Thor OlavsrudSenior Writer, CIO

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Thor Olavsrud covers IT security, big data, open source technology, Microsoft tools and servers for CIO.com. He resides in New York.

Cloud Apps

How to evaluate moving legacy mission-critical apps to the cloud

The flexibility and scalability of the cloud can make migrating mission-critical applications a tempting proposition, but availability can become a serious issue.

Social sites beat retailers and banks for consumer protection and privacy

For the second year in a row, social media sites (including gaming and dating sites) are leading the way in consumer security and privacy protections, beating out Internet retailers and banks, according to an annual comprehensive audit by the Online Trust Alliance (OTA).

Signature-Based Endpoint Security on Its Way Out

Signature-based blacklisting security technologies are losing the battle against malware, says McAfee, which has streamlined its endpoint security offerings to two suites that it says provide next-generation security for all endpoints, whether PCs, tablets or ATMs.

Google Glass: simply a gimmick or a game-changer in business?

Is Google Glass a gimmick or the next revolution in post-PC computing? Time will be the judge, because the head-mounted augmented reality device isn't even widely available yet.