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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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The great IT myth: is cloud really less secure than on-premise?

The great IT myth: is cloud really less secure than on-premise? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As the debate regarding security in the cloud rolls on for the umpteenth year, Information Age seeks a definitive answer
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49% of IT decision makers admit they are "very or extremely anxious" about the security implications of cloud services

 

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Jonny Isijanovski's curator insight, March 23, 8:04 PM

One of the major setbacks cloud computing is having is the lack of acceptance in the widespread market. This article makes good points about the security of the infrastructure of cloud computing which leads to a strong security focus and provides sources from experts in their fields.

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The Future of the Security Perimeter

The Future of the Security Perimeter | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Moving from fortification to skirmish –  Skirmishers – troops deployed in loose formation in advance of and/or on the flanks of the main body. These troops drew enemy fire, developed their position, and warned comrades of an imminent clash. The civil war dictionary 

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What will the future perimeter look like? In this post, we will share some thoughts about the future of the information security perimeter and where are we going with this old concept:

 

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Healthcare data security: Is cloud encryption alone enough?

Healthcare data security: Is cloud encryption alone enough? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
What if the data of 80 million Anthem subscribers were encrypted at rest? And access required two-factor authentication? Would the security breach still have occurred? These lines in the new cyber-security “anthem” are being sung with gusto by those following the bouncing cursor of a breach that may be larger than all healthcare security breaches of the last ten years combined.
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This means that someone with access to a computer can access the database decryption key, or potentially even unencrypted database contents, from the RAM, or ‘working memory,’ of the computer.

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Dome9 Security's curator insight, February 18, 1:15 AM

You it's not, right?

Alon's curator insight, February 24, 4:05 AM

Encrypting the data is just part of the process, the next step is to ensure that only those who should be accessing the data are able to reach it.


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From Brick and Mortar to Mobile Cloud: How Tech Trends Define Workplace

From Brick and Mortar to Mobile Cloud: How Tech Trends Define Workplace | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The rise of the Internet and related web technologies has greatly changed the looks of a modern workplace, transforming it into an ever-connected set of devices used from different physical locations. With more and more companies now relying on on-demand resources, brick-and-mortar offices are in most industries becoming replaced by the open ecosystem of mobile workforce.
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The cloud has been a part of our lives for years and by now has gained ground in most areas of our private and professional activities.

 

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The best computer security advice you'll get

The best computer security advice you'll get | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The world is awash in bad security advice that distracts from addressing the real threats. Here's what you really need to know
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Forget every past computer security advice you've ever read -- even from me. This is the real deal. Everything else is wasted cycles.

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How cloud providers can prevent data loss: A guide

How cloud providers can prevent data loss: A guide | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud service providers find themselves in a struggle balancing responsibility for maintaining data integrity with delivering cost effective solutions to their customers, all the while protecting their own data assets and bottom line.
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Due to the complexities around data centre and cloud security, this article will deal destruction and corruption of data only.

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A guide to help cloud data center operators determine the impact of data loss, and what to do to prepare against it.

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My One Big Fat Cloud Computing Prediction for 2015

My One Big Fat Cloud Computing Prediction for 2015 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
It's that time of year, again, and the predictions for the year ahead (as well as retrospectives of the year just past) are rolling across the Internet. Rather than put another list of predictions out there, I'll focus on one trend that stands out above the rest. Last year's one big [...]
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We’ve reached a point where comfort levels about putting data in the cloud are rising. Data security is always something to which enterprises need to pay a lot of attention. But it is being addressed.

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Cloud computing enters mainstream, but questions remain over impact

Cloud computing enters mainstream, but questions remain over impact | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
While the rise of the cloud continues, businesses are starting to ask questions about its impact on working practices, IT security and data availability
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Cloud computing has emerged from its awkward adolescent stage. As recently as three years ago cloud-based providers would expect to be placed on a tender with several on-premise competitors; today organisations are increasingly stipulating that any solutions must be delivered via the cloud.

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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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How to Mitigate the Security Risks Associated with the Public Cloud

How to Mitigate the Security Risks Associated with the Public Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud computing, with its promise of reduced CAPEX and OPEX, presents a compelling business case. In IaaS, computation resources are rented from a cloud service provider (CSP). There is no server hardware or software to purchase and maintain, and organizations benefit from reduced IT expenses and improved flexibility. Enterprises have fewer IT headaches to deal with and can focus on their core business.

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Public cloud providers… wish to make it clear to you that security is a shared responsibility

 

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Microsoft adopts international standard for cloud privacy

Microsoft adopts international standard for cloud privacy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft has adopted a new standard for cloud privacy that commits the company to protect the privacy of customers' data, not to use it for advertisement purposes, and to inform the customer of legal requests for personal data.
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The company said it was adopting the ISO/IEC 27018, published last year by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which outlines a common set of security categories and controls that can be implemented by a public cloud.

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One step forward, two steps back: The state of cyber security in Washington

One step forward, two steps back: The state of cyber security in Washington | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Even as one senator speaks sense on connected cars, the president's latest cyber security agency won't likely leave hackers shaking in their boots
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What pulped my pump in the first place was Sen. Ed Markey’s (D-Ma.) report on the state of cyber safety for both your current car and the self-driving vehicle that Google wants to sell you after it passes a rigorous internal quality test lasting at least 11 minutes.

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New Guidelines Highlight Importance of Cloud Computing Security

New Guidelines Highlight Importance of Cloud Computing Security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Keeping sensitive data and information safe is top of mind for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The agency's new cloud computing security requirements are relevant for cloud computing vendors seeking to help midsize firms secure their data.What the Guidelines ...
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Creating stronger guidelines for vendors is a concept that showcases the importance of the cloud in a company's overall operations.

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Department of Defense Launches New Cloud Computing Security Requirements

Department of Defense Launches New Cloud Computing Security Requirements | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) released the Department of Defense’s new Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide this week. The Service Requirements Guide (SRG) is meant to assist cloud service providers in looking to be included in the Department of Defense (DoD) Cloud Service Catalog. Read More
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“The SRG is designed to ensure that DOD can attain the full economic and technical advantages of using the commercial cloud without putting the departments data and missions at risk,”

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Intelishift's curator insight, January 19, 12:39 PM

Designed to ensure full economic gain... but I wonder if they are thinking privacy as well.

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Cloud Concerns - 4 Reasons Businesses Should Ease Their Mind

Cloud Concerns - 4 Reasons Businesses Should Ease Their Mind | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Concerns - Moving to the public cloud means adopting services that have to work well with a company’s existing programs and operations
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If your business is still unsure about moving to the cloud, here are some reasons for you to consider that will hopefully set your mind at ease.

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William Henderson's curator insight, February 28, 5:13 PM

My own experience in the marketplace illustrates that companies are still hesitant to embrace cloud computing. Whether this hesitancy is motivated by fear of disruption to their current IT environment, limited time to take on a cloud migration, fear of job loss, security concerns or some other reason this article should give companies reasons to reexamine those issues. The cloud is a tool that will help make your IT department more efficient and strategic.

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Box Rolls Out Cloud Security Service

Box Rolls Out Cloud Security Service | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Online file-sharing service Box recently announced Box Trust, a service to help its customers successfully embrace a modern security Relevant Products/Services framework as they move information and collaboration to the cloud Relevant Products/Services.

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The companies in Box Trust will include Symantec, Palo Alto Networks, Splunk Relevant Products/Services, MobileIron, Airwatch by VMware Relevant Products/Services and others.

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