Understand the threat to networks from the “Dropbox effect”

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Aurora365 is providing a free no obligation 30-day trial service to help organisations using Dropbox and other cloud sharing applications to assess their impact on network business performance and security.

"I’m having more frequent conversations with Heads of IT who really are scratching their heads on how to both embrace new styles of working while ensuring optimised network performance and data security.” Jeff Curley, Aurora365

Web Performance Monitoring specialist Aurora365 is providing a free no obligation 30-day trial service to help organisations using Dropbox and other cloud sharing applications to assess their impact on network business performance and security. While Aurora365 recognises Dropbox’s role as a powerful file sharing tool, the so-called “Dropbox effect” and its rapid rise in popularity is having a hidden effect on some organisations’ network performance and security – particularly given the growth in file sharing and BYOD within the B2B setting.

According to Jeff Curley, Solutions Director at Aurora365, “The use of Dropbox has grown phenomenally within the business arena - Forrester Research recently highlighted that 70% of employees regularly now use file sharing solutions in the workplace. With the adoption of cloud-based apps and the latest mobile and social technology changing the way employees engage. I’m having more frequent conversations with Heads of IT who really are scratching their heads on how to both embrace new styles of working while ensuring optimised network performance and data security.”

Jeff continues, “In response, Aurora365 has developed a powerful tool – Network Traffic Analyser – that organisations can initially use for free – to find out what is really going on in their business. Results so far have shocked organisations when it is revealed exactly how much traffic Dropbox and the like are generating. In particular one company thought their Monday morning network slowness was due to high levels of business activity. With Network Traffic Analyser we were able to show that it was actually just the actions of only two Dropbox users that were slowing down the network for the entire enterprise. Once identified, the issue can be easily managed to ensure it isn’t negatively impacting on other systems or processes.”

Understanding the threat to Networks
To understand the security threat to a company’s network, organisations first need to understand the level of cloud sharing by employees. With Aurora’s platform it is possible to gain an insight into all unauthorised traffic within the organisation through applications, destinations (IPs, domains and countries), transmitters and receivers, conversations and protocols. In summary the Aurora solution provides the intelligence for organisations to take action and ensure their data and networks remain secure.

The free 30-day offer with no set-up fee is available until the end of March 2015 and in summary provides the following benefits:

  •     Shows which users, applications and protocols are consuming the most bandwidth
  •     Identifies non-work related peer-to-peer file sharers and other suspicious traffic
  •     Features out-of-the-box dashboards, alerts, reports, and shows performance statistics in real time via dynamic, drillable network maps
  •     Includes multi-vendor support – Analyse Cisco® NetFlow, Juniper® J-Flow, IPFIX, sFlow®, Huawei NetStream™ & other flow data from leading vendors
  •     Employs simple, powerful networking monitoring – tracking response times, availability and uptime of routers, switches, and other SNMP-enabled devices.

About Aurora365
Established in 2010, Aurora365 was developed by IT specialists with first-hand experience of the challenges faced by IT professionals. Dependable IT is critical to the success of your organisation. Our ethos is to take away the worry of uptime and user experience so that you can focus on growing your business. We understand that to properly manage your entire IT Infrastructure 24/7/365 you need the right fully skilled team. Changes happen by the minute in IT and represent a challenge for organisations to keep their IT teams up-to-date and knowledgeable to best support their customers. This is where Aurora365 comes in. Through our flexible service models, our customers gain competitive advantage by having access to IT monitoring experts at the heart of their Infrastructure, allowing them to deliver the customer experience which previously they would have been unlikely to budget for or achieve.

For more information please visit http://www.aurora365.co.uk

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