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Achieving security in the cloud

John Maynard, HP | Feb. 19, 2014
Few now question the benefits that can be realised from cloud through greater business agility, rapid scalability of services and reduced costs. Security however consistently rates as the major concern for enterprises adopting cloud-based services.

A whole-of-enterprise approach

Issues of security should not be a reason for enterprises delaying their entry into cloud.

The security risks are real but they can be managed if a whole-of-enterprise program is adopted. It is not about securing the cloud — it is about securing an enterprise's use of cloud-based services.

In summary, organisations should:

  • Establish a risk-based approach to assess the viability of the cloud services.
  • Design applications to run in the cloud.
  • Undertake ongoing auditing and management.
  • Assess the security measures of cloud service providers.

Cloud is fast-moving and the opportunities are significant for businesses that plan a secure route.


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