Do you trust the Cloud?
Most security audiences I ask do not. They believe the cloud (defined anyway you like) results in less control, less security. At the same time, companies are accelerating adoption of cloud-based solutions. Considered obstacles, security leaders get left out of the process.
What if “the cloud” improves security for everyone?
At first, I saw potential for cloud solutions to increase security for small companies. Organizations with no or limited security staff. Now I embrace the potential of cloud solutions to improve security for every organization.
The Cloud acts as a “forcing function” that improves security for everyone. Even those who don't use it.... yet.
A moment to reflect on the Leading Security Change PanelTo close the discussion, each panelist shared the "one thing" that stood out to them.
I invite you to do the same. Absorb and reflect on the pieces of the series, including:
Three highlights from the panel discussionIn a series loaded with practical experience, many things stood out. Here are three worthy of consideration:
- Better specialization creates the ability to improve security
- Offload tasks to free up time and energy to focus on areas of higher value
- The cloud is a forcing function that improves security for everyone
The power of cloud as a forcing functionA forcing function is “any task, activity or event that forces you to take action and produce a result.”
People want cloud solutions. Consumers and businesses alike see and experience the benefits. Sometimes the flexibility and ease of cloud solutions is a double-edged sword. Especially for security leaders. Instead of working to block or bottle neck the effort, embrace it.
If you impede the progress, you get ignored.
Progress? Migrating to cloud solutions forces us to think and act different. That’s needed. And it’s good. Embrace the opportunity to pivot to think about function. Focus on outcomes.
Start by asking my favorite question: “What’s the problem we’re trying to solve?”
The process of discovering the real problem often reveals opportunity. For most, this is the chance to improve security while helping advance the business. Solutions we've struggled with are now essential to the success of adopting the cloud.
Security enables the transformation people seek.
The security benefits of the cloud as a forcing functionThere are at least three distinct benefits to the adoption of the cloud in how it forces us to adapt and improve:
- Translating technical experience and jargon into functional understanding creates better solutions
- Vendors embrace specialization and cooperation with each other to the benefit of their clients
- New techniques and methods developed in the cloud get incorporated into existing (non-cloud) solutions
It is time for security leaders to embrace cloud solutionsWhether resistance is futile or not, cloud-based solutions are driving security change. While the method is different, this is the change we wanted.
It’s the change we need. We're just getting started.
The purpose of Leading Security Change is to reframe and introduce the topic as a solution. The research and discussions around cloud give me more to share. Look for updates in my regular column on Translating Security Value.
Share your experiences and insights. Ask me your questions. I’ll work to get answers and amplify the good™ that we might all lead security change.
Next time I ask a group of security leaders if they trust the cloud, I’d like to see more nodding heads and hands in the air.
Better is when some explain how it helped them improve security. Is that you?