Organizations' migration to the cloud is a broad term that encompasses many different trends: (1) Moving existing applications from private data centers to AWS, Azure, or the Google Cloud Platform as cloud service providers (CSPs), often referred to as lift-and-shift or infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS); (2) Completely restructuring how applications are built to make heavier use of prepackaged services available on these cloud service platforms – often referred to as lift-and-reshape, serverless, or platform-as-a-service (PaaS); (3) Choosing to forgo running copies of standard applications instead of having the application vendor host them is sometimes referred to as drop-and-shop or software-as-a-service (SaaS).
When it comes to cloud solutions, there are many questions regarding the migration process. To help with the transition, end users need to have a full understanding of what cloud is and what they would be getting. The security industry is conservative and can be slow to make changes, however it’s not a question of ‘if’ you might transfer to cloud, but ‘when.’
There are many unique challenges involved with securing cloud services. First, data and applications in the cloud are distributed across many services and platforms; each with its own unique set of capabilities, logs and users.
For enterprises to implement cloud technology successfully, the C-Suite and IT teams need to work closely to coordinate and deliver a wide range of as-a-service technical offerings. How can enterprises increase the relationship between the board and tech teams and help to develop a prosperous, collaborative partnership?
Enterprises today have become increasingly reliant on mobile workers and flexible working lifestyles. Plus, they are opening internal resources to outside users, including contractors, partners and service providers.
While cybersecurity should be a primary concern for all organizations, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Mid-market businesses have different security needs and concerns than large enterprises. To meet these needs, CISOs must meet with business leaders to discuss what technology is required to safeguard digital assets. Cloud adoption only heightens the need for this conversation.
Cisco's 2019 CISO Benchmark Study results show security professionals are placing higher priority on vendor consolidation, collaboration between networking and security teams, and security awareness exercises to strengthen an organizations security posture and reduce the risk of breaches.