Cloud computing is widely used as one of strategic levers to drive innovation and agility. As enterprises are undertaking the path towards cloud aligned to different business use cases, hybrid data centers are becoming the reality. Increasingly enterprises critical and sensitive workloads are distributed across private cloud (Data Centers), public Cloud and SAAS platforms.
Integrated Risk Management into Cloud Strategy
Any cloud strategy should support higher business level objectives and strategies. This means that most organizations will not be able to define a single “one size fits all” cloud strategy. It’s therefore imperative that setting cloud strategy must assess the possible risks which are guided by Enterprise risk regime. Continue reading
Security concerns form the main reasons for the reluctance among businesses to move to public cloud applications. However, paradoxically, the advanced technologies and protocols that modern cloud service providers offer improved security for the applications. Cloud computing and IT security are often seen as divergent concepts but from a wider perspective, cloud computing technologies actually help propel IT security.
With better encryption, better tools and processes the shortcomings and concerns of cloud computing from a security perspective are being addressed. With cloud architectures that are virtualized and automated, infrastructure administrators now have a greater degree of control over the design and deployment of an infrastructure, with little scope for human error. In addition, the wide availability of security tools with very low upfront costs and the distributed nature and fault-tolerant architecture allows the cloud to offer the best security tools and services. Continue reading
Security-as-a-service (SECaaS) or Internet-based security or cloud security products is an outsourcing model for security management. Here a third-party vendor delivers applications such as anti-virus software over the Internet. It can also refer to security management software provided in-house by an external organization.
Such systems are the next step in the evolution of Managed Security Services (MSS) and Gartner indicates that the demand for SECaaS will grow significantly and might substantially change existing IT security infrastructure environments aided by the fact that new forms of threats are also emerging with Cloud Computing’s growth. Continue reading