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Cloud News

  • The Software Alliance (BSA) recently released the 2013 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard, according to this CloudTech article. The scorecard, which ranks the top 20 countries in terms of cloud readiness, ranked Japan first, followed by Australia and the United States.

  • A recent survey by CloudCheckr reveals that users of Amazon Web Services suffer from a large number of availability and security issues, according to this SYS-CON article. The survey of 400 users found that over 99% of them were operating in the cloud with at least one serious best practice exception from a list of over 125 best practices.

  • A new report by Alert Logic reveals that Web application attacks were the most common security incident for on-premise and cloud environments in the last 6 months, according to this SecurityWeek article. Fifty-two percent of cloud provider environments were affected by the attacks compared to 39% of enterprise environments.

Featured Article

New Ponemon Institute Study Shows Cloud Security Still A Mixed Bag?

By David Strom, Independent Writer

David Strom

When was the last time you left your IT security up to the whims of your end users? Well, according to a new Ponemon Institute study, Security of Cloud Computing Users 2013, commissioned by CA Technologies, "seventy-nine percent of respondents selected end-users as the number one group responsible for the security of cloud service providers." That's a depressing thought.

If ever there was evidence that security in the cloud is not top-of-mind, this study proves the point several times over. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Looking for the hard truths about cloud computing? In this InfoWorld blog, Peter Wayner shares the 12 hard truths of cloud computing, sharing the lessons he’s learned from trying out various commercial clouds. The 12 hard truths include an abundance of choices, the mystery of security, the difficulty of moving data, calculating cost, figuring out laws and more.

  • Will cloud computing be taxed? In this Channelnomics blog, Chris Gonsalves dives into the topic of cloud taxes and finds that while there’s still a lot of confusion around how to tax cloud computing, service providers should expect that cloud computing will soon be subject to taxes.

  • Are we witnessing the death of the traditional sourcing model? In this CloudTech blog, James Bourne details reports from Gartner that predict the continued growth of SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS will displace traditional sourcing methods by 2015.

  • What’s the real cost of cloud computing? In this Smart Enterprise blog, Jeanne Morain details 10 key steps that CIOs should take to reduce hidden costs.

Trend Watch

  • Do mobile security experts trust anyone? In this Smart Enterprise blog, Jay Fry details the results of a recent webcast poll on bring your own device (BYOD) which revealed that people in charge of mobile security think that mobile devices and users shouldn’t be trusted.

  • Is your mobile device storing data that’s intended for the cloud? In this TechWorld article, Brandon Butler delves into a recent report by researchers at the University of Glasglow who ran tests on smartphones and discovered that after uploading data to the cloud, metadata and traces of deleted files remained on the device, making the data and the cloud susceptible to hackers.

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