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Security and Risk Management: Protecting Your Assets

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Protecting your property and your people

Companies are often concerned that deploying new technologies will make their mission critical information less secure.  The rise of cloud computing – the ability to store information remotely and access it from anywhere – is a case in point.

Cloud computing offers a number of significant benefits. Chief among these is that it enables companies to avoid the expense of  hardware expansion, to eliminate maintenance costs and licensing fees, and to speed their time to market.  In addition, a key benefit that cloud computing offers is added security.

This appears counter-intuitive, as there has been significant attention paid to the perceived lack of security in the cloud. But when architected correctly, cloud computing offers a critical defense against corporate network attacks, securely stores a company’s information and is a key component of any company’s overall data security strategy.

In fact, cloud computing can make a company’s data even more secure than before.  Among the largest risks to businesses today are natural disasters – fires, floods, earthquakes — that destroy a company’s physical hardware and software, as well as all of its critical data stored and accessed there.  Cloud computing can solve this problem by offering companies safe, redundant remote platforms where their data is backed-up in more than one physical location.

To secure information in the cloud, and to provide built-in disaster recovery with an option for automatic business continuity ,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,” explains Simon Fiddian, Chief Technology Officer for Wavecom, a Hawaii-based ICT (information and communication technology) company that operates its own six-island sub-sea fiber network, and is one of five network-based technology companies in the state. “In addition,” he says, “our cloud computing solution offers separate platforms on Oahu and the Big Island, which enables us to automatically backup our customers’ data across our network real-time, providing them two separate locations where there complete data inventory can be stored.”

Founded in 2001, Wavecom Solutions has expanded beyond its traditional network-based communications services to include enterprise-level managed services and cloud-based solutions.  Wavecom’s network expertise is a key ingredient in its ability to deliver world-class service. In addition to connecting its dual-island cloud platform, “having a fiber network makes it possible to deliver the highest performing connections, which enable robust and secured managed services and cloud computing,” says Fiddian. He emphasizes that each private, dedicated business customer portal 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.  This can provide a company automatic business continuity. In other words, in the event of a natural disaster that may destroy a company’s office, its employees can access the company’s data over the Internet from anywhere in the world.

“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 two locations in downtown Honolulu and in Kawaihae on the Big Island,” Fiddian 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/IDS), gateway anti-virus, external vulnerability assessment, payment card industry (PCI) scanning for customer cardholder data, Web content filtering, and virtual private network (VPN) to remote users such as branch offices, suppliers and customers.

Business use of cloud services is expected to continue to grow substantially. As part of its development roadmap, Wavecom plans to offer virtual desktops, as well as a “public” cloud, utilizing a multi-tenant network model over the Internet, targeted at making cloud services available and affordable to smaller businesses.

“We’re taking what we have learned by delivering enterprise-level services and using it 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 Fiddian.

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