CIA invests in the AWS cloud despite security concerns

Despite recurring cloud security breaches, the number of government agencies and private corporations moving to the cloud is higher than ever. Jeff Kaplan discusses the CIA’s decision to move to, and invest in, the AWS cloud.

Despite lingering debate about the security of today’s cloud services, the CIA has publicly acknowledged that it is investing approximately $600 million with Amazon Web Services to meet its escalating big data and global intelligence needs.

Even as a new round of scandals surrounding the cloud has emerged with nude photos being exposed from the personal Apple iCloud accounts of various Hollywood celebrities, the number of government agencies and private sector corporations moving to the cloud continues to grow.

Even after the NSA surveillance revelations of the past few years, the CIA’s decision to make a big bet on cloud services ironically comes at a time when many corporate executives and end users are apprehensive about the government’s role in violating their privacy. Read more

Mobile money hits Sh2.37 trillion as card use drops

Mobile payments values increased by nearly a quarter last year, clawing a huge chunk from the banking sector where payment cards performed dismally over the period.

Latest payment systems data from the Central Bank show mobile money subscribers transacted Sh2.37 trillion in 2014, a 24.7 per cent increase over Sh1.90 trillion in the previous year.

This translates into daily transactions of about Sh6.49 billion, up from an average of Sh5.21 billion per day in 2013.

The growth has been attributed to increased public uptake of mobile cash transfer and acceptance by more merchants, “including payment outlets like gas stations”. See more

The 10 Essential Steps Towards A Successful Mobile Enterprise

How can you make the implementation of a mobile enterprise solution an awesome one? Jonathan Best, vice president of Europe and Africa at mobile app development firm, Kony, has the answers

With the New Year came many new resolutions and goals, not just for individuals who are chasing a new challenge, but also for businesses worldwide wanting to become or stay successful in competitive markets. There are several initiatives that can be adopted in the pursuit of enterprise greatness, but one of the most important in 2015 is mobility.

Mobility is everywhere. The way businesses operate, communicate and deliver is changing at a very fast pace, technological innovations are emerging quicker than ever before, drastically influencing the rules of the game. So to even stand a chance at competing effectively, it’s important to walk hand in hand with technology.

Here are the most important factors to bear in mind when implementing a successful mobile enterprise solution:

 

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Bitcoin’s Big Opportunity In Africa

On a Tuesday night at a Nairobi tech incubator, Michael Kimani preaches the virtues of crypto currencies to a small gathering of tech-savvy Kenyans.

The startups at the meeting are already busy building businesses—to disrupt Kenya’s large remittances market; or create Kenya’s first bitcoin exchange; or establish a crypto-wallet app as the on-campus currency of nearby Kenyatta University.

While global entrepreneurs and investors have been cautiously eying the potential of bitcoin in Africa, a more aggressive homegrown breed of African startups is already experimenting in Kenya, East Africa’s powerhouse economy. There are the same problems with criminal use of bitcoin—this month, hackers reportedly demanded a ransom of bitcoins from a major Kenyan bank—but also an unusually big market hungry for an easier way to move money. Read more