Currently, cloud services are a staple for organizations worldwide—offering agility and the capability for speedy shifts in infrastructure. Bill Rials, Associate Director and Professor of Practice of Tulane School of Professional Advancement's Information Technology program, examines automation's key role in cloud security in a recent article by Government Technology. Here's a breakdown of the key takeaways:
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Government organizations that rely on traditional and slower-moving IT methods invite a host of security and compliance challenges that arise from the difficulty to keep up with the speed and agility offered by cloud services. Cloud technology offers end users across the globe more power and speed at their fingertips, and with cloud infrastructure continually growing in complexity, more advanced and specialized skill sets are required from IT professionals across industries.
So what do government organizations need to focus on now? With public cloud services readily available to users, security risks should be prioritized. According to Professor Rials, nearly every security breach that involved data hosted on public cloud platforms involved incorrect configuration by humans that led to the exposure of critical information or other sensitive assets. Cloud computing will be an asset now and in the future, but security considerations should always be the main consideration in any infrastructure changes.