The Future Is in the Cloud: What Canadian Companies Need to Know
Technology Everyone is talking about the cloud. But are you ready? That’s the question organizations should be asking themselves today.
Successful businesses know that they must transform to stay relevant. That’s why more Canadian enterprise-level companies and governments are adopting cloud-based services systems.
Over the past 30 years, Trend Micro has grown into one of Canada’s leading cybersecurity organizations and a market leader in hybrid cloud security. "It’s an exciting time, because cloud adoption is rapidly gaining steam in this country,” says Marcia Sequeira, Trend Micro’s Country Manager for Canada. “The big three cloud computing providers — Amazon, Microsoft, and now Google — have energized the Canadian market.” Sequeira adds that more organizations are seeing the value in migrating to the cloud, with executives asking how they can do it and how fast they can shift.
Using the cloud requires a different security platform than traditional security tools. Having worked closely with the major cloud service providers, Trend Micro has built solutions that are uniquely designed for the cloud, optimizing security without sacrificing all the benefits, including business agility.
While the cloud has immense competitive value for organizations, including reduced IT costs, flexibility of work practices, and collaboration efficiency, it requires a different skill set to manage. “Business leaders need to understand the basics and know what the cloud can mean for their organization,” says Sequeira. “We’re seeing more people hiring cloud specialists or working with parties that have the expertise.”
Securing your cloud
“Given the scrutiny around cloud security, controls, and compliancy requirements and with thoughtful implementation planning, I can’t think of a more secure IT environment than the cloud, but we need to get into the mindset that there are real consequences concerning data breaches,” says Matt Hoerig, President of the non-profit Cloud Security Alliance and President/CEO of the consulting firm Trustsec. “With the cloud, you don’t own the underlying IT infrastructure, so there can be risks to data security beyond the third-party cloud infrastructure. The impact of data loss is significant and can lead to financial and reputational loss.”
Hoerig believes that business leaders should be looking at cloud readiness as part of an organization’s IT road map. He stresses that there shouldn’t be complacency when it comes to data security as threats from cyber criminals are increasing in both scale and complexity. Organizations must establish a shared responsibility with their cloudprovider partners, to ensure the right mechanisms are in place to protect their application workloads, and develop an internal, organic culture of security within their organization and by extension the cloud provider itself.
A commitment to innovation
With cybersecurity research centres in Canada and worldwide, Trend Micro is committed to developing innovative solutions to cloud security. This is especially critical during this transition period, where many organizations are utilizing hybrid cloud solutions wherein data is stored both locally and on the cloud. This requires specific capabilities and integration points that are designed for an organization’s environment and can be challenging for businesses to navigate.
There are many innovative solutions to cloud security, including the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, in which algorithms and a data source are used to identify security threats. This is one area in which Trend Micro has made significant investment. While there are lots of benefits to AI, including its ability to provide a level of automation and to potentially identify “zero-day” vulnerabilities, it can’t be the only solution. That’s why a layered approach to security or a combination of different tools is required.
“With Canadian businesses wanting to optimize their investment in IT infrastructure, we’ll continue to see an increase in cloud service providers and a growth in organizations migrating to the cloud,” says Sequeira. “We’re excited that conversations about data security are happening and that companies are reaching out to subject matter experts as they embrace new technologies.”