In recent years, a high number of security breaches and data leaks have occurred, ranging from minor disruptions to high-impact hacks. Fortunately, organizations seem to be realizing the importance of cybersecurity, which has been confirmed by Gartner research into growing expenditures around security worldwide, including significant contributions to security defenses.
Prevention is often more effective and cheaper than acting after security breaches, and it can help build trust and improve the reputation of the organizations involved. Security should be considered an ongoing process, as the methods that attackers employ are evolving in line with the technologies and infrastructure at modern organizations. Lastly, there is a need for careful evaluations when organizations consider new technologies, such as cloud computing.
Securely Moving to the Cloud
Gartner predicted that cloud data centers will process 92 percent of workloads by 2020. This isn’t surprising, as cloud computing offers many benefits, including reduced costs, fully managed environments, smart geographic distribution of workloads and data, and automatic scaling when the workload increases at peak times. Cloud computing is typically offered by a cloud service provider (CSP) who agrees on the configuration, level of service and cloud management with the customer.
The CSP can offer virtual environments that can be managed at several levels, generally known as software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). These levels range from simply preconfigured and managed applications, such as a simple web server (Sa ..