What the Cloud Transition Means for IT

Daniel Joseph Barry

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Cloud Computing on Ulitzer We are standing on the threshold of a new transition in information technology and communications; a radical departure from current practice that promises to bring us new levels of efficiency at a vastly reduced cost. Cloud computing is full of potential, bursting with opportunity and within our grasp. But, remember, that clouds always appear to be within our grasp and bursting clouds promise only one thing: rain! As with all radical transitions, it takes time for the various pieces to fall into place. Some of them are already in place; some of them have yet to be considered. In this article, we will take a look at both and try to gauge where we are today and what work still remains. In addition, we will try to understand what this means to the various stakeholders involved. Cloud composition So what is the cloud and who are the stakeholder... (more)

Beyond Walls: Modern Security Detection | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security

Our walls of security prevention are actually being surmounted every day - we just don't always know it. Assaults from within the network, as well as zero-day threats, are driving new types of solutions referred to as "advanced threat detection" (ATD). ATD brings in real-time packet capture and analysis in addition to monitoring of logs and NetFlow information, as well as recording of packet capture data for near-real-time and post-analysis. By analyzing data traffic, it is possible to build a profile of normal network behavior that can then be compared against real-time data or ... (more)

Network Security Today | @CloudExpo #Cloud #AI #SDN #Security #Analytics

In its 2017 State of Malware Report, Malwarebytes Labs recorded a 267 percent increase in ransomware between January 2016 and November 2016, with over 400 different variants in total. The report noted that while malware authors mostly relied on ransomware to make the bulk of their revenues, there was an increase in ad fraud as well. Botnets and mobile malware also continue to expand and evolve. The report predicts that until IoT devices become secure out of the box, botnets will get even bigger and pose an even greater threat to the internet - and any company connected to it. F... (more)

Testing the Cloud

Cloud computing has now passed the stage of hype to reality. More and more enterprises are realizing the benefits of remote hosting of IT services rather than local IT management, especially as managing and operating IT networks and services is not getting any easier. Managing IT networks requires a broad set of competencies in a growing number of technologies and products. It therefore makes sense that these competencies are centralized in larger data centers providing cloud services to a number of smaller enterprises for which IT is not a core competency. Larger data centers al... (more)

Remote Testing: the Achilles Heel of Cloud Services

Cloud services provide a new and promising opportunity for Enterprises to address the growing complexity of IT. The availability of smartphones and the expectation of immediate and simple access to both private and company specific information on a global basis are driving demand for centralization of IT services and the related competence required to support these effectively. Cloud service providers have established the necessary competence and IT infrastructure to deliver on these demands, but there is one potential Achilles heel that can present a challenge; assuring cloud s... (more)