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Hybrid Cloud rising

In a recent post, I focused on market research about the use of Cloud computing, notably the eager and stunningly widespread embrace of SaaS and PaaS.

This time, I want to take a look at another key Cloud computing trend— the rise of hybrid Cloud computing. The North Bridge Venture Partners’ 2012 report reinforces this:

NIST graph of projected cloud computing breakdown from 2012 - 2017

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How safe are your apps?

Key icon to represent security

A recent report by Forrester Consulting suggests your web applications may be far more vulnerable than you think. According to Forrester, 51% of the 240 North American and European companies surveyed experienced at least one application security incident since the beginning of 2011. And 18% of those suffered losses of at least $500,000. For 8% of those surveyed, losses topped $1 million.

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What is the role of security in application development?

Unlock the Keys to Application Development

The majority of developers are not security experts, and secure coding is historically not identified as a priority. Oftentimes, the arduous task of vulnerability identification and remediation cannot be successfully addressed by limited IT security resources.

Look for an app development services provider who offers a time-saving solution for all types of security testing — outsourced, individual, and enterprise-wide analysis — and for all types of users, including application developers, build managers, Quality Assurance (QA) teams, penetration testers, security auditors, and senior management.

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The Dangers Confronting Data in Motion

visual depiction of data files flowing through a desktop computer

Last time, I looked at some of the security issues related to employee mobility, which focused mainly on devices like smartphones and tablets and how people use them.

But smartphones and tablets aren’t the only mobile devices business leaders need to worry about. Consider:

  • USB malware is gaining momentum — so flash drives and other USB-connected devices can become malware vectors.
  • Hackable RFID and radio frequency channels create voicemail vulnerabilities and enable call interception.
  • RAM scraping exploits moments when sensitive encrypted data is unencrypted in browsers, smartphones, point-of-sale system memory, etc.

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The Dark Side of Employee Mobility

Closeup of woman entering information on her mobile phone.

Late last year, market researcher IDC reported that by 2015 more U.S. Internet users will access the Internet through mobile devices than through PCs or other wireline devices. Judging by the eager embrace of smartphone and tablets since then, I’d guess their prediction may be conservative.

And unquestionably, this kind of mobility in business is a game-changer both in terms of how we do business and how we do information security.

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Security in the cloud: What you need to know

Cloud icon with a lock to represent Cloud computing security

Cloud computing gets immense attention these days as a profound agent of change affecting how IT serves the business. In particular, Cloud computing has begun the untethering of employees from their desks and their offices. Because the mobility of today’s, and tomorrow’s workforce cannot happen without the Cloud.

Yet worries about Cloud security abound, and for good reason: Cloud computing that involves processing sensitive or regulated data in shared environments needs extra scrutiny in terms of security (as well as codifying requirements, defining a cloud services contract, managing the transition from in-house to cloud, and overseeing the resulting mixed IT environment).

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Securing your virtual environment

Securing Virtual Cloud Environment

Odds are your IT environment is somehow engaged in virtualization — either directly in your data center or indirectly via the service providers you’ve engaged.

But how much have you — or your IT people — thought about virtualization security? This matters more than you may think. One Gartner analyst has estimated that 60% of virtualized servers will be less secure than the physical servers they’ve replaced.

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Think it can’t happen to you? Think again

Target with a cluster of bullet holes around the bulls eye.

Two kinds of security threats have emerged of late that need special attention, even if you’re running a small enterprise: Targeted zero-day attacks and advanced persistent threats.

Targeted zero-day attacks
Microsoft’s recent Internet Explorer security flaw (see my last blog post) is a fine example of a zero-day attack. The attackers got their edge from speed, since reactive countermeasures that depend on threat signatures — such as patching and tools like antivirus software and intrusion prevention — couldn’t be updated fast enough to halt the flaw.

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