In the Cloud, Evolving Infrastructure Means Evolving Alliances

New opportunities make for unusual bedfellows. Here’s how to navigate the shift in organizational dynamics between security operations, line-of-business managers, and developers.

In the olden days of cybersecurity (you know, before 2015 or so), a company’s legal and security departments tended to move in lock step. Better security went hand-in-hand with better compliance, which to a company’s legal team equated to lower risk.

Conversely, the relationship between security operations and line-of-business managers and developers was tenuous. Security was constantly shutting down or hindering efforts to move to the online services the business wanted, and developers couldn’t be trusted to write secure on-prem apps, let alone spin up data instances in the cloud.

But today? The alliances of old are strained, and the new opportunities in the cloud and in containers are making for some unusual bedfellows.

Many times the CISO is better off in the cloud. Maybe some of your on-premises systems are getting long in the tooth, or certain capabilities in the cloud are just better. These days platforms like Office 365 will develop for the cloud first, and then move new features to the datacenter.

Suddenly, you have logs you never had before. You can make policies and deploy them without re-provisioning. Instead of closing a port on a firewall on prem, you can go directly to an actual individual file — not just a port or a router. 

You can see an anomaly and automate the specific response. You can say, “Jimmy can’t write .ppts or .pdfs anymore, because it looks like he’s trying to export,” but he can still do his day-to-day business while you investigate. And the whole time, you can see all the transactions happening where you can’t on your on-prem file server.

In the cloud, the CIO is elated because he gets to make customers happy, and the developers are happy, too, because they get to make more apps, more quickly.

And instead of putting in a whopping capital expense…

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