Cloud-Based Services

SMB cloud security spending to continue growth

Small and midsize businesses will continue implementing cloud services, perhaps jumping to a quarter of all security spending by 2016, according to a soon-to-be-released report.

RSA Conference 2012: Embrace, don't fear, the cloud

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Given the cost benefits, security pros likely can do little to stop their organization from migrating to the cloud. That's why they must do all they can to control the risk.

Don't forget cloud availability

Don't forget cloud availability

As cloud computing evolves, security strategies must address load, perimeter and behind-the-firewall protection, as well as availability.

Symantec extends cloud offerings

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Symantec has acquired LiveOffice, a privately held cloud-based archiving provider, for approximately $115 million.

Apple releases OS X, iOS, Safari updates

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Apple on Wednesday issued much-anticipated updates for its Mac OS X and iOS mobile operating system, adding support for its new iCloud service, and fixing a bevy of security flaws.

What iCloud means to enterprise IT

What iCloud means to enterprise IT

When Steve Jobs announced iCloud at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, many in enterprise IT dismissed the broader relevance of consumer cloud services, but they do so at their peril.

Criminals abusing Amazon cloud to spread SpyEye

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Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) is being used to host malicious sites distributing the nefarious banking trojan.

Nonprofit will publish how providers secure cloud

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The Cloud Security Alliance is planning to develop and maintain a public registry documenting the security controls that exist in various cloud computing offerings.

Safety in the cloud: Cloud-based services

Safety in the cloud: Cloud-based services

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With more organizations hesitant to entrust their sensitive data to the cloud and a handful of high-profile breaches, providers are augmenting their protections capabilities.

Amazon cloud failure highlights customer responsibility

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Amazon's outage should serve as a reminder that relying on the cloud for server space can have a business impact if something goes amiss.

Skills in demand: Cloud technologies

Skills in demand: Cloud technologies

Cloud/security knowledge is in demand within such professions as network engineer, solutions architect, sales engineers and sales manager.

Fed IT plan heads to Capitol Hill

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A plan aimed at streamlining efficiencies in the federal government's use of IT technologies is making its way toward a hearing on Capitol Hill on April 12.

The end of the endpoint

The end of the endpoint

The rapid shift in technology requires a major re-think of how we deploy security.

Letting go and keeping control: Beyond the PC and data center

Letting go and keeping control: Beyond the PC and data center

Attackers - whether motivated by financial gain or a terrorist agenda - are changing their game and sharpening their focus.

RSA Conference study to reveal cloud frustration

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Security practitioners are working to safeguard cloud computing environments but believe they need more education and training, according to a soon-to-be released study conducted by analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.

Sourcefire picks up Immunent for $21 million

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Network security provider Sourcefire on Wednesday announced the acquisition of cloud-based anti-malware start-up Immunent for $21 million. The acquisition expands Sourcefire's portfolio by adding a cloud platform for the delivery of malware protection and extending the company's existing intrusion detection and prevention technologies into the cloud. Immunent, founded in July 2008, serves more than 750,000 users in 192 countries. Sourcefire will retain all full-time Immunent employees, including founders Oliver Friedrichs, Alfred Huger and Adam O'Donnell. - AM

Dell to acquire SecureWorks

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Dell announced on Tuesday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SecureWorks, an Atlanta-based information security service provider.

Small businesses not taking advantage of cloud offerings

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Less than half of Canada's small businesses use cloud-based computing services, according to a new survey.

Webroot acquires anti-malware provider Prevx

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Internet security firm Webroot on Monday announced that it has acquired cloud-based, anti-malware solutions provider Prevx for an undisclosed sum. U.K.-based Prevx uses behavior-based malware detection to protect consumer and business customers from malware, including zero-day exploits. Boulder, Colo.-based Webroot plans to integrate Prevx's technology into its cloud security services. This is the second cloud acquisition Webroot has made this year, after picking up website classification company BrightCloud in July. — AM

CA continues cloud buying spree with $200 mil Arcot buy

CA continues cloud buying spree with $200 mil Arcot buy

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Continuing its cloud computing buying spree, IT management software provider CA Technologies announced Monday that it plans to acquire authentication solutions provider Arcot for $200 million.

Cloudy and a chance of threats

Cloudy and a chance of threats

Adopting cloud-based services gives organizations many benefits, but it also opens them up to many risks and vulnerabilities, says Fortinet's Anthony James.

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