Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Vint Cerf worries about a 'digital dark age,' and your data could be at risk

Box gets customer-managed key encryption | Amazon offers troubleshooting tool to Web services users

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Vint Cerf worries about a 'digital dark age,' and your data could be at risk
In this era of the all-pervasive cloud, it’s easy to assume that the data we store will somehow be preserved forever. The only thing to fret about from a posterity perspective, we might think, is the analog information from days gone by—all the stuff on papers, tapes and other pre-digital formats that haven’t been explicitly converted.Vinton Cerf, often called “the father of the Internet,” has other ideas.Now chief Internet evangelist at Google, Cerf spoke this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he painted a very different picture.Rather than a world where longevity is a given, Cerf fears a “digital dark age” in which the rapid evolution of technology quickly makes storage formats obsolete thanks to a phenomenon he calls “bit rot.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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Box gets customer-managed key encryption
Fresh off its initial public offering, cloud file synch share and storage company Box has a new Enterprise Key Management (EKM) offering out this week that analysts say could ease customer concerns with using a cloud-based service.Box’s EKM uses Amazon Web Services’ Hardware Security Module (HSM), a device that sits on customers premises to hold keys to encrypted data. Previously, customers relied on Box to encrypt their data and Box held the keys; now, customers get to hold the keys on their own premises.“Yes this is significant news,” says Adrian Sanabria, a security analyst at 451 Research Group. “I’d say that client-side encryption has been a major obstacle to increased cloud/EFSS (Enterprise File Synch and Share) adoption.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Amazon offers troubleshooting tool to Web services users
Amazon Web Services’ management tool, Config, provides troubleshooting and security analysis features designed to give IT staff more control over cloud resources.The commercial launch of Config is part of a bigger push by Amazon to make it easier to manage its services. As enterprises have moved more systems to the cloud, administrating them all has become difficult.With AWS Config, IT staff can find existing servers, storage volumes and isolated sections of Amazon’s cloud that have been set up using the Virtual Private Cloud service, and determine how those resources were configured at any point in time. The quickest way to get started with the tool is to use Amazon’s Management Console, a separate, freely available interface used to control the company’s cloud offerings.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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File storage service Rapidshare to shutter in wake of legal woes
After years of legal trouble, the once-popular online file storage and sharing company Rapidshare is closing up shop.In a message posted to its website Tuesday, Rapidshare said it will stop active service on March 31. "We strongly recommend all customers to secure their data. After March 31st, 2015 all accounts will no longer be accessible and will be deleted automatically," the message said.MORE ON NETWORK WORLD: 12 Free Cloud Storage options It did not say why it is shutting down. However, legal troubles related to copyright infringement have plagued the company for years.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Google hands out free Drive space for running quick security checklist
Google today said it would give users of its Google Drive cloud storage service an additional 2GB if they ran a three-step security checkup.The offer was in honor of "Safer Internet Day," a project begun in 1999 and co-funded by the European Union."As our way of saying thanks for completing the checkup by February 17, we'll give you a permanent 2 gigabyte bump in your Google Drive storage plan," wrote Alex Vogenthaler, group product manager of Google Drive, in a blog post Tuesday.Users of Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education are not eligible for the extra 2GB.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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Box launches new service for security-conscious enterprises
Few would deny the appeal of the cloud for enterprise file storage and sharing, but for some organizations—particularly those in heavily regulated industries—security concerns can outweigh those potential benefits.Enter Box Enterprise Key Management (EKM), a new solution now in beta that aims to give businesses the ability to maintain exclusive control over their encryption keys.Hard on the heels of its initial public offering late last month, Box on Tuesday unveiled Box EKM, a service that targets security-conscious organizations with technology delivered in partnership with Amazon Web Services and Gemalto.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Red Hat jabs at VMware's "one cloud" strategy calling it "flawed"
Red Hat cloud strategy general manager Bryan Che is out with a blog post today that takes some harsh shots at rival VMware.For background, VMware this week announced a new “one cloud, any app, any device” strategy. about that here and check out our conversation with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger here.+ MORE AT NETWORK WORLD: Dell, EMC, VMware and others get giddy over converged +To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

New products of the week 02.09.2015
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