Inside Cloud - February 13th, 2020

Inside Cloud (Feb 13th, 2020)

Tech salaries get a bump from cloud / Alibaba's cloud reaches milestone / Consider hard drives for photos

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1. According to an analysis by recruitment firm Harvey Nash, tech positions are seeing a bump in salary as companies seek employees with cloud experience. Project managers, business analysts, and security and testing experts can all thank the rise of the cloud for their increase in pay. The driving force is less for any particular technology than from how cloud systems are deployed, the report says. "The growth in demand, and salaries, for business analysts and project managers reflects a need by organizations to get this 'how' piece right," said Rob Grimsey, a director at Harvey Nash. The fastest-growing salaries included business analysts (up by 28% in the last 12 months), security specialists (up 22%), project managers (up 16%) and testing engineers (up 11%). – ZDNET


2. Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian sat down with CNBC recently to discuss the evolution of the cloud industry and Google Cloud’s push into the enterprise. Kurian answered questions about the overall increase in spending among the cloud giants, Google's competition with AWS and Microsoft, and the future plans for Google Cloud. "A lot of people are seeing cloud as the future of technology," Kurian said. "They believe that these companies will grow significantly, in addition to the hyperscalers, and one of the strategies we at Google have adopted is recognizing that platforms that win in the end are those that are differentiated by their platform solution." – CNBC

3. Because the average enterprise company has more than 1,500 cloud apps in use, most of them not sanctioned by the IT team, it's more important than ever that companies keep tabs on what services are being used within their networks. Two new tools promise to help IT departments detect cloud services in use by scanning network traffic and checking firewall logs. Both Microsoft Cloud App Security and Defender Advanced Threat Protection lets IT track what is being used, lock a service out and even audit cloud app usage. After all, employees are uploading some 80GB a month to cloud services. – TECH REPUBLIC

4. The Chinese mega-retailer Alibaba hit a new milestone for its cloud business as revenue in its third quarter crossed 10 billion yuan ($1.53 billion). Alibaba Group's massive cloud growth helped push the company's total revenue to 161.46 billion yuan ($23.1 billion), up 38% from the previous year. The stellar cloud numbers, though, accounted for only 7% of Alibaba's overall revenue, the bulk of which come from retail and wholesale e-commerce. – ZDNET

5. When it comes to security in the cloud, experts say you can never spend too much to keep a company's data – typically its most valuable resource – safe. David McLeod, chief information security officer of media company Cox Enterprises, says that CISOs should spend their money in 2020 on training and recovery. "Some hacker’s going to get in. It's all about recovery. It's all about keeping the business going. You can do a lot of harm to a business if you have to shut down your revenue systems for three days,” McLeod says. Greg Jensen, senior principal director of cloud security at Oracle, agrees that a top priority for CISOs needs to be deep security-focused education. “If we trained our administrators and other technical staff not to do something we don’t want them to do, that would save 25% of the risk right there,” Jensen says. “That’s a monumental savings we don’t have to spend on recovery or other defensive costs.” – FORBES

6. For anyone concerned about their photos or video ending up on strangers' phones, you may just want to avoid cloud storage altogether. That's the advice of Wasim Ahmad, assistant teaching professor of multimedia journalism at Quinnipiac University. Writing in FStoppers, Ahmad cites the Google Takeout breach that happened last November, where a bug accidentally included videos that were not part of a user’s account in their Takeout download. Photos weren't affected by the glitch – but it's only a matter of time before that happens again, Ahmad says, because Google's fix wasn't truly a fix. "(Google said) that users should delete their previous backups and download a new copy of their data. No word on what people should do if they already deleted their accounts when they thought they had all their data," he wrote. Ahmad's solution for photo privacy? Good old-fashioned hard drives. – FSTOPPERS

7. Top cloud jobs
Director of cloud engineer, Jefferson Frank 
Cloud engineer/architect, Cognizant
AWS solutions architect, Amazon
Cloud data architect, Priceline
Sr. cloud product manager, Allstate
Cloud operations engineer, Modis

Inside Cloud is written and curated by Elizabeth Barr, who creates and consumes at the nexus of media and tech. She ran sections and sites at publications such as the Buffalo News, AOL News and the Huffington Post before becoming a software developer, creating content-discovery products like FitPop and Where the Truck. Elizabeth's all-in on newsletters, covering news and pop culture on the sometimes-funny Mediavore. Follow her on Twitter at @elizabethbarr.

Edited by Beth Duckett, staff writer at Inside.

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