Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to spend with family and show how thankful you are. There are so many traditions and celebrations throughout the country here are just a few for your reading pleasure.

“As wonderful as Thanksgiving can be, we all know it can be exhausting and overwhelming. That’s why it’s such a good idea to deliberately take a little time for yourself during the day to make sure you enjoy the holiday on your terms.”- thekitchn.com

“Many families take turns sharing what they are most thankful for during their Thanksgiving meal. But we challenge everyone to keep Thanksgiving gratitude alive all year.”. –thanksgiving.com

“Each year at Thanksgiving, the President of the United States receives a gift of a live turkey (along with an alternate in case something happens to the official turkey). At a White House ceremony, the president traditionally “pardons” the National Thanksgiving Turkey and the alternate turkeys, allowing them to live out the rest of their lives on a farm.” – kids.nationalgeographic.com

“For many, turkey and football go hand in hand, and Americans spend much of Thanksgiving Day watching and/or playing football. Dating back to the first intercollegiate football championship held on Thanksgiving Day in 1876, according to The Pro Football Hall of Fame, football games on Thanksgiving was once a tradition among colleges and high schools, but expanded once the NFL started scheduling games during the holiday. The first two Thanksgiving Day football games are hosted by the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys; and a third game with rotating host teams has been played every year since 2006.”. – thanksgiving.com

“If you’re not close to your loved ones during Thanksgiving, thankfully you can still be together — just virtually! Do a video call before dinner, or Facetime family members in for the giving-thanks portion of the evening. Make it an annual thing.”.- thekitchn.com

“Traditional foods are a large part of Thanksgiving celebrations. Many families include the entire family in the food preparation. Traditional foods include turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Many people serve pie for dessert at the end of the meal. Popular pie flavors are pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato, and apple.” – kids.nationalgeographic.com

“The wishbone (or furcular bone) is often taken out of the turkey after the roasted poultry has been sliced, and tugged on by family members in effort to crack it in half. According to the tale of the wishbone, whomever breaks off the bigger piece of the wishbone will get one special wish granted. This tradition dates back to the Etruscans of 322 B.C., who believed that birds were sacred. The Romans brought the tradition with them when they conquered England and the English colonists carried the tradition on to America.” – thanksgiving.com

With the closing of thanksgiving many families take time to pull out the Christmas trees and start decorating for Christmas with the family. Having holiday traditions really helps to bring your family closer throughout the holidays and to have bonding moments. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 25 20
Christina Zumwalt

Have you found yourself wondering what Lucee is and how it could possibly be different from Adobe ColdFusion? Lucee is considered to be the leading open-sourced CFML application server/engine. Lucee has been said to be able to provide a lot of functionality that deals with all kinds of web-related actions. You can manipulate images, PDF files, XML, string, numbers, dates, and a whole lot more. If you name it, Lucee can do it for you. Here is how Lucee is so much different from Adobe ColdFusion.

What is Adobe ColdFusion?

ColdFusion was created in 1995 by J. J. Allaire as a commercial rapid web-application development platform. Some know it as CFML, as was originally designed to make it easier connecting simple HTML pages to databases. By 1996 it had turned into a full platform that included an IDE, along with a full scripting language. A distinguishing feature of ColdFusion is the associated scripting language called ColdFusion Markup Language, which compares the scripting components of ASP, JSP, and PHP in purpose and features, but the tag syntax more closely resembles HTML, while the script syntax resembles JavaScript. ColdFusion was later purchased by Macromedia in 2001 in a $360 million merger and then sold again in 2005 when Adobe acquired Macromedia.

Lucee Project

Lucee is an open-source software that uses scripting language for the Java Virtual Machine that allows for the rapid development of web apps. Then they compile into Java byte code. Lucee can be compatible with current CFML and configurable for legacy CFML. Lucee was created in 2015 by using technology from an older CFML open-source platform, Railo. Before Lucee was developed, Railo Switzerland had been purchased by The Railo Corporation. After this purchase, the creators of Railo, from Railo Switzerland claimed that they would no longer work with Railo and that they would be putting all their efforts into Lucee. The Lucee Association, which is a non-profit Swiss organization, was born. The Railo Corporation ended up closing its doors in 2016, but Lucee still seems to remain the top Open Source CFML Platform that is on the market today. Lucee has become the choice for programmers today, and the platform is definitely on the rise.

