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2015 State of SMB Cybersecurity Report

2015 State of SMB Cybersecurity Report | Tech | Scoop.it

Interesting research from CloudEntr / Gemalto about SMB Security, what causes concerns, and the way companies are planning to address it.

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Best strategies for protecting sensitive data

Best strategies for protecting sensitive data | Tech | Scoop.it
Be it client payment details, new product proposals or other internal
documents, companies must work to ensure that their company-owned
intellectual property remains theirs.
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An Enlightened Approach to Password Security: Getting Beyond 8 Characters

An Enlightened Approach to Password Security: Getting Beyond 8 Characters | Tech | Scoop.it
Security pros know that a user name and password pair isn’t the most secure
method of logging into your businesses sites and apps – just wait a news
cycle and you’re sure to hear about another breach where a company’s
passwords have been exposed. But for the time being passwords are still the
defacto way that businesses access cloud and web resources daily. 

Check out what universities Stanford and Emerson College are doing to get
their employees and students on the straight and arrow of secure password
policies... and they're going willingly.
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The IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) Catalog - Gravitant Cloud Navigator

The IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) Catalog - Gravitant Cloud Navigator | Tech | Scoop.it
The IT service catalog can encompass many things but at its core, there is: (1) self-service, (2) a ticket request and approval process, and (3) fulfillment of catalog items. The service catalog is central to connecting services to end user requests. It is efficient at fulfilling things that remain static for a long period of …
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$ In the Clouds – Financial Management for the Cloud Era - Gravitant Cloud Navigator

$ In the Clouds – Financial Management for the Cloud Era - Gravitant Cloud Navigator | Tech | Scoop.it
Most commercial businesses spend between 3-5% of their revenue on IT expenditures. These spending levels drive corporations to invest a significant amount in financial management tools. However, the use of cloud computing can render conventional financial tools useless. Why?  Simply put, cloud is highly dynamic. With its monthly billing, usage based pricing, and easy to …
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Identifying and Prioritizing Best Practices in Cloud Security - Gravitant Cloud Navigator

Identifying and Prioritizing Best Practices in Cloud Security - Gravitant Cloud Navigator | Tech | Scoop.it
According to research by Access Markets International (AMI) Partners, Inc, 17% of the global budget for small- and medium sized business security is currently spent on protecting cloud services. As companies move more of their data and applications to the cloud, that number is expected to jump to nearly a quarter by 2016. While cloud-based …
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Gravitant: What to Look for in a Cloud Brokerage Enabler | Cloud Services Broker content from Talkin' Cloud

Not all cloud brokerage enablers are providing the same level of service. Gravitant aims to define what cloud brokers should be looking for in their enabling partners.

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CompatibleOne has a shorter list of criteria for a CSB enabler:

offer a comprehensive, standardized, simple and secure REST API which enables organizations to build the brokerage services they want.

 

This API must be able to expose and manage automated multi cloud provisioning (IaaS, PaaS ,SaaS, XaaS) plus SLA, monitoring/billing allowing to control and measure the workloads deployed.

 

Finally such an enabler has to be an open source and open standards based software in order to guarantee the transparency and trustworthiness of the brokerage, and to lower the barriers to entry to the CSB market.

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Cloud Brokerage: Cloud-As-We’d-Like-It-To-Be | Part 2

Cloud Brokerage: Cloud-As-We’d-Like-It-To-Be | Part 2 | Tech | Scoop.it
In a previous blog we introduced the topic of cloud-as-it-is versus cloud as-we’d like-it-to-be. The cloud services broker (CSB) business model is gaining momentum as one way to turn the cloud into as-we’d-like-it-to-be.

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Four more security foundations for cloud

Four more security foundations for cloud | Tech | Scoop.it
In the first part of this series, I discussed the implications of four factors involving foundations for cloud security.

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Today’s Cloud-Connected World Demands a New Approach to Business Security

Today’s Cloud-Connected World Demands a New Approach to Business Security | Tech | Scoop.it
As more people stay connected to work through mobile and cloud technology, traditional internet securities are no longer effective. Businesses are now faced with securing and safely managing data acr…

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Q&A: Boston CIO Jascha Franklin-Hodge Talks Tech, Sports & the Dean Scream - BostInno

Q&A: Boston CIO Jascha Franklin-Hodge Talks Tech, Sports & the Dean Scream - BostInno | Tech | Scoop.it
Boston Herald Q&A: Boston CIO Jascha Franklin-Hodge Talks Tech, Sports & the Dean Scream BostInno On Wednesday, Mayor Walsh's office announced the appointment of tech trendsetter Jascha Franklin-Hodge as the City of Boston's new Chief Information...
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How Google declared open war against passwords at I/O

How Google declared open war against passwords at I/O | Tech | Scoop.it
Google took tangible steps towards a password-free future at its I/O keynote, obliterating the need for secret codes in Android, Chromebooks, and Chromecast.

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Google declared war on passwords at Google I/O. Convenience or security risk? You tell us.

