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Blind Trust Is Not A Security Strategy: Lessons From Cloud Adopters
Date: 11/09/2016 Length: 8 pages Cost: $99.00

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Enterprise Management Associates recently conducted a research project that investigated multiple aspects of cloud service providers and the adoption of their services. The research looked to identify major motivators and inhibitors of adopting cloud services for both compliance and non-compliance constrained workloads. Security emerged as the top adoption concern.  

The research showed that though they have differing responsibilities, both IT and security agreed that implementing proper security in their cloud environments is better than accelerating deployment speed but achieving a less secure environment. IT respondents admitted that they would rather suffer a delay for a new cloud application deployment than rapidly deploy an application into a potentially insecure environment and, even better, if they help the business people understand the issues, the business people agreed in nearly a 3 to 1 margin. IT sided with security to delay a product launch due to security concerns rather than suffer a significant security breach by a margin greater than 2 to 1.

Cloud adoption is a long-term partnership between the business and the provider. It provides a new toolset to address both traditional and new IT service delivery challenges. Within that toolset security, elasticity, and agility are all available to accelerate business service delivery, but the organization must evaluate its needs to determine not only current requirements but also expected future needs to ensure how each provider under consideration can or will meet those needs.

David Monahan


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