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How to make Chief Technology Officers more comfortable with Cloud Security in 2019?

As Cyber security faces talent shortage and concerns over data breaches. Many CTO’s are delaying their cloud migrations. Here is how you can convince your CTO to make them more comfortable to Cloud security and robustness.

While it’s a known fact that Cyber security is the number one challenge for CXOs and CTOS’. What remains a surprise element is that only 39% have a defense strategy to counter it and the perception Cloud has generated for itself over its acceptance and usage.

While nearly 83% of IT professionals said they store sensitive data in the public cloud, only about 69% said they trust the public cloud to keep their data secure. Cloud security issues are rampant. One in four organizations that use Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Software as a Service (SaaS) have had their data encrypted or decrypted, according to the report.

Meanwhile, one in five respondents said they have experienced an advanced attack against public cloud infrastructure leaving them and organizational security at lurch.

At Amstar, we get a lot of inquiries in terms of how to protect your data in the cloud, how to move your identities to the cloud, and how you do network security," and sometimes we have seen folks even requesting us to hold trainings for effective cloud migration adds Joseph Jayakumar, IT thought leader and Director at Amstar Technologies.

But the real reasons that CTO’s often shy away or distrust cloud security are more nuanced than some reports might suggest. Many CTO’s think that vendor security is actually a lot stronger than theirs, but ultimately they think that if a breach does happen at some of these vendors, they will still be liable for the fallout that should be viewed with caution as platforms can be hacked if not securely monitored.

CTO’s also believe that their security team does not possess right skill mechanism to implement an effective cloud strategy. They ultimately believe that they're unprepared to support the organization in its rapid adoption of cloud and ignore it. This is a dangerous notion at this instance and we have assisted many companies in their cloud migration campaigns successfully.

Since security teams lack knowledge of what cloud security should look like at their organization as most traditional security practices can't be transplanted to the cloud environment. They instead tend to snub it off due to its initial implementation hurdles as they are unprepared and ultimately they believe that they will bear the responsibility ultimately if something does goes wrong which is a Big NO-NO.

It’s about building a robust cloud security team

Since responsibility for breaches in the cloud often falls back on the CTO even if the vendor is at fault. CTO’s should educate their senior business stakeholders and management about the fact that the present cloud security is shared between vendors and the internal team as many security issues arise when internal stakeholders make a mistake among-st people involved in the platform. It makes more sense for CTO’s to spend time and effort in building a strong security team and educating developers on secure cloud processes.

By following this judiciously they are going to get better results if they spend efforts on building that strong security team and thus easing the implementation of cloud security for developers who right now are actually going around security in a micro phase level. Often times they don't correctly implement cloud security, and this increases the risk of using their cloud vendor as well.

Be it Cloud operations, Cloud architecture or Cloud security, workers are responsible for security and it's common to see more traditional security workers struggling with the new platforms as well that’s where reskilling comes to picture where we have helped many companies get the best out of their cloud migration hurdles at ease. Importantly when it comes to building a cloud security team, it's typically not feasible for companies to seek out a "UNICORN" or “STAR” candidate or an expert in a certain cloud provider. Instead, CTO’s should consider having their security team with a mixed portfolio of skills as we first have to understand what the skills are that is really need to have for in the Cloud.

It's actually not important to find individuals who are aware and know the inside and out of each individual provider. That's something that these individuals can develop over time. Instead, CTO’s should build a team with individual strengths that add up to a collective security as a whole. For example while one worker may have the necessary software development skills another should be strong in enterprise architecture, and another in solutions architecture thus giving the CTO the assurance of a successful cloud platform.

Importantly CTO’s should keep in mind that they don't need to build all cloud security using only their own team and look for companies who have set up a cloud center of excellence, and rotate people in and out from different functions, such as applications and infrastructure, and use those individuals to strengthen security at the organization in a contract mode.

A lot of successful companies don't see their internal security resources as a limitation, because they understand that setting up a cloud strategy is something that the organization should do collectively. CTO’s should also make adhering to cloud security guidelines easy for developers and having a common security platform that houses APIs and reference architectures that developers can use to quickly understand how to implement security guidelines in their applications at ease.

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