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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:


U.S., EU Wrangle Over Trans-Atlantic Data-Transfer Agreement

The U.S. and European Union officials jousted over the future of a trans-Atlantic data agreement nearly a week before a negotiating deadline, noted an article in The Wall Street Journal. According to the piece, the impasse throws into jeopardy the transfer of personal information underpinning the world’s largest trading relationship.

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Selloff Puts Cloud-Computing Upstarts in Play

The recent market selloff is pummeling the business-technology sector, wrote Robert McMillan in a piece in The Wall Street Journal, but it may come with a silver lining for its top players: an opportunity to buy cash-poor upstarts that have been eating away at their business.

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2016: The year of IT-driven solutions to business problems

Brian Butte, VP of Cloud Computing at Tangoe wrote an article in Network World about why this year’s cloud evolution will transform enterprise operations. He wrote that in 2015, we saw the C-suite begin to recognize the pervasive force of both private and public cloud, and 2016 promises to be the year of hybrid cloud as the two merge into a single offering.

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Linux Kernel Flaw Endangers Millions of PCs, Servers and Android Devices

According to a piece in by Lucian Constantin, a serious vulnerability in the Linux kernel could have allowed attackers to take full control over Linux-based PCs, servers, Android phones and other embedded devices for almost three years. As a result of the flaw, an attacker with access to only a limited account on a Linux system can escalate their privileges to root.

Of note, ZDNet also covered the news in an article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nicholson, and reported that Israeli security firm Perception Point disclosed the vulnerability, describing it as a zero–day “local privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux kernel.” Which, it was, but that’s not the full story, wrote Steven.

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