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The Need for Automation in Managing Enterprise-Grade Public Cloud Security
Date: 02/20/2019 Length: 6 Cost: $99.00

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Ninety-eight percent of organizations are using cloud to perform ITOps and/or SecOps functions. Cloud is a fantastic resource for IT and business. Compute, storage, and even application delivery capabilities are activated on-demand to meet the business's needs. While cloud delivers on most of its promises, the one aspect of cloud that seems to be regularly in question is data security. This is not generally due to a technical failing on the part of any of the cloud services providers, so much as a failing in the education of their customers, creating a misunderstanding of whose responsibility it is to manage data security in the cloud. Fifty-three percent of cloud customers errantly believe that the responsibility for their cloud data security falls wholly or mostly on the shoulders of their cloud provider. Twenty-one percent also incorrectly believe the burden is equally shared, while only 15 percent understand that the owning organization is responsible for data security. Some reports have as many as seven percent of AWS S3 buckets exposed to the Internet. Companies experiencing security problems are not just a bunch of inexperienced startups or security amateurs. They include companies like Accenture, Booz Allen, Dow Jones & Co., Time Warner Cable, and Verizon Wireless, among many other notable names who have experienced cloud data leaks. To overcome these shortfalls, cloud data owners need to better investigate and understand their role in protecting their cloud, to address these four key factors:
1. Who owns cloud security?
2. How can security teams address the lack of visibility into cloud?
3. How can data sharing be manged to reduce the associated data leakage?
4. Not all on-premises security tools fit the unique needs of cloud, so how can IT and security choose the best tools?

David Monahan


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