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As more businesses continue to leverage the benefits of cloud computing, the hybrid cloud is an emerging option every business should consider. It is a vibrant technological solution combining internal and external services, while orchestrating the workflow in-between the two.

 

Usually, the hybrid solution is employed for all non-sensitive data options but the use of the private cloud has offered more robust features in terms of data handling and security. Such technology allows the company to reap the benefits of cloud storage without exposing critical data.

 

With this understanding in mind, let’s look at tips to successfully set up a hybrid cloud.

 

Check your Provider options and performance

 

When it comes to implementing a hybrid cloud, there are a lot of public cloud providers you can opt for. Each company offers different benefits, layout structures, and customizable features associated with your working environment.

 

Your choice of cloud network needs to be precise because this is the first step towards a long term solution. Make a list of your possible usage and then check for available cloud services in this category.

 

Big names like Microsoft Azure or AWS may be the best solution but smaller companies may also be a better fit for your specific requirements.

 

Check Compliance Requirements

 

The next step is to check the compliance requirement of the public cloud system if you’re handling any sensitive data. You must ensure that the services you’re about to use have the required certifications from the respected authorities.

 

Introduce a Virtual Private Network

 

To ensure that your entire network runs smoothly, you have to install a reliable VPN. Hybrid clouds are often a victim of seasonal bandwidth issues like network bottleneck. Although you can increase the speed of your internet connection, it doesn’t always prove useful. If you’re using cloud services from companies like AWS and Azure then you can opt for direct connection.

 

Migrate in Phases

 

Instead of migrating your entire network and doing it all at once, follow a strategic approach and do all the steps slowly. First, identify the processes, application, and then the required tools. Using this way, you can pilot projects and ensure that any small migration errors are tackled at the right time.

 

Implementing a Security Policy

 

One of the imperative steps of any IT setup is to integrate a security policy. There should be strong bridge security between public and private cloud systems. As a general rule of thumb, your security policy should contain, risk assessments, regulation compliance, network security and encryption, data redundancy, unprotected APIs, and proper authentication.

 

Choosing a Scaling Strategy

 

One of the main advantages of a hybrid cloud setup is that it helps extend your IP capabilities and provides more robust improvements. For this, you need a proper scaling strategy in the future. This includes factors such as the anticipated cost, application scaling, computing needs requirement, storage, and handling of sensitive data.

 

Wrapping Up

 

The points we’ve mentioned above outline some of the most important things you need to check when setting up your cloud service. Putting it all together, a cloud infrastructure shouldn’t feel overwhelming. It can add value to your organization, cost savings and scalability.

 

Contact MicroPac today for options.

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What are the hot tech trends of 2021? From virtual rooms, to self-driving cars, and well-being-focused robots, the world is braving new realities.


According to UNCTAD’s technology and innovation report 2021, significant digital frontiers forging the industry’s tech market will make up a $350-billion in the next year.  This is an indicator that the market is on a tremendous growth path.

Highlighted below are some of the hot tech trends for summer 2021:


Artificial Intelligence
5G Networks
Gene editing and medical upgrades
Solar PV
Big data policing
Personnel profiling and staffing optimization
Automation
Autonomous driving


Here are how these tech trends for summer 2021 are revolutionizing the world:


Artificial Intelligence

It’s no doubt one of the most disruptive technologies in the modern world. In fact, it’s dramatically altering the way we work, socialize and live. And 2021 seems like a promising year for AI experimentations and breakthroughs.

Currently, AI grosses over $16 billion and is expected to rise to $191 billion in less than ten years. This growth  makes it one of the hottest trends to keep up with during your summer in 2021. Currently researchers are working towards creating predictive AI  algorithms that can be used to in the health sector to predict outbreaks. These AI-powered epidemiology systems are geared towards accurately predicting outbreaks.


Imagine collecting data close to or on-site of an operation within a network? This can be helpful in controlling data traffic and predicting natural disasters.


5G Networks

From smart cities, homes and autonomous mobility, there’s an increased demand for high internet speeds, and that’s what the 5G network promises. In 2021, a push for better infrastructure and application development from both large corporations and startups is on the rise. 

In the coming months, 5G penetration and uptake will be on the rise despite the contentious debates and prohibitive laws that surrounds the technology.

In the end, 5G promises to unlock the power requirements for millions of connections while supporting data-intensive applications whilst enjoying less latency and real-time connections.

Gene editing and medical upgrades

From mobile apps connecting you to health experts, to gene modifications assisting with hard-to-heal wounds, the future of medicine lies in technology. That is why gene editing and health upgrades make the top 5 of the tech trends for summer 2021.

Dealing with the Covid-19 crisis, most health care facilities are currently implementing telehealth systems such as contactless medication delivery, doctor to patient video chats, and AI based diagnostics to help in delivery health services.

Solar PV

The world is going green, and the energy production industry is not slacking. Solar power is fast becoming a welcome alternative to traditional non-renewable sources of energy.

We have seen cars running on solar energy, homes, and industries cutting off their electricity bills to use solar and all sorts of new devices powers by solar cells. The ability to charge your phone on a trip and super high-efficiency solar panels with maximum power point tracking technology are reasons why you should watch out for Solar PV during this summer.

 

Big data policing:According to a report by Interpol, COVID-19 has resulted in more cyber-attacks than ever before.

However, most companies tend to overlook their cybersecurity. At the same time, some of the new technology taking over the market does not entirely comply with privacy laws.

Hackers are now focusing on active directories to gain access to private company data.

Personnel profiling and staffing optimization

We cannot skip the role of technology in the human resource industry. And since the Covid outbreak in 2020, jobs that depend primarily on face-to-face interactions receive the bitter end of the pandemic.

However, through technology, companies can now approach workforce management with the agility that promotes profitability and high performance.


If you are interested in tech solutions contact MicroPac today at www.micropactech.com.

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After multiple hacks on critical infrastructure the government is stepping up its defensive game.

The National Security Agency (NSA) has released instructions and best practices that systems administrators need to follow when securing Unified Communications (UC) and Voice and Video over IP (VVoIP) call-processing systems.

If that sounds like a bunch of acronyms…think Microsoft Teams and Ring Central. UC and VVoIP are call-processing systems used in enterprise environments for various purposes, from video conferencing to call center, instant messaging and project collaboration.  Unfortunately, unsecured communications systems such as UC/VVoIP devices are exposed to the same security risks and targeted by threat actors through spyware, viruses, software vulnerabilities, and other malicious means if not adequately secured and configured.


“Malicious actors could penetrate the IP networks to eavesdrop on conversations, impersonate users, commit toll fraud and perpetrate denial of service attacks,” as the US intelligence agency explained.


“Compromises can lead to high-definition room audio and/or video being covertly collected and delivered to a malicious actor using the IP infrastructure as a transport mechanism.”

All of these communication systems are intertwined and integrated with other IT equipment within enterprise networks, so they inadvertently increase the attack surface by introducing new vulnerabilities and the potential for covert access to an organization’s communications.

Admins are prompted to initiate these key guidelines to minimize the risk of their organization’s enterprise network being breached by exploiting UC/VVoIP systems:

  • Segment enterprise network using Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) to separate voice and video traffic from data traffic
  • Use access control lists and routing rules to limit access to devices across VLANs
  • Implement layer 2 protections and Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) and IP spoofing defenses
  • Protect PSTN gateways and Internet perimeters by authenticating all UC/VVoIP connections
  • Always keep software up-to-date to mitigate UC/VVoIP software vulnerabilities
  • Authenticate and encrypt signaling and media traffic to prevent impersonation and eavesdropping by malicious actors
  • Deploy session border controllers (SBCs) to monitor UC/VVoIP traffic and audit call data records (CDRs) using fraud detection solutions to prevent fraud
  • Maintain backups of software configurations and installations to ensure availability
  • Manage denial of service attacks using rate-limiting and limit the number of incoming calls to prevent UC/VVoIP server overloading
  • Use identification cards, biometrics, or other electronic means to control physical access to secure areas with network and UC/VVoIP infrastructure
  • Verify features and configurations for new (and potentially rogue) devices in a testbed before adding them to the network

“Taking advantage of the benefits of a UC/VVoIP system, such as cost savings in operations or advanced call processing, comes with the potential for additional risk,” the NSA concluded.

“A UC/VVoIP system introduces new potential security vulnerabilities. Understand the types of vulnerabilities and mitigations to better secure your UC/VVoIP deployment.”

A more detailed security best practices guidance list on how to prepare networks, establish network perimeters, use enterprise session controllers, and add endpoints when deploying UC/VVoIP systems is available in the Cybersecurity Information Sheet released today by the NSA.

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