The twenty-first century brought with itself great advances in computing and technology. Of these, Cloud Computing has been one of the most dominant ones. By offering pooling of resources, a wide network access, on-demand self-service, measured service, and flexibility, it has emerged as a preferred alternative for storing information and utilizing assets across a network. Further, it is available to users in various models like PaaS or Platform as a Service, IaaS or Infrastructure as a Service, and SaaS or Software as a Service. Today, we will explore the major challenges of setting up a secure cloud computing environment and offer some workable solutions around them.
Security-Related Challenges while setting up a Cloud Computing Environment
- The possibility of a data breach
- Vulnerability to DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack
- The need to ensure that information flows across the entire network in a secured manner
- Management of vulnerabilities or bugs in the system
- User account getting hijacked
- Presence of APT parasites
- Factors leading to the loss of data
- Risks associated with multiple tenants of the cloud
- Interfaces or APIs getting hacked
If we were to sum it up, then ensuring a secure Cloud Computing network would involve taking all the security measures for an on-site server in addition to Cloud-related security measures. Let’s look at some ways in which you can manage the security challenges.
1. A written document about the Security Policies
Before availing the services of a Cloud provider, make sure that you ask him to share a written document which details the policies and plan pertaining to the security of the Cloud. This will help you understand the approach towards security and offer an assurance about the priority assigned by the provider to the security of his services.
2. Introduce Multi-factor authentication
While all user accounts have a password, it is usually not enough to secure their accounts. Hence, it is necessary to have multi-factor authentication set up to keep hijacking at bay. Apart from the password, the users must input an OTP as an added layer of security.
3. Encryption and Security Tools
This is a no-brainer. Use the latest available encryption technology, antivirus, and antimalware tools. You can also introduce a firewall if necessary.
4. Regular Backups
Backups are the fall-back option in case of any disaster. While most cloud providers offer a backup option as a part of their services, it is important to regularly take your own backup too. If you are making a lot of changes to the system every day, then you must back up on a daily basis too. And remember, your backups need encryption as well.
5. Choice of the Cloud model
There are many types of Cloud models available today like private clouds, public clouds, multi-cloud systems, and hybrid clouds. You must choose the model which is best suited to your activities. For example, if your cloud computing system would deal with a lot of critical and confidential information and low volumes, then a private cloud would be ideal for you. On the other hand, if the data is not so confidential and the volumes are very high, then you might want to opt for a public cloud. A hybrid cloud and multi-cloud systems offer you the flexibility to create a computing environment tailored to your needs.
Cloud computing is used in an array of services like Cloud storage platforms, Cloud Hosting services, Cloud communication systems, etc. In many cases, the entire organisation’s data relies on the security of the Cloud environment. Follow these tips and ensure that your cloud computing environment is secure. Do let us know about the tools that you use to keep your Cloud environment secure in the comments section below.
At long last No Wires! Manual for Using an EVDO Internet Access Card and Router for Trade Shows
In February 2006 D-Link, an outstanding switch organization, and Kyocera, a notable phone items maker, propelled an item that will upset how public expo exhibitors will access broadband Internet get to.
Much of the time exhibitors didn’t have numerous choices when it came to Internet access at expos, in truth there was extremely just one. You either leased it from the show creation organization or did without. At certain demonstrates the day by day access rate was $500 or more. Presently there is a choice. In the previous year remote access through mobile phone frameworks has expanded at an amazing rate and that entrance is currently accessible in an arrangement that can be shared by different clients.
The innovation is called EVDO and this is the thing that phone bearers Verizon Wireless and Sprint use to disseminate a remote broadband sign to its endorsers. A run of the mill arrangement incorporates a record with one of these suppliers, a PC and an entrance card that attachments into the PC card space or PCMCIA Slot. This arrangement is fine if just a single client needed access, however imagine a scenario in which you needed to make a wired or remote system.
This is the place the “upheaval” takes place…the EVDO switch. This switch, accessible at Kyocera and at D-Link sooner rather than later, empower you to take the entrance card and offer it by means of a wired or remote access. Comparative innovations existed before this switch turned out, yet they weren’t charged as moderate choices. The Kyocera EVDO Router has a road cost of $250 – $300. These are the things you will require so as to utilize this innovation.
