New cyber threats within the internet of everything

Cisco released findings from two global studies that provide a vivid picture of the rising security challenges that businesses, IT departments and individuals face -- particularly as employees become more mobile, blending work and personal lifestyles throughout their waking hours. Despite popular assumptions that security risks increase as a person's online activity becomes shadier, findings from the Cisco 2013 Annual Security Report (ASR) reveal that the highest concentration of online security threats tend to target legitimate destinations visited by...

By David H Deans, 04 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Security.

Data Privacy Day reminds us of the importance of transparency

Luca Schiavoni, Analyst, Regulation, Ovum

The celebration of the Data Privacy Day on January 28, 2013 came at a moment when awareness of the importance of the matter is higher than it has ever been. However, many obstacles get in the way of full data privacy, including companies’ unwillingness to fully disclose what they do with their users’ data, consumers’ unwillingness to actually read lengthy terms and conditions pages when signing up to a service, and the fact that some companies’ business models...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 31 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Security.

Cloud increases chance of denial-of-service attacks, report warns

The eighth annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report from security provider Arbor Networks has revealed how cloud services and data centres are “increasingly victimised” by cyber attackers.

The report, which looked at a 12 month period ending September 2012, asked nearly 200 security-based questions to 130 respondents in the enterprise and network operator fields.

The key points of the research were:

  • 94% of data centre operators reported security attacks
  • 76% had suffered distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks towards their customers, whilst...

By James Bourne, 29 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Security.

Symantec survey examines increase in “rogue clouds”

A new research report from Symantec has warned against the use of ‘rogue’ clouds for best practice.

The survey, entitled ‘Avoiding the Hidden Costs of Cloud’, spoke to IT execs at 3,236 organisations across nearly 30 countries worldwide and found that there was a link between using rogue clouds and losing confidential information, resulting in hidden costs.

A rogue cloud is one which is...

By James Bourne, 21 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, Security.

Is cloud computing ready for prime time?

By John Dixon, Senior Solutions Architect

A few weeks ago, I took part in another engaging tweetchat on cloud computing. The topic: is cloud computing ready for enterprise adoption? You can find the transcript here.

As usual with tweetchats hosted by CloudCommons, five questions are presented a few days in advance of the event. This time around, the questions were:

  • Is public cloud mature enough for enterprise adoption?
  • Should public cloud be a part of every...
  • By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 10 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Public, Security, Virtualisation.

    5 cloud server security tips for 2013

    5-Tips-Circle-LargeIf you’re like most, cloud is going to be a big part of your life in 2013. So to help you start the year off right, we’ve prepared the following tips for securing your cloud servers. Here are your 5 cloud security tips for 2013 (in no particular order): Tip #1: Lock down the server firewall Big surprise – a firewall management service provider telling you to lockdown the firewall, but putting aside the...

    By Dome9, 09 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Security.

    Amazon Web Services starts to assert itself

    By Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum SoftwareAt the end of November 2012, Amazon Web Services (AWS) held its first partner and customer conference in Las Vegas. Dubbed AWS “re: Invent”, the event was a success. It enabled AWS to assert itself as a large and influential player in the IT marketplace. However, as well as AWS’s strengths, it also highlighted some of its traditional weaknesses. These include poor communications and an inability to put forward messages adapted to the needs of enterprise executives.

    A...

    By Ovum StraightTalk, 08 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IaaS, Security.