Is your and your organizatioidentity safe in cloud


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Gartner reports validate this threat. According to them, worldwide spending on security is expected to touch the $60 billion mark in 2012, up 8.4 percent from $55 billion in the previous year, and this figure will approach $86 billion in 2016.

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Is your and your organizatioidentity safe in cloud

  1. 1. your and your organization’s identity safe in the cloud?Naysayers are always drawing attention to the lack of security in cloud-based services. Neverthe-less, the inherent advantages of cloud services have experts estimating activity in the cloud willexplode by the end of 2012 and will continue to expand rapidly for several years. Cloud services (orSaaS) free both businesses and consumers from having to calculate the Return-on-Investment(ROI) for adopting new technology. Cloud adoption means you likely won’t need to invest in hard-ware or configure complex software across the enterprise servers. Cloud services are a subscrip-tion an Operating Expense Forget about long mind-numbing budget analysis crossing the next 3-5 years and contracts to negotiate with vendors. Many SaaS and cloud providers don’t require acontract. If a solution doesn’t work out after a trial period, don’t sweat it. You can try another one. Inmany cases there’s no need to hire and retain expensive and hard to find DBAs or other subjectmatter experts. Finally, since the IT maintenance &overhead is much less in the cloud, your organi-zation’s content owners have more choice to pick the solution they want.For mobile workers especially, cloud computing provides incredible flexibility and productivity: pro-fessionals can work from any computing device anywhere as long as they have access to the Inter-net. Collaboration becomes easier. For example, distributed teams (i.e., a combination of mobileworkers and in-office staff) can work on shared information stored centrally in the cloud via onlinegroupware applications.But with all these opportunities there comes a threat. Is your and your organization’s identity safe inthe cloud?Gartner reports validate this threat. According to them, worldwide spending on security is expectedto touch the $60 billion mark in 2012, up 8.4 percent from $55 billion in the previous year, and thisfigure will approach $86 billion in 2016
  2. 2. to the research done the demand for cloud-based security is affecting a number of keysecurity markets, and that this new delivery model will see above-average growth. Figure: Decision Makers on Security SpendingSmall organizations in particular are driven to adopt cloud-based solutions these days due to thedramatic cost savings and competitive economy. However, the result is password fatigue. In thisscenario, Single Sign-On (SSO) has been a boon for users .SSO makes life easier because you nolonger have to remember all those passwords. But, how secure is your SSO solution?Facebook Connect and other “federated” SSO is not really all that secure. And, now we learn alsothat Facebook is tracking our account usage even when we are not logged-in to Facebook. A moresecure SSO solution should be used with your more important apps and accounts. SmartSignin is avery secure Single Sign-On and Identity and Access Management solution. SmartSignin providesan easy-to-use interface that allows you to perform one-click sign-ins from a single secure por-tal. The encryption and decryption is performed on your device. As a result, the usernames andpasswords to your sensitive and private data are not stored anywhere that they can be stolen.Think about it. You stand to lose a great deal if your online identity is compromised on the Internet.Don’t allow someone to sweep in and use your identity in malicious ways. Choose a solution thatwill allow you to have several layers of fortification in front of you.For more details check: