Security considerations for the cloud
The reduced costs and increased operational efficiency, productivity, agility and flexibility promised by Cloud have made it hard to ignore. As organisations of all sizes and in all industries look to take advantage, whether the target is transition to a full cloud environment or a hybrid environment there are significant security considerations that need to be managed.
Data protection compliance
Perhaps your organisation handles customer credit card data, patient health information or other PII, or you work with data spread across multiple countries. Even if your infrastructure, applications and data are in a cloud that is supplied by AWS, Azure etc. you are still ultimately responsible for complying with laws and industry specific regulations pertaining to security and privacy such as the new General Data Protection Regulations coming into force in May 2018.
Concerned about securing hybrid?
You're not alone. According to an October 2016 survey by Bitdefender, 70% of CIOs and CSOs surveyed replied they are 'concerned' or 'completely concerned' about managing the security of hybrid infrastructure. This number is not likely to reduce as analysts predict continued growth.
“Aside from the fact that many organizations with a no-cloud policy actually have some under-the-radar or unavoidable cloud usage, we believe that this position will become increasingly untenable. Cloud will increasingly be the default option for software deployment. The same is true for custom software, which increasingly is designed for some variation of public or private cloud. By 2020, a corporate 'no-cloud' policy will be as rare as a 'no-internet' policy is today. Technology providers will increasingly be able to assume that their customers will be able to consume cloud capabilities.”
Jeffrey Mann, Research VP at Gartner