Day: May 20, 2020

survey reveals what the public wants from a contact-tracing app

The UK government is currently trialling a contact tracing app among residents of the Isle of Wight ahead of a plan to roll it out across England. The app is designed to alert users if they have been in contact with someone who has reported COVID-19 symptoms and encourage them to self-isolate. But success will depend on the number of people who are willing to actually use it.

We conducted a non-representative survey of 730 people on May 11 – six days into the trial – which has thrown up some findings that could help work out what would convince

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During COVID-19, wasting 30 percent of cloud spend is not OK

Even before COVID-19, public cloud adoption was accelerating. The Flexera 2020 State of the Cloud Report highlights that cloud usage is accelerating, with respondents anticipating that cloud spend will increase by an average 47% next year. However, organizations are still struggling to accurately plan for cloud spend, exceeding their cloud budget by an average of 23% last year.

These challenges are likely to be exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, as 59% of enterprises expect cloud usage to exceed prior plans. With respondents estimating that they waste 30% of their cloud spend, more cloud spend also means more waste. As cloud

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6 ways to be more secure in the cloud

For years, many business and IT executives have been leery of the public cloud — and even avoided these services outright — because of concerns about security threats.

Those worries have largely abated as the cloud services market matured and the leading cloud providers built highly secure infrastructures. But that doesn’t mean the threats have gone away or that cloud customers should assume they’re no longer responsible for making sure their data is protected.

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