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Google Cloud sharpens its enterprise strategy

Google Cloud sharpens its enterprise strategy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google used to rely mainly on its technical bona fides to sell its cloud, but now it's meeting customers halfway with new enterprise-friendly capabilities and support
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"By most estimates, Google Cloud remains a distant No. 3 behind AWS and Microsoft Azure."
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Prepare for liftoff: 9 steps to cloud readiness

Prepare for liftoff: 9 steps to cloud readiness | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Remove head from sand. Resist impulse to hug server. Prepare yourself for the inevitable
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"I said the cloud wouldn’t eat the world in 2017, but it's going to happen eventually. There's simply no reason for most businesses to run their own Data Center. There's no reason for most non-IT businesses to write most of their software. Buying hardware? It's a generation behind by the time you unpack it."
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The coming IoT security plague

The coming IoT security plague | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
All those millions of new endpoints will add equally as many vulnerabilities if the industry fails to address the problem
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IoT: Big money, big risk. If we buy into the hype that IoT offers huge opportunity, we should assume the hackers won't be far behind.
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Why security and compliance are still the main blockers to cloud adoption

Why security and compliance are still the main blockers to cloud adoption | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Companies now consider cloud security to be superior to on-premise environments, but often expose themselves to risk by blindly relying on a glut of technology they are unable to actively manage.
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"..... finally, clearly defined responsibilities are needed both with your cloud service provider and within your own company, as clearly in the end, where security is concerned, the buck stops with you.”
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Ransomware may be a big culprit for data loss – but it’s the wrong fall guy

Ransomware may be a big culprit for data loss – but it’s the wrong fall guy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With researchers seeing a 3500% increase in the use of net infrastructure which criminals use to run ransomware campaigns, it’s not surprising that ransomware has been making big headlines.
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......... fraud and human error are costing UK organisations £98.6 billion a year.
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The days of long, complicated passwords are over

The days of long, complicated passwords are over | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As threats evolve, so does the advice on creating passwords to foil the bad guys. Here are the latest recommendations
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"Along with this unconventional advice comes a bunch of useful suggestions"
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Now raging: The 3 cloud battles that matter most

Now raging: The 3 cloud battles that matter most | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
AWS, Microsoft, and Google have won the public cloud wars, clearing the space for more meaningful battles over security, APIs, and reporting to play out
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The battlegrounds: Security, API management and Monitoring and reporting
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FBI, DOJ want companies to back off end-to-end encryption

FBI, DOJ want companies to back off end-to-end encryption | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
U.S. tech companies should retain access to the encrypted information of their customers, instead of providing end-to-end encryption, in order to give police the tools they need to investigate crimes and terrorist activity, two senior law enforcement officials said.
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The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI aren't seeking new legislation to require tech companies to comply with warrant requests, at least for now, ....

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Containers have arrived -- and no one knows how to secure them

Containers have arrived -- and no one knows how to secure them | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
When you add yet another layer to the stack, you add security complexity, no matter what the proponents of Docker or competing container solutions say
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Containers in a nutshell: Containers are an attempt to abstract applications from the underlying OS to enable faster development and easier deployment. .........
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5 Tips for Securing Your Cloud Computing System

5 Tips for Securing Your Cloud Computing System | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

As much as cloud computing has helped with the storage of data, it has created the need for increased security. Without testing, backups and proper access permissions, data can be easily hacked or stolen.

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Here are five tips for ensuring your data is protected. Read More

 

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New Office 365 features appease the cloud-wary

New Office 365 features appease the cloud-wary | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With a slate of new management, encryption, and data-security features for Office 365, Microsoft hopes to eliminate excuses for not using the cloud
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To overcome emotional barriers to cloud computing, cloud providers often give customers complete control over their data, including encryption keys. Microsoft has been unveiling features in that vein for Azure, and yesterday, the company took a few more steps in that direction with Office 365.

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The Cloud Could Be Your Best Security Bet

The Cloud Could Be Your Best Security Bet | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In fact, if a cloud service has proper controls, it could be safer than running your own datacenter. Amazon, Google, Salesforce and Box to a company have..
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Yet if you think about every major data breach over the last two years, whether Anthem, Sony, JPMorgan or Target, all involved on-premises datacenters, not the cloud.

