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Enhancing OT Security Without Disrupting Operations

What is Operational Technology?

Cybersecurity has come a long way in the recent past. Its importance is felt in all aspects of modern life, both personal and industrial. The current digital and network advancements are steadily pushing Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) towards integration. While IT systems interact with each other for data-centric computing, OT systems involve hardware and software that monitors or controls physical devices and processes to detect or cause changes in an industrial environment or enterprise.   

OT plays a significant role in Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and encompasses a wide variety of programmable systems such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems (SCADA) and Distributed Control Systems (DCS). These are found in many aspects of the environments we interact with daily, which makes keeping these systems secure a top priority.  

Industrial systems traditionally have relied on human monitoring and management through proprietary control protocols and software. Today, however, more industrial systems are automating these processes in a bid to boost efficiency and deliver better and smarter analytics through the convergence of OT and IT systems. This fills in the  gap that previously that isolated OT from IT. This bridge ensures that the information passed down to the people, sensors, devices, and machines is accurate and on time.  

How IoT Adoption Affects OT Systems

Anyone who has been around long enough to see how the internet and modern technology have changed the world can attest to its benefits. The shift to making most aspects of human life ‘smart’ has had both positive and negative effects. In a bid to make OT systems more efficient and reliable, most people have adopted integrated enterprise software and analytic data services. This makes processes and systems such as cooling efficient and also monitoring devices easy and more cost-effective. 

This action comes with one main downside; an increase in security risks. The connection of these systems leaves industrial networks and components vulnerable to OT security deficiencies such as lack of encryption, buffer overflow, backdoors and other tailored attacks on physical components. 

The digital attack surface also grows massively. For instance, in a configuration where things go through a switch, it would be difficult to monitor the traffic or detect changes. This makes the network vulnerable to targeted attacks. Some economies or communities could face utter devastation should their industrial systems be attacked due to the high cost of some of the industrial equipment.  

On the brighter side, industrial networks can be protected without risking non-compliance or disruption of operations. While IT security deals with data flow and its protection, OT security is focused on the safety and efficiency of industrial operations. By implementing proper security strategies and policies that ensure the visibility of all network control traffic, you can effectively reduce security risks and protect operations. 

Modern OT Security Approaches

The integration of OT and IT systems has led to the development of OT security. This is done in a bid to protect lives and assets and ensure that there is no operating downtime leading to production losses. The common standards and practices for secure OT systems are detailed by bodies such as The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the UK’s National Cyber Security Center. Their reports have detailed information on OT risk management, vulnerabilities, recommended practices and guidelines. These form the framework for different ways to secure OT systems.

When protecting OT systems, one must first understand the vulnerabilities that they face. Now that OT, IT, and IoT systems have become part of an indistinguishable system, any margins of error could mean a collapse in the whole network. Some of the ways OT networks are compromised by malignant elements include:   

  • Unauthorized Changes: This could consist of disabling safety sensors and alarms. This also increases the risk of bad actors inputting instructions that could lead to downtime. 
  • Interference With Critical Infrastructure: Access to sites and operational systems should only be granted to authorized personnel. Interference of control units and equipment protection systems could lead to irreparable damage, 
  • Manipulation or Modification of Sent Information: Hackers use this technique to disguise unauthorized changes and breaches as they penetrate the system. 

It is always essential to understand that attacks could come from within. It could be rogue employees with infected USBs or even poor coding. This means that industrial security has to be both preventive and offensive. Apart from the conventional security protocols, OT protection must be based on a fully visible IT/OT infrastructure. This means employing monitoring and analysis tools that can detect even the most minute anomalies.  

Best Practices for OT Security

An efficient OT security plan should incorporate three main levels of protection and include the following practices: 

Using Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW) in OT Networks

Traditional firewalls had their drawbacks in terms of network speed, awareness limitations and their inability to adapt to new threats. Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs), on the other hand, offer the best security against threats by giving you complete control of the industrial systems. These firewalls are made to meet any configuration in the ICS for maximum visibility and monitoring. Organized architecture in terms of control ensures efficient and uninterrupted workflow.  

Having Efficient System Restore Plans

Should there be any breaches or failures of certain components within the OT network, there should be protocols to restore functionality without delaying operations. The SRP should take the least amount of time. Moreover, despite the conditions or challenges faced, the industrial environment should be designed in a way that ensures operations can continue running, awaiting restoration. This means enabling the workforce access to manual control and emergency operations.  

