Realizing Real Returns from On-Demand Service Investment in Latin America

Amy Larsen DeCarlo – Principal Analyst, Security and Data Center Services

As the global economy faces serious headwinds from a challenging geopolitical climate, enterprises are turning to technology as a tool to help navigate rocky competitive terrain. This is particularly true in regions like Latin America where economic instability has long been a problem. Serious economic challenges came into sharp relief in the region when nominal GDP declined 16.3% in 2020 from $5.2 trillion to $4.5 trillion. Continue reading “Realizing Real Returns from On-Demand Service Investment in Latin America”

AWS’ Private 5G Service Hits the Market with a Big Asterisk

Amy Larsen DeCarlo – Principal Analyst, Security and Data Center Services

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• Eight months after AWS announced it was bringing a private 5G service to market, the solution is now generally available in select AWS regions.

• The AWS Private 5G service comes with a big, carrier-style caveat at launch; it only supports 4G LTE with 5G coming sometime in the future.

After announcing it in December 2021, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has now rolled out its AWS Private 5G service to a wider prospect pool, but without 5G support. The misleading branding of the service will no doubt cause confusion, particularly given the fact that AWS hasn’t specified when support for 5G will be available.

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Mobile Insecurity: Changing Workplace Models Expose Enterprise Vulnerabilities

Amy Larsen DeCarlo – Principal Analyst, Security and Data Center Services

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• Almost half of organizations queried suffered a mobile device related breach in the last year.

• The majority of organizations link the increase in incidents to migration to a hybrid work environment.

It is no secret that the sudden shift to remote work during COVID-19 lockdown put tremendous pressure on IT teams as they scrambled to deploy and manage new collaboration tools and related IT services. Over time, it became apparent that many enterprise security vulnerabilities were exposed in that overnight migration, and as a result there was an uptick in breaches. Continue reading “Mobile Insecurity: Changing Workplace Models Expose Enterprise Vulnerabilities”

Amazon Goes All-in on Healthcare with $3.9 Billion One Medical Acquisition

Amy Larsen DeCarlo – Principal Analyst, Security and Data Center Services

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• Amazon caught both the tech and healthcare industries off guard when it announced it had reached an agreement with One Medical to acquire the tech-centric healthcare provider for $3.9 billion.

• The deal raised some regulatory red flags as critics questioned the data privacy implications of having a large retailer with a massive cloud platform having access to patient records.

Amazon’s planned One Medical acquisition stunned both the healthcare and technology industries. While the deal is not the retailer’s first foray into healthcare, the value of the deal and the pairing with Amazon’s other interests in both brick-and-mortar retail (Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh) and pharmaceuticals (PillPack) show just how serious the company is about pursuing an outsized role in the medical industry. One Medical, which operates just under 200 clinics, offers patients a subscription-based telehealth service, which dovetails with Amazon’s own Prime model. Continue reading “Amazon Goes All-in on Healthcare with $3.9 Billion One Medical Acquisition”

Google Cloud Launches New Subsidiary Catering to Government Clients

Amy Larsen DeCarlo – Principal Analyst, Security and Data Center Services

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• A bit late to the enterprise party, Google Cloud is looking to play catch up on the government front with a new public sector business.

• The business will operate autonomously while selling the full suite of Google products.

Looking to capture a bigger share of the public sector IT sales and challenge fellow hyperscale rivals Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud is launching a separate subsidiary to serve US government clients, which will have its own separate board of directors to be named later. The Google Cloud Public Sector arm will sell the full suite of Google services, including cybersecurity solutions to federal, state, and local government entities. Will Grannis, Google Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer, will oversee the new business at launch until a permanent CEO is named. Lynn Martin, a Google vice president, will head the US Public Sector sales organization.

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Organizations Combat Chronic Security Understaffing by Hiring Less-Experienced Professionals

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  • Facing serious internal IT security expertise limitations, many organizations are hiring lower-level staff and providing professional development on the job.
  • This strategy appears to be yielding good results with many prepared to work on assignment independently within six months, according to an (ISC)² survey of hiring managers.

