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Just kidding…partially.  Have you seen the latest 2011 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report?  It is chock full of data about breaches, vulnerabilities, industry demographics, threats and all the other internet security terms that make the headlines.  It is an interesting view into cybercrime and like last year, there is also information and analysis from the US Secret Service, who arrested more than 1200 cybercrime suspects in 2010.  One very interesting note from the Executive Summary is that while the total number of records compromised has steadily gone down – ‘08: 361 million, ‘09: 144 million, ‘10: 4 million – the case loads for cybercrime is at an all time high – 141 breaches in 2009 to a whopping 760 in 2010.  One reason may be is that the criminals themselves are doing the time-honored ‘risk vs. reward’ scenario when determining their bounty.  Hey, ju... (more)

Anup Ghosh on Cybersecurity in 2012: Let’s break the security insanity cycle

Editor’s note: the post below by Anup Ghosh first appeared on the Invincea blog and is republished here with the author’s permission. bg Prediction 2012: Hackers Will Find New Fertile Ground to Pharm Posted by Anup Ghosh on November 29, 2011 Invincea is on record that the year 2011 will go down as the year the fundamental underpinnings of Internet security fell. In fact, it is the bloodiest year on record for Internet security. Not only did we witness compromises of Certificate Authorities to forge digital certificates, the compromise of the market-leading two-factor authentication product, and SSL, but also the rise of the Hacktivist in taking down major corporations publicly. Once again, it’s that time of year where we not only reflect on the year behind us, but also contemplate what the future holds. The 2011 List In thinking about 2012, it’s worth a look-back to ... (more)

An Exclusive Interview with Oracle, Cloud Expo 2010 Diamond Sponsor

Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo "We believe that cloud is an important trend that we will support. We have two objectives. The first is to ensure that cloud computing is fully enterprise grade, meaning high performance, scalability, reliability, availability, security and standards-based for portability and interoperability. Second, we will support both public and private cloud computing in order to give customers choice," says Richard Sarwal, SVP Product Development for Oracle Enterprise Manager - and upcoming Keynote Speaker at SYS-CON's 5th International Cloud Computing Expo - in this Exclusive Q&A with Cloud Computing Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Cloud Computing Journal: Oracle played a pioneering role in making Grid Computing relevant to enterprises - I'm thinking of Oracle Real Applications ... (more)

ParaScale Cloud Computing Predictions for 2010

ParaScale Session at Cloud Expo In 2009 users were presented with a lot of choice, especially with cloud computing and cloud storage. Two primary trends were evident including the arrival of private cloud storage options with increasing choices for businesses looking to deploy their own storage clouds inside the firewall; and a rapid proliferation of public cloud storage service options with many service providers coming to market with varied offerings. Tweet this: #ParaScale announces predictions for #cloud storage http://bit.ly/7Oys93 2010 promises to bring with it even more excitement and advances in cloud computing and storage. Sajai Krishnan, CEO of ParaScale, predicts that in 2010:   Cloud becomes an action verb – We’ve already seen “Cloud” taken to new heights as an overused adjective and noun. In 2010, marketers will out-do themselves by clouding the la... (more)

‘Save MySQL from Oracle’ Petition Collects 13,600+ Signatures So Far

MySQL Journal on Ulitzer MySQL creator Monty Widenius’ petition to stop Oracle from getting the MySQL open source database along with Sun Microsystems had collected more than 13,600 signatures on Sunday, the day before Widenius has promised to start circulating the results to “regulators, governmental bodies, parliaments and journalists.” Widenius is also hoping to get regulators besides the European Commission investigating the proposed merger. He has refused to identify which regulators he means. According to its self-imposed deadline the EC has until January 27 to decide whether to wave the deal through or not although Oracle has broadly hinted that it has the EC’s approval in its pocket. Widenius claims Oracle’s acquisition of MySQL would be a conflict of interest and that the undertakings Oracle gave to the EC about MySQL a few weeks ago to nudge it into appr... (more)

Glide's Cloud Computing OS at CES 2010

Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Glide is launching a powerful operating system for the Google Chrome browser. It is available for install today at http://www.GlideLife.com. Glide effectively transforms Google Chrome from a standard browser into an OS with a rich application suite and 20GBs of free storage. Glide equips Google Chrome with file synchronization and automated file format translation to speak with multiple remote Windows, Mac and Linux desktops and all mobile platforms, web content capture, a rights based file management system to manage data across desktops and mobile devices, a word processor, presentation app, spreadsheet, photo editor, email client, online meeting app, drawing tool, web publishing app, contact manager, calendar and much more.   “Glide inserts an operating system and an unusually rich suite of productivity and collabor... (more)

If You Know C#, You Know Windows Azure Storage

Azure Session at Cloud Expo I have been using Gladinet Cloud Desktop to manage files on the Azure Blob Storage for a while now. It has a drive letter, accessible from Windows Explorer and it works just like another network drive on my PC. However, just like when you are driving a car on a daily basis but sometimes still curious about what is under the hood and check the oil level on weekends, I am curious about how Azure Storage works. To dive into the Azure Storage, you will need the Azure SDK (Nov 2009 Release) to work with Visual Studio 2005 or VS08. VS 2010 will have Azure SDK built in. First, you will need to have some basic knowledge about the Azure Blob Storage. As shown in the following picture, Each Windows Live ID (Master Azure Account) can have multiple projects (Accounts). Each Account has multiple containers. Each containers may have multiple Blobs. Ea... (more)

SOA, SaaS, and Cloud Computing

(London, 11 February 2010) Cloud Computing and its profound impact on European ISVs and the software development community will be a major focus at the third European ISV Convention, run by IT Europa and being held at The Tower Hotel, London on 25th February 2010. "ISVs and Software Developers have been reeling over the last few years adapting to SOA methodologies of product development and SaaS delivery and business models," said John Chapman, Content Director of the European ISV Convention 2010. "However, now as they start to absorb the implications of Cloud Computing they are rapidly revisiting their business strategy and radically rethinking their go to market plans." At the European ISV Convention 2010 major organisations involved in Cloud Computing like IBM, Microsoft, Flexera, Ness Technologies, Azlan, Mitel, Cisco, Motorola and the Software and Information I... (more)

2009: The Year IT Management Morphed

The year 2009 was not just a year in which the Great Recession played out in the IT industry. It was also a year in which IT management tech underwent an image makeover. Discussion of IT management capabilities such as automation and service delivery were raised to new levels around adopting virtualization, cloud computing and other emerging technologies. Aside from big tech players, some unexpected vendors moved more deeply into the IT management game last year. And through acquisitions, alliances and product advancements, companies such as Cisco, EMC, Microsoft and VMware brought management capabilities into larger strategic announcements. The common theme was that they realized there’s money to be made in providing intelligent controls for advanced IT environments. I recently had a chance to review some of the big IT management moments during 2009. Let’s go over... (more)

Impetus Technologies to Sponsor and Present at Cloud Expo

Impetus Session at Cloud Expo Impetus Technologies, developers of innovative and award winning software products, have announced that they are sponsoring the 5th International Cloud Expo to be held on April 19-21, 2010 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Impetus has built extensive expertise in various cloud computing services such as Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service and has developed best practices for developing new applications for and migrating legacy applications to cloud infrastructures. Impetus offers architectural advisory, design, development and testing services. Impetus has proven expertise in large data solutions including open source Hadoop and proprietary solution consultancy, tuning, and deployments on Cloud. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Vineet Tyagi... (more)

Cloud Computing and the Horseless Carriage Syndrome

Despite our recent(ish) blog post bashing Microsoft’s cloud initiatives, there’s a nugget of brilliance in “The Economics of The Cloud,” a recent paper published by Rolf Harms and Michael Yamartino, head corporate strategists at Microsoft. It’s a good paper, but the brilliance is in the opening metaphor:   When cars emerged in the early 20th century, they were initially called horseless carriages. Understandably, people were skeptical at first, and they viewed the invention through the lens of the paradigm that had been dominant for centuries: the horse and carriage. The first cars also looked very similar to the horse and carriage (just without the horse), as engineers initially failed to understand the new possibilities of the new paradigm, such as building for higher speeds, or greater safety. Incredibly, engineers kept designing the whip holder into the early ... (more)