Three Cloud Security Predictions for 2013

Hardening network perimeters is an essential concern for enterprises with corporate data to protect, but as businesses allow more and more access to their corporate assets through the cloud, traditional definitions of the perimeter dissolve into thin air. As privacy concerns occupy more space in public discourse and Congress addresses those concerns with new and evolving regulations, the importance of cloud security may very well take center stage in 2013.

Prediction 1: There Will Be Breaches in Cloud Security
In 2012, we saw high-profile security breaches, and 2013 will prove more of the same. This is not to say that armies of hackers are on the move; rather, mistakes happen because networks are configured by humans. These mistakes happen regularly. But, this year, a large-scale data breach that affects multiple companies will occur, like one of many we saw in 2012. This time, however, it will be at a cloud service provider. This may shine a light on the fact that companies need to take responsibility for encrypting and securing data no matter where it is being stored. This includes ensuring they are responsible for their own encryption keys and not relying on cloud providers to manage their keys for them.

Prediction 2: More and More Companies Will Sell Insurance to Cover Data in the Cloud
Data breaches can mean great financial loss. As businesses look for ways to mitigate losses in case of data breaches, companies will seek insurance to cover data in the cloud. This will give rise to this emergent area of insurance.  As with any other type of insurance, prices are subject to assessment of risk. Companies with more stringent and effective security in place will be able to secure better prices. This need to check company security practices will also fuel growth in the business of cloud security audits and assessment.

Prediction 3: Congress Will Enact a National Safe-Harbor Law
When a data breach does occur, a major concern for enterprises, particular large, national and multinational corporations, is how and when to comply with requirements to notify the public of the breach. As with the safe harbor provisions in our national HIPAA and HITECH guidelines that protect companies and practitioners in the healthcare industry, Congress will need to address the same need for protection in the cloud security space that will provide safe harbor to companies that experience data breaches if they have acceptable encryption practices in place.

In conclusion, the need to keep private data private will not change, no matter how it is stored or accessed. The need for proper encryption holds true for data stored in data centers on corporate campuses or in the cloud. Addressing this need proactively will help to mitigate costly financial loss in case of a breach.

Cloud Access give you their three cloud security predictions for 2013.

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Requesting a Quote from a Website Designer

With so many aspiring bloggers, Internet marketers and online hobbyists in Cupertino, website designers truly have their work cut out for them. They offer services designed to help individuals who would like to create a website of their very own, yet don’t have all of the resources or skills necessary to do so without any outside assistance. People in Cupertino build sites for a variety of reasons—but no matter what their motivations might be, the one thing they all have in common is that most of the services they require in order to drive traffic toward their page are the same on a very basic level.

If you’ve never contacted a designer in the past, you’ll have to familiarize yourself with the process of getting in touch with one of these companies to begin your project. This article will walk you through the process of requesting a website design quote without any prior experience.

The first thing you’ll need to do in most cases is fill out a very basic form. There’s nothing difficult about this step of the process. You’ll just be asked a few simple questions so that the designer will be able to build a better understanding of where you’re coming from. Required fields typically include your name, email address, phone number and business. If you’re reluctant to give out personal information online, don’t worry; reputed corporate websites are almost always secure as numerous measures have been taken to ensure that no information is leaked or exploited.

In some cases, you’ll be asked to provide a brief overview of your business in addition to its designation. In this field, simply write a small summary of what your business is about. This will let the designer know what requirements you’ll have for your website, because the needs of all web pages vary based on their niche.

Finally, some designers will have one last section on the quote request form where you will have to check some boxes to communicate which services you need. If you’ve chosen a good company, you’ll have numerous options to pick from. A few essentials are search engine optimization (SEO), which is often required for the sake of increasing your website’s visibility and online presence in the eyes of the people who are meant to frequent it. If you’re an Internet marketer, PPC advertising and other such utilities may also be implemented at this point.

Be sure to include your preferred budget. The issue of money always comes into play with web design, but some very affordable rates are offered by many Cupertino-based companies.

Website designers should have sites with simple, navigable interfaces. San Jose Web Design has a very easy-to-understand form for all prospective customers to fill out. Tell us a little about yourself in the process of requesting a quote and they’ll get back to you right away.

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  • Ethan Burton