April 09, 2012

The move to cloud computing services is a big one for most IT organizations. But nowhere is the change more profound than in security, where the use of cloud services introduces a whole new array of questions and concerns.

While moving even in part to a cloud model is a big change for many reasons, the most significant difference is a loss of direct control. Just as security groups often struggle with managing security inside a corporation when in a governance role, we struggle even more with governing the security of assets that no longer sit within our own data center. The challenge is to develop and implement a strong governance model for these cloud offerings that ensures that security is part of the conversation.

The type and size of provider you’re dealing with can make a big difference in terms of how robust its security program is, the types of controls it has in place, and the amount of leeway you will have in contracts.



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