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Web Security Journal: There's been a flurry of discussion this week among Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the WebSocket (WS) protocol? John Fallows: When surfing the Web, our browsers may communicate with Web servers via HTTP proxies that deliver many benefits, such as providing previously cached Web content more efficiently than repeatedly contacting the target server. These proxies may be either explicitly configured at the browser or they may form part of the general network topology to intercept the communication path implicitly. Securely encrypted Web communication cannot be intercepted by such proxies. Members of the Hypertext Bidirectional (HyBi) IETF Working Group recently comp... (more)

Vodafone India; China’s Baidu; Asia-Pacific News Roundup

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. E-commerce entrepreneur Minh Bui shares his recent interview and findings about the future of e-commerce in Indonesia in this article featured in e27.  Read Original Content Vodafone India is launching a new campaign that will show off mobile apps that are “fun and interesting”.  The goal of the campaign is to shift traditional mobile Internet usage patterns and enable users to see the Internet as a source of fun and convenience.  Read Original Content China’s Baidu is working with France Telecom to develop a browser for Android-based smartphones sold in Africa and the Middle East.  Read Original Content Ante... (more)

OSSI Shares Its Open Source Vision Across Government Technology Systems

“Our common interest in open source solutions has enabled OSSI to put together an all-star team of Government, commercial and community partners,” said John Farrell of HP/Fortify, OSSI's volunteer chairman and Chief Information Security Officer, as OSSI named several new members to its Industry Advisory Board. “OSSI was founded in 2001 based on the idea that one day, the technological strength and efficiencies of the open source model would find its ideal fit within Government systems," Farrell continued. For more than a decade, said Farrell, OSSI has been sharing the vision of open source across government technology systems. He added: "I believe that time has come. It is truly exciting to be a part of the open source experience.”  New Board members include: Bill Bacci of HP Federal; Dr. William Grossmann of Global Projects Design; AJ Jaghori , former CTO of L-3 Stra... (more)

Is PaaS Dying?

The ‘platform’ tier in the middle of cloud computing’s architecture is being squeezed, folded and reshaped beyond recognition. Even with continued investment, can it survive the transformative pressures forcing down upon it from the software/application layer above, or the apparently inexorable upward movement from the infrastructure layer upon which it rests? To look at recent investments and enthusiastic headlines, it would be easy to assume that Platform as a Service (or PaaS) is on the up. RedHat recently trumpeted the launch of OpenShift Enterprise — a ‘private PaaS,’ whatever that might be. Eagerly tracked super-startup Pivotal pushed PivotalOne out to the world, strengthening the position of the Cloud Foundry PaaS offering upon which it sits. Apprenda, a PaaS that almost predates wider recognition of the term, secured an additional $16 million to continue ex... (more)

Breach and Akamai Deliver Cloud Computing Security

Akamai Session at Cloud Expo Breach Security has announced the release of the WebDefend Global Event Manager, a solution developed to work in conjunction with the new Web Application Firewall service offered by Akamai Technologies. When deployed with Akamai’s Web Application Firewall service, the WebDefend Global Event Manager is the first web application security management solution that defends against global application security threats by enabling customers to make distributed cloud and data center defense-in-depth architectures operational. The WebDefend Global Event Manager is designed to work in concert with Akamai’s solutions across joint customers’ web environments in real-time to accurately detect and block attacks, prevent unauthorized data leakage, improve performance and identify and remediate web application coding errors. The launch of the Akamai Web... (more)

Advisolocity To Offer Turnkey Social Media Solution

New Media on Ulitzer Distribution media consultant D. Bruce Johnston announced this week the March 1 launch of a new strategic, creative service dedicated to thought leadership messaging strategies for advisors in transition. “First: It’s about each advisor, their vision and the clients they serve. It’s about building conviction and consensus around their story,” Mr. Johnston noted. “Second: It’s about speed to market when nothing less will do. Advisors will find they can actualize their vision with Advisolocity faster and more cost-effectively than with conventional agencies.” Third: It’s coming to the RIA world March 1. Zach Hedges, project developer, added that his prospects and clients were increasingly demanding a more intense focus on blending low-cost solutions into the messaging mix. “Social media is like free air time,” Mr. Hedges said. “No entrepreneur ca... (more)