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Security guru Bruce Schneier: Your privacy is already gone

Security guru Bruce Schneier: Your privacy is already gone | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In 'Data and Goliath,' one of the world's foremost security experts piles on the evidence that privacy is dead -- and proposes a detailed plan to restore it
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One of my favorite quotes from the book: “If something is free, you’re not the customer, you’re the product.” ........

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8 Docker security rules to live by

8 Docker security rules to live by | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Container-based applications introduce unique security challenges; here’s how to address them
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"If security teams want to seize the opportunity (borrowing a devops term) to “shift security to the left,” they need to identify and involve themselves in container initiatives now."
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Why preparation is key to securing your cloud migration

Why preparation is key to securing your cloud migration | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The benefits of big data are real.
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"The key to choosing the right cloud vendor for your organization lies in understanding your big data needs."
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The best online backup service for securely encrypting your data

The best online backup service for securely encrypting your data | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Find out which ones give you more (or less) control over your data
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Examining a new approach to data centre security

Examining a new approach to data centre security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Changing with the times is frequently overlooked when it comes to data security.
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"Recent efforts to upgrade these massive security systems are still falling short."
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Why APIs beat proxies for cloud security

Why APIs beat proxies for cloud security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud access security brokers that take an API approach can provide more comprehensive security without impacting network performance
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"How can you successfully enforce internal policies and industry compliance mandates under these conditions, particularly when another entity now controls part of your hosting environment?" ........... Try a CASB!
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In rare unanimous move, House passes bill to protect email and cloud privacy

In rare unanimous move, House passes bill to protect email and cloud privacy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill to strengthen privacy protections for email and other data stored in the cloud.
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Hear, hear! Following the Snowden spying incident, with PRISM and the NSA taking centre stage, it had become hard for anyone to feel safe holding sensitive data in the cloud.

This news is welcome .... of course few will be jumping in so quickly .... trust is not some switch that can be simply turned on. A period of healing must follow before there can, again be conviction.
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Train your users to beat phone scams

Train your users to beat phone scams | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
'Press 1 to hand us the family jewels' works more often than you might think. A little training can stop this sort of social engineering
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I hear from a lot of readers these days about phone scams. Sometime, it’s the tech support scam, where fake reps tell people that they’re calling on behalf of Microsoft or Apple and have detected a computer virus on their computer. .........

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Hoisting big data to the cloud

Hoisting big data to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The general consensus about big data has been that it's too expensive to move. But what if you could use remote backup copies in the cloud for analytics, app dev, and other applications?
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............ So instead of data just sitting in the cloud waiting for disaster so it can restored on premises, why not use virtual copies of that data for big data analytics or dev and test in the cloud?

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3 Questions to Ask About Your DRaaS Solution

3 Questions to Ask About Your DRaaS Solution | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
There's no standard on what a solution needs to do to be sold as "DRaaS." Here's 3 questions to ask to make sure you're getting the real deal.
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The end result is, the market is full of vendors selling “DRaaS Solutions” with varying levels of capability, some of which are SO varied they’re practically apples and oranges.

 

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Considerations For Your Business' Cloud Computing Plans

Considerations For Your Business' Cloud Computing Plans | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Computing Plans - While you can easily access your cloud data from any spot in the world, you must be rather cautious when using it
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Your plans for cloud computing need to be explored with care. As great as it can be, you must make sure you are cautious when allowing people to access whatever you have on your cloud network.

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Considerations For Your Business' Cloud Computing Plans

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Cloud continues to be important to businesses – but there’s no strategy in place

Cloud continues to be important to businesses – but there’s no strategy in place | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Latest survey research from Cloud Sherpas has revealed while seven in 10 IT leaders view enterprise cloud software as central to their company’s success, only half have a formal cloud strategy in place.
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“Security concerns have prevented one or more of my company’s business functions from adopting cloud technology”, 28% strongly agreed ...................

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6 reasons why improving security is so hard

6 reasons why improving security is so hard | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The best practices for enterprise security are well known. So why are so few companies implementing them?

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Security awareness has climbed to extraordinary heights as a result of these breaches, yet one of the safest predictions you can make is that we'll see more high-profile disasters this year.

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