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Cheaper, Easier, Scarier - Small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly turning to cloud computing as an easier, cheaper alternative to in-house IT or shared and dedicated server hosting solutions. And, they are finding social media to be an accessible, inexpensive way to build brands, distribute content, and assist customers. Correspondingly, cloud services and social networking providers are increasingly targeting the SMB segment for revenue they can't get from consumers and margins they can't get from large businesses. Meanwhile, abetted by user ignorance, provider apathy, and the high cost of security solutions, hackers are turning to cloud computing and social media as an easier, cheaper alternative to botnets; and they are finding small business tenants and users to be accessible, inexpensive targets for crime and violence. The biggest cloud security ... (more)

Cloud Usage and Worker Mobility Increase Need For Stronger Security Policies

Symantec's just-released September 2010 MessageLabs Intelligence Report should give IT security managers increased concerns about telecommuters and mobile workers.  According to the report, 35% of all workers exhibit potentially harmful web browsing habits when working remotely Remote workers are as much as 500% more likely than office workers to visit inappropriate sites Remote workers trigger six times more undetected malware attacks than office workers As unsettling as those facts are, when combined with information posted by a Symantec security expert on her blog last June, th... (more)

Symbian Finds New Patron, Perhaps New Purpose

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Symbian, the open source mobile OS spun out of Nokia and once the Big Kahuna of smartphones OSs, announced this week that it would be participating in new projects funded in part by the EC and run through the Artemis Industrial Association R&D combine, to the tune of some twenty-two million Euros.  But, there are some things about this event that are odd and make one wonder what is the real story. €22M is about $31M and that's a lot of cabbage, especially for an open source project that has seen harder times since losing the love of ... (more)

US Gov't Embraces “Cloud-First” Policy

The Whitehouse Office of Management and Budget has announced that, from now on, cloud computing would be the "default approach to IT" for US government agencies.  The move comes as an element of a sweeping set of government IT reforms begun last summer intended to "close the IT gap" between the public and private sectors.  The cloud-first policy is expected to reduce a 2000+ data center infrastructure by as much as 40%, lowering costs, improving security and performance, and speeding up the deployment of new applications. Closing the "IT Gap" Last June, writing on the OMB web site... (more)

The Sweet Science of Cloud Computing

One sure sign that a new technology market is approaching critical mass is when people start fighting over it.  I'm not talking about abstract arguments and dialectical debates about meanings and means.  I'm talkin' fisticuffs, mano a mano, the sweet science!  And with cloud computing, it's on now, Baby. OK, maybe it was more like one-sided trash talking at the weigh-in before a title bout, but this week we heard plenty of it, in two weight classes, no less. In the middle-weight division, we saw the young and scrappy contender NetSuite mixing it up with aging titlist SAP and at... (more)