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Despite Security Concerns, Cloud Usage Swells

Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in cloud, network security and more:

  • Gartner revealed that the global cloud market will grow 18.5% this year to reach $131 billion. With this massive increase in cloud adoption, InfoWorld feels that we have reached a tipping point when it comes to cloud. An InfoWorld article states, “Most enterprises have pushed back on cloud computing due to security concerns; however, that resistance might be coming to an end, given the cloud’s clear upward trajectory.” The article also states that despite security concerns, a number of businesses have reported improved security since they’ve moved their data and applications to the cloud. The article predicts that in the next five years, we will continue to see acceleration in cloud adoption. For more information on the cloud tipping point, see InfoWorld.
  • Secure your wireless network with these five tips. A TechRadar article makes the point that most corporate Wi-Fi signals extend beyond the walls of the building, making it easy for hackers to access your employees’ devices. To protect yourself, the article first suggests using Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). In large organizations, “it makes more sense to use WPA in enterprise mode, which allows each user to have their own username and password to connect to the Wi-Fi network. This makes it much easier to manage when employees are leaving regularly, as you can simply disable ex-employees’ accounts.” For four more tips on how to protect your wireless network, see TechRadar.
  • Sixty-seven percent of devices on corporate IT networks carry vulnerabilities, representing an 8% drop since 2011. According to Dimension Data’s Network Barometer Report 2013, this percentage is still high enough to suggest that many network managers are lax when it comes to their security. Dimension Data states, “Although networks currently appear to have fewer vulnerabilities — the high percentage of devices carrying vulnerabilities will remain until the software is patched or upgraded to a newer, more secure version of code.” For more information, see
  • Also from Network Barometer Report 2013 … enterprises may soon save big on their networks. According to the report, networks will likely drop in price by 50% over the next five years. The report states that “when comparing a traditional wired network deployment supporting 100 users to a wireless network of the same size, the reduction in physical hardware — LAN switches, discrete wireless LAN controllers and cabling — makes the wireless network up to 50% less expensive. In addition to the capital savings, the operation and management of this user environment is also reduced, according to the report.” For more information, see the Network Barometer Report 2013 press release.
  • And finally … it’s time for your IT department to get creative. According to InformationWeek, there’s been lots of talk about the lack of qualified data scientists. However, big data also needs “creative folks who’ll find insights in data that their more technically inclined colleagues might miss”. These creative types will most likely come from line of business, as opposed to IT, but are critical to getting the most insight from your big data efforts. For more information on creating the ideal big data team, see InformationWeek.

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