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The Weekly Security and DevOps News Brief

A lot happened in the world of security and DevOps this week. Here are the top posts we saw:

Former IBM Chief Named to Obama Cybersecurity Team

Barb Darrow wrote a piece for Fortune about President Barack Obama’s appointment of former IBM chief executive Sam Palmisano to a new cybersecurity commission tasked with helping the country better defend itself against and withstand cyber attacks.

Read the full article here.

 

Why Using the ‘Cloud’ Can Undermine Data Protections

While the increasing use of encryption helps smartphone users protect their data, another sometime related technology, cloud computing, can undermine those protections, noted a piece in The Wall Street Journal. The article comes on the heels of recent news surrounding Apple’s encryption laws that can keep certain smartphone data outside the reach of law enforcement.

Read the full article here.

 

Los Angeles Hospital Pays Hackers $17,000 After Attack

The all-too-real scenario played out this month at a large Los Angeles hospital when hackers seized control of critical computer systems and the hospital paid a $17,000 ransom to release them, according to an article in The New York Times. These so-called ransomware attacks have increased significantly in the past year, security experts say.

Read the full article here.

 

Exploring enterprise options for running Windows in the cloud

As enterprise IT teams cozy up to the idea of public cloud, they’re moving more core Windows workloads off premises — but first, they face a number of tough decisions, wrote Kristin Knapp in an article for SearchCloudComputing.

Read the full article here.

 

What interesting security and DevOps news did you read out there this week? Let us know in the comments.