Italy unveils plans for cybersecurity agency to aid its cloud strategy

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Italy plans to set up a national agency tasked with combating cyber attacks as it continues work on its unified cloud infrastructure.

The country is one of many European nations attempting to enhance their cybersecurity capabilities.

Many aspects of Italy’s digital security, which are dispersed among various Ministers and state bodies, are to be brought together under the authority of the Prime Minister.

The general director and his deputy will be appointed...

81% of firms have accelerated their cloud computing plans due to COVID-19

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The global pandemic, and associated surge in remote work, has accelerated a massive move to cloud with cloud-first organisations now outnumbering on premise organizations by a ratio of three-to-one.

This was highlighted in a study by Devo Technology, a cloud-native logging and security analytics company, which assessed the current state and pace of change with regards to enterprise cloud transformation initiatives and the ramifications on teams running a Security

As many...

Cognizant creates Google Business Group to deliver cloud modernisation

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Professional services firm Cognizant has developed a dedicated Google Business Group (GBG) to help accelerate shared customers' cloud modernisation journeys. 

The GBG is an expansion of Cognizant's long-standing relationship with Google Cloud, extending combined service capabilities and joint solutions development to accelerate client cloud transformation and meet the evolving needs of today's businesses.   

With a specialised team of Google...

Cloud-native architectures break traditional approaches to app security

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The rising adoption of cloud-native architectures, DevOps and agile methodologies has broken traditional approaches to application security.

This is according to an independent global survey of 700 CISOs commissioned by Software intelligence firm Dynatrace.

As organisations shift more responsibility 'left' to developers to accelerate innovation, increasingly complex IT ecosystems and outdated security tooling can slow releases by leaving blind spots and forcing teams to...

EU privacy body investigates use of American cloud services

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The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has launched an investigation into the use of cloud services provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft under Cloud II contracts by European Union (EU) institutions, bodies and agencies (EUIs).

It has also begun looking at the use of Microsoft Office 365 by the European Commission.

These investigations are part of the EDPS’ strategy for EU institutions to comply with the “Schrems II” Judgement so that ongoing...

41% of risk and compliance pros adopting cloud tech in pandemic recovery

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There has been a strong post-pandemic push toward the adoption of cloud-based technology, according to a study by Galvanize, an SaaS governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) software provider.

The survey of GRC professionals revealed the critical value they bring to the C-suite, as well as the top concerns from, and the evolving role of, GRC professionals. 

The report, which assessed the views of GRC professionals and non-GRC professionals in related fields, found...

Harmont & Blaine selects IBM Cloud to support its growth in the global markets

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Italian clothing brand Harmont & Blaine has chosen IBM Cloud to modernise its IT infrastructure and support its expansion into international markets, responding more quickly and effectively to its increasingly attentive and demanding clients.

The fashion producer and supplier needed to migrate its technological infrastructure from a traditional IT Managed Services environment to IBM Cloud to modernise its key business processes, such as supply chain, retail management and...

Deloitte and Teradata partner to help customers leverage the cloud

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Professional services network Deloitte and software firm Teradata have teamed up to help mutual customers migrate their on-premise data management and analytics environments to the Teradata Vantage multi-cloud data platform. 

Deloitte, a preferred systems integrator for Vantage, will collaborate with Teradata to take the complexity out of data migration and equip organisations with the advanced capabilities of the future on cloud. 

Ashish Verma, managing director,...

Human rights activists urge Google to halt cloud computing work in Saudi Arabia

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Human rights groups and activists have called on Google to halt plans to establish a Cloud Region in Saudi Arabia until the company can publicly demonstrate how it will mitigate risks to human rights.

In December 2020, Google announced an agreement with Saudi Aramco to set up a Google Cloud region in Saudi Arabia and offer Enterprise Cloud services there “with a particular focus on businesses in the Kingdom”. The Google Cloud Platform is one of the largest data storage and...

Israel opts for Amazon and Google cloud services

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The Israeli Government has penned a $1 billion+ deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google for public sector and military cloud services.

The tech giants are thought to have beaten Microsoft, Oracle and IBM to a tender in April 2021 for the four phase project, dubbed Nimbus.

It will not be a centralised system due to there being two providers and, although not all data will be stored on it, Israeli finance ministers expect to start moving data to the cloud this...