Goodbye 2019, hello 2020: The year in cloud reviewed – and what is on the horizon

To say 2019 was a busy year for cloud would be no surprise. Yet the past 12 months has seen innovation, expansion, and drama which represents a poke in the eye for those who dismiss the industry as being consolidated and saturated.

Without any further ado, here is CloudTech’s traditional look back on the year in focus – and what the following 12 months will have in store for industry players and watchers alike.

The...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Government, Hybrid, Microsoft, Research, Security.

Google Cloud partners with Palo Alto, McAfee, and others to bolster security

With an aim to strengthen its security and attract more number of enterprise customers to its cloud platform and services, Google Cloud has announced its partnership with Palo Alto Networks, Qualys, McAfee, Fortinet and ForgeRock.

Google Cloud and Palo Alto Networks will be jointly working on the development of a new multi-cloud security framework for Anthos, which is Google Cloud’s hybrid platform, and multi-cloud Kubernetes deployments. According to the companies, the framework will make use of Palo...

By Cloud Tech, 17 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Security.

Why cybersecurity needs to focus more on customer endpoints going forward

  • Cloud-based endpoint protection platforms (EPP) are proliferating across enterprises today as CIOs and CISOs prioritise greater resiliency in their endpoint security strategies going into 2020
  • Gartner predicts that global information security and risk management end-user spending is forecast to grow at a five-year CAGR of 9.2% to reach $174.5 billion in 2022, with approximately $50bn spent on endpoint security
  • Endpoint security tools are 24% of all IT security...

By Louis Columbus, 10 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Management, Enterprise, Research, Security.

IDC picks Trend Micro as the top vendor in SDC workload protection

Cybersecurity solutions provider Trend Micro has been named as the number one vendor in Software-Defined Compute (SDC) workload protection in IDC’s latest report.

Trend Micro company achieved a market share lead of 35.5% in 2018. Steve Quane, Trend Micro’s network defence and hybrid cloud security executive VP, said: “We predicted a decade ago that organisations would need multi-layered security to protect their cloud environments and software-defined data centres.”

Frank Dickson,...

By Cloud Tech, 09 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Security.

Winning the IT availability war: How to combat costly downtime

Analysts predict global enterprises will spend nearly $2 trillion on digital transformation by 20221. With digital initiatives and technology becoming ubiquitous with business today, one would think that companies would be more than ready for a world where virtually every touchpoint with customers is digital. Unfortunately, the fact that Target, British Airways, Facebook and Twitter all experienced major IT outages in 2019 suggests there is still work left to do to keep services and an optimal customer...

By Mark Banfield, 06 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, SaaS , Security, Software.

How smart cybersecurity solutions are increasingly powered by AI and ML

Now that data breaches are more common, 'digital trust' is a top priority for C-level leaders that build and maintain the IT infrastructure for digital transformation. Besides, for most organisations, losing digital trust can have a significant impact on brand reputation and the bottom line.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have been adopted for their automation benefits, from predictive outcomes to advanced data analytics. AI-based cybersecurity can augment the capabilities of...

By David H Deans, 04 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Research, Security.

How to excel at secured cloud migrations through shared responsibility: A guide

  • 60% of security and IT professionals state that security is the leading challenge with cloud migrations, despite not being clear about who is responsible for securing cloud environments
  • 71% understand that controlling privileged access to cloud service administrative accounts is a critical concern, yet only 53% cite secure access to cloud workloads as a key objective of their cloud privileged access management (PAM) strategies

These and many other fascinating insights are from the recent

By Louis Columbus, 02 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Research, Security.

McAfee notes the gap between cloud-first and cloud-only – yet optimism reigns on success

Two in five large UK organisations expect their operations to be cloud-only by 2021 according to a new report – but the gap between the haves and the have-nots is evident.

The findings appear in a new report from McAfee. The security vendor polled more than 2000 respondents – 1310 senior IT staff and 750 employees – across large businesses in the UK, France, and Germany to assess cloud readiness.

By James Bourne, 27 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Data & Analytics, Research, Security.

Think of data as the new uranium rather than the new oil – and treat it like it’s toxic

In May 2017, The Economist famously ran with a front-page headline proclaiming that “The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.” It focused on big tech’s collection and use of data and argued that the data economy demands a new approach to antitrust rules.

I agree with the idea that data is now about the world’s most valuable resource, but would suggest that...

By Bill Mew, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.

Cyber and the cloud: Overcoming the key security challenges amid multi-cloud rise

Cloud computing has become a prevalent force, bringing economies of scale and breakthrough technological advances to modern organisations, but it is more than just a trend. Cloud computing has evolved at an incredible speed and, in many organisations, is now entwined with the complex technological landscape that supports critical daily operations.

