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Making the Business Case for Cloud Security

Travis Abrams
by Travis Abrams on Oct 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

IT decision makers are allocating a greater percentage of their budget for cloud security solutions. As cloud adoption increases, organizations will need to think forward about how a cloud-based security solution fits into an enterprise security model. Often, IT decision makers will need to create a strong business case to executives, customers, and consumers on the reality of security risks and how the cloud keeps assets safe.

Transparency and Trust
Organizations that have already embraced cloud solutions for SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) and PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) are 03B33691-664418-edited.jpgalready storing a large amounts of data in the cloud. This data ranges from critical financial data to highly sensitive personal information about customers and employees. The 2015 SANS Survey highlights that one of the biggest barriers of full cloud adoption is the lack of visibility into a cloud provider’s operations.

On the customer side, they are wary of data breaches. While robust cloud security solutions offer multiple levels of data protection, some customers may still be hesitant about storing their information with providers who use cloud services.

Increasing trust through transparency is critical for full scale adoption of cloud security solutions. If providers can demonstrate to their customers the full security features of a cloud solution, organizations can increase consumer confidence.

Building Value in the C-Suite
IT decision makers know the value of cloud security. C-Suite executives also understand the value of cloud solutions. However, when it comes to the security of sensitive data, there may be an organizational gap between the focus on protecting critical data and how a cloud-based security solution can actually protect critical data. The IT decision makers who are deep in the trenches of keeping data and operations secure may have to continue to make a business case for not just adopting the cloud, but how to use its features the right way. This means realistic projections of the human capital, infrastructure, and additional services needed to have a highly secure organization.

Identifying Priorities
In order to help build trust and make a business case, IT decision makers will have to identify which services, application, and infrastructure systems are security priorities. The Cloud Security Alliance reports that 73% of organizations list securing data as a top priority. Data security is also the focus on the C-level. Most cloud data breaches occur through compromised credentials, creating the need for a tiered approach to system security.

For Software-as-a-Service, IT decision makers can consider processes like email, passwords, and file encryption.

For Infrastructure-as-a-Service, firewalls are a key area of concern.

Trends in Security-as-a-Service deployments focus on email protection, anti-malware, secure web services, and firewalls. As organizations embrace IoT devices, cloud data centers, big data analytics, and machine learning, the focus on prioritizing security resources will be more important than ever.

Making the Business Case
The value of properly implemented cloud security solution is immeasurable. Organizations face a growing threat from cyber intruders who evolve their attacks as businesses evolve their security measures. DG Technology can help you create a business case, identify security priorities, and deploy a customizable solutions suite for your organization.

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Travis Abrams
Written by Travis Abrams
Results-driven, information security professional with a proven record of success in researching, planning and implementing innovative technical solutions that meet business needs while managing risk. Specialties: Intrusion Prevention and Detection, Data Loss Prevention, Vulnerability Management, Malware (APT) defense and Security Program Development. CISSP CISM
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