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The transition to the cloud is underway at most organizations. As more people rely on cloud infrastructure and applications, security teams have to rethink several aspects of security, from the structure of their security operations center to software-as-a-service control.
"Cloud is like everything you've used before, except that everything is completely different," said Steve Riley, senior director of research at Gartner, in a session at the 2020 Security and Risk Management Summit, in mid-September. "It's huge, it's dynamic, it's self-service, [and] it exists outside traditional spheres of control."
Discussions of cloud security are often complicated because different people have different ideas of what constitutes cloud computing and what their personal roles and interests are, Riley said. It's incumbent on organizations to focus their attention on aspects of cloud security they can control: identity permissions, data configuration, and sometimes application code. Most cloud security issues that organizations face fall under these three areas.
"The volume of cloud usage is increasing, the sophistication is increasing, the complexity is increasing, [and] the challenge is learning how to better utilize the public cloud," Riley said.
A growing dependence on the cloud will also force businesses to rethink the way they approach network security, said Lawrence Orans, research vic ..