Price Comparison

When comparing software platforms, the first thing to look at would be the price. Adobe comes with a choice of packages, CF Standard or CF Enterprise. Most applications will run on the less expensive CF standard, but Adobe ColdFusion compared to other web app development platforms, it could be expensive. ColdFusion starts at $2,499, whereas CF Enterprise starts at $9,499. Lucee, on the other hand, is completely free to use. You can choose to sponsor Lucee on a corporate or private level, yet sponsorship is not required. The fact that it is free is why new and veteran developers are starting to move towards Lucee and away from Adobe.

Installation, Requirements, and User Support

When installing Adobe CF, there is so much to consider, such as the server connection using. You also have to take special considerations to take for both Windows and Unix platforms. Lucee is very simple with a process that is automatically performing the server connections for you, and this allows the installer to be run as a stand-alone application and is also compatible with both Windows and Linux platforms. With support, Adobe has a really dedicated support team that is accessible through phone or through online tickets. Adobe not only provides direct support, but there are also CF communities are also readily available to help assist struggling developers in troubleshooting. There are also many testing tools that are built into CF that can be used to assist users. With Lucee, there is a great support group, although Lucee is more community-based.

Lucee and Adobe ColdFusion

Both platforms are still being used throughout the world to develop apps, but Lucee is becoming more widely used. Lucee is the cheaper, easier software platform to use. Although there is not the same support you would gain from having Adobe, the platform is much easier to use, and you are not stuck with something that is extremely expensive.

Nov 23 20
Christina Zumwalt

Quantum computing is the quantum theory, where traditional laws of physics do not apply and involve atomic and subatomic particles. The exciting thing about these particles is that they behave in unexpected ways. These particles can exist in multiple states at the same time. That is the underlying power that quantum computing will harness. Instead of using the traditional bits that classical computing utilizes, quantum computing will use qubits of quantum bits. What is the difference? It is easiest to think about this with an image. If you have a globe or sphere, a bit can exist at one of the field’s two poles. A qubit, on the other hand, can exist at any point on the sphere. The result of this is that a quantum computer using qubits will store and process enormous amounts of data and information a million or more times faster using less energy than a classical computer.

This research represents the most recent step towards the development of a quantum computer. A quantum computer can be defined as an ultra-powerful machine that could solve problems currently beyond traditional networks’ realm. For example, your desktop PC would struggle to answer the following question: “If a salesman has lots of places to visit, what is the quickest route?” Traditional computing can answer this question for a certain number of cities, but if I wanted to add more cities, it would get much harder, very quickly. Light is already used to transmit data very fast over long distances via fiber optic cables. With this discovery, it may be possible to manipulate these photons and enable data distribution in much more powerful ways. The research team is now trying to use photons in ways beyond attraction. The next test will be repulsion, where they slam photons into each other and scatter. These researchers are exploring uncharted territory. They do not know what will happen with distaste. They may form a regular pattern, like a crystal of light, or something different may occur.

The impacts of quantum computing will undoubtedly change our world because there will be applications for this technology in every industry. It is safe to assume quantum computing will open the door to some extraordinary possibilities when you consider qubits can process millions of calculations all in the same moment. The impacts will be game-changing across industries.

The race is on to bring quantum computing to a commercial scale, and the cloud will play a large role in how that happens. It will forever change how we think and interact with data and bring significant changes to how we do business. It is an incredibly exciting development. Like IBM and Rigetti, AWS also has their quantum computing cloud called QC2 that features the first production-ready quantum computer. AWS invites you to try it to solve certain types of math and logic problems at a speed that will take your breath away. The future is here.

