Cloud continues to expand. The market is projected to reach 354.6 billion by 2022. Having said that, cloud providers such as Oracle and Google Cloud still have a lot to worry about. As per a survey, 48 percent of organizations who have moved to the cloud consider the idea of moving back to on-premises. A big part of that is the security concerns cloud poses. Nearly half of those companies encountered a security incident in 2018.
Much like the data centre, the cloud itself is not the security risk, but rather, the risks are the connective infrastructures that allow products and platforms to work together. It’s vital to properly deploy and manage your cloud platform, including documentation and change management, to maintain security.
The pillars of security that we depend on, such as trusted Certificate Authorities, are increasingly important, as is their independence and reputation. When deciding which technologies to use within your infrastructure, include a security review. You will also need a complete understanding of data flows within your infrastructure to maintain the platform’s security. Most importantly, when deploying something in the cloud, companies must ensure they’re working with resources and partners who are trusted and knowledgeable about the products and platforms they are using.
Impact on Businesses
More business has been impacted by cloud security issues than we’ll ever be able to accurately count. “Cloud security” now encompasses almost any of the seemingly ever-present data leak scenarios. But cloud security doesn’t just include issues directly relating to the cloud anymore. Not every company will notice each attack, leak or security hole. For some, their breaches will result from simply a failure of resources or a lack of ability to identify or track security threats. For others, it will be a failure of human capital or business relationships.
The cloud reaches us all, whether we realize and benefit from it or not. I am confident in saying that every business will be impacted by a cloud security gap and that most businesses already have.
For IT leaders, it will be important to balance the stability of the proven with the promise of the new. Emerging technologies offer excitement, growth, and promise of more but can often be unproven, offer an unknown future, and are, at times, more vulnerable to security threats.
IT leaders need to embrace change while balancing overall security and stability with providing the best products and experiences to their users. The cloud will continue to be the space where we see exciting expansion and innovation. Public clouds will continue to be the most readily available option for most businesses. Melding the possible with the necessary will be the guiding principle for successful IT leadership.