A major vulnerability has been discovered in the WPA2 protocol of Wi-Fi networks.
The changing role of IT
It is no longer just about guaranteeing stability, levels of performance and availability of applications, but also encouraging innovation and contributing to the business.
This new orientation of IT is inevitably accompanied by the modernization of the data center, which today is an impediment to the requirements of the lines of business.
The digital transformation of companies is not just a question of competitiveness, or market positioning, it is a question of survival.
In order to remain competitive and improve their performance, companies from all sectors and sizes must develop new business strategies and processes by taking advantage of information technology and communication.
In this context of a digital economy, companies that want to remain viable must, of course, have leaders capable of recognizing opportunities, but also the IT environment capable of handling this new mission.
Microsoft Azure includes an ever-expanding array of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to create, deploy, and manage applications, through a global network of data centers, and a wide range of associated tools. 90% of Fortune 500 companies have confidence in Microsoft's cloud.
Why such a high adoption? Here are 5 specific reasons that pushed Present, and push companies, to adopt Microsoft Azure.
Analysts are unanimous. The future is cloud computing, public, with a private/hybrid emphasis depending on the size of the company.
Indeed, the benefits of this cloud services approach are numerous and include more specifically:
• Total cost reduction of possessing IT infrastructure by replacing outdated and at risk systems and applications
• Faster implementation of business initiatives
• Integration with existing infrastructures (hybrid cloud and back-up sites within the Cloud)
Today’s companies must increase their IT’s efficiency to remain competitive, regardless of their industry. To do so, they must support their growth with powerful easy-to-use technological tools.
This is the case for Microsoft Office 365. Contrary to popular belief, it goes way beyond a simple cloud-based email service!
As the undisputed leader in its field, Office 365 is a fully integrated platform offering a complete array of tools. These different applications increase the efficiency of collaboration and the speed of communication, resulting in tangible benefits, both internal and external.
Ransomware is a category of malware whose purpose is to render the targeted data unusable or to block access to IT systems until a ransom is paid, generally in the form of hard to trace virtual money.
It can just as easily encrypt data from a work station as it can with what it has access to on a shared network.
A considerable threat
The 2016 Midyear Security Roundup: The Reign of Ransomware study demonstrates that throughout the first half of 2016 there was a 172% increase in cases of ransomware, in comparison to all of 2015.
Companies today must offer optimal data access to employees, customers, and partners in order to be efficient.
This requires continual Internet access, which exposes these companies to hostile environments where threats evolve rapidly.
Add to this the fact that employees can intentionally or involuntarily threaten the network by their actions, and you have everything you need for imminent disaster.
Even though information technology security is a daily struggle for SMBs, it is usually underestimated.
However, many simple actions can be done to avoid losing or corrupting data.
The first principle is to give only the strictly required access to each user to meet the 3 essential security principles of information systems:
- • Confidentiality: information is used only by authorized personnel;
- • Integrity: data cannot be modified accidentally or voluntarily;
- • Availability: the system must operate within the required levels of service.
However, in reality, for companies and, in particular SMBs, there are recurring problems.
As mobile traffic surpassed wire traffic in the fall of 2014, the infrastructure behind public Wi-Fi is becoming less efficient and more costly to deploy. With an increasing number of mobile devices using Wi-Fi as their main Internet connection and with users choosing Wi-Fi as soon as it is available, the traditional Wi-Fi limits are soon reached.
The installation and use of a traditional Wi-Fi infrastructure in high mobile traffic areas are hindered by the following limitations:
• The difficulty of creating an efficient plan to install access points;
• Overrun channels due to too many users connected to the same access point;
• An ever-changing mobile access point;
• The complexity of access point management by the WLAN controller.
For these reasons, the quality of the signal, uncertain to begin with, is greatly affected by interferences.
However, things are changing thanks to new technologies like Smart Wi-Fi.