It’s difficult to predict how quantum computing will change our world, but what we do know is that it will be a game-changer for every industry you can imagine. It will significantly impact the way we do business, from inventing new medicine and materials, safeguarding our data, exploring space, and predicting weather events and climate change. Not surprisingly, some of the world’s most influential companies like IBM and Google and world governments are investing in quantum computing technology. They expect quantum computing to change our society because it will allow us to solve problems and reach levels of efficiencies that aren’t possible today.

Nov 20 20
Christina Zumwalt

Machine learning is a technique that helps to teach computers how to do what comes naturally to humans and animals, like learning from experience. Machine learning uses computational methods to “learn” information from data directly without relying on a predetermined equation as a model. These algorithms improve their performance as the number of samples become available from learning increases. Here are a few reasons machine learning is so essential to the world.

Why Does Machine Learning Matter?

Machine learning has become an essential technique for solving problems in areas with the rise in big data. Some necessary methods include:

Computational Finance – used for credit scoring and algorithmic trading.

Image Processing and Computer Vision – used for face recognition, motion detection, and object detection

Computational Biology – used for tumor detection, drug discovery, and DNA sequencing

Energy Production – used for price and load forecasting

Automotive, Aerospace, and Manufacturing – used for predictive maintenance

Natural Language Processing – used for voice recognition applications

Cognitive Computing

What is the driving power behind cognitive computing? Machine learning, of course. Machine learning applies different algorithms behind the scenes that provide powerful cognitive computing capabilities that enable apps to do remarkable things like seeing, listening, talking, and decision-making. What exactly are these capabilities? Those used most frequently include natural language processing, visual recognition, and face detection. Slightly more complex is the use of emotion detection, language translation, and even sentiment analysis. The main goal of all of this cognitive computing is to deliver better customer interactions and experiences. No matter what the industry, everyone is clamoring to provide the best possible customer experience.

Creativity versus Task Automation

Design is more complicated than other jobs that are task-driven and repetitive. These repetitive types of jobs are the ones that are most likely to be replaced by robots. As for design, it requires the ability to assess information within different contexts, establish a framework for a plan, and empathy for other users. Robots are not sophisticated enough to successfully perform jobs requiring that kind of perspective, compassion, and creativity. Still, they are well suited to automating repetitive tasks and making designers more efficient.

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things has been evolving over the last several decades existing in several different forms. Today cloud computing is redefining the IoT with its data-driven platforms. These platforms can capture enormous amounts of data from various data types to querying, process, and analyze the data to identify significant trends and make the IoT more intelligent. One of the best case studies to demonstrate the value of machine learning on the IoT is predictive maintenance. Machine learning algorithms help create the best model best matched for understanding the patterns found in datasets generated by industrial devices. The models can search for anomalies in the datasets that vary from the predicted standard designs that can result in the failure or breakdown of equipment. The neat thing about machine learning is that these anomalies or faults can be identified and detected before a user ever notices them. This form of predictive maintenance is sturdy and opens the door for industrial IoT to evolve to the next level.

When and Why Should You Use Machine Learning?

A good time to use machine learning would be when you have a complicated task or problem involving many data and lots of variables, but you do not have an existing formula or equation. Machine learning is used in a large number of applications today. Facebook’s news feed is one of the most well known, and it uses machine learning to personalize each member’s feed. It recognizes when you scroll past certain things but stops to read individual articles or posts, and it will start to show more activity similar to what you were reading earlier in your news feed. It uses statistical analysis and predictive analytics to identify patterns in your data and uses those patterns to populate news feeds. When you no longer stop looking at certain things, it also collects that data and adjusts your newsfeed accordingly.

Machine learning is beneficial in today’s society to determine and analyze patterns in data. It also helps to teach computer things that humans and animals are already familiar with. Machine learning is essential and something that will continue to grow.

Nov 18 20
Christina Zumwalt

Veterans Day is known as the day that all wars ended. In November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that November 11th would be the first commemoration of Armistice Day using the words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” Here are some fun facts about Veteran’s Day.

