Multi-factor authentication.

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Businesses are increasingly expanding the number of their applications and systems. In turn, it has been reported that Identity and Access Management (IAM) has leaked into becoming a business problem, not just an IT problem. Many companies are struggling to provide integrated employee access to the extent of applications and systems.

Leverage Azure and Office 365 for Multi-factor Authentication. The geo-distributed, high availability design of Azure AD means that you can rely on it for your most critical business needs. With the prevalence of smart phones, tablets, laptops, and PCs, people have far too many options on how they are going to connect, and stay connected, at any time. Multi-Factor Authentication through Azure is an easy to use, scalable, and reliable solution that provides a second method of authentication so your users are always correctly authenticated.

Xero Two-Factor Authentication (Xero 2FA): We’ve covered the notion of two-factor authentication (2FA) and multi-factor authentication (MFA) before, especially how you MUST enable it for all sensitive accounts. Personally I include ALL users.

Cloud may already be the heart of many companies’ infrastructure but it would be nothing without the veins of connectivity that keep the data flowing. The survey asked if respondents were considering moving additional applications and services to the cloud and what connectivity companies use to access their cloud solutions. This was split out from their normal office connectivity unless they relied upon an open public cloud connection.

There are an increasing number of applications being adopted by businesses that are born in the cloud. The research undertaken by Serviceteam IT looked at why companies had adopted Cloud. Across the industry, vendors tend to lead with the message of flexibility and cost savings. Flexibility and scalability of IT resources certainly are considered the largest driving factors to cloud adoption within the survey base.

Cloud Platforms & Applications: Most UK companies are working with a hybrid cloud approach and with multiple vendors, in combination with in house data centres for their cloud platform. Adoption of cloud is now varied and widespread, as the research from the UK Cloud Snapshot Survey 2017 demonstrates. The survey asked what platforms were being used for delivery of cloud based solutions.

Cloud has become the buzzword in not only the technology sector, but across all industries. At the same time, the uncertainty regarding cloud adoption is also increasing due to the multitude of problems currently facing the UK. Such challenges include the implementation of GDPR, the uncertainty of Brexit and the unprecedented increase in cyber security attacks.