Looking At New Tech In The Future
When we polish up the crystal ball and look at the future new tech we see that the way is paved for even more growth and expansion. The nature of technology means new discoveries and ways of using existing technology constantly evolve and at an ever accelerating pace.
If we examine current trends we can better prepare ourselves for the inevitable changes in our near future, if we don’t we risk falling behind and being out of position to take advantage of new technology as it becomes available. Think of it this way, are you looking to buy a DVD player today or evaluating an online service that can provide you access to entertainment choices wherever you want to access them?
So what are some of the areas that we can focus on for the immediate future?
Software as a Service (SaaS)
While the idea of buying shrink wrapped software that you install on your computer isn’t dead, it’s more than time to evaluate your choices carefully before making a purchase. If for example you’re looking for some personal finance software do you want to purchase Quicken and install it on your home computer or utilize Mint, where you have access from anywhere with a browser and internet connection? While there are still valid reasons to use traditional installed software (security, control, features, etc.) the SaaS model is quickly bridging the gap and you should carefully evaluate your options.
As we continue to add devices to our arsenal (smart phones, tablets, Google glasses) we want the ability to access our data equally across them all. This means that if you take a picture of your kids with your smart phone you want to be able to show it to your family on your tablet, and you want it to be automatic.
In regards to consumers there are really two primary types of Clouds, those that simply backup data for security and recovery such as CrashPlan and those that we use to access our data across multiple devices such as Google Drive. Both of these solutions serve a valid purpose and in many cases you may implement a combination of these to fit your specific needs.
The efforts to consolidate and move data from your personal computer to the Cloud is also leading to a change in privacy as we understand it. If you delete a file from your local computer it’s deleted, if it’s really sensitive you can also run a secure file deletion program that not only deletes the file but writes ones and zeros over the drive space to ensure it is unrecoverable should your computer be lost or stolen. What exactly happens to your files when “deleted” from the Cloud depends on the company that is managing that Cloud.
Understand that we’re not talking conspiracy theories at this point, however you should give some consideration to the idea that Orwell’s “Big Brother” is watching. Organization with legal access (law enforcement, government) can make requests of corporate providers to gain access to data, including yours, without you having any knowledge whereas a group of black SUV’s showing up at your door with men in glasses confiscating your home computer is pretty noticeable.
A final concern is the Hacker, who either for fun or serious intent may gain access to your data by subverting the Cloud security. While it’s true that most Cloud providers have better security than the average person on their home computer you should consider it from the Hacker’s point of view. Are they more interested in targeting you directly or a Cloud provider that hosts thousands of users with millions of pieces of data?
If you believe you’re the better target stop reading this article immediately and contact us or another security company right now to make sure you’re protected as you obviously have some highly valuable data.
If we can help you prepare for the changing frontier of new technology please contact us so we can help you prepare your business for a seamless transition. After all, it’s what we do best.