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.
Commentary: Shifting the balance – Privacy or security. The debate rages on both the consumer level and on the legislative level. Blogger Lloyd Miller lays out all the cards in his editorial about his own personal cyber victimization and how the recently panned bills SOPA and PIPA could have saved his company’s reputation. [The Washington Post]
White House unveils broad, multi pronged effort to combat botnets – It’s not quite the assembly Marvel’s Avengers made recently in movie theaters, but it’s a start. The White House unveiled a 9 entity group entitled the Industry Botnet Group (IBG) to help combat botnets. What’s a botnet? In short, when a group of computers are compromised by malware and are then used to do cyber criminal bidding. [Government Security News]
Internet safe zone not ‘bulletproof’ – We recently reported on a group of security specialists known as Artemis Internet that founded the company on their promise to deliver a “more trustworthy Internet.” To catch those who might be unfamiliar up, Artemis will be hosting the domain name ‘.secure’ and building in stringent security standards from the ground up. Seems like a great idea right? Except for the fact that it’s highly probable that hackers from all walks will take it as a personal challenge to break into a .secure domain name. [ZDNet]
4 Causes of Cloud Bill Shock – So your company has done it. They’ve made the transition into the cloud. The biggest selling point? The bottom line. But what’s this? Your monthly bill is now actually higher? Don’t panic. This article highlights 4 common mistakes companies first making the plunge make and how to avoid spending more money than you need to. [InformationWeek]
What is this thing called ‘cloud’? – It might seem a little peculiar to be asking what exactly is the ‘cloud’ at this point right? Well, in a recent survey conducted in Australia, a surprising amount of businesses had never even heard of the term. Further, many are still operating under the early myths of cloud computing and didn’t know or think their business had anything to gain by making the transition. [The Sydney Morning Herald]
‘Europe two years later’ to the US cloud party – Looks like all of Europe may be showing up fashionably late to the cloud computing party. Why? Privacy, security, and the very publicized economic meltdown. [The Register]