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Bring Your Own Encryption

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While cloud computing and virtualisation are integral to the always-on business, WARREN OLIVIER feels it should not detract from the importance of security. He discusses how bring your own encryption could reprioritise this for decision-makers.

The BYOE security model gives cloud customers complete control over the encryption of their data. In essence, this enables them to use a virtualised example of their own encryption software together with the applications they are hosting in the cloud, to encrypt their data. At the same time, cloud providers are finding innovative ways to let users manage their encryption keys.

Up to now, questions around data sovereignty drove the majority of decisions around moving to the cloud. After all, having corporate data being subjected to the laws of the country in which it is located has created additional challenges for CIOs the globe over.

With BYOE, it does not matter where organisational data resides as the company has its own encryption key.

This places the onus on the business to encrypt the data locally before storing it offshore. Given the connectedness of the world and the extent at which people access back-end corporate data using a myriad of devices irrespective of location, this is an especially empowering way of going about security.

It is a great way of diversifying the backup strategy of an organisation. Not only does it mean there are local and off-site copies available, it also provides decision-makers with the added peace of mind that the data is secure from prying eyes.

Of course, this does not mean companies should embark on a mass exodus and migrate to international solutions providers. Instead, BYOE gives companies the flexibility to use local cloud providers as their primary option and offshore data centres as additional backups once the data is encrypted.

However, when it comes to this model one of the biggest concerns is what happens if the encryption key is lost? After all, encryption is theoretically a single point of failure that could see all corporate data lost.

There are ways to address this. As an example, Veeam has implemented a feature where it can generate a new encryption key for the company. This is done once certain elements have been verified and provides customers with a fail-safe solution around encryption.

However, BYOE does not mean there is an inherent distrust towards cloud providers. Rather, it is about securing corporate information as effectively as possible to meet regulatory requirements.

This is where trust partnerships with vendors come in. If a corporate relies on a service provider who understands its unique requirements, the best way to enhance the relationship is to integrate BYOE. The Always-On business requires an environment that is conducive to innovation and leveraging the best technologies for the needs of the business. BYOE supplements that from a security perspective.

* Warren Olivier, regional manager for Southern Africa at Veeam.

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entries via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Happy Emoji Day! Here’s 10 reasons to be cheerful

First created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, the emoji has become a huge part of everyday communication. Whether you love them or hate them, flying dollar bills, applauding hands and rolling eyes are here to stay.

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Scientist suggest that the use of emojis will help us gain the same satisfaction from digital interactions as we enjoy from personal contact.

Almost two decades later, and we have over 2600 unique emojis to perfectly express what we feel, thank you Mr Kurita! Join HMD, the home of Nokia phones as we celebrate World Emoji Day on the 17th of July with these interesting emoji facts:

The most popular emoji used is “Person Shrugging”

1.       The Nokia 3310 was chosen as one of the first 3 “National” emojis for Finland… it represents unbreakable!

2.       South Africa’s favourite emoji is the “Kiss and wink”… how sweet SA!

3.       French is the only language where a ‘smiley’ does not top the list for its use

4.       On average, over 60 billion emojis are sent on Facebook every day

5.       For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was a pictograph! The “Face with Tears of Joy” was crowned word of the year in 2015

6.       According to Emojipedia, some of the most requested emoji’s include afro, a bagel and hands making a heart

7.       To include all races, a diversity pack was released in 2017

8.       It has become so trendy that the Museum of Modern Art displays the original emoji collection on canvas

9.       In 2009, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick was completely translated into emoji’s

 

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