Recent research: The Benefits of an Integrated Approach to Security in the Cloud

The Benefits of an Integrated Approach to Security in the Cloud

Author: Judith Hurwitz, President and CEO; Marcia Kaufman, COO and Principal Analyst; Daniel Kirsch, Senior Analyst

The Benefits of an Integrated Approach to Security in the Cloud

The advent of cloud computing is beginning to transform the way companies engage with customers, partners, and suppliers to increase flexibility and streamline operations. Cloud computing makes it much easier for the organization to implement new business services and to create new revenue opportunities much faster. At the same time, organizations are grappling with how to use cloud services while protecting the security of valuable assets. Security concerns have forced many companies to delay their use of cloud services.

As cloud computing gains more traction, more businesses are beginning to align their security strategy to better manage the privacy and compliance challenges of this new deployment model. Indeed, cloud models are being used not only to add compute and storage resources, they are also becoming an imperative for data analytics and mobility. The impact of the widening use of cloud computing means that more people are accessing applications, systems, networks, and data. For this strategy to be operational, IT needs to satisfy the business while maintaining compliance and security for critical intellectual property and customer data.

In this paper, we will look at how the growing adoption of cloud computing
is changing the way organizations are implementing security. Hurwitz & Associates interviewed customers in a variety of industries to assess how they are approaching security for their cloud deployments leveraging IBM’s Security Intelligence Platform.

Sponsor: IBM