  • Veterans Day is always observed on November 11 and is both a state and a federal holiday.
  • The day was first called Armistice Day and was established on November 11, 1919. This date was the first anniversary of the ending of World War I.
  • As a result of lobbying by veterans’ service organizations, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954. President Eisenhower signed the legislation. The holiday became a day to honor all of America’s veterans.
  •  President Eisenhower established the Veterans Day National Committee. Consisting of leaders of veterans’ groups, the committee meets several times a year in Washington, D.C. and plans Veterans Day activities and events that honor U.S. veterans. The committee is also dedicated to Veterans Day education, ensuring that the younger generations understand the importance and significance of the day.
  • France, Britain, Canada, and Australia also honor World War I and II veterans on or near November 11.
  • Every year on Veterans Day, at exactly 11 a.m., a wreath-laying ceremony is held at the Tomb of the Unknowns in the Arlington National Cemetery.

Nov 11 20
Christina Zumwalt

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has been around for about a decade, and it is a technology used to create a virtualized desktop environment on a remote server setup. In other words, it involves running end-user or employee desktops on Virtual Machines (VMs) that are either hosted in the cloud or on dedicated bare-metal servers. Virtual machines are controlled through management software.

With a VDI environment, each user has a dedicated virtual machine that runs a separate operating system. Each employee has an isolated environment that looks and feels the same as a traditional physical desktop with VDI. The benefit to employees is that they can log into their virtual machines on any device and from any place through a secure network.

VDI is divided into two classifications-persistent and non-persistent. Persistent VDI is customized to a specific user, and this allows the user to log into the same desktop every time. Non-persistent VDI means that every time a user logs out, the desktop reverts to its initial state.

How Does VDI Work?

When we talk about how VDI works, it is essential to understand that technology utilizes application virtualization. This technology creates a virtualized application image and replicates it to all the virtual desktops in the desktop pool. It makes application deployment extremely easy and fast.

The technology creates an executable file of the application by capturing pre and post images of the system before and after installing the software. You can use this file in any system without going through the installation process repeatedly.

Users log in to their desktop using the client software. A request is made and accepted by the connection broker after the user is authenticated. The connection broker analyzes the right and sends the user to their desktop in the desktop pool. The admin can turn the virtual desktop off if the user is not using it. This provides a way to control overall capacity. It can accommodate more users than the server’s actual power by turning off desktops that are not in use. As an example, on a server with 500 GB RAM, you can create 600 Virtual desktops with 1 GB RAM, assuming that not all 600 users will use the desktop at the same time. The desktop image is mirrored from a master desktop to all the other desktops. It is called cloning. Cloning is classified as either full or linked. In linked cloning, the virtual disk of the master desktop is connected to all other desktops. It saves disk space on the server. The data of all the users is protected separately. The only real problem with this method is that the cloned desktops must be linked to the master desktop at all times.

If you choose full cloning, the cloned desktops are not linked to the master, and they function as independent desktops. In this scenario, all the desktops use separate disk space.

A VDI management software like VMware View Manager can be used to create desktop pools. The admin user can manage the desktop pools, provision new desktops, create new collections, and set up policies.

Benefits of VDI

The ability to have remote access to all of your applications and data is probably the single most significant benefit of VDI. Still, many other benefits come with VDI. Security is one of them. Because remote data centers store the data with high-level redundancy, you do not need to worry about your data’s total loss. Even if you lose the device, you can still access your desktop and data from any other device.

Portability is another critical benefit of VDI technology. You are no longer limited to using your desktop computer anymore. With VDI, you can use your laptop, mobile phone, tablet, or your thin client. You can also provide more desktops quickly and easily. You can provision more desktops instantaneously.

If you are hosted in the cloud, you also receive all of your provider’s data center benefits, such as high-end infrastructure, the most advanced security, and disaster recovery protocols. Finally, you benefit from reduced costs. No more hardware to purchase or maintain. VDI allows businesses and IT departments to streamline equipment costs by using a single server to host multiple desktops for end-users while also delivering secure platform users can access from virtually anywhere.

