Why vendor lock-in remains a big roadblock to cloud success
Despite the clear advantages of cloud, enterprises can be skittish about getting “trapped” in a public cloud vendor. But unfortunately, this may prevent them from achieving success in the cloud, a new survey finds.
According to a Logicworks survey by Wakefield Research, 78% of IT decision makers believe that concerns about vendor lock-in prevent their organisation from maximising the benefits of cloud resources. This...
Microsoft research aims to better utilise encrypted cloud data without privacy fears
In some instances, encryption is a double-edged sword: if data is encrypted in the cloud, it’s secure, but you can’t get access to it. Yet a new research paper presented by Microsoft may be the first step to changing it.
The paper examines the concept of secure data exchange (SDE), where the aim, as a blog post from Microsoft Research writer John Roach puts it, is to...
Lack of encryption for sensitive cloud data worrying for businesses, argues Gemalto
Though cloud-based resources are becoming increasingly important to companies’ IT operations and business strategies, only a third of sensitive cloudy data is encrypted, according to the latest research from digital security provider Gemalto.
The findings, conducted in association with the Ponemon Institute, found more than nine in 10 UK firms (92%) don’t encrypt more than three quarters of their sensitive data sent via the cloud, while almost four in 10 (39%) do not encrypt...
An enterprise security blind spot: Are cybercriminals hiding in your SSL traffic?
SSL traffic is pervasive in today’s enterprises and is expected to grow rapidly over the next several years; according to Gartner, SSL/TLS traffic now comprises 15% to 25% of total web traffic. The problem is the bad guys have noticed.
This report from Venafi examines how enterprises can eliminate the blind spots in SSL traffic, maximise the powers of decryption, and uncover threats.
IT skills shortage leading to cybersecurity issues, research argues
If a security system flags up an issue in your organisation and nobody acts on it, is it even an issue? Many organisations are acting that way, according to a report from Skyhigh Networks and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).
The research found that security budgets continue to rise – more than half (53%) of the 220 IT and security professionals polled expect their allocations to go up in the coming year – and the myriad of tools at teams’ disposals is a growing...
Data sovereignty: How to shield your business from changing regulations
International data privacy regulations can be complex and ever-changing. The invalidation of the Safe Harbour agreement by the European Court of Justice, and the ongoing negotiations about its replacement, means than many companies are now forced to rethink their approach to information governance, without the certainty of knowing exactly which regulations they will need to comply with.
Classifying information that is subject to data privacy regulations, from information that is not, can...
Hong Kong overtakes Japan as most mature Asia Pacific cloud nation
Hong Kong is the most ‘cloud-ready’ Asia Pacific nation with an overall ranking higher than that of the US and UK, according to the latest analysis from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).
Japan, previously the leader, moved down four places to #5 in the chart with an overall score of 73.0 compared to Hong Kong’s 78.1, with the latter scoring top markets in broadband quality, privacy, and data centre risk. Singapore (76.7), New Zealand (74.4) and Australia...
Businesses suffering from lack of knowledge over GDPR, report finds
The updated EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation is coming in the next two years – but businesses are at risk of fines because of gaps in knowledge, according to new research from Trend Micro.
More than a quarter (26%) of companies don’t know how much time they have to become compliant, according to the report which surveyed 100 senior IT decision makers in the UK. Almost one in five (18%) are not currently aware that they face fines, while a third...
Organisations start to address the subtleties of securing 'as a service' propositions
According to a recent Verizon report, 94% of companies expect more than a quarter of their workloads to be in the cloud within two years. The enterprise is moving to a cloud model of IT service consumption and delivery for a variety of reasons: IT organisations can become more responsive to business requirements by scaling up on demand, operations are refocused toward the...