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How a Provider’s Cloud Security Affects Today’s CIO

CIOs are expected to demonstrate greater leadership than ever before. The rate at which business is expanding due to new technologies and competition is unprecedented. As a result, tech companies are required to place greater focus on investments that can secure a sustainable competitive advantage.

All this workload, however, is increasingly being put on the CIO, who is not only expected to exhibit great awareness of the industry, but also be capable of managing the incoming threats of IT cloud security due to the growth in malware and spyware attacks. One of the problem areas that they are expected to address is the scale of security vulnerabilities of the cloud service provider itself.

While many cloud service providers offer highly robust security systems for their cloud services, others are not so particular and usually leave cloud security to their clients. Although cloud security solutions are available, the threat of sensitive corporate data being subjected to corruption or theft is significant. As a result, CIOs are burdened with the task to bring more to the table or face the mounting pressure of losing their jobs.

In this post, we analyze how the role of a CIO is evolving due to the cloud security threats existent in cloud service providers.

How Cloud Service Providers Can Pose Security Problems

Companies or CIOs, in particular, can gain a lot of control over their organizational security mechanism to ward off cloud security threats. With measures from access privilege rights to multi-factor authentication systems, CIOs can make sure that the intra level IT corporate security is robust and effective enough to counter or at least minimize the risks of resilient spyware and malware attacks.

However, when there are vulnerabilities present in the service provider’s cloud security, the company has less control of counter measures to manage the security risks, and as a result, is susceptible to attacks by hackers or cybercriminals. The cloud security offered by the service provider can vary according to the number of clients it has on its network, how much experience it has, and the extent to which it conforms to regulatory requirements.

How The Role Of CIO Is Being Affected?

The greater the wave of cloud security threats, the more policies and governance mechanisms the CIO has to develop in order to manage cloud security more effectively. Considering the applications for cloud computing, the CIO is expected to not only possesses knowledge of networks, IT architecture and infrastructure, but also be able to fuse IT experience and understanding with that of other disciplines including finance, operations, marketing, and HR.

This is because cloud computing, arguably, has become the de facto pillar for operating businesses cost-effectively and efficiently. Hence, it is the focal point through which all other functions need to be managed. The CIO is expected to say ‘yes’ to new opportunities that can be properly be utilized to leverage positive corporate outcomes yet be stringent and thorough enough to counter IT security threats.

In Conclusion

Undoubtedly, the burden for CIOs to be more aware of current security threats has become ever more important. They are tasked with overseeing all aspects of the cloud computing platform to ensure corporations have the best chance of managing security threats, particular those that emanate from cloud service providers.


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