Volume LXII, Issue 1

In This Issue

Cloud Infrastructure Spending to Hit $266 Billion

Excerpted from Electronics Weekly Report by David Manners

Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to reach $266 billion in 2021, says IDC.

Although spending growth will slow over the 2016-2021 forecast period, the market is expected to achieve a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.0%.

Public cloud services spending will reach $128 billion in 2017, an increase of 25.4% over 2016.

America will be the largest market for public cloud services accounting for more than 60% of worldwide revenues throughout the forecast and total spending of $163 billion in 2021.

Western Europe and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) will be the second and third largest regions with 2021 spending levels of $52 billion and $25 billion, respectively.

Japan and Latin America will experience the fastest spending growth over the forecast period with CAGRs of 26.7% and 26.2%, respectively.

However, six of the eight regions are forecast to experience CAGRs greater than 20% over the next five years… Read More

791 Health Data Breaches So Far in 2017

Excerpted from Beckers Health & CIO IT Review Report by Julie Spitzer

There have been 791 data breaches tracked in the first half of the year, a record high, according to an Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) report obtained by Becker’s.

For the report, ITRC gathered and analyzed data breach information from public notices in the US.

The report, sponsored by CyberScout, comprises five industries: financial, health/medical, government/military, education, and business.

Here are six things to know.

1. The health/medical industry experienced 179 breaches in the first half of the year, accounting for 22.6 percent of all US data breaches.

2. The leading cause of data breaches across all industries was hacking (63 percent), including phishing and malware; phishing attacks (47.7 percent) were more prevalent than malware attacks (18.6 percent).

3. ITRC estimates 12.4 million people have had their information exposed in the first half of 2017, 38.8 percent of which occurred in Kansas… Read More

White House Supports Rollback of Title II Rules

Excerpted from The Hill Report by Ali Breland

The White House on Tuesday offered support for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposal to roll back the Obama-era net neutrality internet rules.

“We support the FCC Chair’s efforts to review and consider rolling back these rules and believe that the best way to get fair rules for everyone is for Congress to take action and create regulatory and economic certainty,” Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Her comments come a day after the agency closed its comment period on Republican Chairman Ajit Pai’s “Restoring Internet Order” plan to undo the rules, which prevent broadband providers from blocking or slowing content.

Pai would target a Title II provision in the 2015 rules that gave the FCC the authority to regulate broadband providers by reclassifying them as common carriers.

Broadband industry officials and Republicans say that move was heavy-handed and subjected the industry to excessive regulations.

“The previous administration went about this the wrong way by imposing rules through the FCC’s Title II rulemaking power,” said Sanders… Read More

Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

TechSci Research’s new Global Telecom Cloud Market report projects a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) exceeding 19% in the sector from $11 billion in 2016 to $38.5 billion by 2022 led by AT&T, CenturyLink, and Verizon.

Other major players cited in the report include BT Group, China Telecommunication, Deutsche Telekom, Fusion Telecommunications International, IBM, NTT Communications, Singapore Telecommunications, Telstra, Telus, TATA Communications, Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, and ZTE.

Increasing deployments of cloud in the banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI) industries as well as rising demand from the media and entertainment (M&E) industry are channelizing demand for telecom cloud across the globe.

The report is helpful in understanding target market segments during the next five years to strategize investments and capitalize on growth among market segments.

Unified communication and collaboration are gaining immense popularity among telecom service providers as demand for communication defined network services is growing on a global basis as organizations evolve to respond more quickly to user queries.

TechSci Research performed primary as well as exhaustive secondary research for this study, initially sourcing telecom cloud providers in more than eighty countries around the world.

Primary research surveys were conducted with identified companies by means of interviews focusing on solutions, services, cloud platforms, and competitors.

Product offerings, distribution channels, and regional presences of all major telecom cloud service providers across the globe were examined.

Market size calculations were sourced with input from industry experts and company representatives in key customer sectors.

