SURVEY: 7 Insights And Predictions From IDG’s 2015 Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey. Enterprises surveyed are predicting they will invest an average of $2.87M in cloud computing technologies in 2016. 90% of enterprises are relying on APIs in their cloud integration plans for 2016. 25% of total IT budgets will be allocated to cloud computing in 2016. Security continues to be the biggest challenge enterprises face in adopting cloud computing. Read the rest

STORAGE: Primary Storage Shifts To The Cloud. Hybrid cloud is popular, but slow WAN connections ultimately make it an interim step towards moving all stored data to public cloud. Many companies are planning a hybrid approach to the cloud where some computing and storage is in a public cloud and the rest, including much of their primary storage, is kept in-house in a private cloud. Hybrid clouds are just a stop-gap measure. The migration of storage — including primary storage — to the public cloud is inevitable. Read more

FEDERAL AGENCIES: How Open Source Can Bring Agencies to the Cloud. Cloud computing has fundamentally changed how the world works, innovates and connects .From businesses and governments to individuals, we are all finding ourselves interacting in new and meaningful ways. Yet, according to IDC, only 6 percent of federal government applications run in the cloud. Read more

GOOGLE: Google Hires VMware Co-founder Diane Greene as Cloud Chief, Aims for Enterprise Adoption. Diane Greene will oversee all of Google’s cloud businesses, including its Cloud Platform and Apps productivity suite. Greene, who has been on the company’s board of directors for three years, took the position as the technology giant agreed to acquire Bebop, a stealthy startup that she co-founded. In a blog post announcing the news, Google CEO Sundar Pichai called the company’s product “a new development platform that makes it easy to build and maintain enterprise applications.” Read more


RISK MANAGEMENT: Moody’s Warns Cyber Risks Could Impact Credit Ratings. Credit rating agency Moody’s Corp. warns that cyber defenses as well as breach detection, prevention and response will be higher priorities in its analysis of the creditworthiness of companies across all sectors, including healthcare and financial services. Read more

HIRING: OMB, OPM Chart Helps Agencies Identify Cyber Talent Gaps. With just five weeks to go before the deadline for civilian agencies to submit their job codes for specialty cyber roles, the Office of Management and Budget has added a resource chart to its MAX site to help organize cyber talent gaps as they are identified. Read more

CSO: Five Reasons Why Hackers Easily Get In. Vulnerable web application is just one of the great gifts left for hackers, as it significantly reduces their time, cost and efforts to get into corporate network. Why do companies fail to secure their web apps? Read more

STUDY: Financial Advisors Still Have a Long Way to Go on Cybersecurity. Since the infamous cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment a year ago, business leaders have noticed an increase in hacks both externally and internally, according to a survey conducted by the auditor PwC. Globally, the cost of cybercrime is estimated to be upwards of $385 billion and those attacks can and do happen in every type of industry, including financial services. Cyberattacks against financial advisors are growing and getting more sophisticated. A new white paper by External IT, which provides cloud computing to financial services companies, found that advisors are vulnerable in three areas. Find out more


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