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Protecting Your Assets

Managing risk and protecting company assets are changing in today’s business environment. Is your business effective and secure?

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Managing risk in the “cloud”

“Is the cloud safe?” That’s the question being asked by many companies considering “cloud services,” the current (and growing) industry innovation for storing and accessing information remotely. Is cloud computing the security solution against corporate network attacks and physical destruction of hardware and software from fire and natural disasters? As the recent devastating Japanese natural disasters and the hacking of the Sony PlayStation cloud-based network demonstrated, cloud computing has vulnerabilities.

Cloud computing has been hailed as a major technological advancement for businesses to reduce investments in managing and updating traditional bulky in-house servers to free up valuable office space and to allow greater focus on enhancing the bottom line. To mitigate cloud risks, Wavecom Solutions offers private, dedicated networks for its business clients.

“Our cloud services are not connected to our clients via the Internet but by private networks. Multiple businesses do not share a network, as done on public cloud models, so no one can access your company’s data.”

Simon Fiddian, chief technology officer for Wavecom

“Our cloud services are not connected to our clients via the Internet but by private networks. Multiple businesses do not share a network, as done on public cloud models, so no one can access your company’s data,” explains Simon Fiddian, chief technology officer for Wavecom, a locally owned and operated Hawaii-based ICT (information and communication technology) company and one of five network-based companies in the state.

Founded in 2001, Wavecom Solutions (formerly Pacific LightNet) has expanded beyond its network-based communications services for phone and Internet services to include enterprise-level managed services and cloud-based solutions utilizing its six-island sub-sea and terrestrial fiber network. It specializes in cloud services, Unified Communications, and carrier and enterprise-grade voice and data solutions.

“Having a fiber network makes possible the highest performing network connection to enable robust and secured managed services and cloud computing,” says Fibbian. He emphasizes that each of the private, dedicated business customer portal for Wavecom’s cloud clients is self-service, which means mission-critical infrastructure, stored data, regulatory requirements and strategic applications remain under a company’s control, while being replicated and backed-up in real time. Businesses using Wavecom’s private cloud networks also have the option of accessing their information over the Internet.

“To our knowledge, we may also be unique in offering a ‘ringed network’ for business customers between the Big Island and Oahu for added security. Threats and event challenges, such as power outages, will occur. Customers must have trust in network reliability and security. Our ringed network offers assurances with dual connectivity from the two sites and data storage replication in the two locations in downtown Honolulu and Kawaihae on the Big Island,” Fibbian adds.

Wavecom also offers a bundled fully managed appliance and software solution to protect corporate information and communications at multiple levels. They include managed firewall, intrusion prevention/detection system (IPS/IPS), gateway anti-virus, external vulnerability assessment, payment card industry (PCI) scanning for customer cardholder data, Web content filtering, and VPN (virtual private network) to remote users such as branch offices, suppliers and customers.

With major companies like Amazon and popular applications, such as Facebook and Gmail, all based on cloud computing over the Internet, business use of cloud services is expected to grow. Later this year, Wavecom plans to offer a “public” cloud, utilizing a multi-tenant network model over the Internet, to make cloud services available and affordable to smaller businesses.

“We’re taking what we learned in enterprise-level services to enable small businesses to move away from managing and updating assets in hardware and software and toward investing in secure, fast and reliable cloud services that allows them to concentrate on running their businesses,” says Fibbian.

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