Various secondary sources such as company websites, press releases, company annual reports, white papers, investor presentations, and financial reports were also used by TechSci Research.

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Senators Divided Over Net Neutrality Rollback

Excerpted from Broadcasting & Cable Report by John Eggerton

The impact of Title II on broadband investment was a hot topic of conversation, and dispute, at the Senate Commerce Committee nomination hearing for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commission seats for Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr.

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) cited stats, which have been proffered by internet service providers (ISPs) that investment has gone down.

He also took issue with a New York Times story that investment had gone up since the 2015 Open Internet order reclassified ISPs under common carrier regs.

He said that increase included foreign investment, some of which he said was spurred by the Title II disincentive to invest in the US, and that there was evidence that US infrastructure investment had declined precipitously.

On the other side was Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) who said that almost half of the venture capital funds, or about $25 billion, invested since 2015 was in internet-related businesses, with broadband providers investing $87 billion, the highest CapEx rate in a decade.

Markey said investment and job creation are high, so there is no problem that rolling back Title II or reviewing net neutrality rules would fix… Read More

Combating the Rising Threat of Cloud Malware

Excerpted from CloudTech Report by Anurag Kahol

Enterprise cloud adoption rates continue to rise at unprecedented rates as more businesses realize the benefits these services can bring.

However, perhaps predictably, this explosive growth has also given rise to a host of new cyber threats as criminals look to capitalize on changing business habits for their own ends.

At the top of the list are two familiar threats; malware and ransomware, which unfortunately now have the potential to compromise more data than ever before, thanks to the interconnected nature of the cloud.

Despite this, a worryingly low number of cloud service providers are yet to offer dedicated protection against malware in the cloud.

While Office 365, G Suite, and Azure have the ability to identify common ‘known’ malware, when it comes to defending against zero-day attacks, most come up short.

Today, there is a shortage of proactive cloud malware solutions, even amongst industry leading vendors… Read More

5 Ways to Think About Cloud Security

Excerpted from CSO Report by Tim Prendergast

Cloud computing promises significant costs savings and more streamlined management of mission-critical information technology, data processing and storage needs.

But is it secure?

Vibrant Credit Union (VCU), a Midwestern-based full service financial services credit union that offers both online services and storefront branches, continues to grow their footprint in the cloud.

As their needs grow, so does their emphasis on security.

Steve McAtee, Vibrant’s CIO, has been tasked with migrating securely to the cloud without inflating the credit union’s IT budget.

Like most well-managed organizations, Vibrant relentlessly pursues a strategy of doing more without increasing costs, and avoiding any compromise in its security posture.

McAtee has found ways to improve his company’s security capabilities by continuously monitoring and automating its cloud security… Read More

US and Russia Cyber Pact Road Rules

Excerpted from Washington Times Report by Andrew Blake

President Trump’s top cybersecurity advisor has defended the former’s decision to discuss forging an “impenetrable” cybersecurity unit with his Russian counterpart last week, but said Washington and Moscow must come to an understanding before pursuing any sort of partnership.

“President Trump, I believe, is right in his continued assertion that even with countries with whom we have friction or disagreements, we have a responsibility on behalf of the American people to continue to have conversations to the extent that they can yield a positive result,” White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert told reporters abroad Air Force One on Friday.

Before forging a partnership, however, the US and Russia must “have a conversation about the rules of the road in cyberspace, norms, and expectations,” Mr. Bossert said.

“I’d like those same rules, norms and expectations to be part of our conversation as we discuss any potential future dialogue with the Russians in cybersecurity,” Mr. Bossert added, according to the White House’s transcription.

Mr. Bossert’s comments came in response to questions concerning Mr. Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week… Read More

Cybersecurity Habits Across Generations

Excerpted from Entrepreneur Report by Rose Leadem

From baby boomers to millennials to gen Zers, different generations even have different habits when it comes to online security, as revealed by a survey of 1,000 Americans by password manager company LastPass.

