How to protect your business data from cyber -attacks?

“By 2018, 40 percent of large enterprises will have formal plans to address aggressive cybersecurity business disruption attacks”-Gartner.

Stories of cyber threats disrupting businesses hit headlines almost daily. Cyber-attacks vary from phishing to DDOS attacks to SQL attacks to malware – with ransomware being the latest. So, cyber- attacks have different forms but have one aim – ‘disruption’. They reach deeply into the IT systems and lead to widespread business damage.

When evaluated, one of the major reasons for this acceleration in the digital threats including cyber- attacks, data breaches and network outages is the increase in the number of traditional businesses taking the digital route i.e. now more victims are available that cyber-attackers can target to create havoc.

“Servers may be taken down completely, data may be wiped and digital intellectual property may be released on the Internet by attackers. Victim organizations could be hounded by media inquiries for response and status, and government reaction and statements may increase the visibility and chaos of the attack.

Employees may not be able to fully function normally in the workplace for months. These attacks may expose embarrassing internal data via social media channels — and could have a longer media cycle than a breach of credit card or personal data.” – Paul Proctor, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

The shift to digitization has made businesses a modern workplace with increased flexibility, connectivity and productivity, but it has also brought with it a set of security concerns.

To combat business data breaches, businesses must pivot their approach from blocking and detecting attacks to detecting and responding to attacks.

Leaving the door to your home wide open isn’t a great idea. Similarly, you need to plan your security and develop a walled system that prevents a security breach.

Here’re the top ways to protect your business from cyber-attacks:

  1. Use preventive controls such as firewalls, antivirus and vulnerability management
  2. Use cloud backup solutions
  3. Secure your mobile devices
  4. Use hard to guess, strong passwords

MDSC1- The no.1 provider of cyber security solutions in UAE

MDSC1 is a long-standing Microsoft CSP partner in UAE and the provider of efficient and highly available cloud services under one roof. We offer multiple cloud solutions like backup as a service, enterprise management solutions, Microsoft Azure cloud and secure Office 365 plans for business communication.

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How to Create & Deploy Azure Cloud Services- A Complete guide

In today’s competitive environment where time to market is critical, a delay of even a few seconds can prove to be a complete failure for the business, so building new and revenue generating applications is a must for businesses.

Applications are the drivers for innovation, market advantage and profit. Guided by this fact, more and more enterprises are running their business applications in cloud to leverage benefits like– always up and running applications, speed to market, access to global and simplified infrastructure, better performance, low costs and quick deployment.

Microsoft Azure, the open and interoperable, cloud computing platform is developed to build, deploy and manage web applications through cloud services. This flexible application offers all the building blocks to create, deploy and manage cloud based solutions, speedily.

Windows Azure cloud provides different hosting models to run applications, each providing multiple set of services, which you can choose as per your needs. Azure cloud services, is one such model.

Azure cloud services help you to create, package and deploy scalable, and highly available applications and APIs to the cloud. It keeps your applications continuously available even during the outages and redirect traffic from troubled instances to those running smoothly. You get a staging environment to test new releases along with health monitoring dashboard and real time alerts.

MDSC1 – a prominent provider of Microsoft cloud services UAE, is a one stop window for Microsoft Azure consulting, onboarding, migration and support services.

Steps to create and deploy a cloud service in Azure

A cloud service is created from three components, the cloud service definition file (.csdef), the cloud service config file (.cscfg), and the service package (.cspkg).

There are two methods that let you create and deploy a cloud service in Azure:

  • Quick Create
  • Custom Create

This section of the article explains how to create a new cloud service by using Quick Create method and deploy a cloud service package in Azure. You can create and deploy both at the same time using Custom Create.

  • Initiate, by logging into the Microsoft Azure portal.
  • Clickon New > Compute, and then click on the Cloud Service

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  • On the cloud service page, enter a value for the DNS name,
  • Create a new Resource Groupor choose an existing one.
  • Select a Location from the drop – down menu.
  • Next, click on the Package. This will open the Upload a packagesection wherein, you need to fill in the required fields.
  • Select Start deployment.
  • To close, Upload a packagesection, click OK.
  • Add certificates, if any and If you do not have any certificates to add, click on the Create button.

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When your deployment reaches the Ready status, you will get notification of deployment completed successfully.

Why Microsoft Azure cloud services with MDSC1?

MDSC1, is the leading provider of Microsoft cloud services in UAE and worldwide. We have been recognized as the Partner of the Year for 2016, UAE and when you buy Microsoft Azure Cloud from us we help you in consulting, onboarding, migration and support services, and other multiple number of services on Microsoft Azure. Our Microsoft Azure cloud UAE offers:-

  • Rapid availability
  • Secure storage and Disaster Recovery
  • Azure multifactor authentication
  • All three services-IaaS, SaaS, PaaS.

So, get everything for your cloud business with MDSC1.