IT security organizations are under acute pressure.  Navigating an escalating threat environment often with a lack of internal expertise, companies are reassessing approaches to staffing and casting a wider net with respect to hiring for IT security roles.

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IBM Expands Cybersecurity Grant Program to Help K-12 Institutions Battle Ransomware

Amy Larsen DeCarlo – Principal Analyst, Security and Data Center Services

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• Often under-resourced from an IT perspective and possessing a wealth of valuable personal data, educational institutions are prime targets for ransomware.

• With incidents against K-12 school systems rising dramatically, IBM is looking to help districts mount a better defense through its cybersecurity grant program.

The number of ransomware incidents levied against educational institutions is soaring. K-12 school systems in particular have suffered a brutal few years. To help mount a better defense, IBM is again offering cybersecurity support to public school districts in the US and a number of other countries.

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In the Shadow of a War, the US Senate Passes Legislation to Drive Data Breach Transparency


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Amy Larsen DeCarlo – Principal Analyst, Security and Data Center Services

• As Russia continues to press into Ukraine, both countries are targets of cyberattacks raising concerns about emboldened hackers escalating their efforts to critical infrastructure in other regions

• With the SolarWinds hack of 2020 still a prominent memory, the US Senate passed legislation it promises to both improve transparency around security events and strengthen support for breached entities

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine looming large over the geopolitical climate, cyberattacks hitting both countries are evidence that threat actors are already playing a major role in the early days of the war. Cyberthreats have long been a top concern, but the current turmoil is lending an increasing urgency around threats to critical infrastructure beyond the current conflict. Russian-based threat actors proved their effectiveness with the SolarWinds attack in which multiple US government agencies including the Department of Defense, the State Department, and the Department of Homeland Security were breached.

One of the major challenges both public and private sector organizations face is a lack of information. This is in part because of actual security incidents getting buried in an impossibly high volume of false positives. But it is also the result of a lack of information sharing between and among peers. This week the US Senate passed legislation that promises to both help drive greater transparency around data breaches and ransomware payments and improve support for impacted organizations.

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Cyberwarfare in the Digital Age: Ukraine vs. Russia


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Amy Larsen DeCarlo – Principal Analyst, Security and Data Center Services

• In the months leading up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the country was laying the groundwork for cyberwar.

• But Ukraine is fighting back with the support of its own underground hacking community and hackers from beyond its borders playing a part in interfering with Russian operations and trying to stall the invading country’s momentum.

Cyberattacks have been used by hacktivists in the past to wage political and ethical battles for years. But in the days following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is taking cyberwarfare to a new level. Months before to Russia’s February 24th military invasion of Ukraine, Russia took to cyberspace to infiltrate and in some cases destabilize networks within its neighbor. Reports of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks allegedly initiated by Russia surfaced the week before the invasion, flooding the networks of Ukraine’s defense ministry and two banks. The attacks against the banks were launched in two waves, with the first interrupting service. The second stage involved text messages to clients telling them the bank was no longer functioning.

And there are indicators that Russia had breached Ukraine’s months before and was lying in wait to attack, installing data wiper malware on hundreds of computers In Ukraine. The wiper malware can delete all files from a computer, essentially making the computer unusable.

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Amazon Web Services Commits $40 Million to Improve Health Outcomes in Underserved Communities

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Amy Larsen DeCarlo – Principal Analyst, Security and Data Center Services

• Amazon Web Services (AWS) earmarked $40 million over the next three years to support organizations working to advance healthcare equity over the next three years via AWS credits and technical support

• This is a follow on to a program AWS launched in 2020 to improve health diagnostics in which it has so far assisted 87 organizations in 17 countries

AWS is flexing a fairly mighty philanthropic muscle with a new program dedicated to advancing global healthcare equity and improving medical outcomes. By offering qualified non-profits, research institutions, and other organizations computing credits, technology, and other supports, AWS is hoping to advance an agenda to better support underserved and underrepresented communities. The program is directed to organizations developing cloud-based healthcare solutions.

The AWS program is targeted at organizations that are addressing any of three major imperatives: Expanding access to health services; lessening disproportionate negative health outcomes in underrepresented communities by addressing root causes of disease and illness; and tapping into larger data sets to promote equitable care systems.

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