Acumen Solutions Wins Contract for Cloud Computing Services

5th Cloud Expo in New York This April Acumen Solutions, a business and technology consulting firm that specializes in bringing cloud computing solutions to government agencies and large enterprises, has been selected to provide a cloud-computing CRM and Project Management solution to the US Department of Health & Human Services - Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). In order to support the nationwide upgrade of our Health IT infrastructure, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has allocated funding for medical providers to implement Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. ONC has been tasked with encouraging the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of a nationwide Health Information Exchange (HIE) to improve health care. In order to effectively distribute these grants into the market,... (more)

Privacy, Security, Functionality and Enhanced Benefits of Free Commerce

If you are a technologist in the IT industry I would like to recommend some reading to you. The US Department of Commerce has unveiled a report which includes a policy framework designed to enhance the protection of consumer privacy online while supporting innovation and continued enhancement of functionality for consumers. The report was developed with a broad range of stakeholders in the innovation and technology community, and is a sound framework that I believe we should all just move out on.  However, the department is soliciting inputs if you have other suggestions on this work. Below I’m providing their official press release plus a link to the full report. I would also like to recommend you review the charter and website of the Internet Policy Task Force that shaped this framework.  Their site is at: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/internetpolicytaskforce/ FOR IM... (more)

Cloud Computing: Dell Helps Businesses Reap its Full Value

What do salesforce.com, NetSuite, RightNow, Marketo, Taleo, Zuora, Coupa, NASDAQ and Web MD all have in common? They all rely on Dell Boomi's AtomSphere integration technology. Such leading SaaS players and enterprise customers, says Dell Boomi, rely on AtomSphere "to accelerate time to market, increase sales, and eliminate the headaches associated with integration." When the acquisition was announced in November 2010, Boomi president and CEO Bob Moul called it "a fantastic outcome" for his team, as well as for Boomi's customers and partners. "Dell gives us the global platform to continue to scale Boomi AtomSphere as the leading integration solution in the SaaS and cloud computing industry," Moul commented. From Dell's perspective, the move was one more step in its assembly of a technology portfolio for growing businesses seeking the benefits of web-based computin... (more)

Telco Cloud Services – Cloud Service Innovation Platform

Our Telco Cloud Services initiative is a product innovation program for telcos and web hosting companies, intended to develop a Cloud solutions portfolio for them to adopt based on best practices developed from real-world projects. As the Cisco white paper highlights, the primary value of Cloud computing to telcos is that it offers a platform for product innovation, and so our objective is exactly this, to link a Cloud Services Roadmap to the development of a Cloud Service Innovation Platform. To achieve this I was inspired by the UK Governments concept of “Forward Commitment Procurement“, utilizing Government spending as the source of innovation, and have spent the last year intensively reviewing the procurement RFPs of the Canadian Government, using them as the requirements specifications to define the Cloud Services Roadmap. Cloud Services Roadmap The overall en... (more)

New Key Technology Simplifies Data Encryption in the Cloud

Data at rest has long been protected by technology called public key infrastructure (PKI), in which data is encrypted when it’s created by a public key and only decrypted, in theory, by an authorized person holding the private key. But extending this type of data protection to the cloud can be complicated. The migration to the cloud has introduced a new set of complex security issues for IT teams to manage due to the lack of direct control over the security of the data. Moreover, cloud providers believe that data security is a shared responsibility, where the service provider assures physical security and the subscribers must secure their servers and data. Presumably this would include a strategy for encryption and key management which requires that the keys be stored outside the cloud rather than in it. Startup security company Porticor just released a solution tha... (more)