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Cloud Computing - Integrer component of IT and top topic for CIOs
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A digitized company without the cloud? This is unthinkable in 2018. As early as the middle of the year, bitkom announced that two out of three companies were opting for cloud computing. Cloud computing is more than just a trend – for the majority of companies it is a fundamental component of their IT strategy. And this will continue to grow in the coming years. Together with the Digital Marketing Suite selfcampaign, we have analyzed which cloud topics occupy IT managers most in companies. The starting point for our research was a statistical survey of the websites visited by...

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Analysis
The Effects of the United States CLOUD Act and the GDPR on the European Organisations
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The United States president Donald Trump recently signed the US CLOUD Act which violates the GDPR of the European Union. The CLOUD Act requires all internet firms in the country to provide the United States security agencies access to customer or user's information even if it isn’t stred in the US. The law was passed after Microsoft refused to provide their data stored overseas to the current Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

 

The Cloud Act and the GDPR 

In Europe, most organisations have worked extra hard to comply with the current data protection regulation. The...

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Practical Advice
How to protect data in the cloud
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The endorsement of cloud data storage has greatly enabled innovation, creativity, and peer collaboration. Many people enjoy its accessibility and resourcefulness. However, cloud security measures are often neglected, and most companies expect the service providers to be accountable. Many businesses only protect their credit card information and personal data. They do not prioritise on investing financial and other appropriate resources to protect critical information. As a result, some companies encounter problems when combating security threats while others suffer great losses in...

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Apple Users To Manage Data Options Through Online Portal
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Apple have responded to the European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) with a privacy portal where users can access and manage their data. The portal is a notable expansion on previous ways to correct or delete data held by the company as the new regulation gives EU consumers more control over the personal data held on them. Apple users will need to log on to the site where there will be options on how you would like to manage your personal data. 

 

Privacy Portal Tools 

The new portal will allow users to ask for incorrect data to be corrected, as well...

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Practical Advice
Top 5 cloud security threats in 2018
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Information technology will continue to fight against cloud security threats in 2018 just as it has been in the previous years. With the lingering threats that continue looming over businesses this year, the need for practicing data protection is more important than ever before. To know more about these threats, here are the top 5 cloud security dangers:

 

1. Inadequate security tools in the cloud

Most businesses aren't fully equipped with adequate cloud security tools, hence the reason data leakages occur. By investing a little time in an efficient cloud security tool, every...

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Trend
Two cloud certifications to look for in employees
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Whether searching for new employees or utilizing current employees, cloud computing is one sector of overall business where there are a wide variety of certifications that represent valuable knowledge. Many different certifications each hold similar value, meaning that more is better, but as of this writing there are two particular certifications that stand out.
 

AWS Certified Solutions Architect

Amazon Web Services is one of the industry's fastest-growing cloud computing providers. Businesses, both small and large, rely on AWS for tasks from public file hosting to back-end...

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Analysis
Multi-cloud as a gateway to digital transformation
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As technology drives change in business at a very fast rate, the demands of end users keep on rising. Organizations are thus faced with challenges in adapting to these digital demands while operating in real time to safeguard their data at minimal operational costs. Cloud innovation is thus a critical digital transformation agent for enterprises that want to run better and grow faster. Setting up this model has its risks and crucial choices have to be adhered to lest all its benefits are wiped out. 

 

Developing the multi cloud architecture

Putting a robust IT infrastructure in...

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Analysis
Data Safety: Is Privacy Shield enough?
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The EU-US privacy guide is about to change how cloud data sourcing is perceived in the near future. Currently, many companies are not much concerned about the physical data storage of their cloud providers or partners as they feel they are safe and hid away from access by a third party. This is, however, about to change due to the EU law that has imposed severe penalties on breach of data exported to foreign countries. 

The EU-US Privacy Shield which was enacted on 12 June 2016 governs the transfer between Europe and America of personally identifiable information (PPI) data. This law...

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Are US-cloud solutions still trustworthy?
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As a reaction to the NSA-scandals US-companies are trying to set up new solutions, that are based in those local countries where they are used, to guarantee that the local laws could be used on these solutions. This would make those solutions as reliable as those from local companies. But is this really working?

US judicature could destroy these plans again, because one court in the USA has just announced an adjudgement, that will force US-companies to give userdata and stored data to US-authorities, even if these server are based outside of the USA. If this adjudgement is not stopped by...

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