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Akamai's State of the Internet/Security: Report Highlights the Importance of Information Sharing in Battle Against CyberThreats

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Akamai Technologies today announced the availability of the State of the Internet / Security: Carrier Insights Report for Spring 2018, which shows that sharing information is an important factor in helping to defend against cyber threats. The report analyzes data from more than 14 trillion DNS queries collected by Akamai between September 2017 and February 2018 from communications service provider (CSP) networks around the world.

For more than 19 years, Nominum, acquired by Akamai in 2017, has leveraged in-depth DNS data to improve overall protection against sophisticated cyberattacks such as distributed denial of service (DDoS), ransomware, trojans, and botnets. Akamai's Carrier Insight Report builds upon the Nominum expertise and highlights the effectiveness of DNS-based security that is enriched with data coming from other security layers. This layered security approach involves gathering various security solutions to collectively protect an organization's data.

"Siloed understanding of attacks against individual systems isn't enough for defenders to prepare for today's complicated threat landscape," said Yuriy Yuzifovich, Director of Data Science, Threat Intelligence, Akamai. "Communicating with varying platforms is critical when acquiring knowledge across teams, systems and data sets. We believe that the DNS queries that our service provides act as a strategic component to arming security teams with the proper data necessary for that big picture view of the threat landscape."

Netwrix Survey: 69% of Healthcare Providers Plan to Move More Data to the Cloud, Disregarding Insider Threat

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Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for data security and risk mitigation in hybrid environments, today released the 2018 Netwrix Cloud Security: In-Depth Report for Healthcare infographics. The infographics provide an industry perspective into the healthcare sector's use of cloud technology and assessment of the risks associated with cloud migration. 

The report reveals that most healthcare providers store sensitive data, such as electronic protected health information (ePHI), personally identifiable information (PII) and financial data, in the cloud, yet only a few of them have pervasive visibility into who is accessing that data.

The key findings include:

Research Highlights the Importance of Cloud-Specific Security Capabilities

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Barracuda Networks, Inc., a provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions, today released "Firewalls and the Cloud," a survey of IT professionals responsible for cloud environments. This survey, which is comprised of data collected from over 600 respondents from around the world, provides an overview of experiences and attitudes in regards to cloud security. In order to accomplish this, a wide range of questions on the current state of security in the cloud were sent to participants who were identified as having security responsibility in environments with significant cloud investments.

Key Findings Include:

The cloud is redefining the role of the firewall

An overwhelming 83 percent of respondents have concerns about deploying traditional firewalls in the cloud, with 39 percent naming "pricing and licensing not appropriate for the cloud," and 34 percent citing "lack of integration prevents cloud automation" as their top two concerns.  ​

eG Innovations & DABCC Announce Findings from 2018 Citrix Migration Survey

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eG Innovations, the leading IT performance management software provider, today announced results from its 2018 Citrix Migration Survey. The industry survey, jointly conducted by eG Innovations and virtualization and cloud news and support website, DABCC, Inc., explores the status of organizations' migration to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x from previous versions, in order to better understand the associated plans, challenges and performance expectations from Citrix professionals. With 795 respondents representing all major industries and IT roles, the survey results offer unique insights, trend analysis and predictions that are useful for any IT professional undertaking this impactful technology transition.

Citrix's desktop and application virtualization solutions are supporting IT service delivery to millions of enterprise users around the globe and a migration to the newest version of Citrix products is a significant technology upgrade that introduces major architectural changes and adds several new functionality improvements.

"Citrix offers a complete solution for securely and cost-effectively delivering application and desktops to the enterprise, but the migration to 7.x has presented some significant operational challenges to Citrix customers," said George Spiers, 2018 Citrix Technology Professional Awardee and EUC Architect. "The benefits of upgrading are substantial, but migration has been slow until last year, in part due to the major redeployment effort that the upgrade requires, and also due to some key feature gaps between XenApp 6.x and 7.x. Citrix has closed many of these gaps over the past two years, and this has enabled organizations to fully plan their upgrades for 2018."

Key Findings: Migration to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x

Cloud-Native Early Adopters Gain Digital Dexterity, Innovation and Customer Experience Advantages

A select group of communications and media providers are rapidly adopting cloud-native technologies in order to obtain the agility and continuous innovation needed to meet the digital experience benchmark set by digital disruptors.  However, most service providers are moving slower, hindered by legacy technology, culture and processes, as well as the challenges of managing both legacy and cloud native systems in a hybrid, combined environment. While the move to cloud native systems is visible across the industry, mainstream adoption is unlikely before 2022. The laggards will find it challenging to close the early leads established by the fast movers.

These are part of the findings from an Amdocs-commissioned global study of leading communications and media companies by Analysys Mason, a global consultancy and research firm specializing in telecoms, media and technology. The results are based on in-depth discussions with senior executives of the surveyed companies.

