“What I see more and more of is companies going to private cloud or even hybrid cloud,” he said. “I see multi-cloud picking up really fast, and I’m really glad to see that most cloud providers provide their own security tools like Microsoft providing Azure security portal, security tools for email, for data loss prevention so we see a full stack service [offered].
“[What you want] depends on what exactly you’re trying to achieve by going to the cloud. If you have a marketing platform, then SaaS would be your main requirement because you can use that to communicate with customers and keep their information safe on your on-premise or private cloud."
“Or even a multi-cloud environment which seems to be picking up lately, use one provider for one thing like infrastructure and use another provider for your marketing through Salesforce. The only disadvantage in that is you need to make sure those providers are compatible with each other and the applications are compatible.”
“The good thing is there are a few technologies in place [like] multi-factor authentication, so in case someone has your credential, they won’t be able to log into your device or system because it would require another method of authentication,” said Vasileiadis.
“The solutions are there, it’s just [a matter of] implementing them. There are both administrative solutions like security awareness training, phishing campaigns, how many of your employees could be tricked into giving their information, and there are also technical solutions in place like multi-factor authentication, firewalls, and incident response systems.”
“For the last five or six years and we see these emerging platforms and emerging technologies, particularly in the open-source space, start to become prevalent,” he said.
“There’s no way that one single organisation can move forward independently on collaboration and integration of different tools and technologies that you mentioned earlier on, are key, are absolutely key.”
“It’s really important that you get the balance right between current and past investments from the technology perspective and how that ROI was realised and you strike that balance between past investments and future investments and what’s right for the business and the business strategy.”
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