In the wake of the Capital One breach, can CUs trust ‘the cloud’?

first_imgBy now everyone has read about the security breach involving Capital One that affected more than 100 million customers. The thing that made this breach stand out from all the others in the news is that the hacker accused of breaking in was a former Amazon employee that worked on Amazon Web Services—the cloud service storing the Capital One data when it was compromised.Whether or not the hacker was granted access to the data because of her position at Amazon, as some theories have suggested, is somewhat irrelevant. Rather, the deeply relevant follow-up question to this breach that everyone using cloud services should be asking is: “Can I trust ‘the cloud’?”The answer is “you have to today.” But you shouldn’t do so blindly.The reality is that virtually all of today’s organizations already live in the cloud—oftentimes, many clouds. The benefits offered by the cloud are so great that no company can survive in today’s competitive business environment without leveraging this powerful tool. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Advocaat eager to get going

first_imgDick Advocaat is looking forward to the challenge that awaits at Sunderland after agreeing a short-term deal to become the embattled club’s head coach. The 67-year-old has been given the reins at the Stadium of Light for the remainder of the season and is charged with halting Sunderland’s slide as just one point separates them from the drop-zone with nine matches remaining. “Sunderland is a big club and I am very much looking forward to the challenge ahead,” Advocaat said upon his appointment. “We must now concentrate on Saturday as a priority and I can’t wait to get started.” A trip to West Ham lies in wait for Advocaat as Sunderland look for a much-needed win which would be only their second in 13 top-flight matches if they manage it. Avoiding relegation will be a big ask but the Dutchman looks as well placed as any to do so, given he has more than 30 years management experience. Advocaat has twice coached Holland, as well as the national teams of the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Belgium, Russia and, most recently, Serbia. He has won league titles in his homeland with PSV Eindhoven, at Russian club Zenit St Petersburg and with Rangers, securing the league and cup double twice during his reign between 1998 and 2002. This is Advocaat’s first role in English football yet Sunderland chairman Ellis Short is confident he has the right man. Last weekend’s embarrassing 4-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Aston Villa proved the catalyst to Gus Poyet’s departure, with the north-east outfit bringing his 17-month reign to an end on Monday. The Black Cats have wasted little time in naming a replacement, with the vastly-experienced Advocaat announced as successor just 18 hours later. “Dick has an incredible CV and vast experience of managing at the very highest level,” he told the club’s official website, www.safc.com. “We have one aim only now – to climb the table and everyone is fully focused on the task ahead of us.” The appointment did not come as too much of a surprise, given the former Rangers boss was mentioned as soon as news of Poyet’s exit emanated. Advocaat will be assisted at the Stadium of Light by first-team coach Zeljko Petrovic, his assistant with Serbia, as well as former Swansea and England Under-20 goalkeeping coach Adrian Tucker. Former Fulham manager Paul Bracewell, now Sunderland’s academy coach, will also support the Dutchman for the final nine games of the season. Whether Advocaat can keep the Black Cats up will play a huge role into the level of replacement they can attract, with the Dutchman a temporary measure ahead of a long-term summer appointment. Former Sunderland defender Sam Allardyce, whose contract at West Ham expires at the end of the season, has been strongly linked with the post, as have Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement and Derby boss Steve McClaren. Press Associationlast_img read more

AFCON 2017: President Biya Receives Victorious Lions

first_imgCameroon’s Africa Cup of Nations-winning squad has been given a special state reception by the country’s president Paul Biya.The Indomitable Lions, who lifted the trophy on Sunday after beating Egypt 2-1 in the final in Gabon, attended a ceremony in Yaounde yesterday.They presented the AFCON 2017 trophy to President Biya at Unity Palace.Later, they travelled in open-top vehicles through the streets of the capital to parade the trophy to fans. Cameroon’s players were given medals by the president, who said their victory should be celebrated by Cameroonians as one nation.At the end of the ceremony Cameroon First Lady Chantal Biya posed for a series of photos with the players – at one point she used Fabrice Ondoa’s phone to take a ‘selfie’ with them.Cameroon’s success in Gabon ended a 15-year wait to win the tournament again and gave them their fifth title.The country will host the next edition of the Nations Cup in 2019.Meanwhile, after turning down an offer to represent Cameroon at the AFCON 2017, West Brom defender Allan Nyom insists he has no regrets.Despite the absence of experienced players such as Nyom and Joel Matip, the Indomitable Lions defied all odds and claimed the 31st edition of the biennial tournament.Speaking to the BBC website yesterday, Nyom revealed that after initially rejecting his country’s call-up he changed his mind, but coach Hugo Broos told him there was no place for him.After winning the trophy on Sunday, Broos said those Cameroonian players not at the tournament would rue their decision.“Let him (Broos) know that I don’t have any regrets,” Nyom told BBC World Football.“I heard what Broos said. It made me laugh because he knew what happened and he knew why I was not there.“It’s true, at first I didn’t want to go, but afterwards I changed my mind. But he knew that and he knows what he told me, so I have no worries, no regrets.“If before the tournament they had told me ‘Cameroon is going to win and you are not part of the squad’, I don’t mind because I’m happy I’m playing for my club – it’s much more important for me.“If I had been there, it could stall my club career.”The 28-year-old was one of seven Cameroon players to decide to miss the tournament, with Liverpool’s Matip another high-profile absentee.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more