In a world where technology is connecting almost everything, whether it’s the electrical grid, phone systems, cars or the appliances that heat our home and cool our food.
IoT continues to thrive, so does the threat of devastating cyber-attacks, for example, last year’s ransomware attack that hit the NHS and disrupted their operating systems. With the development of technologies, these attacks are becoming more sophisticated and more common.
We understand that businesses within the technological industry have a great responsibility to ensure that risk is mitigated when it comes to cyber-attacks on businesses most vital and confidential data and information.
Microsoft have launched new offerings to take security where it needs to go and where it has not gone before, the edge. A new series of services and features have been unveiled that will aim to harden not only our intelligent cloud but also the billions of connected devices that live on its edge. These services aim to make security easier for our customers to manage.
Over the past decade, alterations have been made repeatedly to ensure that security protection is strengthened. This expertise and advances have now been combined to secure billions of connected devices that will sit on the edge of the world’s computing network.
There is an introduction of security protection that is incorporated into the next generation the cloud and edge devices powered by microcontroller units (MCUs). This set of cloud-connected devices, run MCU chips that will power everything from household appliances such as a kettle to industrial equipment on factory floors. These connected devices are increasingly intelligent and connected, improving daily life in countless ways.
However, if these devices are not secure, they could make people, communities and countries incredibly vulnerable to cyber-attacks in more ways than ever before.
Azure sphere provides and connects three critical pieces and advances:
Based on Microsoft’s development of a new class of MCUs with 5x more power of legacy MCUs. The IP will be licensed for the new MCUs with royalty-free silicon to manufacturers, removing barriers for silicon partners who want to develop and manufacture Azure Sphere chips.
Provide new chips with a customised operating system for IoT security.
Feature a turnkey cloud security service that guard every Azure Sphere device, including the ability to update and upgrade security protection over a 10 year period.
By combining the approach to Azure Sphere, the best hardware, services and software is bought together through innovation. Azure Sphere represents a crucial step for Microsoft by integrating innovation throughout every aspect of technology. It is thought that this solution will bring better security, resilience and developer agility to IoT devices than anything else on the current market.
New cloud offerings
In the past, there had been hesitancy over moving to the cloud due to feared security risks. However, the cloud is almost more secure than on-premise environments.
Over the past year, Microsoft have been working tirelessly in order to strengthen their solutions. As Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a cloud-based service, new security innovations are rapidly developed and deployed, based on learnings and insights from Microsoft Intelligent Security Graphs.
Automated threat detection and remediation tools to help simplify and streamline processes.
A Solution that ensures compromised devices can’t access sensitive data, by connecting a feature called Conditional Access to Windows Defender ATP, adding an extra layer of risk-level assessment.
Microsoft Security Graph API, allowing Microsoft connected products to be powered by the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph.
Shared responsibility of security
Security has become a shared responsibility within an organisation. The continuing rise in security threats requires that employees within an organisation work together in new ways across the technical sector.
Today’s big security challenges required bold and impactful ideas. Whether it be strengthening current products, utilising big data to identify and disrupt threats, Microsoft provide solutions that deliver a world-class security system.
So, how can Columbus help your business?
Columbus provide a solution to security, Dynamic Security Management, which is an innovative tool that enhances the security setup and monitoring of Microsoft Dynamics AX2012, through the improved separation of duties and enhanced security.
DSM will use the data from the track of each employee’s working procedure in AX2012 and automatically find the best matching security role, show what is missing in terms of access within the security role and which duties and privileges can be added to create full coverage of the recorded working process.
Dynamic Security Management is an innovative matching solution in AX which will automatically lead your business through the process and ensures that your business’s ERP data is secure.
Imagine all your business data stored in one place. It’s easy to access. It’s secure. With both Microsoft’s world-class traditional CRM system and their streamlined Customer Engagement Suite in the Cloud, you’ll be able to access and store data flawlessly, with the comfort of knowing that it’s all protected.
Over the past several years, quite a few companies around the world have been steadily enabling higher volumes of remote work with cloud services and collaborative tools. However, the current coronavirus, or COVID-19, crisis is driving many more organizations toward entirely remote work environments in a hurry. With governments’ increasingly enforcing strict guidelines to stop the spread, mandating that residents stay and work from home, there's a surge in demand for reliable remote business solutions.
Cloud technologies are evolving quickly as further enterprises and companies transition at least some of their computing workloads into the cloud. It is vital for the future success of your business that your cloud service provider is at the forefront of these developments and can help you benefit from them. They should also be able to assist you in planning the processing, security, and data storage capabilities you need as changes take place and the cloud environment has to enable your successful business. Here is a brief look at some cloud tech trends worth watching: Simplify the cloud with containers and microservices Maturing quickly from a high-potential technology to almost ubiquitous adoption, containers can greatly simplify the lives of developers and business managers relying on the cloud. In cloud speak, containers isolate applications built for the cloud from specific cloud platforms and infrastructures. They can run in any cloud environment, which makes it easier to share and reuse them. Containerization is highly standardised to make data and applications transferable and extend their usefulness. Containers, in turn, make it possible to run microservices – well-defined, circumscribed tasks. Developers can easily build microservices, using their preferred programming tools, and businesses can run them in any cloud environment they like. They can be quickly deployed, scaled, or shut down when no longer needed. Thus, companies benefit from the standardisation, efficiency, and economy of containers and microservices to keep their cloud environments controlled and in line with their goals. Hybrid cloud When companies understand that there is no need to move all their computing workloads into the cloud at the same time, they can determine which work best in the cloud and which should remain on-premise. In many organisations, such relatively standard computing areas as HR, finance, sales, or distribution move to the cloud, while more specialised workloads often don’t. Modern cloud technology makes it easy to integrate the cloud with on-premise technology so that the user experience is seamless. By a number of measures, annual growth in the hybrid cloud between 2015 and 2019 is said to outpace the IT market overall by close to 30 percent. Microsoft Azure is known for its effectiveness and versatility in supporting hybrid cloud environments, which are quickly becoming the first choice of many businesses adopting the cloud. The modular architecture of Microsoft Dynamics 365, which lets you implement discrete workloads one at a time, is fully in sync with the hybrid cloud. Hyper-convergenced cloud for all your capabilities In the hyper-converged cloud, technology providers bundle computing, storage, networking, and virtualisation resources in a single, software-driven architecture. Hyper-converged cloud technology can be managed systematically, using just one set of tools. Nodes can be added to extend the functionality. Hyper-converged cloud infrastructures save companies much of the work of implementing and integrating separate technologies and enable them to realise the benefits of the cloud sooner. Many companies are adopting hyper-convergence as the most efficient way to get their private, hybrid clouds running. Staying secure in the cloud As the public cloud matures and becomes ever more secure and reliable, any risk involved in running business-critical software in the cloud can easily be mitigated or is no longer an urgent consideration. As a result, many enterprise applications such as ERP, PLM, logistics, service management, or CRM systems run in the cloud, surrounded by the business intelligence resources that help companies analyse, understand, and report on the trends and impacts indicated in their data. That momentum of enterprise software systems moving to the cloud includes Microsoft Dynamics 365, which offers advanced functionality familiar from ERP and CRM solutions on the Azure cloud platform. Power BI, the Cortana Intelligence Suite, and other resources enhance the Dynamics 365 apps with transparency and insight. Industry and specialised solutions from Dynamics partners adapt Dynamics 365 for an almost limitless range of usage scenarios. Facilitating effective, predictable transitions to the cloud and Dynamics 365, Columbus combines many years of business and technology expertise to help companies benefit from the best of modern ERP, CRM, business intelligence, and cloud technology. When you work with us, you can today achieve a successful cloud deployment that positions you to thrive through the opportunities and challenges coming your way in the future. To learn more and take the next step, take a look at our guide below. We cover all the steps and tools you'll need to elevate your company to the cloud.
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