IT - Cloud

The business-driven explosion of demand for cloud-based services has made the need to provide highly secure cloud computing more urgent

"Many businesses that work with sensitive data view the transition to the cloud with trepidation, which is not entirely without good reason.

For some time, the public cloud has actually been able to offer more protection than traditional on-site environments. Dedicated expert teams ensure that cloud servers, for example, maintain an optimal security posture against external threats.

But that level of security comes at a price. Those same extended teams increase insider exposure to private data - which leads to a higher risk of an insider data breach and can complicate compliance efforts..."

Creating Cloud Security Policies That Work
Security Boulevard, April 28th, 2021
Now that the ongoing worldwide trend toward 'going digital' has been accelerated by COVID-19, taking extra precautions to protect your organization's data, communications and information assets is more important than ever

"Of course, there are many traditional and emerging ways to protect and secure your business:

  • Employing cybersecurity analysts, auditors or specialists
  • Implementing a comprehensive communications archiving system
  • Considering cyber liability insurance
  • Building a culture of awareness and educating employees on common social engineering tactics used by criminals such as email phishing scams.

However, the chief focus of this discussion will be on protecting your organization by creating and implementing cloud security policies or by updating and fortifying existing ones..."

Global cloud services infrastructure spending grew to $41.8 billion in Q1 2021, a 35% year-on-year (YoY) rise and 5% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) increase

"The figures, published by research and analytics firm Canalys, follow hot on the heels of the 'big three' public cloud companies releasing their quarterly earnings data. Amazon revealed that its AWS cloud unit grew revenue by 32%, a notably faster pace than many analysts had predicted, while both Microsoft's 'commercial cloud' and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) also reported accelerated growth. However, it's difficult to compare these figures, given that Microsoft and Google bundle their respective cloud-based software (i.e. Office and Google Workspace) alongside their server infrastructure for quarterly earnings reports..."

Conventional wisdom over the last year has suggested that the pandemic has driven companies to the cloud much faster than they ever would have gone without that forcing event, with some suggesting it has compressed years of transformation into months

"This quarter's cloud infrastructure revenue numbers appear to be proving that thesis correct.

With The Big Three - Amazon, Microsoft and Google - all reporting this week, the market generated almost $40 billion in revenue, according to Synergy Research data. That's up $2 billion from last quarter and up 37% over the same period last year. Canalys's numbers were slightly higher at $42 billion..."

The modernization of unstructured data management is central to government's digital transformation initiatives

"In this context, agencies are leveraging cloud technologies to streamline infrastructure management, enable secure data collaboration across locations and help ensure compliance.

Four primary trends are shaping data management modernization in government:

1. Transition from on-premises to multiple cloud options

Agencies have three options for cloud deployments: build a cloud environment in an on-premises data center, rely on infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or use a third-party data center provider certified by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP)..."

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