(Video) Lets discuss Cloud, Mobility and IOT

Roger Smith, CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework | Speaker | Consultant | Trainer discusses –  Cloud, mobility and IOT

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Hello. My name is Roger. Today, I’d like to discuss the Cloud internet things and mobility for small and medium businesses. And it’s now the catch-phrase and soon to be followed by things like 3-D printing, because Cloud IOT, mobility, BOYD ( bring your own device) helped changed the face of business in the last five years.

They changed business in two ways: they made it cost efficient to use in some of of the systems because you’re negating from operational expenses of viable hardware and software to a capital . . . try again, you go to a capital expense viable hardware and software and making it all work to an operational requirement. So, you’re paying as a monthly fee, just like you’re paying your telephone bill and your electricity.

And the cloud is made to happen and the cloud is making it happen across the board, worldwide now. Someone in Somali can run a multinational business just as long as they have an internet connection. But the internet affairs is a lot of things that we really factor in. The air-conditioner over there, depending on how complex it is, will have some component of internet things.

You see, the internet things will compromise to a level where the refrigerator will send out 10,000 spam emails or a television has been taking photos of what is happening in the world. And then, there is of course the utilization of both of these components that makes the mobility of your workforce a really important factor in having your business because you are now in that level where he can say to a person, “Here’s your tablet and everything you need on it is now ready to go”.

But as I said, 3-D printing is going to be something that is going to be revolutionized in the manufacturing business because they are going to be able to take a design, get printed and get delivered to you in a matter of days, something that we haven’t been able to do for a long, long, time.

So, what we’re looking at with cloud IOT mobility is the industrial revolution part-2, that we haven’t quite come up in another year on what we are going to call it again because we are still in the middle of it.

Thank you.

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How to secure your mobile device!

Mobile devices are the way we now do business.   From checking email, surfing the web to  connecting on social media and creating reports, we are always on, always connected, always busy.

Smart devices, phones and tablets, are critical to having an edge over your competition.  They hold a large amount of data that most people do not consider important – until we lose it.   We realise, too late, that we have lost some very important information.

Using mobile devices means that we can work from anywhere at anytime, if we want to that is.    The lines between work, business and our personal lives are blurring especially if you are a business owner or a manager of a small or medium business (SMB)

The risk requirements for both BYOD and business supplied devices is very important to ensuring the rest of the business is secure.

With so much happening on our mobile devices, how do we protect them from both the physical world as well as the digital world.

Think about these ideas that you need to deploy to protect your physical device.

  • Never leave it alone.   In some places your phone can be stolen right out of your hand while you are talking on it – In NY this is called apple picking.   In most places, the simple act of leaving your device on a table while you pick up your coffee is the only opportunity that the bad guys need.
  • When it is not being used – lock it.   Using a simple 4 number code, a decent password or biometrics ensures that the information on your device is secure for the initial attempt at access.   Change the settings to 3 attempts or 5 attempts before it is locked for x minutes will ensure that you have time to remote wipe the device.
  • Back it up – you never know when something bad is going to happen to your phone.   From a theft to dropping it in the toilet, if it happens how are you going to gain access to your precious data – your contacts for instance.

That is the physical side, what about digital protection:

  • Passwords – Yes we hate them, but in today’s digital world it is one of the only things that keeps the bad guys out.   All passwords should be 8 or more characters, use complex and complicated features (capitals, numbers and symbols), not be a dictionary based word, be easy to remember and be unique for each site.    That’s the reason we ignore those requirements and use the same one for everything.
  • If passwords are a problem then get a password manager or a single sign on (SSO) system.   This will ensure that you can use complex passwords and not have to worry about them.   SSO can also be deployed by an organisation to protect their social media and infrastructure requirements.   If a device is compromised, just delete the access to your business systems.
  • Run Anti-Virus / Anti-Malware.   Most people think that the operating systems of android and apple are secure.   This could not be further from the truth.   Although apple is a little more secure, malware is not always targeted at operating systems.   It is targeted at sub systems like Java, flash and adobe.   That is why all devices need AV as a real time protection system as well as a regular scan to pick up malware that may have disguised itself in the installation process.
  • Only install legitimate software.   Software that is in the app store (Apple) and the Google store (Android) have been vetted to a level to ensure that they do not include malicious code.   Some systems sneak through but they are quickly weeded out.   Applications directly downloaded from websites are especially prone to infection and do not have this protection.

