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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cloud

In my last blog I wrote about FOGO — or the Fear Of Getting Owned, and it got me thinking about fear in general. Fear is one of the most primitive human emotions, and despite the largely negative connotations, it can be a healthy thing.

Imagine a cliff-face of sheer rock, stretching hundreds of feet towards the sky. You look to the top and you see that it’s so high that it’s actually in the clouds.

Now imagine that you’re suddenly halfway up the cliff, clinging to the rock with your fingers and your toes. You probably feel very afraid of falling. This is a natural reaction, and one designed to keep you safe.

What precautions could you have taken before you started climbing? Would you feel better if you had some safety ropes attached? Certainly. What if you were kitted out in some proper climbing gear? That would help too. And what if your route to the top had been marked out in advance by an expert climber, who was on hand to guide you along the way? Yes, please!

Even with these precautions in place, you’re probably still afraid, but maybe now the climb to the clouds seems like a risk worth taking. Sure, it’s going to be tough and scary, but the view from the top will be magnificent.

For many companies, they know that they could benefit from moving their infrastructure to the cloud, and yet they find themselves paralysed by fear. Will we be in control of our data? What if there’s a breach? How do I know my infrastructure is secure? All valid concerns… although if you stop to think, these risks already exist with on-premise solutions too. It’s just that we’re more used to managing them; what we’re really talking about here is the fear of the unknown.

All fears can be overcome, so if your organisation is ready to make the move to the cloud, it’s vital that you do so with a full understanding of what’s involved. Gartner predicts that through 2025, 90% of organisations that fail to control public cloud use will inappropriately share sensitive data. A scary thought. They also predict that 99% of those cloud security failures will be the customer’s own fault. That’s as unsettling as it is scary.

The good news is: you are in control. Provided you prepare in the right way, you can make sure that you realise all of the benefits the cloud has to offer — all that wonderfully scalable and cost-effective flexibility — without taking on any additional risks. In fact, I believe that if you do things the right way, your cloud infrastructure can be even more secure than any on-premise solution.

Akeero was designed with a clear goal of allowing teams to identify security and compliance requirements for complex cloud-native architectures in minutes. Our intuitive user interface, combined with native integrations, allows your organisation to do this, with minimum impact to existing security and development toolsets and processes.

We believe that Akeero delivers:

  • Secure and compliant architecture designs
  • Increased team and resource efficiency
  • Reduced security spend and effort
  • Increased speed to market for secure products and services

Reach out to me if you want more info on how Akeero can help you to do things the right way from the start, and ensure your organisation has the footholds it needs to take those first steps toward the cloud.

And yeah, it’s still a little scary… but the most worthwhile journeys are often the ones that take you out of your comfort zone!

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