Despite growing investments in defensive technologies, cyber breaches continue to proliferate. In a world where malware is continually evolving, critical data is moving to the cloud, and criminals are exploring new vectors of attack, how can security professionals stay up to date with, and keep ahead of, changes in the industry?
Over the last few years, the domain of cloud computing has proliferated. Cloud platforms are enabling new, complex business models and orchestrating more globally-based integration networks. Amazon Web Services is a $12B business, with Microsoft & Google right behind. Even industries that traditionally follow On-Prem model (Government, Financial Services, Telecom etc.) are increasingly moving some of their services and solutions to cloud. However, Security Concerns continue to plague the industry.
When it comes to designing and building hybrid cloud projects we understand that in addition to the technical issues like security and safety, the matter of organisation and buy-in can be challenging. A great deal of this surrounds the various cloud myths and the beliefs held by certain members of the board. From a CIO's perspective many elements must align to create successful structures: these include cloud readiness, the implementation of PaaS amongst others. We hope this article acknowledges and solves some of the concerns we hear from customers that you may relate to. One should note that while this article uses Microsoft Azure for many (but not all) of its examples, some of the commentary equally applies to other leading cloud solutions (like Amazon Web Services).
The business IT environment is changing rapidly and, as a result, today's CIOs have to tackle a number of big challenges. Today, cloud-delivered applications, services, and infrastructure are transforming business processes, services, and models. Cloud transformation has turned what was once a predictable and tightly controlled ecosystem upside-down. In the midst of all this change, CIOs are under pressure to improve employee productivity, encourage standardisation throughout the organisation, and ensure any changes that are implemented drive cost savings. Indeed, CIOs have a big job on their hands as they attempt to recognise the importance of--and embrace--new technology that will help streamline business operations and keep the company competitive, while saving IT significant amounts of time and money.
Cloud is a pathway to innovation. Where yesterday's cloud deployments were about moving an on-premises infrastructure in your data center to a cloud environment, companies today are using cloud platforms to build new features for their products and services that are integrated at a software level. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data capabilities are no longer nice to haves--they're an essential part of an enterprise's growth strategy. Cloud makes it easier and more cost-effective to leverage such technologies. As if the need for more advanced skills wasn't enough, the tendency for a multi-cloud approach means that teams will need to know how to use services from multiple platforms--chief among them AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform--to stay competitive.