The emergence of cloud-based organizations has been a recent phenomenon. Earlier, companies and organizations shied away from adopting cloud solutions for their business and operational process because of lack of trust, reliability amongst companies, and most importantly, and perhaps admittedly — data security breaches.
Data security threats and hacks have kept companies and organizations at an arm’s length from cloud-based services and cloud solutions. However, since the time innovative companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook took charge, more companies have sought market acceptance. The adoption of cloud solutions has seen rapid growth. But for any organization adopting cloud solutions services has never been an easy task.
Despite the benefits and features like increased productivity, enhanced collaboration, and improved processes the reasons for this delayed adoption have been long drawn processes and often tedious tasks.
Why do organizations find it challenging to adopt data security in cloud solutions?
Well, it all starts right at the top. Any organization has a CEO, CTO, or MD who takes the call of adopting the entire organizational infrastructure to the cloud. This starts a domino effect of choosing the right vendor, seeking approvals, sanctioning payments, and finally enabling the software.
The next challenge is to customize the software to suit the organizations’ framework of operation and integrate it with the company’s cloud environment. In this case, the IT team needs to deploy it while the security team needs to secure it.
Now the next challenge lies in the process — The IT, security, and compliance team are all ill-equipped to provide necessary data security to the cloud services because of the lack of coordination. As they are already lagging behind, they now need to integrate newer, third-party products that ensure that the data becomes secure, offer more access control, and with the ever-changing rules and regulations of the security design, everything they do is, in reality, an after-thought.
Now that security and privacy act as an afterthought creates both — the need to make data security programmable becomes an increasingly important necessity of the hour. Having said that, it creates its own set of challenges.
Complexity and Susceptibility
As organizations need their cloud solution to be fine-tuned and customized to their individual company infrastructure — this often opens up a pandora’s box of vulnerabilities and complexities.
On average, about 50 to 100 data security products protect a medium to large-sized company, which directly translates to numerous open vulnerabilities courtesy of increased patchworks. Furthermore, what makes it even more challenging is the unidentified gaps, and lack of coordinated communication with such data security products. So, more the complexities of the products the more it is susceptible to new exposure every day.
However, these lead to more benefits — In Personalization and Customization. As customization is an indispensable part of the company — the need to make data security programmable is necessary. That will create more personalization, that reaches more customers and allows for lesser spending on cybersecurity without the need to do time-consuming patchworks.
Increased DevOps Integration
For any software developer, developing a cloud solution for its data security system needs to increasingly integrate processes and codes that manage and allow performance management, increased reliability, and rapid scalability. DevOps builders, in that case, have led from the front as they have taken up a more advanced role in ensuring programmable cloud data security by getting more involved in security, privacy, and compliance aspects straight upfront.
As first measures, builders have analyzed code that proliferates data security weaknesses and addressed those weaknesses long before the product gets released. This is a great step in identifying such code vulnerabilities because — if not caught ahead of time — they lead to a dreaded “security patch.” Like it was said earlier, these patches act as “afterthoughts” — that IT teams often find very tedious to apply, resulting in more downtime for system maintenance that leads to increased disruption to the business.
In making such programmable security changes that lead to quick programmable IT cloud solutions, builders’ highly advanced tools are specially designed to find code vulnerabilities. Azure IaaS services and Azure storage services from Microsoft Azure Developer Training services are the most popular tools to find such advanced operational flaws and develop solutions.
This adaptation shows that advanced and programmable tools powered with great software are the future of data security. Such capabilities to manage data provide enhanced security and compliance requirements of advanced organizations’ infrastructures.
Programming Cloud-Native Solutions
A number of companies starting from manufacturing hubs to software companies are always looking for methods and tools to leverage power, economics, and flexibility of cloud solutions. For most companies, in that case, the no.1 concern is programming cloud-native solutions that ensure security compliance.
Cloud-native programmability not only allows products and services to function with ease in a new cloud environment but allows absolute data security. They provide increased data accessibility, data security management, and personalized protection which paves the way for the portability of any application.
This leads to the Portability of Application. Despite the early concerns over cloud infrastructure in terms of security and compliance — today organizations small, medium, and large, from retail to FMCG, to media, to technology are finding themselves, especially in the cloud solutions and services domain. They are seeking to imbibe economics and flexibility of it. These cloud-native abilities offer optimization, cost-effectiveness, and programmable data security.
Programming The Future Of Data Security
In an increasingly technology-reliant world, organizations find themselves at the intersection of having to provide speed, efficiency, and best results all at an affordable cost. That calls for developers, security team, IT solutions team, and most importantly top management to adopt, first — cloud solutions and second — let go of the “data security” as an afterthought practice.
By implementing data security tools that are programmable to the very core, one can provide more personalization and customization, quick programmable IT solutions, and portability of the application with new levels of data protection to clients all around the world.
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