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Password Handling Changes in IE11 - WindowsItPro (subscription)

Password Handling Changes in IE11 - WindowsItPro (subscription) | Tech | Scoop.it
WindowsItPro (subscription) Password Handling Changes in IE11 WindowsItPro (subscription) In addition to providing a speedier, more compatible able Internet experience with Internet Explorer 11, there's been modifications to how the browser handles...
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Arm remote workers with these 3 tech essentials

Arm remote workers with these 3 tech essentials | Tech | Scoop.it
Administrators should ensure their remote employees have all the tools they
need to do their jobs effectively while away from the office.
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Passwords still reign supreme

Passwords still reign supreme | Tech | Scoop.it
While some are criticizing the protection measure as outdated and the cause
of many security issues, passwords still reign supreme.
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What to think about before migrating to the cloud

What to think about before migrating to the cloud | Tech | Scoop.it
Whether it's a lack of understanding or security concerns that are
preventing them from making the jump to the cloud, these issues can be
easily avoided if organizational leaders have an effective planning
strategy in place.
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Bridging the Gap: How to really become an IT Department of NOW - Gravitant Cloud Navigator

Bridging the Gap: How to really become an IT Department of NOW - Gravitant Cloud Navigator | Tech | Scoop.it
I’ve seen many a fight in design meetings during my years working in IT for various Fortune 500 companies. The main contenders were always IT vs. the business, and the ending often predictable: business side wins. Truth is, IT is no longer its own business unit — need proof? Take a look at the increasing …
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Automation and Orchestration Aren’t Enough in Multi-cloud Management - Gravitant Cloud Navigator

Automation and Orchestration Aren’t Enough in Multi-cloud Management - Gravitant Cloud Navigator | Tech | Scoop.it
Enterprises have been focused on automating and orchestrating workflows to deliver efficiency into their IT operations. Unfortunately, automation and orchestration are provisioning-centric and represent only slivers of time in the total service lifecycle. As former Gartner Research Director, Alessandro Perilli, pointed out on Twitter: “Most of the innovation we saw in cloud management so far was …
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Transform IT: To Broker, or Not To Broker | Gravitant Cloud Navigator

Transform IT: To Broker, or Not To Broker | Gravitant Cloud Navigator | Tech | Scoop.it
During a #TransformingIT chat on Twitter, Mike Kail, VP of Operations & CIO for Netflix, was asked for his thoughts on IT as a services broker.
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Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014 | Tech | Scoop.it

Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top ten technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2014. Analysts presented their findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held here through October 10.


Mobile Device Diversity and ManagementMobile Apps and ApplicationsThe Internet of EverythingHybrid Cloud and IT as Service BrokerCloud/Client ArchitectureThe Era of Personal Cloud The personal cloud era will mark a power shift away from devices toward services. In this new world, the specifics of devices will become less important for the organization to worry about, although the devices will still be necessary. Users will use a collection of devices, with the PC remaining one of many options, but no one device will be the primary hub. Rather, the personal cloud will take on that role. Access to the cloud and the content stored or shared from the cloud will be managed and secured, rather than solely focusing on the device itself.Software Defined AnythingWeb-Scale ITSmart Machines 3-D Printing Worldwide shipments of 3D printers are expected to grow 75 percent in 2014 followed by a near doubling of unit shipments in 2015. While very expensive “additive manufacturing” devices have been around for 20 years, the market for devices ranging from $50,000 to $500, and with commensurate material and build capabilities, is nascent yet growing rapidly. The consumer market hype has made organizations aware of the fact 3D printing is a real, viable and cost-effective means to reduce costs through improved designs, streamlined prototyping and short-run manufacturing.
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Smart Machines

Through 2020, the smart machine era will blossom with a proliferation of contextually aware, intelligent personal assistants, smart advisors (such as IBM Watson), advanced global industrial systems and public availability of early examples of autonomous vehicles. The smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT. New systems that begin to fulfill some of the earliest visions for what information technologies might accomplish — doing what we thought only people could do and machines could not —are now finally emerging. Gartner expects individuals will invest in, control and use their own smart machines to become more successful. Enterprises will similarly invest in smart machines. Consumerization versus central control tensions will not abate in the era of smart-machine-driven disruption. If anything, smart machines will strengthen the forces of consumerization after the first surge of enterprise buying commences.

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What, exactly, does a cloud broker do? -- FCW

What, exactly, does a cloud broker do? -- FCW | Tech | Scoop.it
The role cloud brokers play in government IT remains largely undefined, but Microsoft's Susie Adams says the game is changing quickly.

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Government IT Priorities: Security Reigns, Cloud Crawls - InformationWeek

Government IT Priorities: Security Reigns, Cloud Crawls - InformationWeek | Tech | Scoop.it
Our new survey shows fed agencies focusing more on security, as they should, but they're still behind the times with cloud use, data center consolidation, and overall innovation.

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Panda Security Updates Dashboards, Reports in New Release | Cloud Computing Security content from Talkin' Cloud

Panda Security Updates Dashboards, Reports in New Release | Cloud Computing Security content from Talkin' Cloud | Tech | Scoop.it
Panda Security has released a new version of its cross-platform corporate solution.

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FIFA World Cup Security Team Accidentally Reveals their Wi-Fi Password

FIFA World Cup Security Team Accidentally Reveals their Wi-Fi Password | Tech | Scoop.it
FIFA World Cup Security Team from 'RISCO' Accidentally Reveals their Internal Wi-Fi Password (#FIFA World Cup Security Team Accidentally Reveals their Wi-Fi #Password in this Picture http://t.co/aMVPcawuUp...
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'Possible data security breach' at College of the Desert - The Desert Sun

'Possible data security breach' at College of the Desert - The Desert Sun | Tech | Scoop.it
'Possible data security breach' at College of the Desert
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College of the Desert believes that less than 10 students were affected by the "possible data security breach," which originated in the Financial Aid Office.
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