Last year, Gartner Research Vice President Jay Heiser offered sage cloud advice to IT leaders: “CIOs need to ensure their security teams are not holding back cloud initiatives with unsubstantiated cloud security worries.” He advised CIOs to change their line of questioning from “Is the cloud secure?” to “Am I using the cloud securely?”

It is encouraging to see companies losing doubts and loosening purse strings. Gartner’s latest IT spending forecast projects spending on cloud system infrastructure services will grow from $39.5 billion in 2019 to $63 billion through 2021. Gartner also predicted that by 2021, over 75% of midsize and large organizations will have adopted a multicloud or hybrid IT strategy.

Reluctant or eager, companies need a strategy

While cloud storage security fears still exist, some companies take the leap with no strategy in place. I recently asked a few of my candidates in the security space about trends they are seeing in the cloud environment. One talented IT security manager said, “Companies often don’t think of cloud assets (services) as endpoints, so they don’t architect their clouds with necessary layers of protection. Some don’t use any kind of intrusion prevention system or firewall solution past the most basic filters provided by the cloud.”

To proceed with confidence and protection into what is clearly the future of computing, companies need IT intelligence, the right talent and a sound cybersecurity strategy.

How moving to the cloud actually strengthens security

Before the cloud came along, even when cyberattacks were unsuccessful, hackers could learn from their footprints in trying to penetrate a company’s infrastructure. They could identify at what point they were detected and reuse undetected steps that got them there.

Today, with the right IT and cloud architecture, attackers can’t do that anymore. Company security teams and cloud assets can record and learn, with assets serving as real-time crowdsourcing intelligence for how an attack hits across the cyber kill chain. Architecture allows analysis of every step leading up to an attack, informing how an intruder will conduct activities and creating defense in real time.

Today’s cloud services enable comprehensive security, along with a low cost of cloud entry, fast adoption and deployment, auto upgrades, always-on availability and flexible scalability.

Finding talent for the new digital age

Having an experienced security team is vital in wielding cloud assets to detect threats, encrypt data, manage access, eliminate vulnerabilities, and make monitoring seamless. Not surprisingly, cybersecurity has created intense competition for companies to attract experienced digital talent.

Jobs are also becoming more specialized. Here are some of today’s most in-demand talent needs:

  • DevOps Engineers
  • DevSecOps
  • DevFinOps
  • Cloud Architects
  • Cloud Security Architects and Engineers
  • Cloud Consultants
  • Cloud Services Developers and Engineers
  • Cloud Software and Network Engineers
  • Cloud System Administrators
  • Scrum Masters

Consult the brain trust of an IT executive recruiter

Protection requirements are evolving fast for on-premises environments, public and private clouds, and especially hybrid architectures. To make and maintain a secure move to the cloud, you can access informed guidance and top talent through Lucas Group. We offer the latest market intelligence and a nationwide network of agile, highly experienced IT candidates.