Tech Round-up for 8/16/13

By Mark Handelman
Posted in Virtualization
On August 16, 2013

Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye today:

New research from Foote Partners shows that companies are now starting to pay more for employees with IT certifications in certain areas. Architecture, Project Management, Database, and IT Security certifications led all categories in growth.

Forbes magazine released its third-annual list of The World’s 100 Most Innovative Companies. VMware ranked third, and Citrix came in at #50. The list will be featured in the magazine’s September 2 issue. VMware’s Timothy Young and Citrix’s Catherine Courage are also featured as rising stars at their companies.

In a recent interview with Data Breach Today, Terry Ray, Imperva’s vice president of worldwide security engineering, said hacktivists use DDoS attacks to steal data from an organization. They also use some of the same automated vulnerability scanners that enterprises use.

Google will now automatically encrypt all data as it is sent to the company’s Cloud Storage. Google will manage the cryptographic keys used for the process, which is free and now active for all new files. Existing data will be encrypted in the coming months.

Microsoft released two optional updates on Tuesday. One puts restrictions on the use of MD5-signed certificates for server authentication, and the other improves Network Level Authentication in RDP.

In an email to employees Wednesday night, Peder Ulander, VP of product marketing for Citrix’s Cloud Platform Group, announced that Reuven Cohen would be Citrix’s new chief cloud advocate. Cohen founded IaaS company Enomaly in 2004.