Sink or Swim?
Why security needs to be embedded in any cloud solution
Innovation in IT is continuing at a faster pace than ever, and embracing IT trends is important for business to stay competitive in the marketplace.
Automation, visibility into what matters most, and changes, expansions, and shifts in how we use and distribute data is continually being transformed by emerging technologies. As important as it is to deliver cutting-edge technologies that drive growth, it is equally important to deliver security alongside those innovations. Innovation without security poses much risk to your business. Therefore, as you adopt new technology into your enterprise portfolio, combine it with a strong security infrastructure to protect your data, customers, and brand.
Business customers are asking for the ability to quickly grow infrastructure in the cloud. They need to utilize software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications such as Workday, Salesforce, Office 365, Dropbox, and Google docs, while remaining audit-ready. Transforming to hybrid infrastructure and rapid infrastructure provisioning can empower IT to deliver automated, on-demand infrastructure services in minutes to accelerate time-to-market for new apps and services.
The hybrid infrastructure that cloud technology provides can break down barriers that limit business growth. Businesses are optimizing apps with cloud technology and harnessing the cloud to power traditional applications to deliver increased performance, a superior user experience, and reduced costs. As with any innovation, however, businesses must adapt their existing architecture to meet new demands. The hybrid infrastructure that cloud technology offers also requires new methods of collecting and analyzing data. Businesses need to reconsider not only their existing architecture but also the traditional methods of securing data in a cloud environment.
While cloud infrastructure can transform your business, the number one concern of moving to the cloud is security. Trusting a third party with your data is a crucial component of embracing cloud technology, and important questions to consider include the following:
- Who owns the data?
- Who has access to the data?
- Who owns the encryption keys?
- What are the policies?
- Will your company be held responsible if the third-party cloud provider suffers a breach?
The reality is that cloud providers are much vested in securing their cloud. Public cloud may even be more secure than your environment. However, even with that reality, organizations must take steps to ensure that security is embedded in any cloud solution. This includes identity management, privacy controls, and data security, and being compliant with legal jurisdictions around the globe.
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