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Last month, the Information Security Forum released their annual prediction of the top 10 information security threats they foresee for the next two years - through 2016. While I found the entire list insightful, half of the list resonated strongly with me as someone who is working with large enterprises as they wrestle with security and compliance challenges as they embark on cloud adoption. I believe this group of five predictions is particularly relevant for anyone utilizing the cloud over the next two years and I've added a few of my own thoughts on each. 1. Service Providers Become a Key Vulnerability I find this first prediction especially valid and timely because of some recent headlines. Service providers, given the nature of their business, are a prime "aggregation" for all types of sensitive/valuable data. Cyber criminals and hackers realize this, which pu... (more)

What Today’s Hyperconnected World Means for the Enterprise Security

A newly released report from McKinsey & Company, Risk and Responsibility in a Hyperconnected World: Implications for Enterprises, highlights the findings of a year's worth of McKinsey research conducted in partnership with the World Economic Forum. Based on the interviews with over 200 enterprises and organizations the findings highlight the importance of protecting online proprietary data and information and puts forth 7 ideas for how to protect the enterprise. The report first observes that with the rise of new and novel ways to access information via mobile devices, data secu... (more)

What Business Must Learn from the eBay Breach

Until this week the biggest anxiety when dealing with eBay has likely been fretting over a negative rating, concerns about slow shipping or a delayed refund. Then suddenly yesterday the media jumped all over the story that eBay had been hacked and users need to change their passwords. By the way, I can tell you from experience the password change process is not as easy or straightforward as you would expect. EBay is now in damage control mode and trying to calm fears after revealing that hackers attacked its network three months ago. It is believed over 145 million user records ... (more)

Gartner’s Trends for 2014 – The Hybrid Cloud & the Role of IT

A few weeks ago, Gartner shared its list of top 10 technology trends for 2014, including among its expectations one entitled: "Hybrid cloud and IT as Service Broker." This prediction speaks to what Gartner views as the necessity of the hybrid cloud - a mix of private cloud combined with external public cloud services - along with the role of IT evolving to include that of Cloud Service Broker. The notion of IT serving as Cloud Service Broker means IT going beyond its traditional services to making strategic decisions on cloud adoption, particularly as cloud-bursting (outgrowing ... (more)

Reconciling Big Data & Data Residency in the Cloud

I recently blogged about “big data” and the value that big data analytics can bring to companies using this type of business intelligence to garner insights and develop competitive advantages. Numerous industry experts have highlighted ways that the cloud is actually enabling a transformation toward data mining, pattern recognition, and predictive analytics to enhance executive decision-making. For example, Booz|Allen|Hamilton’s December 2011 report, Massive Data Analytics and the Cloud, asserts that data cloud-based intelligence analysis will have an unprecedented, long-lasting,... (more)