Experts and analysts agree that VDI will continue to increase in adoption as the cloud continues to mature and reach a suitably stable state because VDI is more comfortable to deploy and maintain. It is also true that VDI has grown to a point where financially driven business cases are reaching positive territory. Another major factor causing businesses to reconsider how they might move forward with cloud-hosted VDI is the release of Windows Virtual Desktop. These factors combine to make it the right time to study and understand VDI and how it can benefit your company as we move forward in 2020.

Nov 10 20
Christina Zumwalt

Have you ever imagined what your business would be like in the cloud? The cloud isn’t something that is out of reach for any type of business, big or small. The Cloud remains very popular with businesses and investors alike but as with all other technology business needs are driving innovation and changing cloud computing. Here is some information about the what is available in the cloud and some facts about how it works.

Public Clouds

Public clouds are good if all you need to do is access various applications through the internet. Public clouds service multiple clients, and they utilize a shared infrastructure. They work best for doing collaborative work, email, and storing non-sensitive data. The benefits of a public cloud are that you do not need to manage your servers so you can cut down on IT resources. Another advantage of public clouds is their scalability and flexibility. The downside to a public cloud is that it can be challenging to meet compliance requirements in specific industries such as healthcare and security. Public clouds may also suffer from reliability issues.

Private Clouds

Private clouds use proprietary Infrastructure that serves a single client. They work best in situations where your business model is changing rapidly and for companies that require very high security and reliability. Companies that have mission-critical workloads and regulated industries are the best candidates for a private cloud platform.

Hybrid Clouds

Hybrid clouds combine a private cloud with public cloud services. As a business owner, it provides the flexibility to shift work between your private cloud and the public cloud as your business demands change. The hybrid cloud platform provides the best of both worlds and offers the ultimate flexibility and scalability to meet any business need.

What’s your budget?

It is essential to know what your budget is when looking for cloud services. There are free public cloud services that may be perfect for your start-up or growing business as long as your company does not deal with sensitive data. Private cloud services are considerably more costly. Still, it may be necessary to invest in a private cloud if you are part of a regulated industry or you deal with highly sensitive information. If your budget is restricted, you may want to consider a hybrid cloud that can scale to your current and future needs.

What software will be in the cloud? 

Inventory the software programs that you use. What type of data and software does your company utilize? Is security an issue for any of the data or software programs you utilize?

How many people and devices will be connected? 

The higher the number of people in your company, the less secure information will be. You may be able, to begin with, a public cloud, but if your company is expanding in size or expanding into new markets or disciplines, make sure your cloud provider can scale your cloud services to meet your needs.

Understanding Cloud Basics

Most cloud providers offer two different types of layers of cloud computing. The first is Infrastructure as a Service, also referred to as “IaaS.” IaaS is the basic service most companies need-namely the ability to set up virtual servers and data storage in a cloud provider’s data center. Platform as a service or “PaaS,” offers a platform that provides a suite of tools and services that allows companies or individuals to develop, manage and run applications without having to build and maintain the Infrastructure commonly needed to launch an app.

Assess Your Cloud Needs

One of the first things you need to do is determine what type of cloud platform you need for your small business. Can you utilize a public cloud, or do you need a private cloud, or can you use a hybrid cloud? For example, if your business deals with a high volume of sensitive or confidential data, then you would want a private cloud. In contrast, you could use a public cloud if your company information is not proprietary, and you do not deal with confidential information.

Alto9 is a Cloud solutions firm created to help customers migrate to, and make the most of Amazon Web Services. Cloud computing is a rapidly changing paradigm that requires a specialized focus, and our Amazon Certified engineers have the depth of experience and know-how to make sure your Cloud infrastructure runs efficiently, securely, and scales with you as your business grows.

Nov 4 20
Christina Zumwalt

This year has been so challenging, that it is time for some jokes and fun. Halloween is a time where everyone can dress up and be goofy or spooky. Here are a few halloween jokes to get the fun started!

