As cloud services began popping up around every aspect of the shipping business, one concern that arose was the need to store data on a series of third-party cloud systems even if a company simply wanted to share files and access specific computers while on the go.
A new offering from Syncbox may alleviate some of this concern and highlight a way future cloud services can provide access to data without the need to hold onto it.
For companies, putting data on a third-party cloud server isn’t an option, even when that data needs to be shared. Syncbox is a quick and easy service that will allow companies to securely gain access to files and folders on a Windows machine from other computers, laptops, phones, and tablets running Windows, Mac OSX, Apple’s iOS, and Google’s Android.
The company said its working on an Ubuntu client, which will give it a lot of credibility and interest from an IT department.
The service works by having a user install a service component on a Windows machine, installing the client software on any machines they want to use to connect, and then simply logging into their account on the server and browsing the files.
The service itself isn’t that simple and Syncbox says it provides a deep level of security. Without getting too far into the weeds, the service uses a dynamic IP server, accesses a specific port on the Windows machine, and supports users encrypting all the files being sent across the service. For anyone to break in, they’d need to already have the machine’s IP on hand.
For the shipping and logistics industry, cybercrime isn’t always a concern especially when looking at systems like transportation and warehouse management. There are fatter wallets that are much easier to pick, but shippers and logistics service providers still find themselves victims of snooping, information theft, and disruptive hacking at times.
Taking your information out of cloud storage means there is one less place for someone to gain unlawful access and it provides an extra protection layer as your information will not get stolen if someone goes after your cloud service provider.
Reducing the liability of your cloud partners is something they are always interested in, so as systems become faster and information is more readily shared across devices as well as platforms, your major cloud partners may begin offering more services around facilitating data movement instead of storage and retrieval. - Geoff Whiting