Migration to the cloud

Demand for cloud will grow 18% this year to $246.8 billion in total worldwide revenue from $209.2 billion – Gartner

Nowadays more organisations are moving to cloud based operations. 

ACCESSIBILITY

There are many reasons why businesses would want to move to the cloud, one being accessibility of data. As users are travelling and going from one location to another, the ability to access corporate data outside of the office is crucial. This will improve user productivity.

AVAILABILITY

Would your organisation benefit from working offline outside of the office?  By moving to the cloud, your users will be able to work and edit documents offline, on any device at any location.  An internet connection would only be required to share or upload documents.

STRATEGIC VALUE

Microsoft solutions also include regular updates, ensuring that your devices and users are protected.  Functionality evolves over time ensuring that organisations can take advantage of continually improving efficiencies and work practices.  The updates are completed automatically, reducing the workload for the user. Collaboration is a key feature of the cloud as it allows users to work on documents in real time together.

M9 understands that migrating to the cloud is not always the best solution for your business.  You need to ensure that your IT infrastructure is in line with your business objectives. 


5 Simple cyber security things you need to think about

5 Simple Cyber Security things you need to think about

M9 understands that cyber security is a major priority for your organisation. Not only are the majority of our customers small multi-nationals, we are one ourselves.  Travelling and using devices in different locations can increase the security challenges for your organisation, as you could be exposing your users and PC’s to security vulnerabilities.

How can you protect your users?

Your user’s internet traffic should be encrypted. Some nation states inspect traffic, in other words, they can see what you browse. It is important that your traffic is protected to reduce the chances of someone stealing your data.

Block the bad, allow the good. As everyone is moving to the cloud, it makes it more difficult to manage what people are accessing internally and externally. Do you know what your users are accessing in the cloud? Uploading sensitive information can create vulnerabilities to your business.

Don’t trust anything. Zero trust.  Have you got something in place that tells you what is trustworthy and what’s not? Is the site the user accessing safe? Does it contain malware or a redirect to a phishing site?

Bring your own device (BYOD). The modern work place has started to evolve to accommodate users using their own device. When users travel, they tend to use their own devices to access corporate documents. It is essential that your organisation has a BYOD policy in place to avoid misuse of data.  A recent survey suggests that 39% of business have a formal BYOD policy – Forbes.

Cyber Security awareness. Your users are your biggest asset and your biggest risk. Introducing regular internal security awareness training sessions for your staff will enhance their ability to identify, contain and prevent an attack from taking place.  This will help when your users travel for work commitments as they will be more cautious and think before acting.