Is the cloud safe?

Is the cloud safe?

Cloud security breaches appear with some consistency in the news. However, the stories of these events are often disseminated with rather vague explanations, based on facts such as a "misconfigured database" or mismanagement by an unidentified "third party".

The ambiguity surrounding cloud computing can show company safety as an overwhelming issue. This has led some CIOs to limit the organizational use of public cloud services. However, according to Gartner, the renowned technology-leading brand, the challenge of cloud implementation is not so much in the security of the cloud itself, but in the policies and technologies for technology security and control.

In almost all cases, it is the user, not the cloud provider, who does not properly manage the controls used to protect your organization\'s data. "CIOs need to make sure their security teams aren\'t holding back cloud initiatives with unfounded cloud security concerns," says Jay Heiser, Gartner\'s vice president-analyst. "Exaggerated fears can result in lost opportunities and inappropriate expenses."

CIOs should go from asking "Is the cloud safe?" to "Are we using the cloud safely?" Gartner then lists recommendations for developing a successful cloud strategy, as well as predictions for the future of cloud security to find the right answers to this question.


Consensus and a good enterprise cloud strategy

The first thing is to get the consensus of the leading team. All members must agree that cloud usage has become indispensable and should be ruled by planning and policies. This is the most important step in ensuring the right levels of cloud security.

Organizations that make explicit executive decisions about their cloud strategy provide much more business and IT guidance, and enable better requirements analysis, more sophisticated architectural planning, and more flexible risk acceptance processes.

Your business strategy should describe your organization\'s expectations for the shape, importance, and control of the cloud. It should also include guidance on what data can be placed in which cloud and under what circumstances.


Apply risk management practices to support cloud decisions

There is no perfect security. You need to accept some risk to take advantage of the services offered by the public cloud, but ignoring the risks can also be dangerous. When formulating a cloud strategy, organizations must make calculated decisions about what they will do and what they will not do to mitigate the risks of this technology on a budget-by-budget.

On the other hand, a risk treatment model can provide a transparent view of cloud risk levels, helping IT leaders make appropriate decisions about their use.


Act according to cloud predictions

  • According to Gartner, until 2025, 90% of organizations that do not control cloud use will share sensitive data inappropriately

Cloud strategies generally go behind the actual usage of it; this leaves most companies with huge unauthorized and even unrecognized cloud usage, resulting in unnecessary risk exposure. CIOs must develop a comprehensive business strategy before the cloud is deployed or risk the consequences of an uncontrolled cloud.

  • Until 2024, most companies will continue to struggle to adequately measure cloud security risks

While companies tended to overestimate the risk of the cloud in the past, there has been a recent change: many organizations now underestimate the risks of the cloud, creating more damage than before. A well-designed risk management strategy, aligned with a global cloud strategy, can help businesses determine where cloud usage makes sense and what actions can be taken to reduce risk exposure.

  • Until 2025, 99% of cloud security flaws will be by the customer

CIOs can combat this by implementing policies on cloud ownership, accountability, and risk acceptance. They must also ensure that they follow a lifecycle approach to cloud governance and implement centralized management and control plans to address the inherent complexity of using multiple clouds. 

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