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Study: Security Fears Continue To Block Cloud Deployment
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jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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4/3/2014 | 9:11:43 AM
Powerful motivator
FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) is a very strong motivator or demotivator. This is magnified in this post-recessionary period where we are still struggling to improve financial conditions. When you add the fact that many have significant CapEx investments still sitting around, it can be very difficult to make a major move like this.
Randy Naramore
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Randy Naramore,
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4/3/2014 | 10:35:38 AM
Re: Powerful motivator
To your point, "FUD" (good one by the way) is slowing down cloud technologies but it may be for good reason but only time will tell. Cloud computing and storage is too new to chance having all of your data stolen. Will all of the news concerning target and others it makes executives be overly cautious. 
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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4/3/2014 | 10:37:41 AM
Re: Powerful motivator
Cautious and measured is good. Paralyzed by fear, not so much.
Randy Naramore
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Randy Naramore,
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4/3/2014 | 10:43:54 AM
Re: Powerful motivator
Very true, cautiousness is ususally the best. Parallyzed fear will prevent you from making informed decisions also.
DarkReadingTim
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DarkReadingTim,
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4/4/2014 | 8:28:34 AM
Re: Powerful motivator
It was interesting speaking with Unisys' CISO for this story -- even though Unisys has technology that provides visibility and additional security for the cloud, they are still largely limiting their cloud deployments to non-critical apps so far. I think we will see a lot of companies testing out the cloud on their least important, most commodity apps for a long time before we start to see implementations that involve the crown jewels.
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Stratustician,
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4/10/2014 | 12:11:52 PM
Re: Powerful motivator
I think one of the biggest hurdles is that current IT teams are often based on folks with backgrounds in traditional security (not surprising) which is perimeter based.  Virtualization and cloud are totally different beasts as you take out the physical perimeter and all of a sudden you have this big mass of resources that may or may not even be on site.  This means visibility is been compromised from a security perspective, and honestly, I am sure that scares a lot of IT folks. It's a long way from the old mentality that virtualization security wasn't much of a risk as it was seen as "hacking into a shoebox" with no real threats. Now we are faced with availability, security and integrity concerns and no skillsets to back it up.  It really comes to down to ensuring these security folks have access to the right resources so they are fully aware of all the issues they are dealing with.
Stratustician
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Stratustician,
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4/10/2014 | 12:11:56 PM
Re: Powerful motivator
I think one of the biggest hurdles is that current IT teams are often based on folks with backgrounds in traditional security (not surprising) which is perimeter based.  Virtualization and cloud are totally different beasts as you take out the physical perimeter and all of a sudden you have this big mass of resources that may or may not even be on site.  This means visibility is been compromised from a security perspective, and honestly, I am sure that scares a lot of IT folks. It's a long way from the old mentality that virtualization security wasn't much of a risk as it was seen as "hacking into a shoebox" with no real threats. Now we are faced with availability, security and integrity concerns and no skillsets to back it up.  It really comes to down to ensuring these security folks have access to the right resources so they are fully aware of all the issues they are dealing with.
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IMjustinkern,
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4/3/2014 | 11:03:47 AM
Re: Powerful motivator
jagibbons ... definitely agree on the FUD front. Curious: do you think the existence of those CapEx investments will actually push people toward the cloud? Could see that as the greatest motivator of all, especially when the big bosses are parsing budgets. 
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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4/3/2014 | 12:25:19 PM
Re: Powerful motivator
From my experienc, existing CapEx investments will push folk to the cloud when those assets are a) fully depreciated and b) needing to be relaced/refreshed. If they are still in production use, relativly new and still being paid for, that ends up being more of a deterent to cloud adoption.
Randy Naramore
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Randy Naramore,
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4/3/2014 | 2:56:05 PM
Re: Powerful motivator
I think you have a valid point, new technologies will all be adopted at a much slower pace than before.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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4/3/2014 | 3:25:25 PM
Re: Powerful motivator -- on the other hand....
What would the cloud service provider industry need to do to overcume the FUD and reassure customers? It sounds like -- from this thread -- that its more than just a financial concern.
Randy Naramore
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Randy Naramore,
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4/3/2014 | 3:31:02 PM
Re: Powerful motivator -- on the other hand....
I think it will just take some time and testing to see how the cloud turns out. Datacenters are protected and controlled but you must rely on others to secure your data in the cloud. There has to be a comfort level with the cloud and only time will tell when that will be.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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4/3/2014 | 4:55:12 PM
Re: Powerful motivator -- on the other hand....
Comfort level along with some effective security strategies. RAVI ITHAL Chief Architect at Netskope had some interesting thoughts about that in his blog today API-First: 3 Steps For Building Secure Cloud Apps
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securityaffairs,
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4/3/2014 | 6:10:35 PM
Re: Powerful motivator
Security and privacy are primary obstacles for the diffusion of the popular paradigms. Recent events related to Datagate have seriously compromised the trust in the cloud computing and drastically reduced growth projections.
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macker490,
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4/4/2014 | 8:20:32 AM
Hardly Surprising
the computer industry hardly has a stelar reputation for security,--- breach after breach after breach with every sort of patch, fix, and snake-oil and the situation continues to get worse

and still nobody wants to pull up the carpet and deal with the underlying issue: insecure operating software.
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4/11/2014 | 5:34:40 PM
Security should enable, not disable, cloud adoption
Fear shouldn't be an end point in the decision. It's healthy to consider what works and what does not when considering the cloud, and to look to the data to see where and how organizations get themselves into trouble, but it should be part of a general business calcuation that includes the benefits of going to the cloud and thinking through what the risks are. 

Most data breaches and data loss from public cloud platforms are the result of inadvertent user action. That informs a certain approach to discovery, clasification, and control; there are well-known ways to create DLP policies that minimize the accidental breach risk, for example. Tom Scholtz over at Gartner has a really interesting take on the concept of people-centric security and how companies are using it to do this kind of work in a cloud-friendly way: http://my.gartner.com/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=202&mode=2&PageID=5553&ref=webinar-rss&resId=2546716&srcId=1-2949089475


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