Information is power; it always has been; it always will be. In cyberspace, where enormous amounts of information is transferred at the speed of light; some of it of great value, the need for data security is essential. As a domain that is accessible to anyone, the Internet provides ample opportunity for anyone with the means and resources to access information whether it is stored on your computer’s hard drive or elsewhere. In the past, a thief’s choice of accessory may have been a gun; today it is a computer.
Data masking has been around for decades as a means of protecting valuable data. As thieves of corporate data became more sophisticated so did the means of masking the data – a sort of hi-tech game of cat and mouse.
One of the earliest forms of data masking was encryption. Encryption was a low-tech form of data (think codes and ciphers) that had been in use for centuries. It has been adapted for the hi-tech world as a means of data masking to protect sensitive data from prying eyes. It is rare these days for a file with sensitive data not to be encrypted.
The cloud may not have been around for as long as encryption but its impact, in a very short period of time, has perhaps been just as profound. The cloud has leveled the playing field for individual or small teams of developers, enabling them to compete with the “big boys” by not having to spend vast sums of money they usually don’t have on purchasing infrastructure.
An even more recent development that is gaining a lot of traction in the market is dynamic installers. Dynamic installers keep users of software informed of any patches or updates to the software they are using without having to track this information themselves. This is a service that benefits both software developers and users as the integration of a dynamic installer in software provides a level of recurring service to software users at little expense to the developer.
Cloud based installers such as the Somoto BetterInstaller enable software developers, by integrating a multi-thread CDN to the dynamic installer, to place their software on the cloud with all the benefits that confers, such as quicker and more stable software downloads. For example, the Somoto dynamic installer automatically places software on the Amazon S3 cloud. Once on the Amazon cloud, the Amazon S3 Server Side Encryption (SSE) facilitates the encryption of data quickly and easily. This saves the developer the money required for special file encryption software and allows their software to be stored not only on the cloud, which is a safer environment than on their own server but also adds an additional layer of encrypted protection.
Getting ahead in the crowded and ultra-competitive world of hi-tech requires you to create a product that people not only want but need. If your software services a need and makes users’ lives easier, then its success is virtually assured. The convergence of three technologies that all meet a need – encrypted file storage, the cloud, and dynamic cloud based installers – is a winning combination for all involved.