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The Growing Risk of Cybersecurity Threats in the Cloud

The IT world continues to migrate more of its workflow to cloud providers and there is no indication that this pattern will slow down anytime soon. A cloud presence presents a new avenue through which a corporation’s data resources can be attacked by cybercriminals. While some of the risks are essentially the same as with an on-premises data center, there are additional factors that need to be considered when cloud instances are in play.

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Misconfigured IaaS Implementations Results in Vulnerable Systems

According to research by the Gartner Group, the worldwide public cloud services market is expected to grow to over $266 billion in 2020. This represents a 17% increase compared to spending in 2019. While software as a service (SaaS) is the largest market segment, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is growing faster than any other component of the cloud computing paradigm. It is expected to reach $50 billion in 2020 with 24% yearly growth. These numbers illustrate the fact that many enterprises are trusting their infrastructure with public cloud providers.

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Data Leaking from Clouds Needs to be Stopped

Poorly configured cloud environments are proving to be the source of data breaches and leaks. This raises serious concerns for companies that have migrated their operations to the cloud. The number of leaks has increased significantly over the past few years, while the potential impact that they pose to organizations also has risen. Sadly, many of these leaks end up going unnoticed depending on the size of the party affected or the sensitivity of data leaked. Over the past few years, some organizations such as Facebook among others, have had data subjected to potential abuse due to misconfiguration issues.

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Ransomware Attacks Extend to the Cloud

Malware is not a new phenomenon in the computing world. Viruses, trojans, and other forms of malicious software have been around at least since personal computers started popping up on users’ desks. It’s the reason that antivirus software is recommended for all systems and why you should never open a suspicious file or email attachment. Doing so risks infection by damaging software hidden in the downloaded files.

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A Multi-CDN Strategy

Implementing a multi-CDN is spreading a site’s content across multiple CDN providers. Once upon a time this was a strategy that was typically only found at larger enterprises. However, a multi-CDN strategy is now common among businesses of all sizes. Multiple CDNs provide the obvious benefit of delivering content beyond a single point of failure. So, what’s the best approach to building resiliency into your content streams? In this article I’ll cover some common multi-CDN options.

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Planning is the Key to a Successful Cloud Migration

Many benefits can be obtained when companies take advantage of cloud computing. Among the most attractive are the scalability and cost-effectiveness available by engaging public cloud providers. The flexibility afforded by using cloud resources enables an enterprise to pay for what they need and easily add or remove capacity as required. Another reason for using the cloud is to leverage services or capabilities that cannot be replicated on-premises due to a lack of technical or physical resources.

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The Artificial Intelligence Capabilities of the Cloud

Cloud computing presents organizations with many options with which to increase the capacity of their on-premises systems or introduce new solutions beyond their in-house capability to implement. Cloud providers are making cutting-edge technology available to anyone willing to pay for it. The cloud paradigm has gone a long way toward leveling the playing field when it comes to making efficient use of innovative computing methods. 

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Hybrid Cloud Solutions are Becoming Increasingly Popular

An entity defined as a hybrid implies that it is a combination of at least two distinct components. In the world of cloud computing, the term hybrid cloud is often used to describe various types of implementations. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines a hybrid cloud as one composed of two or more cloud infrastructures that enable data and application portability through the use of standardized or proprietary technology. 

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Working with Multiple Clouds

Multiple cloud or multicloud is a system used by organizations where more than one cloud vendor is used. One of the most widely cited benefits is avoiding vendor lock-in. This moves the power of leverage from the vendor to the company. When workloads are designed for multiple providers upfront, developers can create applications that work across multiple providers. This approach in theory makes it much easier to move between cloud providers for the multitude of reasons a company might change course.

Adoption to the cloud at this point is very well established, but IT departments still must ask what, how much and from who? Before going on it’s worth mentioning the difference between multicloud and hybrid cloud. Hybrid is the combination of a private and public cloud infrastructure that uses tools to deploy workloads and manage the balance between the two. Multicloud has a more strategic approach from a business and IT management perspective. Multicloud generally involves cloud-native applications built from containers that span different vendors.

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Clouds Have Lots of Benefits but They Can Come at Unexpected Costs

The rise of cloud computing has without a doubt changed the way that we deploy software and store data for our businesses, and certainly for the best. Generally, cloud computing offers advantages compared to on-premise storage and infrastructure. Some of the advantages include scalability, fast deployment of applications and others. Despite the merits, it does not mean that adopting the cloud option solves all your problems and situations. Before jumping your business to the cloud computing bandwagon by moving your software and information assets, it is only right that you do a thorough assessment to ascertain whether the cloud is the best alternative for your data or not. It is also important that you find out whether it suits all of your workloads.

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