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Insider Theft: WikiLeaks is not the only newsworthy breach

By Merritt Maxim, CA Technologies

Lost in the high profile media attention around WikiLeaks is the simple fact that WikiLeaks reflects a common security risk all organizations face - the threat from insiders.  While the sensitive nature of the WikiLeaks data has resulted in more media attention, the reality is that insider attacks are happening all the time.  Case in point is this week's story that the SEC has charged an employee of a Delaware law firm and his brother-in-law with insider trading.

At first glance, this appeared to be a plain vanilla insider trading case. As I read the SEC lawsuit, I saw that this case was a bit different. Read the full article.

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  • Lots of coverage this week on the battle between Google and Microsoft to own the business-apps-in-the-cloud market. In this eWeek article, Google CEO Schmidt talks about the Chrome OS serving as an alternative to Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac computers. This FierceCIO article provides more info on the Chrome rollout and pilot program. These PC Mag and PC World articles discuss the impact of Microsoft’s rollout of Office 365, a suite that combines online versions of the 2010 editions of Exchange, Office, Sharepoint and Lync.
  • After its failed attempt to purchase 3Par, Dell buys storage company Compellent Technologies for $960 million. This WSJ blog includes commentary by several financial analysts about the deal and how it compares to other major storage acquisitions.
  • Amazon Web Services has released SDKs that will make it much easier for developers to build mobile device apps that make direct calls to Amazon’s cloud services, according to this ReadWriteMobile article.
  • As part of its ‘cloud-first’ policy, the White House announced plans to eliminate more than 800 data centers by 2015, according to this ComputerWorld article. This Information Week article discusses risks associated with off-shoring government data, highlighting some recent government contracts awarded by GSA to Unisys and Google, and the USDA to Microsoft. Microsoft was quick to play up that it will keep USDA data on home soil and complained that the initial GSA RFP had stated that ‘data at rest’ must reside within the US, but that this clause was later modified, enabling Unisys and Google to win that business.

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‘Tis the season for 2011 predictions. Here’s a roundup of prediction articles:

  • Bryan Cruickshank in CIO Magazine defines 2011 as the year the cloud comes into sharper definition
  • Baseline Magazine revealed the top 10 tech trends based on a survey of its readers.
  • BSM Digest summarized predictions from various experts about how cloud computing and other trends will impact business service management
  • Andi Mann offers predictions specific to virtualization.
  • Bernard Golden offers cloud predictions for both cloud service providers and end users.
  • Looking a bit farther forward, Gartner lays out its predictions for the IT market through 2015.
  • Forrester’s James Staten outlines top 10 predictions for IaaS, in this ReadWriteWeb article.

Vendors considering moving their on-premise software to a SaaS model should read this CIO Update article, which discusses potential pitfalls.

In this Fortune article, Cisco’s CTO of Cloud Computing Lew Tucker explains why the person responsible for cloud strategy merits a C-suite position and how cloud computing is impacting business models across industries.

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