Managing business risk is critical to the resilience of the business.   Make sure that your road warriors have the resources available and needed to work but that they are also safe, secure and protect your business..

Roger Smith is the CEO of R & I ICT Consulting Services, Amazon #1 selling author on Cybercrime, author of the Digital Security Toolbox and author of the SME Digital Security Framework.   He is a Speaker, Author, Teacher and educator on cybercrime and how to protect yourself from the digital world.

(Video) Will IOT impact your SME

Hello. My name is Roger and today I’d like to talk to you about will the Internet of Things (IoT) have an impact on your small business? Internet of Things is a new technology that’s coming out and is now becoming an underlying component of a number of things. Internet of Things relies on two things. One being able to report to something and Internet of Things device can be collecting data about anything.

So, for instance as a product for tracker if you want to make sure that your mobile phone – well not mobile phones, it’s a bit big for that – but your laptop can’t be stolen, you set a little tracker that [Indiscernible 00:00:48] and anywhere in the world that will tell you where it is by using the internet and a large number of other systems that they’ve got in there.

How about the pro-fit systems that are now coming out. Where I can put a band on my wrist, it will tell me my heartbeat, my blood pressure and how much sweating and whether I need to drink in…All of those components.

Now for small business, pro-fit may not be a good fit. But things like tracker would be because the Internet of Things is going in that direction. We are building devices now that are going to benefit people. We used to have systems that were complicated, not very robust. Whereas Internet of Things, you can buy one, put it on whatever you need it to do to monitor and report back to you.

And it will last for twelve or eleven months without changing batteries. And it’ll talk to whatever device you’ve set it up to talk to. So if it’s got a Bluetooth component, as I set pro-fit, it talks to your phone which then tells your main system how fit you are and what you’re doing and why you just had a [Indiscernible 00:02:02] heartbeat because you’ve been pushing too much.

So that’s what IoT will do. So the impact it will have on your business over the next five or six years is going to be pretty huge. And it’s something you need to start factoring in when you’re thinking about how you well you are going to do business going forward.

Thank you very much.

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(Video) How mobile is your business

Hi. My name is roger and today I’d like to talk about how mobile is your business technology. And why does your business need to be mobile. Business world has changed rather drastically in the last couple of years but more and more people are doing business on mobile phones, tablets, laptops.

Because they can. Because all the associated systems utilize the cloud technology component of any business. So if you want be able to collaborate and you don’t know quite how to do, but you have an application that does that.

Then the application needs to be able to be used in a coffee shop. And you need to be able to get into that application at home. And if you’re [Indiscernible 00:00:52] where you’re doing project management, all of those emails that then come through the system saying you need access to the system at all time.

But the mobility is really critical about one other thing and that’s the connection to the digital world that device has. This 3G or 4G is irrelevant. As long as there is a component that connects you to the rest of the digital world then you can utilize and make your business mobile. But mobility doesn’t mean everything has to go into the cloud.

By having components like info soft for instance which is a sales component you can utilize, you don’t really need it on phones. You may need it on tablets because you can then go and have a meeting with someone and take notes directly into the system.

Very hard to do it as a phone device. But it can tell you when you have an appointment, and where you have to be, and why you have be there and what you are talking about. So mobility today in business is really really important because that’s the way we are going.

In the next five years we may not need offices because everything will be in the cloud. You will be working from home, everybody will be able to work in coffee shops. A great idea have a business where everybody can come to you and between everything else and all you can serve coffee. So how mobile is your business technology? It depends on your requirement.

Thank you.

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