Check out this excellent article by DiptoChakravarty that explains how cloud computing can be either a threat to security or an opportunity for tremendous cost savings and agility. He writes:
"Once upon a time, everyone managed their own infrastructure on premise and the physical walls of the enterprise provided administrators with a definite perimeter. Then a process of “de-perimeterization” started once people began moving data centers off-site into collocation facilities and the like. This resulted in a set of opportunities (for vendors) and threats (for the businesses).
"In a cloud environment, workloads (combinations of applications, middleware, and operating systems) become “fluid” and are subjected to shifting from one locale to another to optimize performance. With these dynamic and shifts at run-time, it becomes indispensable to maintain an equilibrium in the computing model plus the security model of the environment. This contemporary paradigm of computing has led to re-thinking IT security within the applications and within the infrastructure, as much as it has led to re-writing the rules of enforcing IT security on- and off-premises to protect the users, data and resources of businesses. Cloud has brought about as many new threats to mitigate as it has new opportunities to monetize."
Read the whole article here.
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