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For fuel marketers, having strong data security is arguably just as important as having a lock on their front door — in fact, protective digital access measures may be even more important. Breaches resulting from weak data security can paralyze operating systems, costing operators valuable uptime and their credibility. In 2015, TrendMicro created a “honeypot” of simulated fuel station monitoring systems to lure hackers and observe their attacks. Hackers accessed the system and made changes to tank information. Fortunately, cloud-based applications, such as MyTankInfo’s fuel inventory management solution, safeguard against attacks.

Local Control Does Not Guarantee Security

Because cloud-based systems host data off-site, some people mistakenly assume that the security of their data is at greater risk than if it was hosted on locally controlled servers. Although a cloud-based platform is controlled outside of local IT infrastructure, that does not necessarily mean the data is less secure. Here’s why: physical location isn’t as important as top-notch systems access protection. In fact, recent reports show that operations that host their data on local servers are more likely to be hacked than those that use a web-based service provider to manage their data.

Today’s cloud technology is driven by the world’s leading tech companies. With hackers constantly finding new ways to attack data, aligning your business with a company that rigorously monitors and updates its security protocols will position your operation to maximize the strongest data security measures available. MyTankInfo’s cloud-based inventory management solution leverages security features from Microsoft Azure to ensure that a fuel site’s critical inventory data is safe and secure. Security measures include:

  • Vulnerability testing: By purposefully trying to exploit system vulnerabilities through regular penetration tests, the platform identifies potential security weaknesses.
  • Blocks unauthorized users: The platform uses a variety of technologies to block unauthorized traffic to and within Microsoft datacenters.
  • Privacy protection: Access to end-user data is restricted — and monitored — at both the physical data centers, and within the system itself through measures such as role-based access controls and two-factor authentication.

MyTankInfo Is Engineered for Security

Not only does MyTankInfo leverage the security features of Microsoft Azure in its cloud-based fuel inventory management platform, the device is designed to eliminate data breaches through its communication protocols. The MyTankInfo hardware routes SSL encrypted data transfers via broadband or cellular networks and relies on a “Push” method for transmitting critical inventory data. This makes the device more secure than competing inventory management devices that utilize a “Fetch/Polling” method for data transmission.

Breaches to data hosted on local servers are expected to increase as cloud-based security grows stronger in the next five years and hackers migrate to the easiest targets. To position your site to protect critical fuel site data, please contact MyTankInfo today to learn more about the data security advantages of our cloud-based, hardware-enabled fuel inventory management tool.