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U.S. Cybersecurity Order Requires Federal Agencies to Warn Businesses of Threats

Welcome to today’s edition of the IP news roundup. Here are the latest headlines in cybersecurity, big data and more:

  • President Obama signed an order that requires federal agencies to share cyberthreat information with businesses as well as build a security framework that will help protect businesses that provide critical infrastructure. According to a Computerworld article, “The cybersecurity framework would be voluntary for some operators of critical infrastructure, but the order also requires federal agencies overseeing critical infrastructure to identify the operators and industries most at risk and to explore whether the government can require those companies to adopt the framework.” Obama also asked the U.S. Congress to pass more laws that will protect U.S. networks. For more information about the new U.S. cybersecurity law, see the Computerworld article.
  • One out of five security professionals wouldn’t put personal information in his or her own network. A SafeNet survey of 230 security professionals revealed that many don’t trust their own technology. Just under one-third (31%) of respondents admitted that their network had been breached in the past year, while 20% were unsure if they had been breached. Meanwhile, according to Channelnomics, 59% said that their data wouldn’t be safe if a security breach occurred. For more statistics from this network security survey, see the Channelnomics blog.
  • More than 75% of mid- to- large-sized businesses will adopt big data within the next year. According to a Microsoft study of 280 IT decision makers, 32% expect the amount of data that they store to double within the next two to three years. The top area driving the demand for big data insights are customer care (41%), sales (26%), marketing (23%) and finance (23%). For more information on the “Global Enterprise Big Data Trends: 2013” study, see the Microsoft press release and infographic.
  • The InfoLawGroup released a primer on the privacy legal implications of big data. The primer is designed to help lawyers and business managers gain an understanding of big data and its privacy risks. It covers topics such as using big data to collect consumer information during marketing campaigns, as well as whether consumers have the right to access their information to make changes. Be sure to visit the InfoLawGroup’s blog to check out this detailed and informative big data primer.
  • And finally … 39% of organizations are using cloud services. According to a CDW survey of 1,242 IT professionals, this number is up from 28% in 2011. The “2013 State of the Cloud” report also revealed that more employees are lobbying for cloud services, as 68% of respondents stated that employee requests for cloud services have increased in the last two years. For more statistics from this cloud survey, see

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