An eventful week
There has been a lot of security news in the couple of weeks between the RSA Conference in San Francisco and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. First, Google Security revealed a practical approach for generating collisions for the hashing algorithm SHA-1. While long considered vulnerable, SHA-1 has now been rendered all but useless. Second, security vulnerabilities reportedly cost Super Micro Computer to lose Apple as a client, leading to an 8% drop in the company’s market value. And third, the disclosure of a bug in CloudFlare’s services rendered consumers of web-based services from Uber, OkCupid and other companies potentially vulnerable.

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Every organization that builds software products and/or services has been striving to develop new offerings for (or move existing ones to) the cloud, lately.

Start-ups and small organizations see it as an obvious choice, or rather the only viable option, since it helps them save the upfront set-up costs of infrastructure and maintenance, and reduce the time-to-market significantly. Larger organizations with well-established products/services see it as an opportunity to offer greater flexibility and cost efficiency to their customers, hence making their products more competitive and future-safe. It is a win-win proposition for all stakeholders – OEMs, vendors, service providers and customers.

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