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Brad Thies

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Another day, another breach. No wonder security is tied for the top barrier to cloud adoption, according to 2017 research from RightScale, with 25 percent of survey respondents naming it, alongside expertise and expense, as their greatest challenge. In the face of security concerns, IT executives have mistakenly found comfort in private clouds over public clouds. The RightScale survey found that enterprises run about 75 percent of workloads in the cloud, with 43 percent done in a private cloud and 32 percent handled in a public cloud. No doubt, some of the enterprises using a private cloud have serious security protocols. But while private clouds can be protected with all the same tools as their public counterparts, they often aren't. It's probably why Alert Logic discovered that companies using pure public cloud environments averaged 405 security incidents, while h... (more)

How FedRAMP Compliance Can Give You a Competitive Edge | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

When describing cloud computing, terms like highly scalable, efficient, and on-demand probably come to mind. Unfortunately, those same descriptors aren't commonly associated with operations in the federal government. In 2011, the White House's Office of Management and Budget set out to change that with the Cloud First policy. Through cloud computing, the OMB aimed to help federal agencies consolidate and provide new services cheaper and faster. But with cloud adoption comes the heightened challenge of ensuring a secure and trustworthy environment. That's where FedRAMP comes in. ... (more)

Staying Compliant in the Cloud Without a Cybersecurity Attorney By @BThies | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Cybersecurity is a complex field, and with laws varying across states and countries, keeping cloud usage compliant can become a real headache for enterprise security decision-makers. As regulations continue to lag behind the rapid pace of technological advancements, many IT security professionals turn to the expertise of cybersecurity lawyers, who not only understand the ambiguities of the law, but are also able to secure and protect their employers' interests in the case of a breach. When Is a Cybersecurity Attorney Needed? There are times when cybersecurity lawyers are essentia... (more)