 

 

6 Tips to Prepare a Powerful Data Disaster Recovery Plan

Disasters occur when hazards and vulnerabilities meet – they are inevitable and they often occur with little or no warning in varying degrees and types – cyclones, severe storms, straight line winds, tornadoes, flooding etc. But not all disasters come in the form of storms or winds, sometimes broken water pipes, failed AC units and even rogue animals can ruin a business.

Disasters disrupt everything coming within their range, in more than one way – people, society, community and businesses. When disasters confront businesses, they disrupt and produce direct, indirect losses – psychological distress, additional debt burden, financial issues, job losses and they negatively impact their revenue.

It is a common misconception that insurance awards and government aids allow business owners to pick up the pieces after disasters but not all disasters are covered under them. So, if a business has to survive unforeseen events, then strategic, tactical and proactive planning is essential.

So, designing a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan is essential for a business to withstand the failures.

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Disaster Recovery Plans

Here are the six top tips to prepare an impactful data disaster recovery plan for your business:

  1. Identify your most likely business risks and threats
  2. Ensure strong workforce continuity
  3. Determine your organization’s downtime tolerance limit for different set of applications
  4. Plan your backups and choose best online backup services
  5. Keep your disaster recovery plan updated
  6. Go for Cloud based disaster recovery plan

How MDSC1’s backup and recovery solutions help you protect your data?

We – MDSC1, are the Microsoft LAR/LSP/CSP and a Gold partner for more than 20 years. Our resilient “Backup-as-a-Service” helps to secure your applications’ data.

We help you safeguard your business applications, data or infrastructure from getting disrupted in the event of an outage. With us you get:

  • Automated provisioning of backup files.
  • Simple and full visibility of your data.
  • Increased data availability with anytime-anywhere access.
  • Cost efficient way of data storage and off-site location.

So, if you are looking for robust backup and recovery solutions, visit-https://blog.mdsc1.com/6-tips-prepare-powerful-data-disaster-recovery-plan/

Top 5 Reasons Why Businesses Should Use Platform as a Service

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For an application developer, creating and getting an application running means spending long hours on downloading, compiling, configuring, installing and connecting all the necessary components. It can not only be time-consuming and expensive, but it also takes away the time that can otherwise be spent innovating and improving applications.

What is PaaS?

In the last several years, the IT has evolved a lot with cloud technology. With cloud-based Platform as a Service offerings, the lives of developers have become somewhat easier. Now there’s no need to download and build complex platform-level technologies for each server. PaaS provides a simple web interface that allows you to deploy applications on one or more server instances with a simple mouse click. It also provides high-availability and disaster recovery to help you build powerful and sustainable applications.

For an application developer, creating and getting an application running means spending long hours on downloading, compiling, configuring, installing and connecting all the necessary components. It can not only be time-consuming and expensive, but it also takes away the time that can otherwise be spent innovating and improving applications.

Why PaaS should be used by an organization and what are its benefits?

Reasons why an organization should use PaaS:

  • For building a development framework
  • For performing various analytics and business intelligence activities

Apart from the above two capabilities, a PaaS solution also offers services that improve applications, like maintaining workflow, security, directory, and scheduling.

Advantages of Platform-as-a-Service:

  1. Faster innovation
  2. Reduction in operational costs
  3. Multi-platform development
  4. Access to latest and sophisticated technology
  5. Expert support

When you take services from a renowned market leader or a service provider like MDSC1, you get to leverage maximum out of your move. MDSC1 which is a Microsoft LAR/LSP/CSP and a gold partner from last 20 years can be your one-stop destination for meeting your application needs. We offer enterprise Azure services, including SaaS (Software-as-a-service), IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-service) and PaaS(Platform as a Service). With our Platform as a service for businesses, you can:

  • Create and customize cloud applications using in-built software components powered by Azure.
  • You can run a number of websites and cloud services on Azure and ensure maximum availability of your apps.
  • Learn data patterns through useful analytics and BI tools.
  • Be cost efficient by paying-as-you-go payment structures.

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Why should you invest in Cloud Backup as a Service?

Protecting data, which is vital for an organization, is very important. We invest in securing things that are of importance to us – our life insurance, car insurance, homeowner’s or rental insurance are the proofs.

That is the reason why an increasing number of organizations are trusting data backup solutions, especially cloud-based backup services to ensure timely availability and safe restoration of data. Backing up data on the cloud is much better than any on-premise data backup solution. Why? Well, there are many reasons behind it.

A cloud-based data backup solution enables the users to store data reliably on off-site/remote locations instead of physical data storage like hard-disk or tape backup that may not be reliable in the event of natural or man-made disaster.

If you are running your organization without having a backup solution or are using any on-premise data backup solution, following are the top ten signs which show that you need a cloud backup as a service solution.

Top 7 signs You Should Invest in Cloud Backup As A Service

  1. You face frequent outages
  2. You are spending too much on on-premise data backup devices
  3. Your data is highly confidential and sensitive
  4. You want faster data restoration
  5. You have several backup tools that are hard to manage
  6. Your application runs slower due to backups running in the back end
  7. You want a single solution, requiring less manual intervention

How MDSC1’s backup-as-a-service help you protect your data?

