, custom solutions for our clients, to help encourage their growth, security, productivity, and so much more.

Today, we’ll guide you through the process of working with us on a custom cloud computing solution, then demonstrate how it can add long-term value to your business.

How VersaTrust Implements Convenient Cloud Computing Solutions

By now, you’re probably aware of how cloud computing solutions can be combined with on-premise tools and products to create a working environment that is completely customized to your company’s needs. This is how we do it:

We begin each partnership with a business-needs discussion, so we can deeply understand your business and the processes that are integral to its success. From there, we’ll analyze the current state of your IT and conduct a risk assessment to uncover vulnerable areas. During this phase, we’ll also take a look at your systems and software to determine whether any of your current systems can be streamlined or improved to offer greater functionality or productivity.

Once we’re aware of your needs and familiar with your current IT environment, we can get to work designing a cloud solution that matches your business goals.

Not only are our services fully scalable, they’re also available for a flat-rate fee. That means that you can rest easy, knowing that regardless of what happens, you’re protected and will never have to pay additional unanticipated costs.

This leaves you free to focus both your attention and budget on business growth, with the assurance that your cloud solutions will always be able to keep pace. Along the way, we’ll be there to support you with 24/7 service and support, along with resources and other information you can use to make the most of your custom IT solution.

How Your Company Can Benefit From a Move to the Cloud

Now that you’re more familiar with the process of setting up your new cloud computing solution, let’s focus on the potential benefits for your business.

Scalability and flexibility

Incorporating your new cloud solution into your day-to-day routines should be easy. However, that’s just the beginning. As many companies grow, they’re forced to make larger and larger hardware investments to keep up with demand. Investing in a cloud solution allows you space to grow with your company without the need for costly ongoing investments.

In addition to offering scalability that can be utilized at will, a great cloud solution offers flexibility. Whether you need to support a hybrid workforce, allow people to work from home as needed, or even just enable remote access temporarily, a cloud solution makes this all not only possible, but unbelievably easy.

Instead of your staff having to change their routines according to technical capabilities, now your cloud can easily adjust to accommodate their needs. This ongoing flexibility prioritizes the needs of staff, encouraging productivity and creativity.

Save on infrastructure costs

When it comes to on-premise infrastructure, the potential capital expenditures never end. While this may have been a fiscally responsible choice in the past, the reality is that current cloud services offer not only increased infrastructure functionality, but also the potential for major long-term cost savings.

According to a Microsoft survey, 20% of SMBs that transitioned to the cloud said that this reduced their IT budget within 3 years. Only 4% of non-cloud companies could say that their IT spend went down during the same period.

Instead of regularly spending money on the parts and labor required to maintain and upgrade outdated hardware, your business can take advantage of the reasonable and predictable costs associated with the cloud. This lowers your total cost of ownership and allows your internal IT team to focus on innovation rather than maintenance.

Recovery options and speed

Working with on-premise hardware means that the central system that keeps your business functional is vulnerable in a variety of ways, including from:

  •  A natural disaster
  • Cybersecurity incident
  • Human error

These issues can easily disrupt your operations, causing downtime that halts productivity and causes both reputational and financial damage.

Once you’ve moved to the cloud, your data is immediately safeguarded from these types of threats. Additionally, we can implement a variety of protective measures around your data in the cloud, ensuring compliance with industry standards.

When your data and critical processes are protected from threats in this way, disaster recovery and backups also become a lot more straightforward. We can work with you to design and implement regular backups, and help create a robust disaster recovery strategy that will ensure your company’s safety in the event of a breach or natural disaster.

Create a Custom Cloud Solution With VersaTrust

Now that you’re more informed about the benefits of a custom cloud computing solution, we’d love to get started today. We have more than 25 years of experience working with Texas companies to design IT solutions that match their current needs, while offering the flexibility and scalability they require to support ongoing growth.

Our experts specialize in creating top-of-the-line custom cloud solutions, enabling you to take control of the future of your business and guide it where it needs to go.

Contact VersaTrust today to get started in the cloud.

Does Your Company Need a Cloud Solution?

You know a little bit about the cloud, but you may be wondering why you need a cloud solution at all. If you already have some tools that are working the way you want them to, why would you switch to the cloud?

First, you should know that cloud solutions can be combined with on-premise tools and products you’re already using. If something’s already working well for your business, you can continue to use it within the cloud.

Many companies are choosing cloud solutions because they offer cost savings, flexibility, mobility, greater security, and the ability to easily scale operations. If you need to work from home, the office, or a client’s location, you can access everything you need with a cloud platform.

