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CSA Innovation Conference - July 18

If you're serious about cloud security, then you need to get to the CSA (Cloud Security Alliance) Innovation Conference 2013. It will take place on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at the Network Meeting Center located at 5201 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054. It's aimed at senior executives, IT specialists, and CTOs who have to deal with security issues, and will feature great speakers and demos of new technology.

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Posted by Brian Nason -- Jun 14, 2013 4:00:42 AM Leave a Comment

Topics: Data Security

Privacy Is As Important As Security

Your cloud data may be secure, but that's not necessarily the same as being private, argues Luke Burns over at ReadWrite.com. Do you know who has access to your data and what they're doing with it? Even if they're not looking at the actual data, are they treating the meta-data as confidential?

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Posted by Brian Nason -- Jun 13, 2013 4:00:40 AM Leave a Comment

Topics: Data Security

Are You Confident About The Security Of Your Cloud Data?

A recent survey on cloud security by NetIQ came up with, as you might expect, some surprises and some confirmation of expectations. They surveyed over 500 senior staff worldwide. The results are both good and bad.

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Posted by Brian Nason -- Jun 12, 2013 4:00:37 AM Leave a Comment

Topics: Data Security

Encryption In The Cloud

Bill Hackenberger of HighCloud Security has a short piece on USA Today about why you need to encrypt your files, even when they're stored in the cloud. This one sentence says it all: "Amazon's cloud storage customers recently learned this painful truth when a security testing firm discovered more than 126 billion data files had been exposed because users were unclear about privacy settings."

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Posted by Brian Nason -- Jun 11, 2013 4:00:33 AM Leave a Comment

Topics: Data Security

Who's Looking At Your Data?

Out of sight, out of mind... if your data is stored on a password-protected server in the cloud, it's secure, right? Your service provider will back it all up, and they've got grade A super-strength security on their servers, so you've got nothing to worry about.

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Posted by Brian Nason -- Jun 10, 2013 4:00:28 AM Leave a Comment

Topics: Data Security

Getting Value From Trade Shows

This week, I've been focusing on trade shows. More and more of our sales activities these days are conducted over the Internet or by phone, but there's still a need for face to face contact where the customer can talk to a real person, see the product, and get to know you. One on one meetings are the best way to close a deal, but nothing can beat the sheer energy and high-speed activity of a trade show for networking and building leads. If you know what you're doing, plan ahead, and stick to your schedule, you can come home with literally hundreds of new prospects. If you're in the right business, that could be enough to meet your entire sales target for the year.

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Posted by Brian Nason -- Jun 9, 2013 4:00:48 AM Leave a Comment

Topics: Trade Shows

Digital Wallet Smartphone Apps

So have you been convinced by the concept of a digital wallet yet? Then you'll need a wallet app on your phone. Obviously there are new ones coming out all the time, but this video from a few weeks ago will give you some ideas of where to start.

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Posted by Brian Nason -- Jun 1, 2013 4:00:24 AM Leave a Comment

Topics: Digital Wallet

Who's Going To Win the Digital Wallet Race?

Short answer - we don't know yet. This is going to be a huge market - probably bigger than the current credit card market - and there are a lot of players who want a slice of that. The winner will have to develop technology that consumers love, and also build strategic relationships with businesses large and small to be the most widely accepted. American Banker looks at who's currently in the race to handle your daily transactions and where they are right now in terms of technology and partnerships.

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Posted by Brian Nason -- May 30, 2013 4:00:18 AM Leave a Comment

Topics: Digital Wallet

Mobile Commerce World

If you're at all active in mobile commerce or mobile sales, then Mobile Commerce World in San Francisco is the place to be next month. This three-day conference and expo runs from June 24-26 and features a great range of events, speakers, and discussions. It costs $1,699 for the full conference, but it's one of those events where you could hear something, see something, or meet someone who could change your business.

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Posted by Brian Nason -- May 25, 2013 4:00:26 AM Leave a Comment

Topics: Mobile Business

The Tablet Take-Over

You've probably seen the figures. Tablet sales have grown by an incredible 140% in the last year. Apple's amazing sales growth of 65% for the iPad were completely eclipsed by Samsung's stunning 280% increase. Meanwhile, PC sales dropped by 14% in Q1 - their worst results since 1994 - and Mac sales dropped by 7.5%. In 2012, PCs were easily outselling tablets by more than two to one. By the end of this year, tablet sales are poised to outstrip PCs, and there's no sign of a slowdown.

So what does this mean for business? Is the tablet take-over genuine? Can tablets work for business, or are they just for leisure users? And do you need to take tablets into consideration with your business strategy?

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Posted by Brian Nason -- May 24, 2013 10:00:33 AM Leave a Comment

Topics: Mobile Business