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Cloud Pinup: Threat Stack – Provides Added Security

Cloud Pinup: Threat Stack – Provides Added Security

Threat Stack Leading cloud security company Threat Stack has launched an exciting new service ‘Oversight’ that promises to add a highly-effective layer of automated security monitoring services. Oversight aims to provide real-time and continuous monitoring of a company’s assets, and to warn customers of potential security threats as they emerge, giving security experts a valuable tool to increase response times and response effectiveness. CloudTweaks reached out to CEO Brian Ahern for his views on the…

Cloud Pinup: Sqrrl – Using Big Data To Take Big Security Risks

Cloud Pinup: Sqrrl – Using Big Data To Take Big Security Risks

Cloud Pinup: Sqrrl  How often do massive security hacks make front page news? It’s becoming such a common occurrence that many people barely bat an eyelid when a massive breach is announced, even though the risks for companies, consumers, governments is extremely high. Now, one innovative company “Sqrrl” is utilizing big data to build an advanced security platform that will help big organizations ward off threats. Increasingly, hackers are going after the biggest companies and…

Explosive Growth Of Data-Driven Marketing

Explosive Growth Of Data-Driven Marketing

Data-Driven Marketing There is an absolute endless amount of data that is being accumulated, dissected, analyzed with the important bits extracted and used for a number of purposes. With the amount of data in the world has already reached into multiple zettabytes annually. A Zettabyte is one million petabytes or one thousand exabytes. With data creation doubling every three years (according to Cisco, among others), we will reach an unthinkable yottabyte by the year 2040.…

Making The Most Of Your Digital Marketing In The Cloud

Making The Most Of Your Digital Marketing In The Cloud

Digital Marketing In The Cloud  Last week, Vladimir Putin made the news once again, this time gazing out of the transparent sitting deck of a partly submerged submarine. Previously captured shirtless on a horse, Putin is apparently making the most of digital marketing and has been mentioned on Twitter 5.87 million times in the last 12 months – and that’s only in the English language. What’s more, 72% of these comments were neutral, and only…

Do Small Businesses Need Cloud Storage Service?

Do Small Businesses Need Cloud Storage Service?

Cloud Storage Services Not using cloud storage for your business yet? Cloud storage provides small businesses like yours with several advantages. Start using one now and look forward to the following benefits: Easy back-up of files According to Practicalecommerce, it provides small businesses with a way to back up their documents and files. No need to pay for an expensive server or worry about spending even more on the upgrades or memory expansion. All you…

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – New Services

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – New Services

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Facebook M And The Social Cloud

Facebook M And The Social Cloud

Facebook M Virtual Assistant Technology provides us with cost savings and performance enhancement, and so it should come as no surprise that Facebook has just launched its own digital assistant, M, to a few hundred people – a new competitor to Microsoft’s Cortana, Apple’s Siri, and Google Now. According to David Marcus, head of Facebook Messenger, “M is a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that completes tasks and finds information on your behalf.” Powered…

Are Tech Stocks On The Rebound?

Are Tech Stocks On The Rebound?

It has been a turbulent week for owners of Netflix shares. After the streaming media giant’s stock topped $122 on August 19, its price has endured a roller-coaster ride on Wall Street. Let’s take a look at stocks to watch Wednesday: Netflix. Shares jumped more than 5% in pre-market trading, recovering after two days of steep drops. Following the close of the markets August 19, shares of Netflix plunged to $96.88 over the next three…

Ecommerce and Social Media: Shopping In The Cloud

Ecommerce and Social Media: Shopping In The Cloud

Ecommerce and Social Media By 2018, retail ecommerce will reach nearly $2.5 trillion worldwide, according to eMarketer’s forecasts. Currently, China tops the ecommerce markets, followed closely by the US, the UK taking a distant third. With over 60% of consumers researching products online before making purchase decisions it’s no wonder online sales are climbing and unsurprising that ecommerce retailers are doing their best to make purchases happen online. In 2014, Social media sites with the…

Trends: Mobile Payment Apps Progressing

Trends: Mobile Payment Apps Progressing

Mobile Payment Apps Progressing Mobile payment solutions aren’t new, but they’ve only recently taken hold of the imagination of the mainstream market. In 2015, Forbes referenced a NerdWallet study to put together their list of best mobile payment systems, suggesting these solutions were still fairly niche, and found Breadcrumb, PayPal and Square leading the pack. Today, there’s a much broader range of mobile payment solutions available, and both small and large businesses are taking advantage…

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The Future Of Cloud Storage And Sharing…

