Recent trends show that organizations large and small are flocking to the cloud in efforts to cut overhead costs and boost the energy efficiency of their data centers. According to a recent AMI-Partners study, more than 30% of SMBs are currently using the cloud to store data, a number that is only expected to grow over time. At this point it is clear that cloud computing is here to stay – the question is how to leverage these technologies securely.
Along with the benefits of cloud computing come additional risks and complexities that can make IT admins feel like they’re losing control of the data center. Cloud adoption has blurred the boundaries that have traditionally defined what needs to be protected, giving IT less control over application usage and greater potential for vulnerabilities.
Next Thursday, 4/19 at 11am PT, we want to hear your take: What are some of the specific security factors you believe are inhibiting cloud adoption? How does your organization feel about using SaaS-based services such as Salesforce.com, or box.com? Do you believe it would accelerate an organization’s adoption phase if compensating controls could be put in place to provide trust of public cloud providers? What are the biggest audit and compliance concerns you have in regards to public cloud environments, and where do you see this space evolving as time goes on?
Join us and voice your opinion on the pros and cons of public, private and hybrid cloud computing, and the challenges these solutions present to modern data center security.
Logistics: How do I participate in #SecChat?
- Search for the #SecChat hashtag (via TweetChat, TweetDeck, or a Twitter client) and watch the real-time stream.
- @McAfeeBusiness will get the conversation rolling by posing a few questions to participants.
- Tweet your reactions, questions and @reply’s to the chat, making sure to use the #SecChat hashtag.
- #SecChat should last about an hour.