This ever-expanding cloud environment gives rise to new types of risk. Business...

By Steve Durbin, 22 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Vendors.

The importance of securing multi-cloud manufacturing systems in a Zero Trust world

Private equity firms are snapping up manufacturing companies at a quick pace, setting off a merger and acquisition gold rush, while leaving multi-cloud manufacturing systems unprotected in a Zero Trust world.

Securing the manufacturing gold rush of 2019

The intensity private equity (PE) firms have for acquiring and aggregating manufacturing businesses is creating an abundance of opportunities for cybercriminals to breach the resulting businesses. For example, merging formerly independent infrastructures...

By Louis Columbus, 14 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Security, Software.

Even if your cloud workloads are complex and data is privileged – it’s still on the customer to secure

Another day, another example of misunderstanding shared responsibility when it comes to cloud security. Or is it?

A new report from identity and access management (IAM) provider Centrify has argued that while many organisations understand the basics of shared responsibility, the increasing complexity of workloads means that confusion occurs when it comes to privileged access.

The...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

IBM touts first financial services-specific public cloud after Bank of America collaboration

IBM is looking to target financial services customers with the launch of what is being claimed as the world’s first financial services-ready public cloud – in association with Bank of America.

In some respects, this can be seen as a glorified customer update. Bank of America will be a ‘committed collaborator’ to use the platform, built on IBM’s public cloud, and will host key applications to support its...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Security.

Platform as a service solutions are secure – as long as they’re not misconfigured

There’s no denying that solutions that optimise data capture business success today. Platforms as a service that handle many aspects of an enterprise’s customer-facing data have revolutionised the way large companies interact with their customers, driving increased personalisation, better service, and higher value interactions.

This flexibility of PaaS solutions such as Salesforce has...

By Brian Olearczyk, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, PaaS, Platform, Security.

If your enterprise is still on the fence around cloud - here's what you need to know today

Cloud infrastructure services are rapidly becoming the de facto choice for enterprise IT workloads. According to Gartner, the 2019 worldwide revenue from public cloud IT services is expected to grow by 17.5% and will become a $330 billion dollar industry by 2022. Cloud-based technology is no longer an emerging trend, it’s mainstream, with 69% of enterprises moving business-critical workloads to the cloud.

What is the appeal of the cloud?

Cloud technology enables an agile working environment that can...

By Marty Puranik, 25 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

The rise of obfuscated VPN servers and their use cases: A guide

VPNs continue to be used extensively as tools to protect data security and user privacy. Yet, as to be expected, there are many providers available, and many options within those providers – so buyer confusion can reign.

A virtual private network, by itself, is the secure, private connection between your device and your intended destination. When dealing with

By Christopher Nichols, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Privacy, Security, Software, Virtualisation.

The rise of SD-WAN: How scaling cloud services is key to growing a digital business

  • 93% of enterprises are securing remote locations with a centralised approach that rarely scales to secure every endpoint and identity of remote branch locations, leaving an enterprise more vulnerable to a breach
  • Enabling network security is the greatest challenge enterprises face when managing a highly distributed network with numerous remote locations
  • In an era of cloud-first networks, nine out of 10 companies are still relying on centrally managed networks that don’t scale for remote system users, creating productivity bottlenecks
  • 75% of enterprises experience...

By Louis Columbus, 18 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Scalability, Security.

Moving from DevOps to modern ops: Why there is no room for silos when it comes to cloud security

It started with DevOps. Then there was NetOps. Now SecOps. Or is it DevSecOps? Or maybe SecDevOps?

Whatever you decide to call it, too often the end result is little more than the same old siloes with shiny new names. We've become so focused on "what do we call these folks" that we sometimes forget "what is it we're trying to...

By Lori MacVittie, 15 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, DevOps, Security.

Why the future of data security in the cloud is programmable

It’s the way software used to be purchased, and often still is. A CEO, or GM, or line-of-business owner calls into IT, and the security and compliance teams, to let them know that they are purchasing a new piece of software to drive innovation in how they deliver their products or services. Because the software needs to be customised, integrated and controlled in the company’s on-prem or cloud environment, the IT team needs to deploy it and the security team needs...

By Dave Sikora, 14 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Security.

Organisations struggling with sensitive cloud data as they shun security-first approach

Corporate data may be reaching a tipping point in the cloud – but security policies are yet to follow it.

That is the key finding from a new report by security provider Thales. The study, which was put together by the Ponemon Institute and which polled more than 3,000 IT and IT security practitioners across eight countries, found that while almost half (48%) of corporate data was in the cloud, less than a third (32%) of...

By James Bourne, 10 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.