Gen Zers seem to be the least concerned when it comes to cybersecurity.

In fact, 41 percent don’t believe they are targets for hackers.

Because they seem to brush off the idea of getting hacked, they’re also not so concerned with putting too much energy into creating tricky passwords.

Nearly one-third of surveyed gen Zers don’t put much thought into their passwords, and a quarter admit to only using one or two different passwords for their various accounts.

To the contrary, millennials are one of the most concerned generations when it comes to online security.

Nearly three-quarters believe they are targets for hackers, so they go above and beyond when it comes to protecting themselves… Read More

AT&T Reinvents Cloud with 5G Edge Computing

Excerpted from TechRepublic Report by Conner Forrest

With new investments in edge computing, AT&T could set the stage for business investments in internet of things (IoT), virtual reality (VR), robotics, and more.

With continued investments in 5G and edge computing, AT&T said it is “reinventing the cloud” to better support next-generation technologies, according to a Tuesday press release.

The firm is also targeting “single-digit millisecond latency” to more efficiently provide access to these services.

Edge computing occurs when data is processed at the edge of a network, instead of relying on the cloud or an on-premises data center for processing power.

This can speed up data analysis, shrink network traffic, and lower latency, but AT&T Labs President and CTO Andre Fuetsch said he believes that 5G will take it even further.

“The capabilities of tomorrow’s 5G are the missing link that will make edge computing possible. And few companies have the sheer number of physical locations that AT&T has that are needed to solve the latency dilemma,” Fuetsch said… Read More

Is This the End of Cloud Computing?

Excerpted from Future Processing Blog by Marta Malek

At the end of 2016, Peter Levine, a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz provoked the public to discuss the future of cloud computing.

In short, his premise was that the development of the internet of things (IoT) devices and machine learning will soon make cloud computing services, as we know them, obsolete.

Why? Some IoT devices, based on machine learning, gather incredible amounts of data, so they already act like a little cloud.

The reason why they must work this way is simple – they ought to act on the spot, in real time, so they don’t really have time to send the data to the cloud and wait for the answer (Levine’s example portrayed self-driving cars that rely on quick reaction time).

Peter Levine thinks that edge computing is the future of data-storage – it is basically the exact thing we described above.

Smart devices, like autonomous cars, will become “tiny” clouds on their own, thanks to having the computing power of hundreds of PCs… Read More

What Is Proximity Computing?

Excerpted from IoTforAll Report by Hari Harikrishnan

Edge computing is a means of processing data physically close to where the data is being produced, i.e., where the things and humans are – in the field area, homes, and remote offices.

Since they don’t live in the cloud, we need to complement cloud computing with many forms of computing at the edge to architect internet of things (IoT) solutions.

Events in our world need a timely response either for good user experience (“changing TV channels”) or to avoid catastrophes (“gas line leak”).

As these events occur, we need to choreograph complex systems to Sense, Process, and Act (SPA).

The cost of SPA’ing is a function of local vs. remote processing costs, network connectivity costs and remote systems management costs.

Size and power aside, proximity computing balances the timelines of responding to an event with the cost of that response.

Legal restrictions on data traversing jurisdictions further drive the need for proximity computing… Read More

Changing Computing and Networking Forever

Excerpted from DVIDS Report

There was a time when transoceanic travel was a fantasy, the mentioning of space travel could get you committed and the thought of 16GB of RAM in your computer was something only for the ultra-rich.

But technology, like time, changes and every so often a breakthrough happens.

It’s almost that time again. Imagine a world where computers are millions of times as powerful as they are today.

Instead of gene mapping a person’s DNA to treat disease, a program capable of mapping down to the protein level could provide highly-targeted cancer therapy.

Or, perhaps a weather system model could predict the formation of a tornado, along with its specific path, with accuracy greatly surpassing anything possible today, providing far longer warning times and saving lives.

In a small but significant step toward that future, the Quantum Networking group at the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (RI) in Rome, NY trapped Yb+ ions on April 14, 2017.

This is the first ion-trapping demonstration at an in-house Department of Defense (DoD) research laboratory… Read More

Big Data Driving Technological Innovation

Excerpted from CIO Report by Gary Eastwood

Big data analytics, or the collection and analysis of huge sums of data to discover underlying trends and patterns, is increasingly shaking the foundations of the business world.

As the field continues to grow at an explosive rate, many innovators are asking themselves how they can exploit big data to optimize their businesses.

While businesses have analyzed data for decades, recent developments in computing have opened new doors and unleashed big data’s potential.

A report from SNS research details the breadth of big data’s impact; it’s now a $57 billion market, and is expected to continue to grow.

So how exactly is big data driving changes in the marketplace, and what does the future of this exciting industry hold?

Savvy firms are using big data to foster increased consumer engagement, target new audiences with their advertisements, and hone the efficiency of their operations… Read More

Industrial IoT Market 2017-2022

Excerpted from MarketWatch Report

Interested or involved in the industrial internet of things (IoT) market in the next five years?

Visiongain has produced an in-depth market research report into Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Market 2017-2022, forecasting the rapid growth of this market.

This report offers forecasts for specific industries, while profiles of leading national/regional markets offer insights into region-specific opportunities and developments.

Visiongain has estimated this market to be worth $228.4 billion in 2017.

The development of this market and industry interest in IoT continues, with Visiongain forecasting significant growth rates for this market.

This report covers forecasts for the market, as well as other factors that could affect the industrial IoT.

By also covering the following IIoT submarkets, the report gives readers a concise overview of the market: Aerospace/Defense, Healthcare, Automotive & Transportation, Energy & Utilities, Agriculture, Retail, Manufacturing, and Others… Read More

Governors Pledge to Improve Cybersecurity

Excerpted from Star Tribune Report by Erin Golden

Minnesota state agencies fend off approximately 3 million cyberattacks daily, a constant barrage that explains why Governor Mark Dayton on Friday joined 37 other US governors in pledging to make cybersecurity a shared top priority.

At a meeting of the National Governors Association in Providence, RI, Dayton signed on to “A Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity.”

The 38 governors, including those from Iowa and Wisconsin, agreed to develop or build upon statewide plans to combat cyberattacks against IT networks, and to protect both personal and government data stored on state systems.

Dayton, a DFLer, has called for more state funding for cybersecurity initiatives. He said Minnesota needs to build on work it has already started.

“I am proud that Minnesota has been a leader in cybersecurity, but we must do more,” he said.

“As these threats increase in volume and sophistication, we must invest in critical upgrades, technology, and talent to keep Minnesotans safe and secure online… Read More

Coming Events of Interest

Industry of Things World Europe — September 18th and 19th in Berlin, Germany. Join more than 1,000 high-level executives to rethink your technology and business strategy for scalable, secure, and efficient IoT.

IoT Solutions World Congress — October 3rd through 5th in Barcelona, Spain. This event has grown enormously in no time and is an excellent barometer and source of information, inspiration, collaboration and transformation.

2017 Storage Visions Conference — October 16th in Milpitas, CA. “New Visions for Digital Storage” will bring together the vendors, end-users, researchers, and visionaries who will meet the growing demand for digital storage for all aspects of unstructured and lightly structured data.

INTRASECT— November 1st and 2nd in Washington, DC. The first conference of its kind to engage key stakeholders in a comprehensive and engaging examination of existing and future regulatory policy governing the usage of commercial autonomous vehicles.

Government Video Expo & National Drone Show — November 28th-30th in Washington, DC. The 22nd annual GVE will feature a full exhibit floor with numerous training options, free seminars, keynotes, networking opportunities, and five new educational pavilions.

Delivery of Things World 2018 — April 23rd and 24th in Berlin, Germany. Meet the most influential DevOps practitioners and experts and discuss what DevOps means for your business.

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