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Applied Cloud Computing in Higher Education

The current global pandemic has made it essential for educational institutions to fully embrace the power of the cloud. University professors and researchers are turning to cloud-based technologies to provide and maintain their online resources and, as the benefits of cloud computing align perfectly with the key priorities of the higher education sector, this transition is unsurprising. So, how can cloud computing deliver a vital academic solution?

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Why Do Biotech and Pharma Need So Much Computing Power in the Cloud?

Uptake of new technologies is traditionally slow for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies due to strict regulation and compliance issues. However, these organizations are increasingly harnessing the power of cloud computing to reduce costs and streamline their workloads. Emerging technologies have the potential to change the way in which these industries operate. By optimizing data sharing and advancing collaboration and innovation, cloud computing can facilitate world-changing discoveries.

Here, we discuss how cloud-based solutions can help to drive the digital transformation of biotech and pharma companies in order to expedite vital drug discovery and novel research.

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Healthcare Cloud Service Adoption 2020: How Cloud Providers are Mitigating Risk with Patient Health Records

With the exponential growth of uptake of healthcare cloud services, the healthcare cloud computing business sector is growing significantly in kind. Some conservative estimates suggest that the industry could be worth over $40 billion by 2026, and back in 2014, Forbes suggested that 82% of healthcare companies had a cloud presence, a figure that has no doubt increased since. 

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Orangeworm: Need-to-Know Information for Healthcare IT

A security report released on April 23, 2018 found that there was a growing threat presented by Orangeworm, a cybercrime alliance that was going after organizations within healthcare and similar fields using a backdoor known as Kwampirs.

Kwampirs is a Trojan horse, as indicated by the NJ Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell. When attackers deploy this malware, they are able to remotely access the devices that are infected with it. Once the attackers access the machines and execute the Trojan, it begins to decrypt and extract a copy of its primary dynamic link library (DLL) payload. (What is DLL injection? DLL injection is a technique that is often used for Trojans. The pen-testing industry blog Penetration Testing Lab noted that DLL injection enables an intruder to run whatever script they want within another process’s address space. In the event that the process involved has heightened privileges, the nefarious party might be able to run sinister code within a DLL file that would further increase their privileges and, in turn, allow them to inflict widespread damage.)

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Internet of Things vs. Internet of Medical Things

As processors have declined in price and wireless networks have become more prevalent (to the point of near ubiquity), the Internet of Things (IoT) has become not just possible, but inevitable. The IoT is a collection of many devices worldwide, billions of them, all assimilating and sharing data through the Internet. The IoT is made up of many different types of items, ranging from airplanes to refrigerators, from thermostats to pills. One of the chief reasons the IoT is so exciting to people is that it allows, through the connection to the Web, each of these devices or endpoints a level of autonomous “smartness” that would otherwise not be possible. The increase in those endpoints’ ability to intelligently process and analyze data allows them to interact without any manual intervention. It also means that the Internet is being more comprehensively integrated into the physical environment, at a global scale.

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How Is the Cloud Enabling Artificial Intelligence?

If you’re a science fiction fan like me, the term “artificial intelligence” recalls entities like HAL-9000, Skynet, the Cylons, and the fact that these creations have a bad habit of rising up against their creators and trying to kill us all.

While artificial intelligence (A.I.) has struggled to gain footholds in other niches, it is finding its place in the world of cloud computing, a sort of revolution within the revolution that could rapidly change the face of businesses using cloud computing solutions over the next few years.

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Could Cloud Computing Cure Cancer?

Angelina Jolie used genomic sequencing to learn that she was highly likely to eventually develop breast cancer, allowing her to make an informed decision and get a double mastectomy. However, celebrities aren’t the only ones who can benefit from advanced genetic analysis – which is now much more affordable and accessible thanks to projects such as the Collaborative Cancer Cloud.

  • Angelina Jolie: Survival through Personalized Cancer Data
  • Expediting Healing with the Collaborative Cancer Cloud
  • Spinning Up Your Own Cloud Server

Angelina Jolie: Survival through Personalized Cancer Data

Angelina Jolie was told by her doctors in 2013 that she had a problematic variant of the BRCA1 gene that put her in an extremely high-risk category for breast cancer. In fact, it meant that her likelihood of developing the disease was a whopping 87%. Understanding how very real the threat of cancer was for her simply because of hereditary factors, Jolie opted to get a preventive double mastectomy – which effectively nullified her chances of getting the illness, dropping her to just 5% susceptibility.

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There’s Nothing to Fear in Migrating to the Cloud

More and more businesses are adopting cloud infrastructure and services. However, some people still feel a little nervous about the idea of entrusting their data to an outside entity. Let’s look at why companies are taking this route, along with one executive’s argument that cloud is no longer optional but necessary.

  • 87% Either Using or Open to Cloud
  • Why Businesses are Choosing Cloud
  • Why Cloud is a Secure Necessity for SMBs
  • Secure IaaS Cloud Hosting

87% Either Using or Open to Cloud

Cloud is now a day-to-day part of the modern world. Massive, widely used systems such as iTunes, along with websites and databases of all sorts, use the cloud to allow for reliable real-time delivery, with account accessibility from any device.

Although the cloud has become a part of our lives as consumers, many business leaders still remain skeptical about whether it’s the right choice for their organization. That’s clear from the 2015 Pulse Survey by The Alternative Board (TAB), which found that one-third of business owners have not implemented any cloud solutions for their firms. A smaller percentage, 13%, said that they would not explore the technology for use in the future.

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The Fluff-Free, Research-Driven Cloud

This report will review five cloud predictions made earlier this year by IBM’s Gery Menegaz, as follows:

  • Setting aside the fluff
  • Prediction #1: Better software access
  • Prediction #2: Astronomical expansion
  • Prediction #3: Continuing shift to hybrid models
  • Prediction #4: Stronger development focus
  • Prediction #5: Disruptive levels of innovation
  • The research-driven cloud.

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