Risk-Based Vulnerability Management

The RBVM system provides comprehensive information on possible threats and the extent of their effects. In collaboration with network analytics such as mapping constant monitoring, it is possible to anticipate the risks that the threats pose and prepare the security team with efficient responses or possible SRP.  

These layers of protection also need to be coupled with other general security practices. For instance, access to OT network devices and systems should be restricted to unauthorized parties. This can be achieved by separating the cooperate network from the OT network. On the other hand, remote access solutions should be available.  

Remote access is a contentious security measure. One of the channels used by bad actors is the backdoors that remote access leaves. To counter this vulnerability, remote access sessions can be restricted and monitored by time and user activity. When it comes to safeguarding data, the best solution is encryption. Backups and restore points also need to be in place. Using these tools and security protocols means that the OT network remains secure while the industrial environment remains fully operational. 

What the Future Holds for OT Security

The best part of technology is its nature and tendency to evolve. This means that cybersecurity will only get better. At the moment, OT security faces a couple of minor setbacks primarily due to its nature. A fact that is evident in the design of these systems. Since they are meant to run for years, the focus is placed more on their reliability rather than security. As more OT systems are connected to a network, their lack of initial security and use of legacy protocols poses significant risks.  

As mentioned, however, the beauty of technology is adaptation. To maneuver these challenges, businesses are adding newer devices to their OT enterprises and taking OT cybersecurity seriously. It is clear that the future of OT security is bright due to the growing investment in OT security. Professionals in this sector are increasing in number every day after its necessity was realized.  

Cloud technology has also improved the industrial environment by connecting workplaces. This game-changer is poised to boost production and ensure efficiency while still maintaining low production costs. 

Controversial as it may sound, even hacking and other unauthorized breaches help increase OT security. This inverse effect is due to the fact that by revealing the gaps and vulnerabilities in the system, light is shed on the areas that require patching or even upgrading.

Final Thoughts on OT Security

In conclusion, every party involved in this industry must acknowledge the need for upgraded and efficient OT security solutions. There is a need to pool resources and specialize in OT Cybersecurity if its development is to be sustainable and future-proof.

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About Portnox
Portnox provides simple-to-deploy, operate and maintain network access control, security and visibility solutions. Portnox software can be deployed on-premises, as a cloud-delivered service, or in hybrid mode. It is agentless and vendor-agnostic, allowing organizations to maximize their existing network and cybersecurity investments. Hundreds of enterprises around the world rely on Portnox for network visibility, cybersecurity policy enforcement and regulatory compliance. The company has been recognized for its innovations by Info Security Products Guide, Cyber Security Excellence Awards, IoT Innovator Awards, Computing Security Awards, Best of Interop ITX and Cyber Defense Magazine. Portnox has offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For information visit http://www.portnox.com, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.。

ESET announces its inaugural Heroes of Progress

BRATISLAVA, Sept. 21, 2022ESET, a global leader in cybersecurity, announces its 2022 Heroes of Progress. The shortlist includes nine unsung agents of change from across the world who have contributed to technological progress across a variety of industries.

The shortlist was curated following a rigorous process in which the heroes provided a comprehensive outline of their work and the impact that it has had. The entry process required applicants to include details of any technology they invented, adopted, or improved, including information on how this technology has advanced industries, communities, or society at large. An expert judging panel, headed up by ESET chief business officer Ignacio Sbampato, then reviewed over 50 shortlisted applications before deciding on the shortlist of nine individuals.

“ESET places immense importance on the development of science, and the technology, research, and corporate responsibility initiatives that our business pursues with our colleagues, customers, partners, and the communities in which we operate,” comments Sbampato. “We are proud to celebrate the amazing achievements of all the Heroes of Progress across the world and shine a light on the progressive minds helping to make our planet a better place.”

This year’s Heroes of Progress are:
1.  Ken Fujiwara from Japan. The co-founder of UMITRON is on a mission to advance sustainable aquaculture. Alongside his colleagues Masahiko Yamada and Takuma Okamoto, Ken developed the world’s first machine learning algorithm to determine fish appetite levels based on their behavioral responses. This algorithm is currently integrated with various UMITRON products to help farms achieve precision feeding.

