ICYMI: Cloud Comfort
To kick off National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, iCorps hosted a cybersecurity panel with industry experts from Microsoft, Sophos, Datto, and Mimecast. The panelists covered everything from social engineering to the importance of multi-factor authentication, before opening the discussion to attendees and hosting one-on-one breakout sessions. The third and final topic posed to the panel: Getting people comfortable with the cloud.
No sugarcoating it, the cloud is now the place to do business. The cloud is more secure than an on-premises system, but to many would-be adopters, it's still an unknown. The experts from iCorps, the event host and Managed Service Provider; Datto, a data backup and disaster recovery solution; Sophos, a firewall and security expert; and Microsoft's cybersecurity division discuss how to successfully migrate to the cloud, and how it keeps your data safe and secure and increases business productivity.
Chris Stephenson, moderator, iCorps Technologies: The cloud has become the place to do business. What security issues are business owners facing there, from a disaster recovery, data storage, or email standpoint? How are these considerations addressed in a cloud migration?
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Ben Darsigny, panelist, Mimecast: One of our biggest hurdles was getting people comfortable with the cloud. Microsoft has made that conversation so much easier. But it does come with a new set of risk factors because you don't own the infrastructure anymore. There are a lot of great reasons to - it's a lot easier, and it can be more cost effective, but you can no longer go to a data center or server room and get your hands on the issue. So that requires an added layer of oversight, something else that you can rely on in that situation, whether it's a high availability solution or security tool.
Alan Toews, panelist, Sophos: A lot of companies are moving portions of their data centers to the cloud, but are not always thinking about the consistency of their security policies across these platforms. They will still have something on-premise, and something in the cloud, but they may end up with disparate tools to manage both, and inconsistent policies. When they go to make a change they may forget about one, or the other. Usually the cloud.
You need to make sure you are looking at your tools in the cloud and on premise as much as possible. You want to manage all of those policies from a single point where you have visibility and consistency, and you don't have gaps and missteps just from excessive complexity. The point is to simplify your life, not complicate your infrastructure policy in the process.
Laura MacDonald, panelist, Microsoft: What is the one common denominator when talking about how this data is being accessed? It's an identity. So I have to look at my security posture through the lens of an identity, and make my risk decisions from that standpoint.