The Future Of Cloud Storage And Sharing…

Box.net, Amazon Cloud Drive The online (or cloud) storage business has always been a really interesting industry. When we started Box in 2005, it was a somewhat untouchable category of technology, perceived to be a commodity service with low margins and little consumer willingness to pay. All three of these factors remain today, but with dropping storage costs, constantly improving bandwidth and computing performance, and consumers’ ever-growing personal digital libraries, online storage (profitable or otherwise)…

The Rise Of BI Data And How To Use It Effectively

The Rise Of BI Data And How To Use It Effectively

The Rise of BI Data Every few years, a new concept or technological development is introduced that drastically improves the business world as a whole. In 1983, the first commercially handheld mobile phone debuted and provided workers with an unprecedented amount of availability, leading to more productivity and profits. More recently, the Cloud has taken availability far beyond the simple act of voice-to-voice communication, allowing businesses to untether employees from their desks and give them…

Five Signs The Internet of Things Is About To Explode

Five Signs The Internet of Things Is About To Explode

The Internet of Things Is About To Explode By 2020, Gartner estimates that the Internet of Things (IoT) will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion worldwide. It’s an astoundingly large figure given that the sector barely existed three years ago. We are now rapidly evolving toward a world in which just about everything will become connected; where Web 1.0 was about computers connecting to their data and Web 2.0 was about people connecting to their…

6 Tech Predictions To Have A Major Impact In 2016

6 Tech Predictions To Have A Major Impact In 2016

6 Tech Predictions To Have A Major Impact The technology industry moves at a relentless pace, making it both exhilarating and unforgiving. For those at the forefront of innovation it is an incredibly exciting place to be, but what trends are we likely to see coming to the fore in 2016? Below are six predictions relating to Security, Big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) that will have a major impact on the technology…

Digital Transformation: Not Just For Large Enterprises Anymore

Digital Transformation: Not Just For Large Enterprises Anymore

Digital Transformation Digital transformation is the acceleration of business activities, processes, and operational models to fully embrace the changes and opportunities of digital technologies. The concept is not new; we’ve been talking about it in one way or another for decades: paperless office, BYOD, user experience, consumerization of IT – all of these were stepping stones along the path to digital transformation. Today, digital business transformation is driven by technology innovation and user/customer behavior. Technology…

Comparing Cloud Hosting Services

Comparing Cloud Hosting Services

Cloud Hosting Services Cloud hosting service providers are abundant and varied, with typical structures affording the reliability of virtual partitions, drawing resources externally; secure data centers; scalability and flexibility not limited by physical constraints; pay-per-use costing; and responsive load balancing for changing demands. While high end (and high price) services offer an extensive range of benefits, many users are more than satisfied with the low-end and low-cost services provided. (Image Source: Shutterstock) The Usual Suspects…

The Business of Security: Avoiding Risks

The Business of Security: Avoiding Risks

The Business of Security Security is one of those IT concerns that aren’t problematic until disaster strikes. It might be tomorrow, it could be next week or next year. The fact is that poor security leaves businesses wide open for data loss and theft. News outlets just skim the surface, but hackers cost business up to $575 billion each year. What’s concerning for CIOs is that risk assessment is placed solely on the IT department,…

10 Trending US Cities For Tech Jobs And Startups

10 Trending US Cities For Tech Jobs And Startups

10 Trending US Cities For Tech Jobs And Startups Traditionally actors headed for Hollywood while techies made a beeline for Silicon Valley. But times are changing, and with technological job opportunities expanding (Infographic), new hotspots are emerging that offer fantastic opportunities for tech jobs and startup companies in the industry. ZipRecruiter, an online recruitment and job finder business, has identified the top ten cities that are poised to become the new tech capitals of various US…

The Global Rise of Cloud Computing

The Global Rise of Cloud Computing

The Global Rise of Cloud Computing Despite the rapid growth of cloud computing, the cloud still commands a small portion of overall enterprise IT spending. Estimates I’ve seen put the percentage between 5% and 10% of the slightly more than $2 trillion (not including telco) spent worldwide in 2014 on enterprise IT. Yet growth projections for cloud remain healthy, and there is optimism in the air. A recent roundup of projections in Forbes paints the…

Internet Of Things – Industrial Robots And Virtual Monitoring

Internet Of Things – Industrial Robots And Virtual Monitoring

Internet Of Things – Industrial Robots And Virtual Monitoring One of the hottest topics in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the Internet of Things (IOT). According to the report of International Telecommunication Union (2012), “the Internet of things can be perceived as a vision with technological and societal implications. It is considered as a global infrastructure for the information society, enabling advanced services by interconnecting (physical and virtual) things based on existing and evolving…

