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Unacast Turbine Offers Location Data Processing on Google Cloud Marketplace

Unacast | March 09, 2022

Unacast announced today that its Cloud-based location processing platform, Unacast Turbine, is now available on Google Cloud Marketplace. Google Cloud customers now have easier access to Unacast Turbine, enabling them to turn raw location data into valuable, privacy-friendly, human mobility insights at scale.

Unacast Turbine, a cutting-edge, Cloud-based location processing platform, is creating a new gold standard for human mobility data by turning raw location data into valuable, privacy-friendly insights. The platform enables billions of location data signals to be processed in a scalable, fast and affordable way, powered by the full force of Google Cloud Platform.

Unacast is a Premier Google Cloud partner and Unacast Turbine's listing on Google Cloud Marketplace provides:

  • Easier access to the service
  • Streamlined invoicing through Google Cloud
  • Consolidated costs as clients can now draw down Unacast Turbine costs from their Google Cloud spend commitment
Bruno Heese, managing director, EMEA partners and channels, Google Cloud, said: "Leveraging location data to drive privacy-compliant insights at scale has become a strategic focus for many organizations today. We're pleased to have Unacast's solutions available on Google Cloud Marketplace to help customers access the solutions they need to make the most of their location data and drive business value with cloud-scale."

Google Cloud finds integrated solutions that deliver high quality products and services for its users. Unacast Turbine is already a leading force in the location data processing field and has been a trusted partner of Google Cloud for years, and with this next step of our Google Cloud partnership, we hope to cement Unacast's global position."

Andreas H.F. Olsen, senior director, platform operations, Unacast

About Unacast
Unacast is a human mobility data company committed to understanding how people move around on the planet. Sophisticated and data-driven commercial real estate professionals, retailers, researchers, analysts and data scientists use our Real World Graph®, the most accurate understanding of human activity in the physical world.

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Splunk Delivers Security and Observability Solutions for the Hybrid Cloud World

Splunk | June 20, 2022

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New Cloud Security Alliance Survey Finds 67% of Organizations Already Store Sensitive Data in Public Cloud Environments

Cloud Security Alliance | July 14, 2022

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining standards, certifications, and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, today released Sensitive Data in the Cloud, the findings of which provide deeper insight into the industry’s knowledge, attitudes, and opinions regarding sensitive data in the cloud. “Increasingly, organizations are overcoming their initial apprehension around the cloud and its perceived security insufficiencies and are storing their sensitive data in public cloud environments with a growing use of Confidential Computing to protect workloads and ensure trust. In general, organizations have reservations about their own ability to protect their sensitive data in the cloud. By shedding light on these issues, we can find ways to address and eventually close the gap between the perceived effectiveness of cloud service providers’ (CSP) security controls and organizations' lacking confidence in their abilities to protect sensitive data in the cloud,” said Hillary Baron, Senior Technical Director for Research, Cloud Security Alliance, and a lead author of the report. The survey, which was sponsored by Anjuna Security, sought to better understand organizations' needs pertaining to cloud use and data security, as well as their familiarity with the technologies surrounding these environments. Additionally, respondents were asked to share their approach to hosting sensitive data in the cloud and what they saw as security challenges and priorities for the coming year. Among the study’s key findings: Most organizations already have sensitive data in the cloud. The majority of organizations surveyed (67%) host sensitive data or workloads in the public cloud. 89% of respondents found that CSP security controls are effective, but organizations still aren’t confident in their own ability to protect sensitive data in the cloud. Most organizations report that their CSP security controls are highly effective (38%) or somewhat effective (51%). However, just under a third of organizations (31%) were not confident or only slightly confident about their ability to protect sensitive data in a cloud environment and another 44 percent reported they were only moderately confident. Over a fourth of organizations (27%) surveyed are already using Confidential Computing to protect workloads. Additionally, over half of organizations (55%) have plans to implement Confidential Computing within the next two years. The survey was conducted online by CSA in April 2022 and received 452 responses from IT and security professionals from various organization sizes and locations. CSA research prides itself on vendor neutrality, agility, and integrity of results. Sponsors are CSA Corporate Members who support the findings of the research project but have no added influence on the content development or editing rights to CSA research. About Anjuna Anjuna Security makes the public cloud secure for business. Confidential Computing software from Anjuna Security effortlessly enables enterprises to safely run even their most sensitive workloads in the public cloud. Unlike complex perimeter security solutions easily breached by insiders and malicious code, Anjuna leverages the strongest hardware-based secure computing technologies available to make the public cloud the safest computing resource available anywhere. Anjuna is based in Palo Alto, California. About Cloud Security Alliance The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. CSA harnesses the subject matter expertise of industry practitioners, associations, governments, and its corporate and individual members to offer cloud security-specific research, education, training, certification, events, and products. CSA's activities, knowledge, and extensive network benefit the entire community impacted by cloud — from providers and customers to governments, entrepreneurs, and the assurance industry — and provide a forum through which different parties can work together to create and maintain a trusted cloud ecosystem.

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Informatica Launches Intelligent Data Management Cloud for Healthcare & Life Sciences

Informatica | May 25, 2022

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Paladin Cloud | July 27, 2022

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