Preventing Data Breaches is a shared responsibility
Security has always been an integral issue in connected technologies more so in those that are more connected than others. It is required to put safety measures in place to prevent intrusions or breaches. The cloud creates challenging security issues due to the distributed nature of its infrastructure and its connectedness. Your database, user interface and other access points might be running from different physical devices hence creating a highly distributed platform model of solution delivery. While running enterprise solutions on a distributed platform offers significant advantages, the prospect of not having total control over ERP infrastructure can be a security issue if not properly addressed and managed.
Mobility is a boon as a productivity enabler but IT departments have now have to deal with the problem of ERP security threats across a wide range of devices and locations or face security hiccups.
Some companies choose a hybrid approach to ERP implementation, as hybrid clouds typically allow businesses to run the most security-intensive parts of the ERP software within their premises, ensuring that they control regulatory compliance. This approach is cumbersome, but it still does not make hybrid cloud systems immune to security flaws.
Most relevant cloud enterprise solutions are more secure than on-premise solutions with billions of dollars and the best minds being used to ensure security. The problem is the human element that must be managed properly across all interfaces or all the safeguards will be worth nothing. The best way that security can be managed is through user policies and protocol that emulate best practices. By evaluating an employee’s adherence to policies regularly, the employer can prevent the majority of accidental leaks that often occur as a result of negligence. Policies are of no use though however without leadership commitment and enforced adherence.
Some applications help to improve cloud ERP security by giving data an added layer of protection over what can be accessed, who can access it, and what can be done with the data. Apart from access control, it is also necessary to constantly monitor logs of cloud access for identifying anomalies that may show historical behavior of tampering or hacking.
The sad part is that a lot of cloud users do not have appropriate security policies or protocol in place and they just put the onus on the service provider or the solution provider. This is a big mistake as there is a limit to how much your solution vendor can help. He/she can show you how to walk the talk, but he/she cannot walk for you. It is a shared commitment that must be enforced and managed.
The ERP customer should create the right procedures and protocol with the solution vendor keeping in mind the solution & environment features and limitations with consensus from all process stakeholders/users before putting it into operation. These procedures and protocol must take into account any inherent flaws in the solution/environment with early warning systems and checks to avoid any possible threats. The last part is important as no solution can claim to be totally immune to any security threat.
The right security tools are not being used by those operating in a cloud environment. As per an industry report, a majority of users are still using VPN connections, but only a third of them are using firewalls or encrypting data for better security, only 15% were using measures to secure sensitive data. Use the recommended tools to enhance security to fool proof your security competence.
While the responsibility of the cloud environment and solution vendor cannot be taken away, the customer and the user must also play their part to prevent against security threats.
OUR VALUE PROPOSITION
We at VersAccounts have created a secure cloud based one stop comprehensive ERP solution that is e-commerce and mobility ready. The VersAccounts Small Business Cloud ERP system is accessible anytime, and on any device, including desktop and laptop computers, tablet devices and mobile phones. Our solution is designed with industry best practices and consistent with regulatory requirements. It provides support for e-Commerce and Multi-Channel Retail includes integration with 3rd party e-commerce platforms as well as POS systems.
The capabilities of these integrations included the ability to exchange transactional data with these systems, provide status updates, as well as support complex transactions across these systems including inventory transfer between systems and locations. In addition, the VersAccounts Small Business Cloud ERP system includes the ability to remotely manage Master Data on multiple e-commerce and POS systems including product description, pricing, images, etc.
It has been created to take care of all the business needs and concerns for operating your business effectively. It addresses key issues of the small business domain in the most effective manner possible. It is affordable and targeted towards SMB’s and is backed by a promise of dedicated support. It is being used by clients in diverse verticals and could help you redefine the way you operate and grow your business.
Our solution is designed for fast growing businesses, between $1-$50M in annual revenue, looking to upgrade business management solutions like entry-level accounting products or mid-tier legacy on-premise ERP systems or even those looking at comprehensive and affordable ERP solutions. Our solution is built to be capable, affordable and easy to use by small and mid-sized businesses.
With the VersaAccounts ERP solution, you can have project management, multi-entity accounting, purchasing & order management, distribution, production, customer relationship management (CRM), e-commerce, multi-channel retail, advanced inventory management, reporting & BI, document management, security, mobility, global relevance, pre-existing 3rd party integration and DSCSA compliant functionalities built into one solution for easy operability across your business functions. There are customization options with easy migration from and compatibility with respect to other systems preexisting or in the business environment.
Built from the ground up on the latest cloud and mobile technology, the VersAccounts Cloud ERP system allows businesses to automate and optimize their operations across multiple companies, countries, and currencies with one integrated ERP system.
We will help you in a structured manner to migrate your data seamlessly from Epicor, Infor, QuickBooks, Microsoft Dynamics, MYOB, Sage, SAP Business One etc when you make the decision.
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