One in three mission critical apps currently in the cloud, says survey
Research from identity management provider SailPoint has revealed that US and UK based IT leaders see one in three mission critical apps as currently in the cloud, with that figure rising sharply by 2015.
The Market Pulse Survey of 400 IT and business leaders, which defined ‘mission critical’ as apps mainly focused on storage, file-sharing and communications, forecast that the number is expected to grow to one in two in three years.
The figures differed slightly dependent on which side of the...
When encryption doesn’t mean more secure
By Ken Smith
I have had a number of clients reach out to me about how to implement whole disk encryption, SQL transparent data encryption, and encryption of VMware VMDK files in order to satisfy “data at rest” security requirements. My response is usually something like “Say that again?”
These types of encryption approaches are designed to better protect data at rest on media that may be accessible to individuals who are not authorized to access such data. This is usually some form of...
When is a stack not a stack? When it’s Unified in the cloud
Why governance must drive all security initiatives…even cloud
I heard these sage words at a recent ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) meeting from a CIO speaking about security from the cloud.
Study shows differences between cloud users and non-users
A cornerstone study into cloud computing in the UK has revealed the key difference in opinion between cloud users and non-cloud users.
The study, from Raconteur Media and written by Mike O’Driscoll entitled ‘Navigating the Cloud’, had a relatively small survey base – just under 250 completed at least part of the survey – but of that number, there was a lot of clout – 84% saw themselves as the key IT decision maker.
Again, software as a service (SaaS) proved itself to be the...
Preventing data leakage: Proactive security from the cloud
In business, data is currency. It is the oil that keeps the commercial engine in motion and databases are the digital banks that store and retrieve this valuable information. And, according to IDC, data is doubling every two years. But as the overall amount of data grows, so does the amount of sensitive and regulated data. All this data...
SaaS “continues to be entryway” for cloud platforms, says Symform
Recent research from Symform has shown that software-as-a-service (SaaS) continues to be the most mature cloud market, but platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is lacking by comparison.
The survey of over 500 respondents showed that nearly four in five (79%) companies surveyed in the cloud were using SaaS, yet nearly half (48%) of companies in the cloud were not planning on utilising PaaS at any time during the next 12 months.
This correlates with
Challenges of data privacy in the era of cloud computing
More than eight in ten companies are now using some form of cloud computing solution; proof that the benefits of the cloud are becoming more widely accepted amongst enterprises.
Moreover, positive steps are being made toward further boosting cloud services in the EU.
In September, Neelie Kroes, Europe's Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, released the paper, "
Stratsec research reveals potential alarm for cloud security
A new piece of research from security providers Stratsec has inferred that some cloud providers are unable to block malicious attacks, which could lead to cyber hackers being able to infiltrate systems in a botnet-styled attack.
As a result, according to the research at the Stratsec Winter School, there was an alarming number of reasons why attacking cloud systems was a good idea, such as being relatively easy to set up, costing less, and taking significantly less time to build.
Instead of a traditional...