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December
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Survey Says IT Pros Need More Cloud Training

A survey released by ScienceLogic, providers of IT monitoring software, determined that the increase and acceleration of initiatives regarding cloud technology are requiring half of the of the IT professionals in the industry to seek additional education, according to a recent article published by The Web Host Industry Review website. The article states that the findings of the survey determined that the knowledge and skill levels of employees are not keeping up with the rapid adoption and investment of cloud technology by these businesses. The survey took data from approximately “1,000 IT professionals“, according to the article, who confirmed that “50 percent of organizations will increase IT spending in 2014, with heavy investment in cloud-enabling technologies.”  The article continues to state…

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December
18
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CA Security Firm Gets Expansion Funding

The San Francisco-based website optimization and security company, CloudFlare, announced in a statement Tuesday that a round of $50 million in funding has allowed them to expand their services internationally and will “quadruple its network capacity across 23 data centers around the world“, according to a recent article published by The Web Host Industry Review. The article indicates that this round of funding – that “quietly closed a year ago” – has lead the company to surpass “1.5 million customers” and enable it to open an engineering branch in England. According to the report, the firm has plans for further expansion eyeing to gain data center locations in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and China in 2014. The co-founder and CEO…

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December
18
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Study: Poor Website Performance Slows Online Purchasing

A recent study indicates that individuals who prefer shopping online will curb their purchases when they experience “poor navigation, slow website load times, interruptions and timeouts” on the web sites they visit, according to an article published by The Web Host Industry Review. The data showed in this article clarified that opinions of specific brands, due to these issues, are marked by these online shoppers. According to the study and the researchers data quoted in the article, among the 1,377 online shoppers surveyed in the United States, 52 percent of them – who have experienced website performance issues – felt that this experience “tarnishes the brands reputation in their mind.”  The article further indicates that “ease of use, security, and…

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December
17
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Insight: Smart Online Security Practices

Industry experts agree that in this generation of “big data” any individual who wishes to access a network to connect to the internet, invites potential threats against their personal privacy, and in larger settings, could create issues that could affect our national security, according to a recent article published by Tech News World. The article states that individuals should be sensitive and prepare for “danger in advance, whether it is online or off”. An attack against a government agency, a financial institution, or a location that stores a significant amount of data could have a catastrophic aftermath – leaving this scenario one of the greatest challenges currently facing the technology industry, according to the article. As the article continues, experts state that…

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December
16
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Google Eyes Processor Designing for Mobile Market

The changes in the marketplace – which are quickly riding on the ever accelerating development and use of mobile devices – has Google seriously investigating processor manufacturing, according to a recent article published on the Bloomberg website. The article indicates that Google – already a dominant force – and their new interest in this market, may have the super-power semiconductor developer, Intel feeling “threatened by the market’s shift to mobile devices.” The design and development of  their own server processors – assisted by ARM Holdings Plc (ARM) – is a current  field that Google is considering using for a new game, according to the article. The article states that Intel currently “controls more than 95 percent of the market for…

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December
16
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Experts Predict Cloud Storage Needs to Triple by 2018

Researchers predict that over 1 billion personal cloud storage service accounts will be active by the end of 2013, according to an article published by The Host Review website. The article indicates that the compiled data, collected by ABI Research, shows that this is double than the amount of accounts that existed last year. The report, according to the article, continued to project that these numbers will increase again over the next five years, stating that this amount “will more than triple, reaching 3.61 billion by the end of 2018.” Researchers also expect that there will be an increase of “aggregated data storage utilized by personal cloud services“, according to the article. The data shows this increase to be from…

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December
12
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Report: NSA Uses Google Cookies to Track

The National Security Agency (NSA) is using one type of Google “cookie” – known as “PREF” – to “track and hack its targets“, according to information contained in an article published on the Tech News World website. The article defines “PREF” as a “tracking cookie” which stores the preferences of a user and calls it “a mainstay of the online advertising industry.” The article indicates that the NSA is sharing information with Tailored Access Operations (TAO) a division of the NSA that is responsible for gathering intelligence regarding cyber-warfare.  The shared information is reported to contain log in credentials, cookies and the Google PREFID, according to the article. TAO, according to the article, “custom-builds software attacks and has software templates to break into…

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December
12
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Ugotposted Owner Faces Multiple Felony Charges

Kevin Bollaert, owner of the now-defunct “Ugotposted” website, faces a long list of felony charges including identity theft, extortion and conspiracy, according to a recent article published by the Web Host Industry Review. The article outlines that Bollaert’s website hosted “revenge porn”- video clips and photos taken by former relationship partners – to be used in an act of revenge against those individuals for the failure of the relationship. Bollaert is up against “28 counts of identity theft, two counts of extortion and one count of conspiracy” since the alleged practices of this website could have involved “media stolen from hacked accounts and hidden cameras“, according to information published in the article. The article further states, “Another key element of revenge porn…

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December
11
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Prediction: Ransomware Attacks to Increase in 2014

Technology experts have come to an agreement in their predictions that the spread of “malware” will lessen allowing hackers to focus more of their attention on “ransomware” in the coming year – which allows them to obtain the valid credentials of authentic users – according to an article published by Tech News World.  As frustration drives many in the industry affected by these attacks, some agree that there needs to be more of a “proactive approach to system security“, the article indicates. In this article, several experts and analysts commented on these predictions and voiced their individual concerns regarding the possible influx of dangers to overall security. Andrew Kellett, a principal analyst with Ovum, a London-based independent analyst and consultancy firm, is quoted in…

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December
11
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Malicious DLL Discovered by Security Experts

The SpiderLabs team at Trustwave, a security provider, reported that a malicious DLL installed as an Microsoft IIS module has been showing up online and it is currently undetectable by most anti-virus tools, according to an article published on the Web Host Industry Review web site. Josh Grunzweig of SpiderLabs advised that malicious software of this type (known as “ISN”) is “used by attackers to target sensitive information in POST requests, and it has mechanisms for unauthorized data retrieval from the affected server”, according to the article. “ISN is able to circumvent encryption because it extracts this data from IIS itself“, the article continues. The article states that this process has been observed before and is a familiar tactic according…

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