Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in network security, cloud and more:
- The 2013 Cisco Annual Security Report revealed that global data centre traffic is expected to quadruple over the next five years. This trend is driven by the cloud, as cloud traffic will make up nearly two-thirds of global data centre traffic by 2016. However, this increase in cloud data is also leading to increased security concerns.
According to the report, “Piecemeal security solutions, such as applying firewalls to a changeable network edge, don’t secure data that is now constantly in motion among devices, networks, and clouds. Even among data centers—which now house organizations’ ‘crown jewels’ (big data)—virtualization is becoming more the rule than the exception. Addressing security challenges presented by virtualization and the cloud requires rethinking security postures to reflect this new paradigm—perimeter-based controls and old models of access and containment need to be changed to secure the new business model.”
For more information on how trends such as the cloud, mobility and big data are impacting network security, download the 2013 Cisco Annual Security Report.
- Oracle released emergency patches for Java zero-day. On Monday, we had discussed how SC Magazine named Java zero-day the “Threat of the Month”. Now, Oracle has released emergency patches for the exploit. Oracle states, “Due to the severity of these vulnerabilities, and the reported exploitation of CVE-2013-1493 ‘in the wild,’ Oracle strongly recommends that customers apply the updates provided by this Security Alert as soon as possible.” Both Oracle and SC Magazine also recommend upgrading to Java 7. For more information, see the Oracle security alert.
- The cloud can simplify business continuity. Developing a business continuity plan can be time-consuming. However, a CloudTweaks article explored how cloud services can speed this process, as they remove many of the steps that you must take to prepare for disasters—such as ordering hardware and provisioning circuits.
The article states, “Organizations can literally spin up a virtualized machine within minutes in another location, resulting in very little to no downtime. The instant spin up and switch down aspect of the cloud is particularly handy when preparing for seasonal events like hurricanes. These tend to hit the coast at about the same time every year and subside a couple of months later. An IT director could replicate his environment a month before the hurricane season starts, stand it up in a region that is untouched by hurricanes (like Arizona), and turn the deployment down a month or two later.” For more tips on using the cloud for business continuity, see the CloudTweaks article.
- And finally … enterprises are prioritizing big data and mobility. Sierra Ventures surveyed more than 80 information and technology officers from Fortune 500 companies for its Seizing Opportunity, the Transition from Legacy to Innovation in Enterprise IT study. According to the study, nearly one-third of the executives are prioritizing big data as an area of innovation, while another third are focusing on mobility. Meanwhile, 24% are focusing on the cloud, while only 12% are prioritizing social media.
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