For years, the use of the the cloud has been viewed by many as a cybersecurity risk. Having a company’s data, processes and work maintained and performed in some far away location seemed counterintuitive to keeping the same held close to home and “safe” on that same company’s own servers and systems.
According to a CNBC article last month citing a recent PWC survey entitled “The Global State of Information Security Survey 2016,” “more cybersecurity professionals are turning to cloud storage as an effective and more affordable way to fight cyberterrorism…” (Source: CNBC, “Why more companies are using the cloud to fight cyberthreats,” by Jennifer Schlesinger, Nov. 14, 2015).
From the article:
- “Nearly 70 percent of respondents said their company is using cloud-based cybersecurity services, according to PWC’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2016… (emphasis added)
- The cloud as a less pricey cybersecurity tool is especially beneficial and welcome for small- to mid- sized companies that can’t afford all the bells and whistles that larger companies employ to keep their networks safe.
- “The cloud makes it possible to do things analytical, related to cybersecurity, that were never before possible,” said David Burg, the global cybersecurity and privacy leader at PWC.
- “The value of moving to the cloud outweighs the risk of paranoia,” said Chris Weber, co-founder of Seattle-based Casaba Security.”
The CNBC article went on to say that, “Beyond smaller firms, larger companies are also moving security to the cloud, with many companies setting up their own cloud-based system, according to PWC’s Burg. He added many of the larger companies already use cloud-based messaging services, so moving to cloud-based cybersecurity is a natural progression.” (emphasis added).
Today’s leaders must conduct their own assessment of the specific, relevant cyberthreats they and their organizations face. Those leaders must use all of the tools at their disposal and develop a strategic approach that allows them to address and mitigate cyberthreats based on the threat vectors that are relevant to them and their respective groups. While many tools are available, what’s clear is that more and more the cloud is becoming an increasingly attractive option in creating these cyberdefenses. The cloud may not be right for every organization, but forward thinking leaders will at the very least consider cloud-based solutions and implement them as needed as part of a strong, comprehensive cybersecurity program.