Clouds Are Secure: Are You Using Them Securely?

In honor of the annual Gartner Symposium in Orlando, Florida this week, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite Gartner reports from the past year. In July, Gartner released a report that said that CIOs and CISOs should stop obsessing over cloud security worries and, instead, focus their energy on developing new approaches to cloud control.

Read more from the report below. And if you’re heading to Symposium this year, stop by booth #513 and say hello to us!  

In July Gartner released a report titled “Clouds Are Secure: Are You Using Them Securely?” that argued that CIOs and CISOs should stop obsessing over unsubstantiated cloud security worries, and instead apply their imagination and energy to developing new approaches to cloud control, allowing them to securely, compliantly and reliably take advantage of the benefits of this ubiquitous computing model.

Gartner examined the following challenges in the recent report:

  • Naive beliefs that cloud providers are totally responsible for their clients’ security discourage organizations from ensuring their employees use cloud services appropriately.
  • Some organizations, especially outside the U.S., are paying an opportunity cost by allowing unwarranted fears about security to inhibit their use of public cloud services.
  • Disproportionate attention to the cloud service providers’ (CSPs’) security posture has negatively impacted security by distracting attention away from the establishment of organizational cloud control processes.
  • Organizations that haven’t taken a strategic and carefully governed approach to the use of cloud computing can easily use it in a manner that is less secure than traditional computing, resulting in unnecessary compliance incidents and data losses.

Gartner’s recommendations:

  • Cut through your organizational cloud preconceptions, and encourage cloud decisions based on business requirements.
  • Develop an enterprise public cloud strategy, including security guidance on acceptable uses for infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS).
  • Implement and enforce policies on usage responsibility and cloud risk acceptance processes.
  • Follow a life cycle governance approach that emphasizes the ongoing operational control of your public cloud use.

To overcome challenges and capitalize on the current opportunities, it’s imperative for company leaders to seek out and

partner with managed cloud security services providers that can assuage their concerns. The right vendor will have years of experience providing comprehensive security solutions, and will have the expertise to oversee every aspect of infrastructure migration into cloud environments.

Aligned with Gartner’s recommendations, as part of Datapipe’s security services, we conduct an audit and security best practice consultation to provide an all-encompassing picture of a client’s existing environment, identifying where holes or

risks exist and creating a plan of action to ensure the environment is secure moving forward. To read more about Datapipe’s security expertise see:

For further advice on ensuring your environment is secure, see:

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Link to the full Gartner report can be found here:

Rich Dolan briefly served as Senior Director of Corporate Marketing at Rackspace. Before that he was Senior Vice President of Marketing for Datapipe, where he spent 16 years developing and driving its world class marketing team as the company grew into one of the leading global managed service providers, from the early days as a start up to a global enterprise player. He built and oversaw digital marketing and demand generation, event management, content management, internal communications, brand management, partner marketing and web properties. Rich managed the consolidation of marketing resources from five acquisitions, and led Datapipe to thirteen Gartner Magic Quadrant recognitions across the globe, including four placements in the Leaders quadrant. Before Datapipe, Rich spent four years with web design firm RareMedium, where he designed and architected web presences and client facing applications for Madison Square Garden, JP Morgan, Atlantis, XM Radio and Credit Suisse First Boston. Rich graduated summa cum laude from the New York Institute of Technology with a BA in computer graphics. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter.