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May 2, 2013

Top 10 tips: Why you should use the cloud and how to do it securely

Everyone has an opinion on the ‘cloud’ and its effect on business – some believe it is dark and scary and fraught with unnecessary risk, while others would argue it’s silver lined and the path to greater business performance and cost savings. The truth is that the cloud undeniably has the potential to open up a whole new dimension of opportunities to businesses – but only if data security is properly addressed.

First let’s dispel any misperceptions you might have about the cloud. It’s nothing mystical, nothing whimsical, - nothing to be afraid of. The reason many fear the cloud is its reputation as a dangerous, or ‘risky’, place. And that is true. Anything beyond the physical perimeter of the organisation is also, theoretically, beyond the physical protection of the organisation. And let’s face it, there are dangers and risks out there, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay behind a locked door. Instead, by arming yourself with the right security you can stay clear of danger and fully tap into the cloud’s potential.

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