Due to the trend of virtualization, companies are reluctant to change their hardware every five years. They see in software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings an alternative. In the past security concerns were the biggest roadblock in the mainstream implementation of cloud services.
Tim Prendergast, CEO of Evident.io, states that today it is widely recognized that security in cloud services is strong. Scott Chasin, CEO of ProtectWise, adds that security will become a utility because of the cloud. Cloud security in 2017 offer advantages in the area of security through features like storage options, scalability and ease of deployment. Due to the use of equivalent technology, the cloud also allows small companies to compete with large businesses.
Infrastructure-as-a-service (Iaas) is growing quickly among companies in need of security. RightScale’s 2016 State of the Cloud report says that close to three-quarters of small-to-midsize businesses run at least one application in major sources of cloud data. As a response to this, criminal hackers see IaaS platforms as a target for their malware and attack networks. Some worry that dependency on cloud providers can hurt businesses in the long run.
Stan Black, CSO at Citrix, believes that companies that offer cloud data and access management will be continuously under attack. There are other people like Glenn Weinstein, senior vice president of global services and CISO at Appirio, that think that cloud migration is a strategy of risk mitigation for many companies.
Instead of investing in systems for network defense, companies delegate these responsibilities to cloud providers. Weinstein states that CISO will reduce security risks by gradually eliminating storage responsibilities of desktops and laptops. Laptop vendors will follow the Chromebook model of using short-term storage for the user-writeable portion of the hard drive.
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