"Communications and media providers are following the initial lead of web-scale software companies such as Amazon and Netflix in adopting cloud computing, DevOps practices, and cloud-native software architecture," said Dr. Mark H Mortensen, research director of digital transformation at Analysys Mason. "What we see from the survey is that this is mostly being driven by the need to boost agility and innovation. Even though full transition is almost a decade away, those providers who can bring these technologies into their everyday operations quickly will secure the strongest competitive advantages."

Poor Security Practices Put Cloud-Driven Business Growth and Cost Savings at Risk

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According to new research from Kaspersky Lab, 35 percent of businesses admit that they are unsure if certain pieces of corporate information are stored on company servers or on those of their cloud providers. Businesses are rapidly adopting cloud-based services to leverage cost savings, but the new report shows that this is leaving them unable to safeguard and account for business data, which puts them at risk to the effects of a potential third-party data breach.

Cloud services are enabling companies to take advantage of key technologies to support day-to-day operations and growth plans - without having to worry about maintenance or a hefty price tag. Therefore, it's no surprise that 78 percent of businesses are already using at least one Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based platform, and nearly the same amount (75%) are also planning to move more applications to the cloud in the future. When it comes to Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), nearly half (49%) of enterprises and 45 percent of SMBs are looking to outsource IT infrastructure and processes to third-parties.

 

Global Survey Finds Cloud Foundry Application Runtime Cuts Development Cycles, Improves Flexibility and Saves Money

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The Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry-standard platform for cloud applications, released its first semi-annual User Survey whose findings show Cloud Foundry Application Runtime usage among developers grew across industries and across the globe - especially at large organizations. Respondents also noted that Cloud Foundry Application Runtime increased developer productivity by 3X, by cutting time needed for development cycles, also improving flexibility and saving money.

"Cloud Foundry Application Runtime is the game changer developers were waiting for - it makes it easier to create and continuously deploy applications," said Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation. "Giving developers an easy-to-use runtime provides them the control and flexibility to use the tools they want to build effortlessly, and ultimately saves their employer money."

Cloud Foundry Application Runtime is a mature and growing cloud application platform used by large enterprises to develop and deploy cloud-native applications, saving them significant amounts of time and resources. Enterprises benefit from the consistency of Cloud Foundry Application Runtime across a variety of distributions of the platform, thanks to a certified provider program. 
 

NVMe will replace traditional flash, not just co-exist with it, says majority of IT respondents in new European study

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Recent research carried out by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), a leading IT research, analysis, and strategy firm, and sponsored by storage innovators including Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined block storage, has revealed that:

  • Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) flash is expected to eventually replace traditional flash storage by 87% of European IT professionals whose organizations are currently using or considering NVMe technology (60% of all respondents).
  • Almost 60% of organizations have begun to implement a Software-Defined Storage (SDS) solution or are committed to it as a long-term strategy.
  • Business intelligence/data analytics, digital media, collaboration and Internet-of-Things (IoT), are most responsible for storage capacity growth today, with eCommerce, and social networking data not far behind.
  • Over half of organizations are likely to consider purchasing their storage infrastructure from a startup, a reversal of longstanding perceptions.

2nd Watch Survey: AWS Users Plan to Increase Spending on Cloud-native Services in 2017

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2nd Watch has completed a survey of 1,000 IT and business executives in the United States. The survey, which ran online in March and targeted companies of at least 1,000 employees, focused on the use of cloud-native AWS services such as Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Aurora, Amazon DynamoDB and AWS Lambda.

A key takeaway from the survey was that companies are planning to spend more money on those AWS cloud native services in 2017 than they did last year. According to the survey results, 35 percent of respondents said they plan to spend 10-20 percent more on these services this year than last, while 13 percent said they would spend 21-30 percent more. The ramp-up in spending is occurring as companies are realizing the value of previous investments in cloud-related products and services. Thirty-six percent of survey respondents said they are gaining their expected return-on-investment from the use of cloud services, and another 30 percent said they had not yet achieved their anticipated ROI but soon would.

Survey Shows More than 50 Percent of Businesses Not Leveraging Public Cloud

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While more than 50 percent of respondents are not currently leveraging public cloud, 80 percent plan on migrating more within the next year, according to a new study conducted by TriCore Solutions, the application management experts. As new streams of data are continuing to appear, from mobile apps to artificial intelligence, companies in the future will rely heavily on cloud and digital transformation to minimize complexity.

The study is based on survey results from more than 200 industry professionals. The research outlines businesses state of operations, biggest changes expected and greatest needs for the digital age. Today’s CIO understands the delicate balance between managing for today’s demands and preparing for the technology solutions of tomorrow.

Here are some key results from the survey: