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Nearly half of enterprise cloud projects past trial phrase, Microsoft claims

Cloud is advancing beyond the initial stages and slowly becoming entrenched in enterprises despite the pervasiveness of security concerns about cloud-based platforms

Research commissioned by Microsoft and published Wednesday suggests nearly half of organisations using cloud services have moved beyond initial pilot phases, with 32 per cent of enterprises articulating and implementing a clear cloud computing strategy within their organisations despite concerns around data protection and security. But the research also suggests that the pervasiveness of concerns around security, while certainly a challenge for cloud service providers and enterprises, may also be a boon for other.

NSA revelations prompt Canadian, UK businesses to reconsider US cloud

NSA surveillance activities are causing a quarter of UK businesses, one in three Canadian businesses to consider moving off of US servers

As revelations of the US’s widespread digital intelligence gathering techniques continue to populate headlines worldwide, non-US businesses’ trust in American providers of cloud services continues to plummet. A study published at the end of last week suggests one in four Canadian and UK businesses are moving their data outside the US in a bid to evade the NSA’s watchful eye, a significant increase on results reported just six months ago.

Cloud firms discuss NSA spying, healthcare.gov with Obama

President Obama and senior government officials met with executives from leading cloud and tech firms to discuss a range of topics; NSA spying was top of mind

US President Barack Obama met with executives from some of America’s largest cloud and IT service providers to discuss the government’s surveillance activities and its troubled healthcare.gov site Tuesday. The move came a day after a US Federal Court judged said in a ruling that the NSA’s mass surveillance activities are “likely unconstitutional.”

IBM sued over Prism’s impact on Chinese business

The LSPRF claims IBM knew Prism and its support of CISPA would hurt its business in China, and withheld that from investors

According to a recently published filing with a New York District Court a major shareholder of IBM is suing the company and its chief financial officer Mark Loughridge for misleading investors on the impact of US government surveillance activities on its business in China.

Google ‘outraged’ over NSA datacentre hack

A leaked NSA slide detailing the "Google Cloud Exploitation"

According to National Security Agency documents recently leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the US intelligence agency has hacked the main communications links between the public internet and Google and Yahoo’s datacentres globally. Google is ‘outraged’ by the reports, saying it underscores the need for urgent reform.

EU LIBE Committee votes to strengthen EU data protection laws

The European Commission will now enter into negotiations with EU member states to develop a final text ahead of the EU elections in the Spring 2014

The Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament voted to approve the European Commission’s data protection reforms Tuesday, the most significant legal overhaul of the EU’s data protection policy since 1995. The wide-reaching reforms aim to centralise data protection oversight, strengthen enforcement and penalties, and give European citizens more say in what internet giants, cloud service providers and businesses can do with their data.

RSA warns customers over NSA-compromised products

McAfee, Symantec, Juniper Networks and BlackBerry are among other companies using NIST's Dual_EC_DRBG standard

RSA Security, a subsidiary of cloud storage pioneer EMC has warned its customers against using an encryption technology it supplies because the company is unsure whether or not it has been compromised by the NSA.

Dutch MEP Judith Sargentini says open source and European cloud will protect EU data

Judith Sargentini, Dutch Green MEP

Europe should invest in developing its own highly secure cloud platform to keep European citizens’ data out of reach of snooping governments and criminals, and encourage adoption of open source technologies in the process, said Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini.

Cloud adoption grows while enterprise datacentres investment remains flat

The Uptime Institute says cloud services is cannibalising enterprise datacentre growth

While global adoption of public cloud computing seems to be picking up pace in 2013, enterprise datacentre growth has either remained flat or decreasing, according to a report published Thursday by international datacentre authority Uptime Institute.

Secure cloud email service closes; warns against hosting data in US

Edward Snowden used Lavabit

US-based encrypted email service Lavabit has shut up shop in the wake of the PRISM scandal, with its founder warning against trusting data to any company with physical ties to the US.

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