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This week in the world of technology, Netflix announced the completion of cloud migration, new research revealed average number of cloud systems used by enterprises, identity thieves attempted to steal tax refunds, and privacy issues around smart devices were revealed.
Netflix Shifts All IT to Amazon’s Public Cloud – The Wall Street Journal, February 11
Netflix is celebrating today! The video streaming company has marked a major milestone in the enterprise-cloud market. After a seven-year process, the company announced on Thursday, the completion of its massive cloud migration to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The move involved shifting all of its information technology, including all customer-facing applications, streaming video services, billing, customer and employee data management. In January, Netflix shut down the last of its on-premise data centers, marking the official completion to the public cloud. But why seven years? The company wanted to take a “cloud-native strategy” approach, meaning that they rebuilt most of its technology in the cloud, which can be incredibly time-consuming and requires a lot of learning. With Netflix’s rapid growth, the company needed an extremely reliable, highly scalable system and a broad set of features to deal with the massive amounts of data. Since the migration, the company has seen an 8 percent growth in streaming members and have expanded video services to an additional 130 countries by utilizing AWS cloud regions.
Key takeaway: While it took seven long years to complete, the company proved itself as a pioneer in the public-cloud market. Not only is Netflix already reaping enormous benefits, but the company no longer feels restricted by previous limitations and outages. It will be interesting to see which company is next to completely shift to the public cloud, which is expected to be a $141 billion market by 2019.
The IRS Says Identity Thieves Hacked Its Systems Again – Fortune, February 10
Identity thieves sure love targeting the IRS. In December, online hackers breached the IRS’ computer systems in an attempt to access the agency’s Electronic Filing PIN service, which would allow them to file fraudulent tax returns online. Identity thieves used previously stolen personal data outside the IRS to generate e-file PINs for more than 450,000 unique Social Security numbers using an automated bot. Of that total, 101,000 SSNs were used to successfully generate PINs. The agency revealed the malware attack in a statement this week, assuring that no taxpayer data was compromised and all potentially affected taxpayers would be notified.
Key takeaway: With the increasing amount of attacks on government agencies, it comes as no surprise that the IRS was hacked— again. Coming off of last year’s massive data breach, the agency is all too familiar with identity thieves breaching their system. Yet, with 80 percent of American citizens estimated to file their tax returns electronically this year, the question is – can the IRS really protect our information? With Obama’s recently proposed cybersecurity initiative, let’s hope that the federal government can successfully protect its citizens from hackers.
Report: Enterprises now using an average of six different clouds – SiliconANGLE, February 10
Take a guess – on average, how many cloud computing systems do enterprises use? Not one, not two, but (at least) six. The RightScale 2016 State of the Cloud Report, which is based on the survey answers of more than 1,000 IT professionals, found that the average cloud user runs applications and experiments on a combination of six different clouds. Additionally, the report revealed the growing popularity of hybrid cloud adoption, due to the increase of enterprise workloads shifting to the cloud. Interestingly, the report showed that the biggest challenge for cloud computing is no longer security, but a shortage of resources and knowledge, followed by security and cloud cost management. The embrace of DevOps adoption also proved to be of growing importance in the enterprise. Lastly, AWS continues to dominate the public cloud market, but Azure gained significant traction this year in comparison to last.
Key takeaway: The survey included 1,060 IT professionals from enterprises both small and large, across a wide variety of industries – making it the largest survey of corporate cloud users. The survey findings further confirmed the growing acceleration of cloud adoption among enterprises, which is only expected to increase.
US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you – The Guardian, February 9
Beware, your toothbrush may be spying on you. The U.S. Intelligence Chief, James Clapper, revealed in a congressional testimony to the Senate on Tuesday that intelligence agencies could use Internet of Things (IoT) devices to expand their surveillance capabilities for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, network access, user credentials and targeted recruiting. While Clapper did not specifically call out any intelligence services involved in IoT surveillance, he revealed that these “widespread vulnerabilities” within the devices could provide “new opportunities for surveillance.” Ironically, that same day, President Barack Obama unveiled the Cybersecurity National Action Plan intended to strengthen cybersecurity awareness and protection – including IoT security. Within the initiative, the White House assigned the Department of Homeland Security to test and verify networked devices within IoT. But will that be enough? With 6.4 billion expected connected devices by 2020, the reality is that we still have a long way to go.
Key takeaway: Smart devices have the potential to improve “efficiency, energy, conservation, and conveniency”, but at what cost to our privacy? The statements made by Clapper only paints an alarming picture of what government surveillance could become. Do you think the potential opportunities outweigh the threat to citizen’s privacy rights and integrity?
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