December 3, 2012
For the past few years, experts at the International Data Corporation (IDC) have correctly predicted cloud services to be one of the top technologies that will dominate the IT industry. As decision-makers prepare for 2013, IDC has released a new report detailing technology developments that will change the way employers conduct business.
IT spending to increase
Frank Gens, the Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst at IDC, said that mobile computing, social networks, big data and the cloud will make up 90 percent of growth in the IT industry. Further, the market intelligence company predicts that worldwide spending will reach more than $2.1 trillion in 2013 - a 5.7 percent increase from the world spending cost in 2012, the source reported.
The report also found that more organizations will migrate toward platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and security-as-a-service (SaaS) to create personalized business applications and store confidential information. Implementing the cloud into companies' infrastructures provides decision-makers with a cost-effective storage space that can be accessed at any time. It also encourages employees to collaborate on assignments. Gens said that if organizations do not invest in updated technologies, they may fall behind their competitors.
As more employers make plans to adopt the cloud, they should not ignore warnings administered by experts.
Protect devices from threats
Researchers often release new reports of sophisticated malware, botnets and other dangers that compromise the data of targeted users. For example, experts have uncovered an issue involving cloud browsers - web interfaces that allow consumers to complete assignments in the cloud.
According to research conducted by the North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon, hackers may control cloud browsers to carry out computing tasks anonymously, Midsize Insider reported. Because browsers are located on cloud servers, cybercriminals may be able to crack passwords and compromise data.
It is the responsibility of decision-makers to educate IT staffs and professionals in other departments on the proper ways to access the cloud. To prevent attacks and protect information, employers must take action and put security measures in place, including firewalls and antivirus software. Experts also suggest installing network security software to monitor workers' activity, and encourage individuals to employ strong passwords and two-factor authentication as a form of data protection.
-McAfee Cloud Security