Balancing the Risks and Rewards of Cloud Computing

Cloud Security

As enterprises continue to seek scalability, flexibility and efficiency in their technology stack, cloud platforms become very attractive. For many organizations, the strategy for information technology is to adopt cloud-based services first and seek on premise implementation as an alternative if cloud options do not meet business needs. While in some cases a cloud service may be more secure than a similar service hosted internally, this is not an assumption that can be applied universally.

It is critical for information security professionals to understand cloud computing, the various models and associated risks. Additionally, information security professionals must develop strategies that empower the business’ consumption of critical cloud services while adopting the necessary security measures, balancing the risk versus reward of cloud computing.

The first step to creating programmatic cloud security is to establish a minimum set of baseline controls in your cloud environment. By applying a holistic approach that accounts for security across the stack and harmonizing siloes in the organization, you can achieve the efficiency and agility necessary to proactively secure and operationalize your business. Read our case study on how Alight Solutions achieved agile and proactive security assessments of their AWS cloud deployments using Optiv's Cloud Security Architecture Assessment for AWS.


Average number of cloud applications a typical enterprise has in use*

94 %

Percentage of applications considered “not enterprise ready”*

4.1 %

Percentage of enterprise sanctioned cloud apps laced with malware*





*Source: Netskope






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