Where Next With Cloud Security?

Cloud computing is more than a decade old, but cloud security, compliance, and even definitions of the technology components, are changing rapidly.

As cloud adoption surges almost everywhere, some governments are even moving from a ‘cloud-first policy’ to a ‘cloud-only policy’ with a few rare exceptions.

Others are still trying to grasp the scope of technology change and keep up with understand what their employees and contractors are doing online. What software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps are being used by staff? How are users opening up security holes in the cloud? Where is data being stored? How are protections working? Can you know any of this information for sure at any given moment?  

Last year, I provided these seven tips for securely moving your data to the cloud, which included some basic definitions. In this blog, I want to dive deeper into cloud security trends and offer steps to consider.

‘The Cloud’ by the Growing Numbers   

According to Geekwire and Gartner, cloud computing will be a $186.4 billion market this year, growing to over $302 billion by 2021. “In 2018, cloud computing — which for the purposes of this discussion includes all the SaaS, infrastructure, platform, and software — will be a $186.4 billion market, Gartner predicted. That’s a 21 percent jump compared to $153.5 billion in 2017, led by cloud infrastructure services like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, which should grow 35 percent in 2018 to $40.8 billion. …”

And as far as government is concerned, the cloud market is set to grow to $49.2 billion by 2023.

Gartner sees double digit growth in cloud adoption, with spending forecast to grow on average 17.1 percent per year through 2021. “The key to successfully implementing cloud in government is accounting (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Lohrmann on Cybersecurity authored by Lohrmann on Cybersecurity. Read the original post at: http://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/where-next-with-cloud-security.html