News roundup: This week in technology

May 29th, 2014 / Category: Globalscape News and Events

From security to disaster recovery to the Internet of Things, here's what's going on in the tech world this week:

Survey highlights healthcare IT struggles
Retail breaches may have caught the national spotlight this past year, but according to a new study, healthcare IT could be more vulnerable than merchant systems. InformationWeek reported that a BitSight study entitled "Will Healthcare Be the Next Retail?" revealed that the healthcare industry experienced the largest spike in attacks among the four big sectors and was the slowest to respond. Although medical facilities as a whole fared poorly on their security protection and incident response, some individual health care organizations "led the market" and used best practices to address issues effectively. Given the highly sensitive and regulated nature of the data medical facilities handle, it's particularly important for this sector to protect its information with secure solutions and procedures.

Disaster recovery evolves
Cloud-based disaster recovery options are helping organizations to implement more dependable systems, leading to an emphasis on business continuity rather than disaster response. Referring to a Quarum study, CloudTweaks explained that DR plans come into play for a variety of reasons that don't always align with business leaders' expectations. In fact, only 5 percent  of DR processes are called upon for natural disasters. Of the remainder, 55 percent are caused by equipment failure, 22 percent by human error, and 18 percent by software failure. More advanced data management solutions that make use of cloud resources can more easily back up entire systems, scale to evolving needs, and facilitate rapid recovery response.

Cybercrime advancing faster than security measures
According to a report co-sponsored by PricewaterhouseCooper?s, the U.S. Secret Service, the CERT Division of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute, and CSO security news magazine, 75 percent of survey respondents indicated they detected a security breach in the past year, The Associated Press reported. On average, companies experienced 135 incidents per year. Ed Lowery, head of the U.S. Secret Service's Criminal Investigative Division, explained that the increasingly sophisticated and persistent nature of cybercrime calls for more advanced security measures beyond traditional approaches such as password protection and antivirus software.

The Internet of Things poised for explosive expansion
As one of the big trends in today's technology landscape, the Internet of Things has already captured the interest of leaders and innovators across industries. In addition to investigating opportunities for product creation and data analytics, organizations may need to alter their IT infrastructures to accommodate growing storage and bandwidth needs. A series of recent reports pointed to the increasing prominence of connected devices, with implications for wireless, sensor, Internet, and communications sectors. As far as the IoT market is concerned, the majority of revenue will come from consumer products, though businesses are likely to utilize advanced sensor and semiconductor wireless technology.

Big data also growing
Companies are prioritizing big data initiatives, a QuinStreet, Inc. study concluded, according to Datamation. Business leaders are focusing on transparency, speed, and accurate decision-making. Nonetheless, many organizations are still struggling with implementing the right infrastructure and supporting technology to manage their data resources and access reports.