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Businesses need greater understanding of cloud data security responsibility

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There's been a major increase in cloud adoption because of COVID-19, but there's also widespread misconception surrounding responsibility for backup and recovery of data in the cloud and a lack of confidence in the security of data held by public cloud service providers.

A new report from Arcserve company StorageCraft shows 47 percent of respondents accelerated adoption of cloud services for data management, 59 percent confirmed increased use of cloud backup services, 56 percent increased the use of the cloud for IT infrastructure (IaaS), and 39 percent increasingly rely on cloud services for data recovery.

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Cloud workloads increase but security concerns remain

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A new study from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and cloud security company AlgoSec finds that over half of organizations are running 41 percent or more of their workloads in public clouds, compared to just a quarter in 2019.

But 11 percent of respondents have reported a cloud security incident in the past year with the three most common causes being cloud provider issues (26 percent), security misconfigurations (22 percent), and attacks like denial of service exploits (20 percent).

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Need stability, scalability, high availability, and control? Here is how Atlassian Data Center can help

In February 2021, Atlassian Server officially retired and this means organizations can no longer buy new Atlassian (Core) Server licenses (such as Jira, Confluence BitBucket, JSM) as the product has now reached end-of-life (EOL). While customers can still upgrade or downgrade their Server licenses and maintenance, support will continue to be available for the next three years, and Server customers can continue to purchase additional functionality and apps via the Atlassian Marketplace. Atlassian’s ultimate goal is to move customers either to its Atlassian SaaS product or to Atlassian Data Center (allowing customers  to host where they want).

Those organizations unable to move to a cloud environment (SaaS), or those who want to take a slower transition to the cloud, either because of IP issues or because they work in highly regulated industries, should seriously consider a move to Atlassian Data Center. This not only provides high levels of stability, scalability and high availability, it enables IT teams to maintain control, stay abreast of ever-increasing demands and more effectively plan ahead.

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Applying a hybrid working model to your cloud strategy [Q&A]


The shift brought about by the pandemic has accelerated many companies’ plans to move to the cloud. But all migrations come with some risk and rushing them through may be storing up problems for the future.

A successful hybrid strategy can help in avoiding these issues. We spoke to Arcserve's backup, DR, and ransomware protection evangelist Sam Roguine to find out about the potential risks of rushed cloud migrations -- like security gaps and missing data -- and how IT leaders can address them.

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40 percent of SaaS app users have lost data

In the last year especially, many businesses have turned to SaaS applications in order to aid remote working. But a survey of over 630 SaaS users across a mix of industries finds that 40 percent have previously lost data stored in their online tools.

The study from cloud backup company Rewind finds 53 percent of respondents cited using SaaS tools on the job, and 43 percent using four or more.

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Cloud moves continue despite challenges

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Enterprises are keen to achieve the many business, technical and financial benefits of moving legacy systems to the cloud despite challenges along the way.

A new report from SAP to AWS migration specialist Lemongrass finds 77 percent of IT leaders say their primary motivation for migrating legacy systems to cloud infrastructure is either a desire to secure data, maintain data access or save money.

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Overcoming SaaS platform tech debt [Q&A]


The rapid shift to remote working has accelerated digital transformation and mass-cloud migration across almost every organization -- even those who weren't necessarily ready for it.

As IT professionals settle into long-term planning and management of their SaaS platforms and apps, CoreView's SVP Doug Hazelman believes they must now begin to effectively manage their cloud infrastructure so they can focus on maximizing the value of their investments. We spoke to him to learn more.

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Why price doesn't equal cost in the cloud

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Saving money in IT has always been an important consideration, but due to COVID-19 many corporate strategies and budgets have been pushed off course. For example, relative to pre-COVID levels, the likelihood of undertaking cost reduction initiatives has increased globally by 74 percent, 66 percent of companies are now expected to pursue cost reduction strategies over the next 12 months and it is predicted we will see a 38 percent increase in these cost reduction strategies in the next 12 months, compared to pre-COVID times.

Due to the need for greater flexibility caused by COVID-19 and the need to secure these cost reductions, many organizations are now looking to the cloud. Cloud spending rose by 37 percent to £20 billion during the first quarter of 2020 and, according to Gartner, we saw a 19 percent growth in cloud spending in 2020 even when IT spending overall was down by 8 percent. It goes without saying that there are many benefits to moving to the cloud, one of them being cost reductions, with others including agility, flexibility, scale, working from home capabilities and the transfer of budget allocations from CapEx to OpEx.

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92 percent of enterprises now have a multi-cloud strategy

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The latest Flexera State of the Cloud report shows that 92 percent of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy and 80 percent have a hybrid cloud strategy.

Respondents use an average of 2.6 public and 2.7 private clouds with 49 percent saying they silo workloads by cloud, and 45 percent integrating data between clouds.

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A third of enterprises suffer unauthorized cloud access

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Last month we reported on public sector organizations suffering from cloud leakage. A new report out today shows that this is an issue in the private sector too.

The report from cloud governance platform CloudSphere reveals that 32 percent of enterprises have experienced unauthorized access to their cloud resources.

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IBM makes hybrid cloud available at the edge and in any environment

IBM is announcing today that its hybrid cloud services are now available in any environment -- on any cloud, on premise or at the edge via IBM Cloud Satellite.

IBM Cloud Satellite delivers a secured, unifying layer of cloud services for clients across environments, regardless of where their data resides, as they address critical data privacy and data sovereignty requirements.

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Enterprises at risk from malware delivered by cloud apps

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New research shows that the majority of all malware is now delivered via cloud applications, showing how attackers increasingly abuse popular cloud services to evade legacy security defenses, putting enterprise data at risk.

The report from Netskope reveals that 61 percent of all malware was delivered via a cloud app, up from 48 percent year-over-year.

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Cloud misconfigurations take an average 25 days to fix

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On average it takes 25 days for companies to fix cloud infrastructure misconfigurations, according to a new report from cyber resilience specialist Accurics.

The research highlights security risks identified in cloud native environments. It shows that even organizations that establish a secure baseline when infrastructure is provisioned will experience 'drift' over time, when configuration changes occur in runtime, and these take an average of eight days to fix.

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One in four government organizations suffers accidental cloud leakage

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Detecting and resolving data leakage is a top security challenge for public sector organizations with 24 percent suffering accidental leakage of cloud data.

The 2021 Cloud Data Security Report from Netwrix finds phishing (reported by 39 percent of organizations) to be the most common incident that government agencies experienced in the cloud, followed by accidental data leakage (24 percent) and targeted attacks on infrastructure (22 percent).

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Developers should focus on open source cloud skills

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A new survey by O'Reilly Media and IBM reveals that developers are better off building open source cloud skills rather than focusing on skills related to a specific vendor's cloud.

The survey of almost 3,500 developers and technology managers finds that open source software is rated equal to or better than proprietary software by 94 percent of respondents. In addition when choosing cloud providers 70 percent of respondents prefer one based on open source.

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