4 Technology Stories You May Have Missed Last Week

NSA Use of Software Flaws for Hacking Posed Risk to Cybersecurity

Recently, the Nation Security Agency’s (NSA) hacking tools were leaked to the public, exposing many vulnerabilities across the internet and putting companies at risk of data breaches. Many say that the NSA should have disclosed each vulnerability as soon as they discovered it so that they could be fixed. Software vendors like Cisco, Juniper and Fortinet are actively working with their customers to ensure that any flaws in their systems are fixed immediately. For more information, check out the story in Chicago Tribune.

Billions Go To Cloud Services, But Often Without a Game Plan

Industry analysts are reporting that at least $100 billion will be spent on cloud services this year, but many companies are rushing to implement cloud computing just because it’s “The Cloud.” Although a lot money is being spent on the technology, a recent survey conducted by LogicWorks showed that the majority of IT executives surveyed are uncertain about how to leverage cloud to drive growth. Learn more by reading the full story in Forbes.

5 Cyber-Security Myths We Need To Ditch

There are many “myths” about cybersecurity that need to be debunked in order to keep networks safer. For one, “cybercrimes” cannot only encompass credit card fraud or other threats made for monetary gain. There are many motives outside of stealing money behind cyber threats, so we must not limit our security to only protecting certain information. Additionally, software is not the end-all be all. Software helps with protection, but vulnerabilities can still creep in. See the other myths behind cybersecurity, and how cyber-attacks can be protected in the future, in Huffington Post.

Report: Mid-Market Companies Grow More Comfortable with Cloud Security Risks

A survey by Deloitte suggests that companies with annual revenues ranging from $100 million to $1 billion are more comfortable with the security risks that come from cloud computing. The majority of respondents said that the main factor influencing the pace of cloud adoption is integration of existing applications and infrastructure. Cloud security risks was the second reason why, dropping down 10 points from last year’s survey. Additionally, 55 percent of respondents said that improving information security is now the driver for investments in cloud technology. Read more on ZDNet.

Maya Smith Tech Writer