  • What do birds say on Halloween? “Trick or tweet!”
  • Why don’t skeletons ever go trick or treating? Because they have no-body to go with.
  • Where do ghosts buy their Halloween candy? At the ghost-ery store!
  • What do owls say when they go trick or treating? “Happy Owl-ween!”
  • What do ghosts give out to trick or treaters? Booberries!
  • Who did Frankenstein go trick or treating with? His ghoul friend.
  • What Halloween candy is never on time for the party? Choco-LATE!
  • What do witches put on to go trick or treating? Mas-scare-a.
  • What does Bigfoot say when he asks for candy? “Trick-or-feet!”
  • Which type of pants do ghosts wear to trick or treat? Boo jeans.
  • What makes trick or treating with twin witches so challenging? You never know which witch is which!
Oct 30 20
Christina Zumwalt

Life before the cloud meant that most data storage solutions were decentralized and hosted on servers on-site. That local presence means more control for the enterprise, but it creates problems with scalability and efficiency. Many companies have been switching to the cloud. Indeed, there are many benefits to cloud adoption in terms of scalability, flexibility, data storage, reliability, cost-effectiveness, uptime, and others. Still, one of the downsides has traditionally been security because a lot of the cloud security requires an enterprise to rely on third-parties to secure private, sensitive data. Blockchain could be a more affordable and efficient technology to use for security purposes.

It’s not a surprise that many companies have begun to make the switch towards cloud computing. After all, it’s much more flexible and cost-effective, giving organizations access to incredible value, and allowing them to replicate their data across a range of data centers, offering redundancy and reliable uptime solutions. Of course, with all the benefits cloud computing has to offer, there are some downsides too. Whenever we use a cloud service, we need to put a significant amount of trust in third-parties to keep our most private and sensitive data secure. To understand Blockchain’s potential applications within the business world, one must understand what makes this technology unique. When it comes to trading and buying Bitcoins, Blockchain allows people to manage their cryptocurrencies with transparency and security because every time something is changing with Blockchain, the ledger records the alteration for the entire public network to see.

Improvements in Interoperability

Blockchain Solutions have suffered from a lack of connectivity mechanisms between differing blockchain solutions, creating obstacles to the broader adoption of the technology. Recently this situation has improved, and tech companies are offering viable solutions to establish connections between different ledgers.

Ripple released a mid-ware arbitrary protocol that can “connect” different types of ledgers, both distributed and traditional centralized ones. The goal of this protocol is to improve interoperability between financial institutions. Another benefit of Interledger is that it allows users to store aggregate transaction data of a public blockchain by using a connector to transfer funds between private versions of the Ripple network.

Customer data privacy remains a considerable challenge for enterprises because they need to upgrade their systems to stay compliant with emerging regulations continually. By leveraging blockchain technology, businesses can reduce their data ownership and the challenge and cost of updating their systems. Customer information gets recorded on a distributed ledger and does not need to change hands when transactions are executed. Instead, users grant permission for access to those records whenever they are required. This allows enterprises to remain compliant with far less effort, and users benefit from increased privacy and security.

Blockchain Security Challenges

Blockchain technology is evolving, and many technical advances have been made to keep user data private. Even so, there are still legal and compliance issues such as Art. Seventeen of the GDPR or “the right to be forgotten.” This article challenges the way data is stored across blockchain networks.

There is some healthy skepticism being expressed about the use of blockchain for data security because a blockchain for data storage only functions as a ledger that ensures no one has changed the data. The other issue with blockchain technology for data storage is that the distributed ledger method blockchain utilizes is not efficient for general data storage and not for large databases that require a high transaction rate. The other thing in favor of current cloud storage centers is that they still retain several economic benefits over blockchain-based storage solutions such as economies of scale.

