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Keeping Safe with Cloud Security as a Service

The cloud computing paradigm has introduced the concept of obtaining various components of an IT environment as a service. Using offerings such as software as a service (SaaS), organizations can add substantial functionality and flexibility to their IT resources without capital expenditures on hardware or hiring support personnel. 

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Your Best Options When Migrating Databases to the Cloud

The benefits of migrating IT systems to the cloud are well-documented. Enhanced flexibility and cost savings are two of the advantages enjoyed by organizations when moving part of their computing environment to the cloud. Gartner estimates that the worldwide public cloud market will top $266 billion in 2020 and will continue to exhibit substantial growth in the next several years. 

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Cloud Deployments Can Be Safe

As businesses and individuals move their operations to the cloud, it is becoming clearer each day that security and safety are two critical factors in any cloud deployment. With the right deployment strategy in place, spiraling costs can be avoided while moving applications and data from on-site storage or from one cloud to another. The biggest challenge has always been moving to the cloud without a proper strategy but rather as a knee-jerk reaction to a promised low cost by different vendors. One of such failure to plan can be seen from back in 2011 when the Cloud First policy was announced by the Obama administration. The announcement saw many companies and individuals moving their applications and data without taking into account various aspects of the cloud in comparison with on-site storage or comparing one cloud with another.

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How the Cloud is Helping to Fight COVID-19 

The global pandemic has affected virtually everyone on the planet and shows no signs of fading away anytime soon. As the world struggles to cope with the deadly virus and its impact on society, cloud providers are stepping up with innovative ways to use their technological resources to assist in a variety of ways. Here’s a sampling of how the cloud is being used to address the many problems being caused by the coronavirus.

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How the Cloud Can Facilitate Social Distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced society to adopt radical methods as the world’s population struggles to stem the spread of the disease. The highly communicable and easily transmitted virus has led to the practice of social distancing being employed in many countries across the globe. It is our best defense against the coronavirus until treatments or a vaccine are developed.

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The Increased Use of the Cloud in the Healthcare Industry

Cloud computing has impacted many areas of society and the business world. In some cases, the benefits that organizations realize by using cloud services are transparent to the majority of the population. Most people are not overly concerned with how an organization designs its infrastructure unless they are directly affected by it. One industry that everyone interacts with at one time or another is healthcare. 

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Seeing 2020 From a Cloud Perspective

Adoption numbers continue to increase steadily for cloud technology. To this end, Gartner recently predicted the public cloud market will grow 17 percent in 2020 to a total of $266.4 billion, up from $227.8 billion in 2019. The research and advisory firm also pointed out that because public cloud is now considered mainstream, the expectations for the outcomes associated with such investments are also higher.

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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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