News Scan: Data breaches most costly in cloud; Fewer companies support BYOD; more


>> Data breaches most costly in the cloud, study finds

A data breach could be up to three times more costly to an organization if it happens in the cloud. That is one of the conclusions of the report "Data Breach: The Cloud Multiplier Effect" from the Ponemon Institutes. According to an article at InfoWorld, the reason is because of the way cloud resources are handled at some organizations. It also helps account for why many IT security professionals have a dim view of cloud computing, the article says. Three takeaways from the research: Many of those surveyed don't believe their companies are properly vetting cloud services for security; certain activities--such as rapid expansion of operations--can boost the price tag for a data loss breach; and the costliest data breaches for high-value intellectual property occur when a company tries to bring its own cloud.

(Read more on data breaches in the cloud: What are top security concerns when moving to the cloud? / The cloud multiplier effect on data breaches)

>> CIOs reveal their most pressing pain points

Along with the pleasure of being CIO come some pain points. According to a recent survey by IDG and RES Software, some in particular stand out. In an email to FierceCIO, the firm noted that improving IT operational efficiency and improving business agility are the core pain points that plague the IT department, cited by more than 50 percent of CIOs surveyed. Also, 37 percent said more improvement is needed in the end-user experience. CIOs also identified the top three areas where they plan to invest over the next three years: cloud computing (cited by 53 percent), efficiency (cited by 52 percent) and the mobile workforce (cited by 43 percent). Despite these increased investments, 76 percent of CIOs said they expect their budgets to remain the same or decline.

(Read more on CIO concerns: Here's what is really worrying CIOs right now / Stop worrying about the CIO role)

>> Fewer companies support BYOD than hype suggests

Is BYOD being over-hyped? Yes, according to new research from CompTIA, which surveyed 400 IT and business executives on the topic. Commenting on the survey results, an article at ITworld notes "the sorry state of BYOD: Depending on the size of the company, anywhere from 39 percent to 51 percent of respondents are not doing BYOD at all. Nada. Zip." The article quotes Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis at CompTIA: "BYOD is popular, but there are still a lot of companies at least attempting to control all mobile device deployment and management. The number of companies not doing BYOD is a lot higher than you'd think given all the hype around the term."

(Read more on BYOD hype: BYOD: Four case studies show the reality behind the hype / BYOD: What is really happening behind the hype?)

>> CII project gets first funding, new backers and board

The Core Infrastructure Initiative, a project hosted by The Linux Foundation that enables "technology companies, industry stakeholders and esteemed developers to collaboratively identify and fund open source projects that are in need of assistance," recently announced the first projects to receive funding from the initiative, five new backers and the advisory board members who will help identify critical infrastructure projects most in need of support. "All software development requires support and funding. Open source software is no exception and warrants a level of support on par with the dominant role it plays supporting today's global information infrastructure," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation, in an email to FierceCIO. "The aim of CII is to move from the reactive, crisis-driven responses to a measured, proactive way to identify and fund those projects that are in need. I am thrilled that we now have a forum to connect those in need with those with funds."

(Read more on the ICI project: Core Infrastructure Initiative FAQ / Cash, the Core Infrastructure Initiative, and open source projects)