7 Ways Cloud Computing Propels IT Security - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Cloud // Platform as a Service
News
5/8/2016
12:06 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google+
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

7 Ways Cloud Computing Propels IT Security

A spate of high-profile public and private cloud security breaches is helping to push advancements in security such as encryption. Here's a look at 7 ways the cloud may be the largest driver of IT security today.
Previous
1 of 9
Next

(Image: chargerv8/iStockphoto)

(Image: chargerv8/iStockphoto)

To some, cloud computing and IT security do not intersect. The results are often disastrous. Considering the huge amount of press that cloud computing receives when breaches occur, it's easy to understand why they believe that. But if you look at IT security from a wider lens, you'll see that cloud computing technologies are actually helping to propel IT security at rates never seen before.

Indeed, some of the advancement of security mechanisms and architectures such as end-to-end encryption can be traced back to public and private cloud security breaches where sensitive data was stolen for profit or fun.

This brought the topic of encryption to the forefront of conversation in CIO circles around the globe. It also likely contributed to the recent skyrocketing adoption rates for encryption. According to a recent Ponemon Institute study that polled more than 5,000 IT and business managers from various parts of the world, 41% said that encryption has been adopted extensively in their organizations, an increase from 16% in 2005.

The fact goes to show that shortcomings of cloud computing -- especially from a security perspective -- are being addressed with better tools and processes.

[See 10 Cloud Jobs in Highest Demand Now.]

Other reasons why the cloud is driving security have to do with the flexible architecture infrastructure administrators now hold in their hands. Because cloud architectures are virtualized and driven by software, we suddenly have a vast amount of control over the design and deployment of an infrastructure. Add to it the wide availability of security tools with very low upfront costs, and you have a nearly bottomless security tool chest to pick and choose from.

Also, because of its distributed nature and fault-tolerant architecture, the cloud is becoming the de facto place to deploy security tools and services. The concept of private enterprise has long melted away. It now simply makes sense to start deploying the majority of security tools where we compute and where we store data the most.

Here are seven reasons why the cloud is the single largest driver of IT security today. Take a look and let us know how (or if) you think the cloud can take IT security to the next level.

Andrew has well over a decade of enterprise networking under his belt through his consulting practice, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and datacenter build-outs and prior experience at organizations such as State Farm Insurance, United Airlines and the ... View Full Bio

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Previous
1 of 9
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
julietj511
50%
50%
julietj511,
User Rank: Apprentice
8/16/2017 | 7:06:21 AM
Cloud Computing
Nice article. Thank you for sharing this article. We expect more from your side on cloud computing
Commentary
Enterprise Guide to Edge Computing
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  10/15/2019
News
Rethinking IT: Tech Investments that Drive Business Growth
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  10/3/2019
Slideshows
IT Careers: 12 Job Skills in Demand for 2020
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  10/1/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Getting Started With Emerging Technologies
Looking to help your enterprise IT team ease the stress of putting new/emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and IoT to work for their organizations? There are a few ways to get off on the right foot. In this report we share some expert advice on how to approach some of these seemingly daunting tech challenges.
Slideshows
Flash Poll