Hyperguarding your Web Applications

Weekly Industry Round-up: Week of 11/23

Posted by hyperguard on November 27, 2009

Firefox flaws account for 44% of all browser bugs
This article by Greg Keizer discusses Firefox being accounted for almost half of all web vulnerabilities in the first six months of 2009. According to California-based Cenzic, Mozilla’s browser had the largest percentage, while Apple’s Safari came in second. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) was third and Opera Software’s flagship browser took fourth place. Cenzic’s chief technology officer says that “the number of vulnerabilities is only one measurement of a browser’s security. We’re not trying to point a finger at any one browser. I would certainly not abandon Firefox because of this.”

Search Data Center…
The mainframe’s potential for Web services and cloud computing
In this post, Wayne Kernochan discusses how web services allow IT departments to make a legacy mainframe application available to the organization as well as the global customer and partner base. “Cloudization” or virtualization of mainframe applications complements Web services by making the mainframe application much more flexible. IT can shift workloads between platforms. If a cloud does not contain a mainframe, IT can still move mainframe app instances to and within a remote cloud.

Cloud computing less cloudy, but IT pros still skeptical
This post by Carl Brooks says IT pros may still be confused about what cloud computing can and cannot do, but they are sure they want it according to attendees from Interop this past week. Due to a general community agreement on the basic properties of cloud and some heavy marketing, people are still skeptical of cloud computing, but much more knowledgeable about it.

Cloud computing: Which IT projects are right for the cloud?
This article by Cara Garretson looks at which IT functions are perfect for cloud computing and which ones should stay in the data center. It suggests finding a project that supports a business opportunity and could be easily moved into the cloud to save costs and resources. It should also be something that doesn’t involve core competencies, and moving it offsite shouldn’t create a security risk. Essentially, taking on a cloud computing project may require extensive research and preparation, but the payoff can be significant when everything is done correctly.


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