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Out-of-Date and Unsupported Cloud Workloads Continue as a Common Weakness
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RFormer
RFormer,
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7/29/2020 | 3:52:56 PM
Revenue Recognition vs Compliance vs Security - A path forward
Through a number of iterations of frontline and leadership roles in InfoSec, one tool I have found valuable to move stale systems forward on versions is to tie the security need to a compliance requirement, and then relate the compliance to a specific revenue stream. For example, generally speaking, compliance assessments and certifications are undertaken to satisfy client requirements. Be it ISO27001, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, FedRAMP, etc. Any instance in cloud that has a compliance requirement can usually be tied to one of these. This means that when a package or OS falls into EoL or has major security finding, you have a way to tie a revenue stream to the remediation.

It's impressive the about face that can occur when a patch or upgrade is associated, directly or indirectly, to protecting a 7 figure deal. It not ALWAYS effective, but it's a valuable lever to move the conversation along and illustrates a business risk focus to senior leadership. In doing so, we can move the perception of our work from  being alarmist to directly affecting the bottom line.
RyanSepe
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
7/29/2020 | 10:22:39 AM
Keep the Lights On!
Unfortunately, the thought process of many is if its working DONT TOUCH IT. Which has implications that you are never upgrading until the business requires it. Even if your OS, app, or cloud workload falls out of support.

It's a foolish ideology that actually has more detriment long term.


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