3 WAYS TO GET STARTED IN THE CLOUD
If you’re just looking to get started in the cloud, here are 3 ways you can dip your toes in the water.

1. Email  
Cloud-based email is an affordable first step into the cloud. You gain full control of your email, eliminating the administrative burden. It gives your company more flexibility to access email anywhere, on any device – often at a significant cost savings to your company.

2. Applications
Instead of buying Office applications off the shelf, delve into Office 365. Your applications are always up to date, so you have the most current functionality at any given time. Office 365 also comes with a terabyte of ultra-secure cloud storage to help your staff collaborate and store files more securely.

3. Directory 
Azure Active Directory offers a myriad of security enhancements that boost productivity. For instance, single sign-on for seamless secure access to all of your apps without having to type passwords for each application. Or multifactor authentication (MFA), so you can make key programs and data more secure.


DIVE DEEPER INTO THE CLOUD

If you’ve been working with aspects of the cloud for a while and want to dive a bit deeper into what the cloud offers, you can:

  • Move your infrastructure to the cloud
    Many environments today are primarily hardware-based, even though the hardware might be a ticking time bomb, loaded with your most critical data. Once the light work of email and business productivity apps are taken care of, it’s time to start looking deeper into how you can really make an impact in your organization with the cloud.
  • Move servers and storage into the cloud
    Cloud servers massively increase your ability to add processing power. Moreover, you get more storage space, flexibility and the assurance that a hardware failure will not be your undoing. They’re also more secure. Your applications and systems are patched such that all known threats and vulnerabilities are immediately addressed. If you keep replacing hardware with hardware, it’s an endless cycle of upkeep, system management, maintenance and cost. It’s a potential disaster waiting to happen.
  • Get backup and disaster recovery
    It used to be that disaster recovery and backups weren’t financially viable for many businesses. Today it’s much more affordable and essential to protecting your company’s data from a variety of threats, like pipes bursting and ransomware. Not having backups is irresponsible. Using cost as an excuse to avoid having a disaster recovery strategy is no longer applicable.


REASONS TO MOVE TO THE CLOUD

Cost and Flexibility
Many companies are choosing the Azure cloud over other cloud options for several key reasons.
Cost is a driving factor motivating so many companies to choose Azure. With this cloud platform, you only pay for what you use. You’ll also benefit from lower maintenance costs.

Flexibility is the most significant reason companies choose Azure. You can move your computing resources up and down as you need them. Azure is also flexible because it’s an open platform that supports almost any OS, language, tool, or framework that you could need. The global structure of the Azure cloud platform is another reason many companies choose it. Data you store in the Azure cloud is housed in geosynchronous data centers.

In addition to cost and flexibility, 3 key reasons companies are choosing Azure are its security, active directory, and Internet of Things solutions.

Security
Many companies are choosing Azure because of the comprehensive, yet adaptable, security the platform offers. If all of your data is only backed up on-premise, it could be at risk. A cloud solution provides an extra backup. With Azure, you’ll have ground-up security backed by a team of experts.

While many cloud providers offer disaster recovery and backup software, Azure allows you to implement these security measures for a hybrid of on-premise and cloud services. You can back up your data in different locations and languages. For example, if your company operates using a Windows virtual environment, you can back up and restore your data using Azure Site Recovery.

Active Directory
Azure Active Directory offers single sign-on to simplify access to your apps from anywhere, conditional access and MFA, a single identity platform that lets you engage with internal and external users more securely, and developer tools that allow you to integrate identity into your apps and services.

You can easily scale and distribute your Active Directory environments anywhere in the world with Azure. It’s also easy to implement MFA to strengthen your security, which eliminates the need for complex usernames and passwords.

Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions
With the Azure IoT Hub, you can monitor and manage millions of devices. You can also gain deep insights into the behavior of these devices. Setting up this system is straightforward. Because of the Azure IoT solution accelerators, which are preconfigured templates that you can customize to meet your company’s needs, it’s easy to get started.


HOW CAN VERSATRUST HELP YOU GET THE MOST FROM AZURE?

VersaTrust is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. That means we can help you leverage any technology, including cloud technology, to your best advantage. The CISSP and their organization have the training and experience to understand a company’s strategic business plan, assess risk based on the plan, and recommend and apply strategies. These strategies include policies, controls, and tools to mitigate risk. A CISSP will also consider budget requirements. We will make sure your cloud solution fits your requirements and that you aren’t paying for more than you need.

VersaTrust wants to help you find the most cost-effective and updated technology for your business. With the latest technology, you can rest assured that your data is both accessible and secure. Contact us today to learn how you can benefit from Microsoft Azure.