2 & 3.  Ruth Hershler and Cecil Hershler from Canada. The wife-and-husband duo run Education without Borders, a non-profit organization supporting children in South Africa. The pair have utilized and further enhanced an existing “School in a Box” program that provides students from lower-income households with the technology they need to change their future, giving them access to more opportunities.

4. Ligia Kornowska from Poland. Kornowska is co-founder of Data Lake, an EU-funded start-up creating an international medical data donation system that provides large, high-quality datasets to researchers for the purposes of medical and scientific progress. For the past three years, the leading Polish medical journal Puls Medycyny has listed her amongst the “100 most influential people in Polish healthcare”. Ligia was also on the Forbes “25 under 25” list.

5. Giuseppe Mastroviti from Italy. Mastroviti developed a method to supply energy to electric vehicles through an inductive charging technology system installed alongside the road. The technology, currently in use at A35 Brebemi, charges the car battery when vehicles pass over the coils, communicating with the system through an electromagnetic field.

6. Dr. Michaela Musilova from Slovakia. Dr. Musilova is an astrobiologist and the director of the HI-SEAS analog space research station. She has been conducting space-related research with many institutions around the world, including NASA and international telescopes, such as the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. Musilova has also led over 30 simulated missions to the Moon and Mars as their commander, where she is developing new safety technologies for astronauts to be able to live and conduct research on the Moon and Mars.

7. Junto Ohki from Japan. Through ShuR, Ohki developed a video chat interpretation service (VRI) that the deaf community can use through a smartphone, tablet, or PC. He has also crowd-sourced an online sign language dictionary. His work has made a significant impact on the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

8. Bass Salah from Australia. Through his company ResetData, Salah and his partner Marcel Zalloua have created a sustainable cloud service built on immersion cooling. They are building an edge mesh by sourcing underutilized buildings and occupying them with data centre infrastructure.

9. Gino Tubaro from Argentina. Tubaro is an innovator who specializes in creating prosthetic limbs with 3-D printers that are distributed free of charge through his organization Atomic Lab to more than 40 countries and schools. Gino’s organization has been recognized by Barack Obama. Along with his team, Tubaro has developed solar 3D printers that use plastic bottle material for printing 3D medical designs such as splints, clamps, and animal prosthetics among others.

“It was inspiring to see the sheer volume of entries we received,” comments Sbampato. “The quality of the nominations was incredible, meaning that our Heroes of Progress really are the best of the best, across the world. These are the individuals who have made a real impact through technology, advancing industries, communities, and society in innovative ways. Because of such heroes, progress is protected.”

To learn more about the heroes, please visit the ESET Heroes of Progress website.

To find out more about ESET’s take on progress, please read here.

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About ESET
For 30 years, ESET® has been developing industry-leading IT security software and services for businesses and consumers worldwide. With solutions ranging from endpoint security to encryption and two-factor authentication, ESET’s high-performing, easy-to-use products give individuals and businesses the peace of mind to enjoy the full potential of their technology. ESET unobtrusively protects and monitors 24/7, updating defenses in real time to keep users safe and businesses running without interruption. Evolving threats require an evolving IT security company. Backed by R&D facilities worldwide, ESET became the first IT security company to earn 100 Virus Bulletin VB100 awards, identifying every single “in-the-wild” malware without interruption since 2003.

The IT company Pandora FMS, the first in Spain to offer a monitoring system integrated with IBM i

The technology company Pandora FMS, specialized in system monitoring, takes a step further towards growth becoming the first national technology capable of offering monitoring solutions, both for IBM i systems (formerly known as AS400) and for much more modern systems.

A development that, after several decades, means the full coexistence of IBM i with more recent systems.

PFMS and monitoring system integrated with IBM i

Pandora FMS, through the solution developed by the French company M81, will provide this service to multiple important customers. 

*M8 developed monitoring software for IBM i. 

After the agreement, Pandora FMS will be the first and only one in Spain to be able to combine solutions for both up-to-date systems and IBM i.

The agreement with M81 is a key alliance

The French company has been working in the sector since 1988, becoming one of the benchmarks both nationally and internationally. 

In addition to being specialized in IBM i, they provide solutions such as database recovery after serious failures or advanced monitoring to improve IT team operations.

