Tuesday 11 June 2019

**NEW RESEARCH** Securing the cloud: A case of shared responsibility

The uptake of cloud has been a drawn-out process, as organisations have gradually familiarised themselves with how to make best use of the opportunities afforded by cloud platforms, including which workloads can be successfully migrated to the cloud, and which would be best kept on-premises.

teaseAnother factor that has slowed the adoption of cloud has been the inevitable concerns over security. Cloud computing is, after all, basically about paying to run your applications and services on systems owned by another party. This inevitably means that an organisation has less than total control over the infrastructure being used to operate their workloads. This alone makes it likely that some applications involving sensitive data, especially in highly regulated industries such as financial services, may never be migrated to a public cloud environment.

Nevertheless, there has been a relentless drift towards the cloud over the past decade, as organisations weighed up the pros and cons of moving to an “IT as a service” model and paying to use resources owned and maintained by a cloud provider rather than continuing to bear the cost of procuring and maintaining their own IT infrastructure.

In Securing the cloud: A case of shared responsibility, we examine the steps the major providers offering cloud services in the UK are taking to ensure the security of their infrastructure and by extension the customer data stored within it. Suppliers included in this report are: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Rackspace, and Alibaba Cloud.

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Posted by HotViews Editor at '09:03' - Tagged: cloud   security