MDSC1 has been providing multiple Cloud Services in MEA region and across the world to help organizations become more functional. A Microsoft LAR/LSP/CSP and a Gold partner for more than 20 years, it also offers resilient “Backup-as-a-Service” to secure your application’s data.

Backup services by MDSC1 can help you to:

  • Get increased availability of data with anywhere anytime accessibility.
  • It is a cost-efficient way of storing data on a remote site for creating backups.
  • You can automatically provision backups without much manual intervention.
  • You get bi-weekly or monthly consumption reports with personalized customer support.

To get the detailed information about the article, visit- https://blog.mdsc1.com/7-signs-invest-in-cloud-backup-as-a-service-now/

Why Businesses Need to Invest in Enterprise Management Solutions?

Enterprise Management Solutions are very crucial for any organization in the cloud-first or mobile-first era. Now-a-days, there are endless ways to how employees connect with each other and collaborate on projects and assignments.

Though these technologies have brought-in new ways of increasing productivity and connectivity, but at the same time, when your company data and files are accessed on a number of devices, they can be left with the risk of unauthorized access as well.

No matter how much data security you ensure, handling data on vast number of devices like mobiles, laptops, PCs etc. is very difficult.

Organizations that trust the ultra-portable devices like mobiles, laptops, should not forget that they are ultra-losable as well. An imaginary situation, where your company’s data is out open on the internet or have landed in the hands of an unauthorized person, might leave you in a perplexed state of mind.

So, what is the solution then?

The solution is a centrally managed and identity-driven access enabling device management solution – Enterprise Mobility Solution or Enterprise mobility + security by Microsoft.

The primary objective behind the EMS by Microsoft is to comprehensively manage and protect users across multiple apps and devices in the cloud as well as on-premise.

What is Enterprise Mobility + Security solution by Microsoft?

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Enterprise mobility solution by Microsoft ensures device and data protection, and with single-sign on processes, help you secure your data everywhere. Thus, your employees can stay connected to the business-critical apps with security. It provides three layer of protection – Identity Management, Device Management and App Management platform.

The identity management of EMS protects your data and information by establishing multiple validation points for user identity. Azure AD helps in this process with its multi-factor authentication and single sign-on.

With the help of identity management, Microsoft Intune can manage the user control across multiple devices and see that the devices and users are enrolled and are in compliance with the company policies.

The apps management layer ensures that everything is streamlined within the ecosystem with proper integration of Office apps and other sensitive data.

Your decision to go for an enterprise mobility solution should be solely based on the level of security you are looking for your devices.

As an enterprise, your investment in enterprise mobility + security solution will:

  • Help you protect your company’s data and apps.
  • Help you perceive threat before they can cause any damage.
  • Help you become productive without any compromise.
  • Provide high integration capabilities.

MDSC1 – Providing Enterprise Management Solutions in UAE

MDSC1 acts as your one-stop shop for enterprise management solutions in UAE. Find the perfect enterprise mobility + security plan, get charged according to the number of users, instead of the device count. From strong identity and access management with Microsoft AD, Multi-factor authentication and advanced security reports to mobile device management with Intune, get everything at one place.

Also get identity driven access to the company data and files with Microsoft threat analytics and encrypt your files and storage locations with information protection plans. Thus with us, you get enterprise grade visibility and control for your cloud and mobile users.

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How to take advantages of Cloud Services in UAE?

“By 2020, a Corporate “No-Cloud” Policy Will Be as Rare as a “No-Internet” Policy Is Today.” Gartner.

Cloud is gaining popularity day by day, so much so that in the coming years, every organization will be on the cloud. In today’s technology driven world, a business can achieve incremental growth and gain competitive advantage with the cloud, no matter its type or size. It helps businesses become agile in low cost.

“Enterprises that adopted cloud services experienced a 20.66 percent improvement in time to market, 16.08 percent reduction in operational costs, and 19.63 percent increase in the growth of the enterprise.” as per a study conducted by the market research company – Vanson Bourne.

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Across the globe, including gulf countries, organizations are showing keen interest in adopting different cloud-based solutions. The organizations get a multitude of benefits from cloud services in UAE or anywhere in the world, as discussed below.

Cloud – a catalyst of growth for your business

It is the fastest emerging technology in the field of IT. Through it, the computing resources are delivered to an organization via the internet. The cloud services are considered easy to use and economical as there’s a shared pool of resources like data storage space; cooling and compute processing power; corporate and user applications; and more.

  • It eliminates the up-front costs and provides on-demand services and infrastructure – which simply means use what you need and pay only for what you use.
  • It enables innovation and reduces the risks and costs associated with the development and testing of new apps and services.

Let’s discuss how you can take advantages of cloud services in UAE:

There are certain things that you should ensure that your cloud service provider is taking care of:

  1. Security
  2. Scalability
  3. Client panel
  4. Data Backup
  5. Support

You get the above mentioned cloud benefits and a number of other benefits with MDSC1 – the no.1 provider of Microsoft cloud services, UAE.

Source: https://blog.mdsc1.com/take-advantages-cloud-services-uae/