Will the cloud be a safe haven for data in 2017?

It used to be that security concerns were the biggest impediments to public cloud adoption. But, in 2017, that will no longer be the case.

Tim Prendergast, CEO at Evident.io, believes it is widely accepted that security in public cloud is strong, shifting the top concern to compliance. Organizations moving to the cloud need to be able to demonstrate that they are doing things in a secure and compliant manner.

“So, whether it is PCI, HIPAA, NIST-800 53 or internal compliance standards, organizations need to be able to demonstrate that they can maintain compliance throughout the fast-pace of change that takes place in the cloud,” he said. To solve this, they will have to turn to security and compliance automation solutions that will help them measure and report with ease, he added.

According to Scott Chasin, CEO and co-founder of ProtectWise, security will become a utility, thanks to the cloud. “In 2017 we will see more enterprise security organizations using the cloud to enable better visibility with longer retention and continuous processing of their analytics.”

Delivering enterprise security via the cloud will ultimately start to lower the cost and complexity of the security infrastructure, as those legacy appliance systems are replaced in favor of agile, distributed models, he said. 

“There’s a growing call for security to be treated as a fundamentally basic utility where safety can be assumed. The cloud is the key to enabling this, with benefits like storage options, scalability and ease of deployment,” Chasin said.

Bluelock CTO Pat O’Day predicts that when faced with a hardware refresh, more companies will turn to the cloud than to new hardware.