IBM i, also known as AS400, is a system considered as legacy or obsolete that has 34 years of history

Its versions have been updated and improved throughout all this time. The evidence is that many multinationals keep it still in their structure. 

The so-called IBM Power System and the IBM i operating system continue to be recognized, but IT managers and CEOs are choosing to work with open servers and operating systems that offer many possibilities available in the market.

Therefore, they stopped working with IBM Power System and IBM i.

Due to this legacy system status, companies that use IBM i recognize the need to develop their own verifications or buy solutions that improve their IT structure performance and optimize their costs. 

Until now, they could only hire specialized monitoring systems as far as IBM is concerned. 

However, after the development of Pandora FMS and M84, Spanish companies will be able to implement a single powerful monitoring system that combines the management of both newer systems and IBM i.

On a global scale

As a sign of the potential IBM i has, there are institutions such as the Government of Andorra that have this type of technology. 

Although it is usually the financial and logistics sectors the ones that are managed the most through the old AS400, now known as IBM i. 

Logistics giants such as Cargo Partner, banks such as DZ Bank or insurance companies such as Marsh & McLennan are some of the examples of large formations related to the world of IBM i.

Monitoring and growth

Monitoring, it should be remembered, is one of the bases of the efficient growth of any company today. 

According to internal data from Pandora FMS, there are digital administrations that have improved their response time by 200%

In the retail sector, the workload can be reduced by up to 30% thanks to resource optimization. 

Percentages that translate into cost savings for large multinationals and, above all, IT resource optimization for other areas.

“From now on, Spanish companies that used IBM i will no longer have to acquire different monitoring services to be able to manage their entire infrastructure.

Thanks to the M81 software and its integration with Pandora FMS solution, a legacy system like IBM i will be easy to monitor like any other system,”

explains Sancho Lerena, CEO of Pandora FMS

“This also shows that the IT sector continues to grow in Spain.

Despite having waited for a long time, this development is a turning point for companies that still have systems, such as IBM i, which, despite being legacy, continue to have a lot of influence on IT management for the business of many companies,” highlights the chairman of the Spanish company.

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About PandoraFMS
Pandora FMS is a flexible monitoring system, capable of monitoring devices, infrastructures, applications, services and business processes.
Of course, one of the things that Pandora FMS can control is the hard disks of your computers.

CyberLink’s Annual Update to PowerDirector and its Entire Multimedia Editing Suite Comes Loaded With AI-Assist Tools and Templates, Removing Obstacles to Creativity

Taipei, Taiwan – September 15, 2022 – CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) today announced new feature updates to its editing software that simplify the creative process and bring editing to the masses. PowerDirector, PhotoDirector, AudioDirector, and ColorDirector now include new smart-assist tools, studio-quality effects, and enhanced precision controls. Combined with templates and guided edits these additions allow users at any skill level to accomplish even the most intricate tasks in just a few clicks.

PowerDirector, CyberLink’s flagship video editor receives feature-rich updates, including enhanced AI-powered tools and thousands of time-saving video intro templates.

The brand-new AI Object Detection tool applies a wide range of visual effects to moving people or objects and tracks them automatically. It’s never been easier to create videos trending on TikTok and other popular social media platforms.

Enhanced AI Motion Tracking adds attention-grabbing text or graphics that follow objects or people with unparalleled precision.

PowerDirector and PowerDirector 365 Business feature thousands of customizable templates with eye-catching effects to kickstart video projects. PowerDirector users can access more than 7,000 ready-made video intros made by our ever-growing community of creatives. Categories include fashion, gaming, music, and more.

PowerDirector Business now comes with over 10,000 templates to help business owners promote their brand on all popular social media platforms. A simple 3-step process allows anyone without editing experience or access to a design agency to create social media ads or posts in minutes.

NVIDIA Broadcast support gives access to state-of-the-art AI audio and video enhancing Denoise features. Intel Hyper Encode support amplifies HEVC production speed by 1.5x, utilizing both integrated and discrete GPUs.

PhotoDirector image editor adds exciting AI-based updates which allow even the most novice editors to achieve professional-level results, without spending hours learning the software. Fixing photos taken in poor conditions is a matter of a few clicks with the AI Denoise tool. A new AI Object Removal tool makes it easier than ever to make unwanted subjects disappear, while re-creating a close-to-perfection background. The Bokeh Effects feature now allows users to control the effect’s focal point, whether it’s a person or background. AI will then automatically adjust the effect’s depth and distance to create a perfectly pleasing visual to match any artistic vision. Also worth mentioning, the AI Anime Face and Cartoon Tool can turn any person into a classic Disney era, Pixar, or Japanese-style cartoon character.

