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The "cloud" was one of the hottest IT terms of 2010 and continues to dominate discussions in 2011. While a solid definition of exactly what cloud computing is seems to be difficult for IT professionals and marketing departments alike to pin down, the various takes on it are shifting the way that both small and large businesses handle IT. Businesses exist to make money, and cloud vendors are pushing their products as a way to expand service offerings while reducing costs, which is good for business. While this cost savings revolution is taking place in the IT landscape, another sort of war is gaining more prominence in the IS landscape. Information Security professionals are in an all-out war with organized crime, foreign governments, inside conspirators, and hackers seeking to bring down companies and governments who they disagree with ideologically. Data security b... (more)