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.
Hacked companies fight back with controversial steps – We’ve heard of people seeking revenge, but companies? Turns out that the number of companies who have been hacked and continue to be so is growing…and so are the number of companies who are taking matters into their own hands. If the law can’t bring them justice, maybe going after the hackers themselves will. [Reuters]
Preventing Cybercrime: Not Worth the Effort? – The majority of cybercrime prevention is usually spent on trying to protect and recover from known threats, whereas the minority if any is spent going after the culprits. In a recently released document summarizing the findings of a study conducted by the UK Ministry of Defense, chasing down the culprits might actually be more economical. [ieee spectrum]
Shortage of cyber security experts in the US: Symantec – We’ve already brought you several articles highlighting the global lack of cloud computing expertise, but we haven’t yet brought you a story concerning the lack of cybersecurity experts worldwide. This article highlights the shrinking trend in not just cyber security training programs, but in the math and science programs overall. [Technology Spectator]
Social Networks and Personal Data Can Be a Costly Mix – How much personal information about you is out there, and how much of it can be used to access what’s not out there? Sara Palin had her email exposed by someone using publicly-available information to crack her password. This article highlights several tips to keep yourself, as always, from being an easy target. [SysCon]
Cloud Computing vs. Hurricanes: Disaster Recovery Done Right – So you’re still using local backup huh? Backing up to a hard disk perhaps and then keeping that copy someplace in or near the office? Well in case you’ve forgotten, mother nature never tends to be quite so surgical with her wrath. In fact, hurricanes in particular can leave entire regions in ruins, and if you chose to keep your local backup anywhere near where your office used to be, your entire business could be left in shambles as well. [Talkin Cloud]
How free file sharing services are used by BYOD employees – Bring your own device or BYOD is a rising trend that has been embraced by the workforce and that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Further, how many of these employees use free third party services to either access work documents or pass them along to each other or to clients? This article and infographic takes an interesting look at just what percentage of the workforce does this and how their IT departments are coping. [ZDNet]