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Our thirteenth episode in our Wirelive series saw Rob Belgrave, CEO of Wirehive and Pax8 UK discuss the cyber threats to the modern workplace with Pax8’s Manager of Cloud Solutions, Dominic Kirby. Cloud technology has developed in leaps and bounds over recent years; it can be difficult to comprehend the extent to which the technology pervades almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives. With regards to the modern business, the cloud has made operation more efficient, effective and has even reduced infrastructure costs and improved flexibility. Yet, despite its multiple benefits, the cloud also incurs a series of security risks.

What is the Modern Workplace?

It’s easy to think of the modern workplace as being an aesthetically funky office, but it’s so much more than that. The term ‘modern workplace’ doesn’t refer to hard technology- it’s a concept. It entails taking whatever IT services are being used today and modernising them (often with the help of the cloud). It is through this methodology that IT evolves and improves in terms of agility, flexibility and effectiveness.

The development of the cloud poses a series of security issues and concerns. Before, businesses could control who accesses their data with ease; all they’d need to do would be to purchase a lock for the server room or hire a security guard to patrol the building. Now, businesses have to put their trust in external companies and have faith that your business’ data remains uncompromised in their care. It’s become clear that private and public servers have their own pros and cons. The former generally faced a reduced risk of cyber-crime but were less agile and cost-effective. On the other hand, the public servers that make up the cloud are significantly more flexible but are more prone to cyber-attacks.

How can a business ensure its data remains secure?

There’s no way to guarantee the absolute security of a piece of data. The most effective way to maintain the security of any given piece of data is to ensure that cyber-security is at the forefront of your employees’ minds at all levels, regardless as to their role or responsibility. The cyber criminal’s greatest weapon is the employee.

Dominic adds that it’s important to keep on top of developments in security. Twitter is a great source of bitesize updates, and blogs and forums are other locations in which individuals share the threats they’ve faced in regard to the modern workplace. Making sure that you’re aware of the latest tricks used by cyber criminals, as well as resources you can make use of to ward of the attackers is key to ensuring your business’ ongoing security.

Let us help...

It’s important to ensure that your business’ data is properly protected. If you have any questions, or if you need help or support with your security practices then the team at Wirehive has a wealth of knowledge to help steer you in the right direction.

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