It’s Time to Assess Your Cloud Security & Maturity: Here’s How

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Performing a cloud maturity check is important to determining whether your current use of the cloud is truly helping you meet your business goals.

The path to the cloud is a twisting, hairpin-laden road for almost every enterprise. Many were dragged to the cloud by business units charging ahead. Some may have started out with a deliberate strategy, only to see it warp out of shape by new, quickly bolted-on cloud apps procured (officially or unofficially) to support new initiatives and growth demands. But few have true cloud maturity.

Cloud benefits are so compelling that most organizations continue to add applications, by strategic design or force of will, at an alarming pace. The result is often a cloud environment that is not cohesive, efficient, or meeting either the goals of the business or the promise of the technology.

One of the big losers in this haphazard cumulus cloud build up is clear visibility to security controls and practices.

How to perform a cloud maturity check

It’s time to reassess. Whether you are relatively cloud immature or have been in the cloud for years, conducting a cloud maturity and security assessment is an important health check to determining whether your current use of the cloud is truly helping you meet your business goals and whether you are extracting the most out of the features and business advantages from the technologies – while at the same time securing your essential data.

It’s important to determine whether your current cloud solutions or future cloud migration plans are meeting your strategic goals, are well matched against your staff and security tool capabilities (and how to address this if not) and determine the efficacy of your deployment so it can be improved.

Strategic alignment

You likely have specific goals for moving to the cloud (or moving specific functions to the cloud), whether they are clearly articulated or not. Such goals typically include cost savings, faster time to market for a product, meeting rapidly changing customer demands, etc.

If these aren’t clearly delineated, you will want to spell it out so you can map these goals against the results of implemented solutions or future plans.

While this may seem an academic exercise, it is important: as an example, if your goal is cost savings, doing a detailed analysis of moving a deeply embedded legacy application to the cloud may reveal that such a move is in fact costlier than retaining it on-prem.

If you are trying to get to market more quickly but don’t have the skills or tools to support the cloud deployment, you may be defeating the purpose.

For current cloud deployments, how you are working in the cloud may be inefficient, failing to meet the goals you set out to achieve; or you may have neglected to build a proper cultural acceptance of the new cloud paradigm, which may effect success. – Read more

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