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Why use Amazon web services to host your application?

5th October 2017

Amazon web services (AWS) is the Cloud facility that took the data storage world by storm when it first came on the scene in 2006. AWS saw rapid growth and drew a host of famous clients including Spotify, Shazam and Shell to use its facilities, but why? There are multiple reasons why Amazon web services has become so popular and attracted hordes of small, medium and large-scale companies to fulfil their data storage needs, but two factors in particular have enabled AWS to become a giant in the data storage industry: safety and affordability.
Security
Many of AWS’s clients are drawn to using its services for the simple reason of security. Amazon’s cloud computing unit turned over a whopping $12bn in 2016 and can therefore spend vast amounts on security technology and certainly much more than 99% of its users can themselves. This massive investment is a huge draw for companies wanting to keep their Cloud data safe and creates a cycle which in turn keeps AWS’s profits rising with the more clients they pull in and, therefore, more spending on security.
This is especially important with the looming shadow of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) approaching ever closer, as companies will be warier than ever about the risk of personal data in their possession being wrongly accessed and incurring a huge fine. It’s certain that a massive entity such as AWS will be up to date with GDPR protocol and continue to be a safe place to store data, making it a secure choice for the future for all businesses.
Pay as you go
Another huge benefit of AWS, especially for smaller businesses, is its affordability. AWS utilizes a pay-as-you go system that only charges for the services rendered rather than forcing companies to go with an expensive plan that makes them pay for add-ons that they may not want or need.
AWS will bill companies by the hour for their computing capacity, with this flexibility meaning that companies can rest assured knowing that if they require the extra computing power during busy times, they can have it at a fair price and don’t have the worry of their systems crashing thanks to the A-la-carte nature of AWS’s Cloud storage. It’s a fantastic pricing model and an extremely attractive option for start-ups looking to get things moving quickly without having to shell out hefty up-front payments before their business is even on its legs yet.
Give us a call today and learn how Techcare’s cloud solutions today and see how we can work hand in hand with AWS to give your business the perfect start.

What do you need to know about GDPR?

28th September 2017

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is coming into effect in the UK from 25 May 2018 and will replace the Data Protection Directive of 1995. But what is it? And what does it mean for your business?
The GDPR is designed to improve the safety of web users by extending the scope of current EU data protection law. In effect, this means that all foreign companies processing the data and details of EU citizens must abide by standardized EU regulations designed to keep us safe. The idea behind it all is to give power back to the individual and give people more control about how much of their personal data is stored and what it’s used for. Sounds good, right?
For the average Joe, definitely. For big businesses, not so much. As individuals, GDPR will give us a lot more power to access the information that’s held about us. At the minute, we have to pay a £10 Subject Access Request (SAR) to be given the info that’s held about us. This will be scrapped under the GDPR, with companies large and small being forced to let us know what personal data they’ve got within a month. GDPR will also allow individuals to have their data erased if the purpose it was collected for is made redundant or if the consent is withdrawn, putting power back in the hands of the people. GDPR will even enable regulators to fine companies up to four percent of their global turnover if an individual’s data is processed wrongly or accessed by a cyber-intruder in a security breach.
All of this is bound to have a huge impact on how companies store data. Security and privacy will now become the priorities for IT teams creating data storage facilities.  Encryption now becomes a must for all companies storing data lest they risk a monumental fine, meaning today’s ‘Data Administrators’ need to become Data Guardians once GDPR kicks in for their employer’s own good.
In addition to this, companies using a cloud-based storage system, or, indeed, a hybrid of on-site and cloud data storage facilities, will have to have greater contact and liaison with their service providers to ensure the personal data they hold is secure. Cloud service providers will be held equally as responsible as the respective company holding personal data should there be a breach, so it’s likely we’re about to see a greater co-operation between both entities in the future. If the incoming GDPR has you thinking about network security, get in touch with the TechCare team to find out more about our solutions.

How TechCare can help your business become GDPR compliant

21st September 2017

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is coming, and it’s in the interests of any business that uses the personal data of EU citizens to ensure their systems and processes are compliant with the landmark regulation before it comes into effect in May 2018. Or else what? Companies failing to do so may incur the wrath of EU regulatory bodies wielding the power to fine businesses should personal data in their possession be wrongly used or accessed.  Along with our trusted partners and leader in security solutions, WatchGuard, we can help companies become ready for GDPR and aid you in understanding what the implications of it are for your business.
Who will be impacted?
If your business is in one of the so-called ‘essential’ sectors you’re more likely to be hit with a huge fine. Companies working in industries such as the healthcare, banking and power generation could be at risk of heavier fines, which can measure up to £17m or an eye-watering 4% of their global turnover, whichever’s bigger.
A smaller business, although not as likely to be as heavily penalized due to it naturally having a smaller amount of personal data at risk, will still be fined should data in their possession be accessed by the wrong person, so it’s really in the interests of all businesses, whatever their size, to become GDPR ready.
How can you prepare?
One simple way to guard against an attack on your personal data is to brief your team about how data theft occurs. The NHS was rendered helpless by an email attachment that, once opened, locked down the system and took personal data hostage for days until a solution was found. Now, imagine this happens to your business post GDPR; not only will you have a huge headache in terms of retrieving lost data, you could also be facing a heavy fine for one of your employees making an innocent mistake at their desk.
In addition to offering date-loss services that ensure your business is up to date with the new GDPR protocol, the brand-new WatchGuard TDR (Threat Detection Response) can also offer the most advanced protection available to your Cloud-based date thanks to its incorporation of the brand new threat-scoring system, Threat Sync.
One of the biggest questions about GDPR is how data stored on the Cloud will be affected after the new legislation comes into effect, with this being able to be accessed in different methods as opposed to on-site storage due the nature of Cloud data. With the impending new consequences of violating GDPR regulation coming into effect soon, it’s more important than ever to be secure in your data storage.
Give us a call to see how we can help your company become ready for when GDPR comes into effect.