An increasing number of companies moving their IT infrastructure from on-premise to cloud-based platforms is driving the need for applications and security solutions tailor made for the cloud environment. In this changed context, enterprises need security solutions that can perform on parameters such as resiliency, performance and scalability.
Enterprises were earlier using security solutions for on-premise infrastructure and those were specifically designed for that purpose. But today, most of them are running hybrid setups and running applications hosted on the cloud as well as on premise. This raises a moot question – do organizations need security solutions specifically tailored for that?
According to Akshay Aggarwal, Director- Cloud Platform, Oracle India, enterprises that have made the cloud shift need security solutions that can take care of their hybrid setups. Most of the times, the on-premise solutions are not scalable for the cloud infrastructure. The latest security solutions have to be specifically designed to take care of the new realities.
“For example, if you are migrating your ERP system from on-premise to the cloud, the security solution that you were using earlier is not sufficient for the cloud infrastructure. You need a security solution that can provide a trust fabric across your applications. That needs a new technology approach because the earlier ones are not scalable enough. In this respect, we provide solutions which are holistic in nature so that you don’t have to worry about where your applications are hosted, whether on-premise, on cloud or a hybrid setup,” he says.
Are Enterprises Secure on the Cloud?
On the other hand, enterprises have had apprehensions about the security aspect of cloud platforms. A KPMG survey found that 82% of cloud users have experienced security events. According to the Oracle spokesperson, this is happening due to the confusion on shared responsibility.
“How a cloud platform is being used is the responsibility of the user. People generally think that since they have moved to a cloud solution, it is secure. A simple explanation is that the cloud platform is secure, but how you use it also determines your security posture. That needs to be taken care of by putting on security solutions that are designed for the cloud,” explains Aggarwal.
In fact, he contends that cloud computing has provided a level playing field to the small players and made them competitive as far as security posture is concerned. Pointing out the added advantages of migrating to the cloud, he says that earlier, organizations used to spend huge amounts on securing their on-premises infrastructure. However, this security posture varied according to the organizations’ financials and its spending power. This was particularly true with respect to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), who never had enough resources to spend on securing their IT infrastructure even as they provided solutions to their customers.
“With cloud coming in, everyone is at the same level. Whether it is a fintech startup or SME or big sized enterprise, they are all at the same level as far as cloud security is concerned because cloud providers take a great chunk of responsibility for securing the platform,” he says.