May 1, 2012
As more businesses adopt cloud services into their business plans, security and policies have been at the forefront of discussions. One of the biggest obstacles companies face with cloud technology is the general learning of how it works and which positions within the business should be handling which parts of the third-party services.
ITWorld recently published an article explaining some of the ways the Chief Financial Officer's role changes in light of cloud adoption. According to the source, it is incredibly important for the CFO to learn about cloud technology before initiating any sort of deployment, while she should also be kept abreast of every step during the process of integration and maintenance.
The news provider noted that many decision makers are unaware of cloud adoption, even when it has already happened in their business, citing an IT Policy Compliance Group study that found more than half of all organizations surveyed did not know the degree to which cloud was being deployed internally.
Going into 2012, almost every IT industry authority forecast the cloud was about to explode onto the scene, and the technology has not disappointed. Businesses without knowledge of the benefits should research the cloud, as it likely won't be long before they have to adopt.
Early on in the adoption process, privacy protection and data loss prevention methods should be instituted, as the technology comes with significantly different security needs than older forms of IT. Cloud security software and stringent policies should be instituted, while the Cloud Security Alliance can offer advice regarding choosing the best practices for choosing a provider.
The non-profit organization works to strengthen the best practices within the cloud industry, using surveys, questionnaires and extensive research to educate CFOs and other business decision makers on this new and popular technology.
-McAfee Cloud Security