AudioDirector benefits from UI and feature improvements that further improve flexibility and control, as well as quality-enhancing tools that deliver clear audio regardless of the recording conditions. The new EQ Match tool harmonizes audio between clips when recording with different microphones. An Auto Speech Enhancement tool that uses world-class AI algorithms can clarify speech. New audio restoration tools include Spectral Recovery, which preserves the audio’s integrity and quality even when using content altered by lossy compression or when working with old recordings. Simultaneously with this release, CyberLink is excited to announce the launch of AudioDirector Online, a completely free, browser-based version of AudioDirector which includes premium tools such as Wind Removal, Voice Changer, Vocal Remover, and Audio Trimmer.

ColorDirector users will enjoy enhanced and expanded light effects that go beyond color correction, including improved simulations of light, sparkles, and lens flares. Feature updates include AI Motion Tracking for precision color grading on moving objects, Glow Effects to change the atmosphere of scenes with soft glows or color filters, and Light Hit Effects to stylize any footage.

Director Suite is for those who want CyberLink’s full set of multimedia creative software, including PowerDirector, PhotoDirector, AudioDirector, and ColorDirector. For one value price, subscribers not only get software updates with all the latest features throughout the year, but they are also granted unlimited access to CyberLink’s considerable and growing collection of exclusive stock videos, images, and audio clips curated by Shutterstock and iStock (Getty Images), plug-ins, effects packs, AI features, titles, music tracks, and sound effects clips.

“Across PowerDirector and our other creative software, the goal remains the same: to optimize performance and introduce new and exciting features that deliver pro-level results without the usual steep learning curve,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “This release contains exciting tools powered by AI, an influx of cutting-edge creative features, and a considerable, ever-expanding premium content stock library our users can access at no extra cost. We believe all creators deserve a multimedia experience free of any boundaries and this new release achieves these aspirations once again.”

In addition to subscription plans, users also have the option to purchase perpetual versions of the popular 365 software (PowerDirector 21, PhotoDirector 14, and AudioDirector 13).

For more information and product details on CyberLink’s multimedia editing software, see here.

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About CyberLink
Founded in 1996, CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) is the world leader in multimedia software and AI facial recognition technology. CyberLink addresses the demands of consumer, commercial and education markets through a wide range of solutions, covering digital content creation, multimedia playback, video conferencing, live casting, mobile applications and AI facial recognition.  CyberLink has shipped several hundred million copies of its multimedia software and apps, including the award-winning PowerDirector, PhotoDirector, and PowerDVD.  With years of research in the fields of artificial intelligence and facial recognition, CyberLink has developed the FaceMe® Facial Recognition Engine. Powered by deep learning algorithms, FaceMe® delivers the reliable, high-precision, and real-time facial recognition that is critical to AIoT applications such as smart retail, smart security, and surveillance, smart city and smart home. For more information about CyberLink, please visit the official website at www.cyberlink.com

5 Digital Workplace Mistakes Holding You Back

What’s going wrong in your digital workplace and how to fix it.

Having worked with a breadth of different brands reaching from the far corners of education and health to lifestyle and entertainment, we’ve seen a diverse range of digital workplaces and how they’re used.

Whether you’ve been using a digital workplace for a long time, or if you’re new to the Cloud, we see the same mistakes holding workforces back from reaching their fullest potential.

Here are five of the biggest mistakes and the straightforward solutions to fix them.

Email Signatures

Mistake: Whether your business is large or small, a clean and consistent look is essential for professional communication, especially when you’re juggling multiple departments and sub-brands. There’s nothing worse than email signatures with inconsistent branding and fonts, which can be really damaging to your reputation.

Solution: Using an Email Signature Management tool (a popular feature of CloudM) unifies control of signatures across the board while allowing designs to be tailored to specific teams or sub-brands. Automated cohesivity is at your fingertips with just the touch of a button, giving your email signatures a clean, professional, and brand-aligned look with no extra stress.