Staying on Top of Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security Responsibilities

Staying on Top of Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security Responsibilities

Infrastructure-as-a-Service Security It’s no secret many organizations rely on popular cloud providers like Amazon and Microsoft for access to computing infrastructure. The many perks of cloud services, such as the ability to quickly scale resources without the upfront cost of buying physical servers, have helped build a multibillion-dollar cloud industry that continues to grow each year. Still, even though cloud has helped many companies, there are tradeoffs with cloud services such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) that…

The Fully Aware, Hybrid-Cloud Approach

The Fully Aware, Hybrid-Cloud Approach

Hybrid-Cloud Approach For over 20 years, organizations have been attempting to secure their networks and protect their data. However, have any of their efforts really improved security? Today we hear journalists and industry experts talk about the erosion of the perimeter. Some say it’s squishy, others say it’s spongy, and yet another claims it crunchy. Are they trying to say the perimeter is changing, or that the perimeter no longer exists? In the context of…

Don’t Be Intimidated By Data Governance

Don’t Be Intimidated By Data Governance

Data Governance Data governance, the understanding of the raw data of an organization is an area IT departments have historically viewed as a lose-lose proposition. Not doing anything means organizations run the risk of data loss, data breaches and data anarchy – no control, no oversight – the Wild West with IT is just hoping for the best. On the flipside, opening the hood and checking if policies or regulations are being respected means you…

Four Trends Driving Demand For Data Security In 2017

Four Trends Driving Demand For Data Security In 2017

Data Security Trends 2017 will be a hallmark year for security in the enterprise as all industries have reached a tipping point with respect to cloud and mobile adoption, forcing more and more data beyond the corporate firewall. Over 100 IT executives weighed in on their plans for 2017 in our latest survey; buried among the responses, we identified four trends that are expected to drive demand for data security in the next year. Many…

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises: It’s About More Than Just Dollars

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises: It’s About More Than Just Dollars

Cloud-Based Services vs. On-Premises The surface costs might give you pause, but the cost of diminishing your differentiators is far greater. Will a shift to the cloud save you money? Potential savings are historically the main business driver cited when companies move to the cloud, but it shouldn’t be viewed as a cost-saving exercise. There are many other compelling reasons to make the move, perhaps most importantly agility and scalability. A better question might be…

Are Cloud Solutions Secure Enough Out-of-the-box?

Are Cloud Solutions Secure Enough Out-of-the-box?

Out-of-the-box Cloud Solutions Although people may argue that data is not safe in the Cloud because using cloud infrastructure requires trusting another party to look after mission critical data, cloud services actually are more secure than legacy systems. In fact, a recent study on the state of cloud security in the enterprise market revealed that 64 percent of medium and large businesses believe cloud infrastructure is more secure than legacy systems. What factors contribute to…

Why Security Practitioners Need To Apply The 80-20 Rules To Data Security

Why Security Practitioners Need To Apply The 80-20 Rules To Data Security

The 80-20 Rule For Security Practitioners  Everyday we learn about yet another egregious data security breach, exposure of customer data or misuse of data. It begs the question why in this 21st century, as a security industry we cannot seem to secure our most valuable data assets when technology has surpassed our expectations in other regards. It’s getting worse: McKinsey in conjunction with the World Economic Forum have estimated that failing cyber security approaches could have…

How To Overcome Data Insecurity In The Cloud

How To Overcome Data Insecurity In The Cloud

Data Insecurity In The Cloud Today’s escalating attacks, vulnerabilities, breaches, and losses have cut deeply across organizations and captured the attention of, regulators, investors and most importantly customers. In many cases such incidents have completely eroded customer trust in a company, its services and its employees. The challenge of ensuring data security is far more complicated across public cloud models where there is shared ownership. As key business stakeholders in your company can you attest…

Beacons Flopped, But They’re About to Flourish in the Future

Beacons Flopped, But They’re About to Flourish in the Future

Cloud Beacons Flying High When Apple debuted cloud beacons in 2013, analysts predicted 250 million devices capable of serving as iBeacons would be found in the wild within weeks. A few months later, estimates put the figure at just 64,000, with 15 percent confined to Apple stores. Beacons didn’t proliferate as expected, but a few forward-thinking brands did dip their toes. Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, and Sephora deployed beacons to send in-store notifications. Tech-happy airline…