Kelly Sheridan at Dark Reading published a story titled “Security vs. Speed: The Risk of Rushing to the Cloud.”  She summarized the post by saying, “Businesses deploying cloud-based applications and services often overlook critical security steps as they scramble to keep up with the latest technology, and the rush is putting them at risk.”

DivvyCloud sees this as a common challenge among customers who are moving to the public cloud.  A paradigm shift has occurred whereby corporate IT is moving aggressively to deliver self-service access to multiple clouds (AWS, Azure, and GCP primarily) to engineers and developers.  This shift has been driven by the incredible boost that this self-service model to best-of-class cloud services delivers relative to corporate innovation, business agility and competitive advantage.

Kelly describes this shift as such, “‘There’s a lot of customers who have this cloud-first mandate,’ says JK Lialias, senior director of cloud access at Forcepoint. ‘They’ve been told, ‘thou shalt move to the cloud as much infrastructure as you possibly can.'”

She goes on to say, “A lot of pressure is on line-of-business employees to adopt cloud applications and infrastructure, he continues. IT departments are essential in delivering these services and often neglect to understand how on-premises data and processes translate to the cloud.”

This rings true in our experience, we see an increasing number of customers seek out DivvyCloud after first trying to address security challenges using the legacy process and tools that have been used to manage traditional infrastructure.  What they realize is that they need a solution that has been purpose-built to deliver robust security, compliance, and governance for multi-cloud environments operating at scale.  DivvyCloud is exactly this class of product, built from day one to natively manage all clouds (AWS, Azure, GCP, etc) and to automatically take action to enforce policies and remediate violation of policy.  This automation is a key component to cloud infrastructure management, where the rate of change in a software-defined infrastructure environment that is driven by self-service provisioning simply outstrips the ability for teams to manually enforce policy.

We also partially agree with Kelly’s conclusion that, “Experts ‘hope’ to see a slowdown in incidents like AWS bucket leaks and see companies marry caution with speed. However, many will need a wake-up call before adopting best practices.”  We see an increasing number of customers (like GE, Fannie Mae, and Discovery Communications) adopting DivvyCloud software to put in guardrails that enable them to go big and go fast and stay in control, in the public cloud.  However, we see these organizations and many others not waiting for a wake-up call, but instead adopting a proactive, strategic approach to managing cloud infrastructure.

The upcoming Executive Summit on Enterprise Cloud Adoption being co-hosted by DivvyCloud and Discovery Communications on March 19th, at the Discovery HQ in Silver Spring, MD will highlight strategies and tactics by leading experts and organizations. This invite-only summit provides a relaxed environment in which IT executive attendees can build relationships with peers through meaningful conversations and generate new ideas.  You can request an invitation by visiting the event registration page.