Technology has fundamentally changed the way companies and teams get their work done. There has been an explosion of cloud-based tools and software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms designed to streamline productivity and facilitate a more collaborative culture. The ability to share data, and work together with peers, partners and customers in real-time via the cloud, provides organizations both with a competitive edge and a better user experience.
The Role of IT
Responsibility for implementing and managing these cloud platforms and tools falls on the IT team. Their primary goal is to enable employees to work efficiently and effectively, so speed is a key focus when deploying new cloud software. IT wants to ensure users are satisfied and empowered to get their jobs done, and that means making sure their endpoints are running optimally. However, IT is also aware of the importance of security. They recognize that speed and efficiency have to be balanced with effective cyber security and data protection measures.
The Role of Security
Security is essential. The security team’s role, however, is not to just police and enforce draconian security policies. The role of security is to be a partner with IT—to work together to ensure employees have the tools they need to accomplish their mission without sacrificing security or exposing company data to unnecessary risk. The idea of collaboration and cloud tools seems inherently risky, but what’s important is for security to have comprehensive visibility to file movements and the tools to quickly detect, investigate and respond when internal threats to data arise.
Striking a balance between security and productivity when deploying cloud platforms and tools is not without challenge. Code42 Incydr™ helps build a bridge between IT and security — providing both roles with the tools they need and the outcomes they want.
The Cloud vs. IT and Security
While the objectives — and benefits — of deploying cloud platforms and tools might be clear, achieving them can be challenging.
On-premises processes can’t fully secure cloud tools
Platforms and tools that make data accessible from anywhere and provide for easier collaboration change the way teams have to look at security controls. Effective data security requires knowing what you’re trying to protect. It means being able to detect threats and suspicious activity, and having the tools available to do something about it. Often, existing on-premises processes don’t provide coverage for cloud tools and SaaS applications, creating blindspots for security teams.
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