How Is Cloud Migration Affecting Security?
When it comes to technology, many enterprises worldwide are finding that migration to the cloud brings huge advantages – the accessibility of information, the agility it creates, and the capacity it offers. However, some have been hesitant amid concerns about possible security issues.
Should enterprises considering migrating to the cloud fear any increase in threat, or could the reverse be true: that they may actually be able to use the cloud’s own security apparatus to keep their data safer?
Addressing this question, senior director of solution engineering for Gigamon Asia Pacific and Japan Valdimir Yordanov argued that, when it comes to moving to the cloud, the answer lies in appreciating the balance between risk on the one hand and the increased productivity on the other.
He noted that his firm’s own research had shown that 53% of organizations in the Asia Pacific region ran more than half of their workloads through the cloud, with the majority opting for a hybrid approach that combined their office environments with cloud infrastructure.
He said this came with risks because 90% will use two cloud vendors, so they are not locked into one provider and can get competitive prices.
“This points to the inevitable – organizations must begin to balance the risk of having their workloads hosted in multiple environments with the productivity and agility gains that cloud computing offers.”
– Valadimir Yordanov
Mr. Yordanov’s suggestion that the cloud presents a security-productivity trade-off may seem concerning. But this is not a matter of desirability on his view, but an inevitability, arguing that the benefits of cloud use make any additional risk worth it.
He stated: “The answer to this balance is deep visibility into network activity within an organization’s perimeter,” but cautioned that the monitoring and security tools available for firms are designed for an on-premise environment and “lack visibility” into cloud environments.
This view of the cloud is far from universally shared. For instance, TechRound has stated that cloud security will be increasingly important in 2023, as the rising tide of cyber attacks is only likely to increase. It observed that 39% of SMEs in the UK suffered attacks in 2022, from phishing to more sophisticated assaults from ransomware, malware, and denial of service attacks.
Far from suggesting firms simply accept a trade-off of security risks against the benefits of the cloud, TechRound said: “Outsourcing a cloud computing solution is fundamental for businesses looking to move forward and stay protected in 2023.”
Referring to research stating that $188.3 billion will be spent on cloud security in 2023, TechRound argued that being secure will be “more important than ever”, not least because the increased use of hybrid working has become so embedded in work patterns as a result of the pandemic.
The article also noted the issue of financial vulnerability, which is of concern while the world fears an imminent recession. But by outsourcing cloud security to reliable vendors, firms will help avoid the kind of calamities that may make it so much harder to survive and prosper, whether in a recession or a time of growth.
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