Just a few short years ago, cloud seemed like a far-away thought for businesses, a “nice to have” rather than a “need to have.” Now, cloud is becoming the new normal. Organizations of all sizes are seeing the benefits of cloud. However, as businesses move to the cloud, they must do so safely, and with a well thought-out plan in place. To achieve a safe cloud environment, however, the IT industry needs to enforce rigorous cloud strategies around the protection of policy, information, people and infrastructures. This includes implementing security metrics.
According to the Symantec 2013 Hidden Costs of Cloud survey, rogue cloud deployments are one of the pitfalls of the cloud. It is a surprisingly common problem, found in more than 77 percent of businesses within the last year. It also seems to be an issue experienced more by enterprises (83 percent) than SMBs (70 percent).