Security vs. Speed: The Risk of Rushing to the Cloud

Extract from article by Kelly Sheridan from DarkReading

Businesses deploying cloud-based applications and services often overlook critical security steps as they scramble to keep up with the latest technology, and the rush is putting them at risk.

“There’s a lot of customers who have this cloud-first mandate,” says JK Lialias, senior director of cloud access at Forcepoint. “They’ve been told, ‘thou shalt move to the cloud as much infrastructure as you possibly can.'”

A lot of pressure is on line-of-business employees to adopt cloud applications and infrastructure, he continues. IT departments are essential in delivering these services and often neglect to understand how on-premises data and processes translate to the cloud.

“What’s happening in the move to the cloud has happened in the tech industry from the beginning,” says Michael Landewe, Avanan co-founder and VP of business development. “People move to new tech based on new features and capabilities. Security always follows.”

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