Shared calendars

Mistake: Not utilizing the full potential of your digital calendars is a tough habit to break, but there are many intuitive features you should embrace if you use a cloud/shared calendar across your business. It would be a huge mistake to not use the brilliant features available to you in order to maximize your efficiency.

Solution: Whether you’re using Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace, each productivity suite offers a range of different features so you can get the most out of your time (and your colleague’s time). Whether you want to set working hours so meetings can’t be scheduled on your days off, make appointment slots for people to book, or take some focus time to get on with those looming deadlines, it’s well worth researching the amazing features available to you… Speaking of which, if you want to know more about Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace Calendar, please read our blogs on getting to know their features.

Instant messaging

Mistake: Instant messaging could be something that doesn’t appeal to many businesses because it reminds us of relaxed communication, which might conflict with the professional culture you want in your business, but there are many benefits of embracing instant messaging.

Solution: Instant messaging is a great way to embrace hybrid working whilst still maintaining a good rapport with your colleagues. Instead of piling up a long email chain, or taking up huge chunks of time by hosting meetings, it’s a quick and efficient way to get the answers and solutions you need whilst working. If you’re using Google Workspace, you’ll be familiar with its chat function, Google Chats and Spaces, and its ability to format text the same way you would in a Google Doc. Likewise, you can utilize instant messaging if you’re using Microsoft 365 via Microsoft Teams.

Licenses

Mistake: Along with the licenses for your chosen productivity suite (whether that’s Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace) you’ll be buying licenses left, right, and center for all your other SaaS solutions. This isn’t a bad thing; subscriptions are unavoidable if you want to utilize the true freedom and power of the cloud, but keeping on top of your license count can be tricky and time-consuming.

Solution: Licensing can be one of the leading costs eating up your budget, and managing and maintaining licenses properly can be a huge contributor to saving money. With CloudM, you can automatically manage your most used licenses so the costs don’t build up.

DIY Migrations

Mistake: Many businesses want to make the most of their amazing staff, and so a DIY migration seems like the best opportunity for their IT team to step up to the challenge. But as data migrations require a niche skillset, this can cause spiraling costs, long and drawn-out projects soaking up important resources, and data loss.

Solution: The solution to this is easy. Trust the experts. Many believe experts will end up coming hand in hand with enormous costs, but on the contrary; experts are there to help you save money by keeping the project running smoothly. Having worked with a large breadth of established household names in the past, we’ve saved companies millions.

Step into the future with CloudM

At CloudM, we have an extensive track record of helping our customers with their migrations, digital workplace management, and their data archiving needs. We’re proud to have worked with a huge number of household brands who’ve praised CloudM and our people. We’re ready to help you with any projects you have on the horizon.

Don’t believe us? Ask our customers.

“The time you get back from having a simple user interface you click into compared to our process of how we would restore things is night and day. It used to take a full afternoon to restore something and now it’s literally a few clicks.” – Jamie Tanner, Digital Innovations at Kingston & Sutton Council

The team at CloudM is communicative and supportive. The regular product demonstrations help us to stay up to date with new features and exciting updates to the platform. We feel listened to and valued as customers, and our feedback has gone on to help develop the software.” – Dan Morley, Head of I.T Infrastructure and Service Delivery at Village Hotels

“The customer success team has worked with us to not only better understand the CloudMproduct, but also how we can better utilize Google Workspace. The ongoing support is great. If we’ve had any issues with the product the support team has replied almost immediately, it’s a first-class experience and I believe the best platform for managing your user data. We’ve actually recommended your product to other companies and partners, we have no plans to move away from CloudM, and it really has become an integral part of our role.” – Noberasco

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About CloudM
CloudM is an award-winning SaaS company whose humble beginnings in Manchester have grown into a global business in just a few short years.

Our team of tech-driven innovators have designed a SaaS data management platform for you to get the most from your digital workspace. Whether it’s Microsoft 365, Google Workspace or other SaaS applications, CloudM drives your business through a simple, easy-to-use interface, helping you to work smarter, not harder.

By automating time-consuming tasks like IT admin, onboarding & offboarding, archiving and migrations, the CloudM platform takes care of the day-to-day, allowing you to focus on the big picture.

With over 35,000 customers including the likes of Spotify, Netflix and Uber, our all-in-one platform is putting office life on auto-pilot, saving you time, stress and money.