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December 3, 2012
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  • Security, lower costs are cited among cloud trends for 2013
    Lower costs and security worries are among the major trends facing the cloud-computing sector, CloudBeat 2012 conference participants said. The power of Big Data and the increasing importance of the health care IT market are also expected to affect the space in the coming year. VentureBeat (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • Survey: Software defects are relatively common
    Software released by North American organizations contained defects in 36% of instances, CA Technologies found in a survey of 200 organizations. Three-fifths of respondents said applications have been delayed because of limits in software development and testing. "Unfortunately, IT budgets are not increasing at the rate of change inherent in today's highly distributed composite applications. This causes serious constraints to software development, resulting in delays and failures in delivering new software features to market," CA's Shridhar Mittal said in a statement. eWeek (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Companies share how they save on cloud-computing costs
    Representatives of Flipboard, Pinterest and Yelp said at an Amazon Web Services conference that they saved money by using cloud services. The companies are users of the prepaid Reserved Instances feature at AWS for long-term savings, representatives said. GigaOm (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile & Wireless 
  • IDC: Need for mobility will drive IT spend upward
    The increasing need for mobility is expected to be a main driver spurring IT spend next year, according to research from IDC predicting global tech expenditures will increase 5.7%. Emerging markets may have even healthier growth numbers, as IDC expects tech spend to rise 8.8% in those regions. Network World (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • U.K. moves to bolster cybersecurity amid increasing attacks
    Companies with high market visibility are finding themselves targeted by an increasing number of cyberattacks, according to U.K. officials, who say hackers are regularly zeroing in on the websites of brands such as Adidas with motives as simple as a sports rivalry. Meanwhile, to combat an increase in the number of attacks on critical industries, the U.K. government is considering an expansion of its cybersecurity regime, including the possible addition of "cyber-reservists" who can be called into action. The Telegraph (London)(tiered subscription model) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Citadel malware uses trusted brand to lower users' guard
    Cybercriminals are using a new version of the Citadel malware that claims to be from the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a legitimate organization that works with the FBI. The bogus messages carry the Reveton ransomware virus, which demands payment of a fine for illegal activity, according to the IC3. Network World (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government IT 
  • Report criticizes lack of encryption support at VA
    More than 80% of the computers at the Department of Veterans Affairs don't have encryption even though the agency experienced a significant data breach six years ago, the department's Office of the Inspector General says. The department spent about $6 million in 2006 to purchase 300,000 encryption software licenses from Guardian Edge, and 100,000 more licenses last year, the report states. CSO (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Do you know everything about Platform-as-a-Service technology?
    The SIIA CODiE Awards is looking for executives, bloggers, VCs, analysts and software experts to judge nominations for the SIIA CODiE Awards. If you feel your background reflects an understanding of the software industry, then sign up today to judge the only peer recognized awards program in the content, education and software industries. Check out the program and nominate yourself today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Critical success factors for an enterprise mobile strategy
    Organizations must fully develop an enterprise mobile strategy that considers both employee and customer facing aspects of today's continually expanding use of mobile technologies. It is important to consider the customer experience as they launch new products, services, and applications. Register for this webinar featuring Grant Thornton officials as they share their experience of working with a broad array of companies highlighting the leading practices and some of the pitfalls that companies should guard against. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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