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Enterprise Cloud Fears Are Holding Them Back

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

  • An article on The Next Web debunks some of the biggest enterprise cloud computing myths. For example, many enterprises fear losing control of their infrastructure when they move to the cloud. However, the article states that “it’s important to distinguish between ‘doing the donkey work’ and ‘having control’. It’s certainly true that some things that might be possible with a traditional setup, such as sending a crashed hard drive to a data recovery service, are no longer possible when you don’t physically own the hardware. But the APIs and resources which can be scaled quickly, and even automatically, can actually lead to a different, and arguably greater, level of control.” For more enterprise cloud myths, see The Next Web.
  • The U.S. and U.K. have been spying on encrypted BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) messages. According to German magazine Der Spiegel, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have been spying on encrypted BlackBerry messages since 2009.  Computerworld reported that Der Spiegel received documents leaked by Edward Snowden showing that these agencies can access emails and text messages sent between BES users. Der Spiegel believes that the purpose of the spying is not to counter terrorism. For more information, see Computerworld.
  • Despite government spying, Computerworld also reported that encryption is still the best way to protect your data. According to a recent Computerworld article, “it’s likely that the NSA managed to break through insecure and outdated implementations of some encryption technologies” and “It remains unclear whether NSA experts have the ability to crack more robust encryption technologies.” In addition, the NSA spent billions of dollars to crack these technologies – funds that most cybercriminals do not have. For more information on why encryption is the best way to protect your data, see Computerworld.
  • Mobile device management (MDM) will soon include the management of laptops. The 2013 Forrester Mobile Security Predictions report stated that MDM will move beyond smartphones and tablets to cover a wider range of personal devices. According to the report, “on-demand mobile virtualization will overtake mobile-device management” as a core technology that IT professionals use “to segregate business content and data from the personal environment” in mobile devices. For more highlights from the 2013 Forrester Mobile Security Predictions report, see Network World.
  • And finally … Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 is its most secure operating system ever. According to Microsoft, Windows 8 is six times more secure than Windows 7 and 21 times more secure than XP. For more information on Microsoft’s security updates, along with an infographic on the economic impact of network breaches, see IT World.

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