By Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Trustworthy Computing
More and more businesses are considering adopting cloud computing, drawn by the huge savings and benefits the cloud can provide. But are they truly ready, and able to take advantage of this opportunity?
It’s clear that cloud computing can deliver significant value to organizations. But, as you examine your options for building the cloud into your organization’s future, it’s important to assess your readiness to make the move.
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Posted by: Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Trustworthy Computing
There are lots of great reasons to attend next week’s RSA conference in San Francisco. With keynotes by industry thought leaders and in-depth panel sessions with security experts, RSA is the seminal event for the cybersecurity industry and you’ll see many of us from Microsoft in attendance.
The cloud, of course, will be the focus of many discussions and the conference will show that the industry has made strong progress on cloud security along with roadmaps and information about what still needs to be done. Another strong theme I think we’ll see coming through is how to strategize for mobile devices and the consumerization of IT.
Perhaps you’re curious about what Scott Charney will be covering in his keynote, or who Tim Rains will be interviewing next for his Cloud Fundamentals video series. As for me, I’ll be backstage, meeting with reporters, talking to customers in the Microsoft booth and checking out the show floor, attending as many sessions as possible and hanging out at a few of the evening events. Interesting and fun times ahead!
Posted by Adrienne Hall, general manager, Trustworthy ComputingIf you’ve been following the TwC Blog this week you’ll have read about a blind study we commissioned to compare the way that small to midsized businesses (SMB) in France, the U.K., the U.S. and Germany perceive the cloud in terms of security, privacy and reliability. These answers were then compared with the real experiences of SMBs that already use a cloud service. This study has also reinforced a number of things to me, one of them being that gaps are likely to exist between perception and reality; and this dynamic is not unique to technology decisions. Still, people can change their point of view and regularly do. When I think of Munich where our German results are releasing, I think of the world-renowned beer culture and Oktoberfest, which is celebrating its 203rd anniversary this year. The reality is that there are also numerous excellent restaurants ready with fine German Eisweins (Icewines) and Rieslings, providing a ready alternative in social settings. These days numerous Michelin restaurants co-exist with beer halls all inside the old walled city, providing a number of choices for a wide range of visitors. There’s much more to Munich’s liquid choices than I originally thought.
By Jeff Jones, director, Trustworthy ComputingWhen the winds and waves of Hurricane Sandy bore down ferociously on New York City, Microsoft partner WorkITsafe helped two customers upgrade to the Windows Server 2012 operating system with the new built-in Hyper-V Replica feature. As a result, their IT systems experienced minimal interruption as the hurricane flooded the surrounding area and required employees to hunker down at home. In this blog post, WorkITsafe President Steve Rubin tells how Windows Server 2012 protected his customers’ businesses—and has the potential to protect many more.
Posted by Jacqueline Beauchere, director, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft
Young people, parents, educators, and government officials around the world continue to be concerned about online bullying, often asking: What is it? How can it be prevented? And, what tools and resources are available to raise awareness and help educate the public?
Last week, the office of the Attorney General of Washington State held a day-long Cyberbullying Summit on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington. The company’s Online Safety Team had the distinct pleasure of actively participating. I spoke on a panel entitled, “Where are we now? Current Efforts in Education, Law and Technology to Fight Cyberbullying,” and my colleagues and I took part in the compelling working sessions that followed.
Attendees included Attorney General Rob McKenna and other government officials; educational and community leaders from across the state, as well as local law enforcement and representatives from the private sector. Resources were exchanged and best practices were shared. After thoughtful collaboration a draft plan for a state-wide campaign was devised to begin communicating clearly and with a singular voice how, best to prevent online bullying among youth, and encourage all individuals to be better “digital citizens.” Digital citizenship – responsible and appropriate use of technology – is a recurring theme in working to address many online safety issues.
Last May I traveled to Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong to meet with customers and reporters. I was interested to hear their perspectives regarding cloud services while sharing a recently completed a study on small to midsize businesses’ (SMBs) experiences with security in the cloud. This data indicated SMBs in Asia view cloud security positively. For example, 54 percent of respondents said their business was more secure as a result of moving to the cloud. (See infographic)
Posted by Adrienne Hall, general manager, Trustworthy ComputingI have some pre-conceived notions. Based on my own travel experiences over the years, I’ve had the view that Seattle’s June weather is consistently colder than London’s. Not so according to a side by side comparison on weather.com, which shows Seattle at an average 1 degree F higher than London over a twelve-month timeframe. This isn’t a big difference, but tells me that my own less scientific point of view was off-base. To the extent that perception does equal reality when there isn’t evidence to the contrary, new information is always valuable. Earlier I shared results of a study with small to midsized businesses (SMB) about the difference between perception and reality when it comes to the security, privacy and reliability of the cloud. In that post, I reported that U.S. SMBs using the cloud appear to be realizing benefits their counterparts still using an on-premise set up, are not.
I’m now here in London to release the small to mid-sized business Cloud Trust Study results for the U.K. SMB cloud users in the U.K. are realizing similar benefits. Fewer internal IT resources needed (58%) and time saved managing IT (49%) were considered the biggest benefits of cloud services. Also, 94% of U.K. SMBs have experienced security benefits in the cloud they didn’t have with their on-premises service, such as up-to-date systems, up-to-date antivirus protection and spam email management.
Posted by: Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Trustworthy Computing
Surrounded by the production crew, piles of equipment and lots of people with earnest looks on their faces, backstage is an interesting place to watch a keynote. It’s Tuesday and Scott Charney, corporate vice president of Trustworthy Computing (TwC) has just addressed the audience at RSA Conference 2012 in San Francisco.
An articulate presenter, deep thinker and industry influential in his own right, he makes talking to 5,000+ people look easy. Still, it’s always a relief when big moments like this go off as planned. I knew Scott would be fine, but I’m relieved the technology worked; that Scott’s slides appeared in the right order and at the right time, the last round of edits were the ones displayed, and the Trustworthy Computing Next white paper that Scott referenced was published on our website without a hitch.
That’s the point of technology right? It should all just work. To help you do whatever you want to do better, easier and more collaboratively.
By Trustworthy Computing Staff
Microsoft has a longstanding commitment to building technology that improves the lives of people of all ages and abilities. We’re proud of the work we do to provide trusted computing experiences for everyone.
Some of that work includes programs to reach people who may not have experienced our technology before, or may not have used it to its fullest extent. A recent example of this is Exergamers NYC, a public-private partnership in which Microsoft collaborated with New York City government agencies to help seniors benefit from using Kinect for XBOX 360 and Skype.
Together, we set up Exergaming programs at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York, enabling seniors to enjoy a fun workout like Zumba or virtual bowling without using complicated machines or heavy objects. Players can also watch their competitors at other locations and engage with them directly over Skype.
For more details on Exergamers, please see this blog post by Bonnie Kearney from our Accessibility team.
Posted by Adrienne Hall
“When organizations evaluate a technology and determine whether or not they trust it, what core factors are they considering?” Nearly ten years ago, a group of people at Microsoft discussed this question as they worked with a small set of customers to unearth the answer. The result was the Trustworthy Computing whitepaper, and the creation of Trustworthy Computing (TwC) in 2002 as a company initiative, and later a company tenet. Tasked with building new approaches to creating and delivering secure, private and reliable computing experiences for everyone, at the time the new mandate of TwC gave us an actionable way to bring together work that was already occurring across the company, yet apply even more systemic focus. Now, almost ten years later, we’re encouraged by the continued focus both inside and outside Microsoft. Yet, our work and that of the IT industry at large is far from over; many challenges and opportunities lay ahead.