Showing posts from February 16, 2017

Emergence of geofencing technology through mobile tracking software

I can recall that, Geofencing refers to the setting up of a virtual barrier or location boundary that sends out alerts when a device enters the defined boundary. The geofencing feature of the mobile tracking software allows users to receive alerts from a mobile device that is out of the safe zone.
One can also observe that, in the case of enterprises, a lot of intellectual property and confidential data are being stored on the mobile devices of business owners. The enterprise can set up a safe zone around the office or their locality and use employee tracking software to monitor and control the activities of the mobile devices remotely.

North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe China and India in the smartwatch market

While at its nascent stage, the smartwatch stimulates multiple appetites. According to Research and Markets, North America dominates the smartwatch market driven by higher penetration of fitness tracker devices amongst tech savvy citizens in the region. North is followed by Asia-Pacific and Europe as second and third largest market for the smart watch market.
Asia Pacific is projected to have the fastest growth, owing to rapidly expanding and growing popularity of fitness devices amongst its younger generations and increasing spending on such smart gadgets, in developing nations such as China and India in this region.

The current state of Smartwatch

For those who are unfamiliar, Smartwatch can be defined as a computerized devise designed to be worn on the wrist with its functionality that goes beyond timekeeping. Smartwatch offers functionality and capabilities similar to those of a smartphone and performs several functions like connecting to the internet, running mobile apps, making calls, messaging via text or video, checking caller ID, accessing stock and weather updates, providing fitness monitoring capabilities, offering GPS coordinates. However, the prime function of the smart watch is to keep users updated about their fitness goals and conditions.

Security technologies such as data loss prevention, encryption and cloud access security brokers (CASBs)

Security technologies such as data loss prevention, encryption and cloud access security brokers (CASBs) remain underutilized. I recall that, integrating these tools with an existing security system increases visibility, enables discovery of shadow services, and provides options for automatic protection of sensitive data at rest and in motion throughout any type of environment.

Shadow IT, the Cybersecurity Skill Shortage on cloud deployments

Unfortunately, the ongoing shortage of security skills is continuing to affect cloud deployments. Numerous organizations surveyed report the lack of cybersecurity skills has slowed adoption or usage of cloud services, possibly contributing to the increase in Shadow IT activities. Many are experiencing a scarcity but are continuing with their cloud activities regardless. Only few companies state they do not have a skills shortage.

Trust in the Cloud on the Rise

Very exciting to see that, the trust and perception of public cloud services continues to improve year over year. Most organizations view cloud services as or more secure than private clouds, and more likely to deliver lower costs of ownership and overall data visibility. Improved trust and perception, as well as increased understanding of the risks by senior management, is encouraging more organizations to store sensitive data in the public cloud.

The current state of cloud adoption

One can easily observe that, the trust and perception of public cloud services continues to improve year over year. The ‘Cloud First’ strategy is now well and truly installed into the architecture of many organizations across the world. The desire to move quickly toward cloud computing appears to be on the agenda for most organizations. New Intel Security Cloud Report Reveals that, due to the ease of procurement, almost 40 percent of cloud services are now commissioned without the involvement of IT, and unfortunately, visibility of these Shadow IT services has dropped from about 50 percent last year to just under 47 percent this year.