Web Access Account – $60-$100 per month* – Verizon Wireless or Sprint
EVDO PC Card – $50-$200**
EVDO Router – $250-$300***
Absolute – $1740-$2900 – in light of 24 Months of Service
*see specialist organization’s sites for subtleties and offers.
**see specialist organization’s sites for subtleties and offers.
***see equipment supplier’s sites for subtleties and offers.
As of now, most specialist organizations expect you to sign a two year contract for both a telephone and Internet access to get their least rate so please verify whether administration (Verizon Coverage, Sprint Coverage) and what plans are accessible in your general vicinity. The all out expense of two years of administration and equipment can be equivalent to what one organization pays for access at one show so you can see the staggering worth. You additionally have the utilization of an innovation that empowers you to approach the Internet day in and day out/365 without the need of any wires.
At the point when EVDO is combined with best in class compact batteries then the innovation can be utilized in manners never envisioned. Envision lashing on a confined outdoors knapsack that has a convenient battery, workstation, and an EVDO card connected to the EVDO switch. Likewise connected to the switch is a web-cam that has been appended to a cap that is your responsibility. You presently have a remote, versatile, go anyplace webcasting arrangement. Couple this arrangement with a remote bluetooth headset that fittings into an EVDO telephone (particular telephone that can be utilized with the switch) and now you can give intuitive voyages through the show floor with two-way correspondence that is communicated back to a site. Different uses incorporate POS frameworks and charge card approval frameworks.
As far as I can tell, EVDO won’t just set aside a large number of exhibitors’ cash however it has made another degree of network for our industry. It will likewise be utilized to make a totally different classification of public exhibition encounters and for me that is the most energizing part!
Electronic Payment at Toll Plazas – Fastag
Fastag promotes the use of digitized methods to deduct toll charges automatically without needing to stop your vehicle. Usually most of us when traveling from one state to another or using a highway; stop at toll plazas and wait in queues to pay in cash for the toll. The con of this process is that is a time-consuming method where you utilize crucial time in waiting for the vehicles before you to move ahead and pay the toll charges. It is irritating and also means that you carry changes in your wallet.
Fast forward to the RFID or radio-frequency identification technology, also called Fastag that is fixed to your vehicle so that you can zoom past everyone else on the toll plaza – no stopping, no waiting and no paying in cash. The money is automatically detected from the account that has been linked to your Fastag.
Advantages of using the Fastag
- It is obviously a big-time savior. Keeps everyone’s mood and spirits intact and high.
- One of the greatest benefits of the Fastag is that it helps save fuel – Indian weather conditions are such that most of us keep the air-conditioning on when we were are waiting at traffic lights and toll plazas – which means waste of petrol, diesel, gas etc.
- It is a form of prepaid connection just like a prepaid mobile recharge card. The Fastagcan be recharged at any time from any place. Every time your vehicle crosses the toll, the requisite amount is automatically deducted from your balance.
- No more dealing in cash.
How to use Fastag?
A Fastag will be issued by the National Electronic Toll Collection department. You can choose to link the RFID tag either to your bank account or to an e-wallet from a credible service provider like Paytm, MobiKwik or PhonePe. In order to be able to do this link up, you would be required to have a bank account with the respective bank or be a registered wallet user with the e-wallet service provider.
In case you choose to go ahead with the latter option, a sub-wallet is created from your existing e-wallet that is called the Fastag Wallet. This particular sub-wallet will have a monetary limit to it as per rules laid down by RBI, the apex financial body in India. Pertaining to changes made in the rules and regulations by the apex body, the same will automatically apply to your general e-wallet and the Fastag Wallet.
Once your vehicle has been equipped with the RFID tag, you would be required to travel using the ETC or the Electronic Toll collection lane which has a device to sense the tag and initiate a payment processing mechanism at the backend for the money to get deducted from yourFastag Wallet.
There are certain dos and don’ts here – for example, this particular sub-wallet cannot be used for any other commercial online transactionand payment. Also customers cannot have more than one such tag on their vehicle. It is the customer’s responsibility to keep the tag safe and would need to submit their original vehicle registration certificate to get the tag issued.