IDC PeerScape: Practices for Initiating Security in the Cloud

IDC PeerScape: Practices for Initiating Security in the Cloud

This IDC PeerScape introduces four practices that help CIOs, senior technology executives, and line of business executives to tackle the security challenges posed by cloud. Through research and conversations with various industry stakeholders, IDC has identified and suggested four practices relating to security and risk management in the cloud environment, including practices around visibility, risk ranking of IP assets, and so forth. For the purposes of thisdocument, the cloud environment means "anything but on-premises," which can encompass public cloud such as AWS, Azure, or a host of VPC environments on a third-party provider's premises. "Security is often cited as the biggest concern for enterprises moving to the cloud. However, cloud is the unstoppable trend and we hope the identified practices can help enterprises to ease concerns and leverage the cloud model to maximize benefits to the business," said Cathy Huang, research manager, Services and Cloud Research.

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In This Study
Situation Overview
Practice 1: Communicate Security Processes to Key Stakeholders Across the Organization
Practice 2: Create a Risk Ranking of IP Assets
Practice 3: Understand Who Is Doing What in the Cloud
Practice 4: Define a Clear Exit Strategy and Process
Future Outlook
Summary of Practices
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