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Cloud, Compiled - Issue #28

Cloud, Compiled
Cloud, Compiled - Issue #28
By Mike Maney • Issue #28 • View online
Skyfall: Is your cloud spying on you? Plus, why the root cause of all cloud breaches might not be what you expect.

Topline: Some shaky ethics are starting to show
  • Tsk tsk, Amazon. This week, current and former AWS employees revealed that the company’s salespeople have snooped on their cloud partners’ client data and have even stolen partners’ deals. This doesn’t come as a total shock, though—Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant already captured just how heavy-handed the Big 3 cloud providers can be when it comes to upselling even their most loyal users. “Since these customers typically have significant dependence on the platform, they may feel as if they have limited recourse,” the report states. But tides are changing as skepticism grows and users’ trust slips away. “You’re crawling into bed with a dog who’s been mostly friendly, but you’re never quite sure,” says Corey Quinn, chief economist at the Duckbill Group. 
By the numbers:
  • The cloud infrastructure market just keeps on growing, reaching $42 billion this quarter, according to Synergy Research. The key driving forces behind adoption? Not only business agility, but also sustainability.
  • COVID continues to propel innovation in healthcare. It’s poised to become the cloud’s most booming industry, with the global healthcare cloud computing market on pace to reach $76.8 billion in the next five years. 
What you need to know: 
  • Cloud misconfigurations have become a growing cause of security incidents. In fact, Gartner predicts they’ll cause 99% of cloud breaches by 2025. “To address this, companies need to limit the number of attack vectors malicious actors are able to take,” said Matt Pieklik, senior consulting analyst at Vectra. “This means creating formal sign-off processes, creating DevSecOps workflows and limiting the number of people that have access to their entire infrastructure as much as possible.”
  • Tennis in the cloud? (No, we’re not talking about Dubai’s famed court in the sky.) The French Open deployed a set of cloud apps this year, leveraging cloud computing for deeper analysis of results to inform players’ preparation for opponents, and giving fans a more immersive experience. 
In the Twittersphere:
  • Christina Morillo, Cybersecurity and technology author, former Microsoft executive (@divinetechygirl): Does AWS make AWS confusing on purpose or¯_(ツ)_/¯? Like you shouldn’t have to study for a cert just to figure out how to do things in the UI. Please note: I do not need help and figured out how to do what I needed to do but it was definitely not straightforward.
  • Jay Farro, EVP, CIO & CTO, ERT Global (@jayferro): Top chief information officers are focusing on cloud technology, AI and data, and their relationship with the C-suite, according to a new survey. #cio ⁦@mitsmr
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