Almost 25% of the World’s Business Information Is Now in the Cloud

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Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in cloud, unified communications, big data and more:

  • A recent study by Symantec revealed that almost a quarter of the world’s business data is now being stored in the cloud. As global cloud adoption rates continue to increase, data security will become a greater concern. A article cited breaches, hackers, equipment mishaps and employee mistakes as key security concerns. According to the article, “Of nearly 500 information-technology professionals Intel recently surveyed, 46 percent said their firms had suffered a security breach — meaning their data was lost or accessed by unauthorized means — on two popular types of clouds. And most of the victims said they were experiencing more breaches than when they had kept the data on their own networks.” For more information on cloud security threats, see the article.
  • SC Magazine announced the threat of the month … Java zero-day. In January, SC Magazine discussed how Java zero-day can spread mayhem, so it’s not surprising that this exploit is the threat of the month. It can be triggered by viewing a web page that contains malicious Java content and can quickly infect systems. If you are concerned about Java zero-day exploits, SC Magazine recommends upgrading to Java 7 Update 13. For more information on preventing Java zero-day from wreaking havoc on your network, see the full SC Magazine warning.
  • The worldwide market for premise-based unified communications will reach $20.76 billion by 2016. According to the Research and Markets Unified Communications and Collaboration Market 2012-2016” report, conferencing/collaboration has the highest growth, with a 17% compound annual growth rate. For more unified communications trends, see the full report.
  • While tech companies have been dealing with large amounts of data for years, now even non-tech companies must manage big data. According to a Computerworld article, “One reason some companies have lagged behind and aren’t equipped for big data is that they don’t view data science as a necessity. In other words, they fail to see the value in big data. Many know the importance of data science as it relates to marketing efforts such as segmenting customers, monitoring customers’ online behavior, product development, etc. However, companies must start realizing that every element of a business, and all top level executives, [has] a stake in preparing a company for big data.” For more advice on how to make your business big-data-ready, see the Computerworld article.  
  • And finally … drug dealers and mobsters are using VoIP gaming to order hits and launder money. According to an article by Reuben Yonatan on the Business 2 Community blog, “In a classic example of hiding in plain sight, there is so much information in games that it is difficult to police, so criminals can talk to each other, including ordering hits on other criminals. This is a worldwide phenomenon with international cartels communicating over VoIP.” For more little known facts about VoIP, see the Business 2 Community article.

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