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#linuxsecurity | Thinking big: Nextcloud chief aims to overtake Office365 and GSuite

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The head of the open-source file syncing and sharing software company Nextcloud, which has been growing at a fast pace, has ambitions to overtake proprietary services like Office 365 and Google GSuite.

Founder and chief executive Frank Karlitschek told iTWire that, given these plans, the forthcoming Nextcloud releases would see big improvements in productivity, collaboration, communications, scalability and security.

Nextcloud was started as a breakaway from another company, ownCloud, that Karlitschek himself started in 2010. Asked about the split, which occurred in 2016, he said he did not want to dwell on the reasons for the break-up, but said: “At the end of the day the complete set-up of the old company was wrong. [It had] the wrong management, investors, product focus and strategy.

“With Nextcloud we were lucky to fix these issues so that Nextcloud is on a lot better track now. And the results proves us right which makes the full team happy and proud.” He added that while he still had friends at ownCloud, when it came to business the two companies were competitors.

Karlitschek has been a contributor to open source software for a long time and has also been on the board of KDE, the first full-fledged desktop environment for Linux users.

However, he says that this experience has not helped him negotiate deals with German and other European companies. “KDE is not a business and doesn’t do negotiations with customers. But I learned a lot for KDE how to run a real big, and successful open source project and product. I believe that the Open Source development model is superior in innovation, speed, creativity and security compared to the classic proprietary model.”

Apart from his KDE experience, Karlitschek has managed engineering teams for more than two decades and also worked as head of unit and managing director at different Internet companies. In 2001 he created the openDesktop.org social network as well as GTK-Apps.org, GNOME-Look.org, KDE-Apps.org and other ‘AppStores’ before AppStores existed.

He attributed Nextcloud’s progress over the three years of its existence to its employees. “The reason is that we as a company have a focus on hiring only the best people,” he said.

“We have a shared vision and mission that goes beyond the normal ‘making money’. And we work a lot better with the community and with partners. And there is a clearer strategy for the product. This all results in a great momentum and high development speed.”

Karlitschek agreed that there was a mystique about cloud computing when in reality it was just someone else’s computer. “This is an interesting challenge. For a lot of people this kind of cloud services are completely abstract and magical,” he said.

“They don’t realise that this is software running somewhere by people. There is a lot of education and communication needed to explain how the cloud world really works. And I expect there will be more and more privacy violations and data breaches on this big cloud services in the future. This will make it clearer that the current centralized services are not a good idea and the future belongs do decentralised solutions like Nextcloud.”

No shrinking violet when it comes to plugging his own firm, Karlitschek said while Nextcloud had competitors like Seafile, Pydio and others, “it is safe to say that Nextcloud is the most advanced solution with the biggest momentum. Our only real competition in the market is Office365, over which we have the unique advantage of being on-premises”.

Karlitschek has a number of other feathers in his cap: he was an invited expert at the W3C to help to create the ActivityPub standard. He has spoken at MIT, CERN, Harvard and ETH and keynoted LinuxCon, Latinoware, FOSSASIA, Campus Party and many other conferences. He is also a fellow of Open Forum Europe and an adviser to the United Nations.

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Cloud-Focused Cybersecurity Center at UTSA Aims $5M at Unfilled Jobs

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Cloud-Focused Cybersecurity Center at UTSA Aims $5M at Unfilled Jobs

Encryption, access control, intrusion and fraud detection—the fundamentals of cybersecurity remain largely the same regardless of the type of computing infrastructure an organization uses.

But the way IT professionals might apply those security methods to an analog computer versus computing on the cloud vary, for a pretty simple reason: people use different systems different ways. That’s according to Ravi Sandhu, the executive director at the Institute for Cyber Security and a professor of computer science at University of Texas at San Antonio. Sandhu is the principal investigator of a group of researchers that are set to receive as much as $5 million from the National Science Foundation to study cybersecurity for cloud computing, and to train students in the area.

“There is a foundation that is common to cybersecurity across all domains, but its application requires a lot of creativity, innovation, and adaptation,” Sandhu said in a phone interview. “The difficulty is in the system—putting everything together in a large system and accounting for mistakes, especially from human users.”

To explore the subject further, Sandhu and professors from four other departments at UTSA are creating a research center called the Center for Security and Privacy Enhanced Cloud Computing. The group was awarded $2 million from the NSF in July to get started and may receive as much as $3 million more ($1 million per year through 2020) to continue it.

The researchers hope the additional cloud cybersecurity training will make students more attractive to tech companies with positions to fill. UTSA announced this week that Rackspace, the San Antonio-based cloud computing company, and Austin, TX-based cybersecurity company NSS Labs have both agreed to recruit interns and part-time employees from the new center.

“We’re excited UTSA has recognized this critical need for talent and invested in the Center for Security and Privacy Enhanced Cloud Computing to help educate and train students as San Antonio becomes a hub for industry-leading cybersecurity experts,” Dave Neuman, Rackspace’s chief information security officer, said in a press release. Rackspace, which was acquired by private equity in 2016, has added more customers who use cloud services such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in recent years.

The grant was awarded in part to help address a perceived shortage in the cybersecurity workforce, according to the NSF. Sandhu expects there will be 1.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs in 2020. The new center will also work to recruit high school students from the San Antonio area to study cybersecurity at UTSA.

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Berkeley Lab aims to strengthen the cybersecurity of the grid

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As the U.S. electricity grid continues to modernize, it will mean things like better reliability and resilience, lower environmental impacts, greater integration of renewable energy, as well as new computing and communications technologies to monitor and manage the increasing number of devices that connect to the grid. However, that enhanced…

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San Antonio Aims to Tap Into Air Force’s Prominence in Cybersecurity

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San Antonio Aims to Tap Into Air Force’s Prominence in Cybersecurity

Anyone who has heard of Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, or Raytheon probably knows the federal government spends billions of dollars every year on defense. And while much of that funding goes toward buying missiles, planes, and ships, cybersecurity is gaining greater importance. President Trump’s budget proposal includes a $3 billion…

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How new national cybersecurity center aims to make Poland a tougher nut to crack

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Juliusz Brzostek, director of Poland’s NC Cyber, explains what the country’s cybersecurity center has been up to in its first nine months of operation. With the NIS directive on protecting … The post How new national cybersecurity center aims to make Poland a tougher nut to […]

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BITCOIN BOTNET AIMS TO MAKES MONEY FROM SMART DEVICES

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Hackers may be hijacking internet-connected fridges, toasters and light bulbs in order to use their computing power to mine bitcoins, researchers have revealed. IBM researchers discovered a bitcoin mining component in a new variant of Mirai—a form of malware that …

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The new dating app that aims to include people with disabilities

Honesty about your true self isn’t exactly the hallmark of most online dating apps, but a new one called Glimmer is trying to create a more transparent environment, especially for people with disabilities. The emphasis dating apps like Tinder and Bumble put on superficial snap judgments can pose a unique challenge for people with disabilities. Profile formats can make it difficult to easily disclose your disability, and many people fear they’ll be passed over if they do. Read More….

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Microsoft Aims to fill the IoT Security Gap

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Microsoft Aims to fill the IoT Security Gap

Friday’s big cyber-attack that knocked out sites like Amazon, Netflix, GitHub, and Spotify has prompted many companies to go on the offensive–Microsoft being one of them.
As the investigation furthers, the hackers haven’t been found out yet, but the software

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D.C. District Aims to Send All Students Abroad – Education Week

The District of Columbia school system wants to help close an “enrichment gap” by paying for students to travel internationally before they graduate.

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New law aims to ensure all children succeed in school in RI – Education Week

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