We often talk about balance between safegarding data and access (or privacy as you mention here), but is that really the goal? I woud argue that in most enterprises, safeguarding data is the first priority given all the possible threats to it.
Our #CIOchat yesterday about security nightmares touched on human error, penetration testing, privacy, Point of Sale vulnerabilities, training, education, layered security, 7x24 threat monitoring and who should be charge of enterprise cyber security. The sheer number of topics expresses the complex and never ending task of keeping enterprise data secure.
"More specifically, we learned that data breaches are the top concern for 90% of IT security professionals. Despite this, only 15% of those same IT professionals surveyed, described their organizations as “well prepared” for a security breach."
It’s all about “Platform as a Service” these days. But juxtaposed to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), what does PaaS mean, and how do you make the right choice for a given application? I see at least two different kind of PaaS environments addressing different scenarios and needs. It’s important, when embarking on the development and/or migration of an application to a cloud environment, to thoroughly think through which PaaS environment to use.
Infrastructure teams tend to think shorter term and as a consequence are often ill-suited to lead cloud migrations. How do I know? I've had contact with three customers recently where the marching orders were to move quickly and invest as little as possible in the migration. The goal was to reduce costs move by shuttering data centers and manage multiple suppliers.
Imagine having thousands of applications to put into the cloud. What are the steps to taking on such a massive project? Well, this is what I told a customer who informed me that he had five thousand apps to migrate into the cloud. I suggested a six step approach.
1) Understand the vision, establish the priorities
I don't agree with David Linthicum's post in InfoWorld that contends the IaaS and PaaS markets will no longer support smaller providers. He also argues that the little guys will have to exit those markets and find something else to do.