Every Friday here on In The Personal Cloud we’ll be presenting a roundup of links highlighting popular and rising news stories from the world of the cloud and online security. Everything from news regarding hacking and how to be secure to advancements in the field of cloud computing. Stay tuned to In The Personal Cloud each Friday to remain up to date on everything you need to know.
Americans less concerned about Internet security – As of a May 9th report, more Americans found themselves more concerned with national security and financial security than they did with Internet security. In fact, only 39% of those surveyed admitted to being “seriously concerned” with their computer’s security compared to 48% of those polled last year. [FierceGovernmentIT]
Dot-Music, Dot-Sport and (Security Experts Hope) Dot-Secure – At this very moment, there are only 22 familiar top-level domains (.com, .org., .net, etc.). ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is currently taking applications for hundreds if not thousands more i.e. .secure, .sport, .travel. Will this help curb cyber scams, or will it create an online registry war between cyber squatters and legitimate businesses. [Bits]
Companies less wary of personal devices at work-Cisco – A recent study shows that IT departments seem to be less bothered by the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend that started off a bit spiteful, but has quickly become the norm. Some employees are even willing to pay quite the premium to use their personal device over a work issued one. [Orlando Sentinel]
Business trips abroad could endanger your data – We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. If it seems suspicious, it probably is. The FBI recently issued a warning to Americans traveling abroad to be very careful about their Internet connections while staying in hotels. If you get pop ups or find yourself coming across arbitrary links, you might have some very malicious malware knocking on your door. Don’t answer. [Reuters]
Cloud Computing a Game Changer for Your Company? 5 Questions to Ponder – To cloud or not to cloud, that is the question. Sort of. Rather, how much cloud does my business need would be more accurate. For those still tiptoeing towards the revolution, here are 5 fundamental questions to ponder before your transition can potentially do more harm than good. [FORBES]
Cloud Computing and Mobile Processing Saves Small Business – With all this talk about the benefits of cloud computing, many seem to have glossed over the cloud’s ability to help recover data just as efficiently as it stores it. Virtual servers leverage the power of the entire infrastructure as opposed to being dependent on any particular hardware. In short, if something happens to your location or any physical infrastructure, it still might be available somewhere else, waiting to pick up where you left off. [Forbes]
Clouds with a silver lining – One day, you’ll gather the grandchildren around you and tell them wondrous tales of life before cloud computing and how you used to transfer information from one computer to another via various storage devices. They will simply smile and nod at one more story of an obsolete technology due to the inevitable evolution of Google, Microsoft, DropBox, and Sugar Sync’s latest forays into cloud computing. [The Age]