Leveraging cloud technology enables your enterprise to be more agile and competitive while significantly reducing costs. However, there are risks associated with these benefits. Getting new capabilities quickly is worth far less if it means exposing vulnerabilities that result in regulatory compliance violations and fees, loss of intellectual property (IP), loss of customer data, or damage to your reputation, brand, and future business.
Enterprises often treat information security technology as an insurance policy against the potentially devastating costs of not deploying it. From that perspective, your security technology’s ROI is determined by the time it takes for a breach—one with costs equal to or greater than your investment—to occur. Your ROI could be immediate. Or it could be longer term. With that in mind, it is hard to justify yet another security technology, but a move to the cloud suggests that you should.
Cloud adoption promises the benefit of increased flexibility and significant cost savings. Hence, migrating business-critical applications to the cloud is becoming a growing priority for companies of all sizes. A recent survey of more than 250,000 information security professionals revealed that more than 77 percent of organizations have already adopted cloud services and 10 percent of those companies using cloud services describe themselves as heavy users.