Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye today:
With the recent security breach of user information on Reputation.com, Dan Goodin of Ars Technica warns readers that because a site says that passwords are highly encrypted, that still doesn't make them very secure. Even adding cryptographic salt, which forces password cracking programs to guess the plaintext value for each individual hash, it still doesn't slow down the cracking process of a single hash. Goodin recommends passwords with a minimum length of 11 characters, including numbers, letters, and symbols, and keeping unique passwords for each site.
Ken Hess responds to the results of a survey of CIOs that examines some trepidation around cloud computing. Hess wonders why people are still considering cloud computing a fad, or believe that it is not a long-term solution. He goes on to address some of the points raised from the survey regarding security concerns and current investments in on-premise infrastructure.
Blue Coat announced that it led the worldwide market in secure Web gateways, according to a March Gartner report on the market share of security products worldwide. “We believe Blue Coat’s market leadership reflects our commitment to delivering the advanced security technologies that help customers seamlessly protect their users and data wherever they are, on any network,” said David Murphy, chief operating officer and president at Blue Coat Systems.