If you store data on-chain, you cannot comply with data regulations because the data becomes immoveable, which is the point of a blockchain. Besides, there is a much greater need to track what data is shared with whom and the point at which that data is shared. There is also a need to know if access is granted or revoked because of the increasing regulations governing personal data and privacy. This permission layer will move to the blockchain, and that, in turn, will have implications for cloud provider business models.

Oct 28 20
Christina Zumwalt

The threat of ransomware has continued to grow and has become a major concern of US Companies. Unfortunately, no organization is immune from these attacks.

Cyber threats are increasing, but few are growing as rapidly as ransomware attacks. Part of the reason is that it’s relatively easy to infect large networks with ransomware. Conducting these attacks is inexpensive, thanks to a wealth of ready-made options on the underground market. However, the biggest reason ransomware is so prevalent is because it’s profitable.

Ransomware pays direct dividends for the perpetrators. The overall amount paid out in just the first three months of 2016 totaled $209 million, a figure that was expected to top $1 billion by year’s end. The relative low-risk and high-reward nature of ransomware almost guarantee that these attacks will continue to grow in both frequency and severity.

Today’s ransomware landscape has no one-size-fits-all strategy that can sufficiently guard against it. The broadest solution available is to rely on cloud- and network-based security and cloud-based storage to back up data and systems.

Cloud and network-based security keep threats away from the perimeter of the extensive area network. This makes it much easier to detect, deflect, and destroy ransomware attacks far beyond the extended network’s edge before they seize control. These security strategies offer a more flexible, agile, adaptive way to update your security protocols. With the features cloud-based security offers, you can edit solutions centrally and gain more visibility into threatening activities.

Cloud-based storage provides a second layer of protection. If hackers successfully breach your network’s defenses, then using cloud storage neutralizes the adverse effects of a ransomware attack. If you have your whole system backed up, the ploy won’t affect your organization, and you won’t need to worry about paying ransom to criminals. Cloud-based storage won’t protect your network, but it can be a failsafe. Consider it cloud-based insurance.

SAFEGUARDING THE FUTURE WITH CLOUD SOLUTIONS

The cloud is the only platform with the agility to respond to evolutions in ransomware. The purpose of these attacks won’t change, but the delivery methods certainly will. Because cloud environments offer scalable and flexible resources, and machine-learning, they allow enterprises to keep up with changes in the threat landscape reliably. Particularly sensitive industries like healthcare, retail, and finance can leverage the cloud by partnering with security providers who offer cutting-edge portfolios of security services.

Here are three ways to implement a multilayered, cloud-based, failsafe approach to your organization’s network security.

  •  Leverage Advanced Security Features In the Cloud

Security protections are layered over the cloud and exceed the capabilities of almost every private enterprise’s infrastructure. They combine sophisticated access controls and advanced encryption technologies with expansive capabilities for testing security and vulnerability. Many of these security features also provide necessary levels of protection against distributed denial of service attacks.

  •  Execute Expansive User Education and Training

Ransomware protection is not complete without addressing the human element. Users must be aware of and understand the threat of ransomware and the risks their actions create. Everyone needs to have a healthy sense of urgency. Stress that the cost of cybercrime is expected to reach $2.1 trillion by 2019. Augment that knowledge with education and training to familiarize all users with best practices and updated security guidelines for individuals.

There is good news in the face of these increasing ransomware attacks. Cloud-based security and storage can protect your network from the evolving threats of today and tomorrow.

Alto9 is a Cloud solutions firm created to help customers migrate to, and make the most of Amazon Web Services. Cloud computing is a rapidly changing paradigm that requires a specialized focus, and our Amazon Certified engineers have the depth of experience and know-how to make sure your Cloud infrastructure runs efficiently, securely, and scales with you as your business grows.

  • Rely on Robust Disaster-Recovery Capabilities

The cloud will always have more reliability and resiliency built-in than the average data center. Thanks to expansive storage capabilities and streamlined failover processes, the cloud is becoming the preferred platform for backup recovery. An approach that relies on multiple clouds and provides extensive levels of protection without creating high cost or management complexity.

Oct 23 20
Christina Zumwalt