The long-range enterprise forecast shows increasing cloud coverage with a 100% chance of risk. Navigating the volatile, rapidly evolving cloud computing environment is more necessary than ever for CIOs, and also more challenging.
The decision to migrate to the cloud is the easy part; successful maintenance of the cloud is where companies are really tested. Today, cloud management strategies involve many tasks -- including constant monitoring, security and compliance governance, application management, vendor contract negotiations, disaster recovery considerations and contingency plans -- making it far from a "set it and forget it" project.
How can CIOs best manage cloud data and applications while curtailing risk? In this SearchCIO Essential Guide, we explore cloud risk management best practices that can help your company master the private, hybrid and public cloud and maximize business value. We provide expert tips on navigating the risk-laden software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) domains and detail how to develop a clearly defined vendor contract. Plus, we highlight the top security application hazards, give examples of companies that have turned cloud risk into cloud reward, and take a peek at present and future cloud management trends.
This Essential Guide on cloud risk management is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.
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Cloud risk management best practices
Cloud computing is transforming the way businesses operate, but before your organization tackles the extensive management challenges, you need to be well-acquainted with the basics of an effective cloud strategy and ask the right questions. In this section, learn key cloud computing solutions and how private, public or hybrid cloud-based systems fit into your IT plan.
Do you know where the areas of increased cloud risk at your company are? Stephen Braat of CDW shared insights and management solutions for CIOs at SIMposium 2014. Continue Reading
Which factors should CIOs consider when choosing between public and private cloud? Why is Microsoft investing so heavily in platform as a service? Is it time to bring that public cloud deployment back on-premises? Hear from the experts on cloud computing best practices. Continue Reading
Security experts and CFOs discuss how to establish security and mitigate risks in a SaaS environment. Continue Reading
Experts urge companies to use a diversified cloud strategy to offset cloud vendor instability, but it's not right for everybody. The sophisticated management skills this approach requires may make it impractical for some IT organizations. Continue Reading
First-hand cloud computing guidance
In these videos, hear risk mitigation advice from the pros, discover the importance of vendor-client relationships and get tips on cloud service negotiations.
Markley Group CTO Patrick Gilmore chats about cloud security risks that businesses are facing today and the role of cloud service providers and customers in protecting data and applications in the cloud.
In this webcast, learn how to integrate your organization's unique data management and e-discovery conditions into a cloud service agreement.
In this webcast, hear about cloud security best practices companies can implement to mitigate cloud computing risks and protect their data.
Cloud management practices in action
Are you getting the most out of your cloud management approach? In this section, get advice from cloud experts on conquering the business side of your cloud strategy, including drafting cloud contracts and termination agreements, and other tips on successfully turning the tables on cloud risk.
From vetting the cost of public cloud services to building private clouds to taking on a more strategic role in business operations, CIOs dish on how to squeeze more business value out of cloud computing. Continue Reading
Drafting a precise and clearly defined cloud contract with vendors is vital to staving off security problems and SLA breaches. In this #CIOChat recap, participants dish on how to best communicate needs to cloud providers. Continue Reading
Cloud economics is an imperfect science, subject to a business' demands and constraints. Here are some best practices for sharpening your cloud economics and management strategies. Continue Reading
Cloud-based shadow apps increase security risk but also help employees be more productive and innovative. How can CIOs both enable these apps and protect the business? IT experts discuss how adoption of SaaS apps enables business goals, beefs up security and saves money. Continue Reading
Cloud risk management terminology
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Cloud risk management present and future trends
As more cloud devices, applications and services enter the enterprise, cloud management strategies become more complex and it becomes harder to distinguish which path is right for your business. Stay up on the trends in this section that are shaking up the enterprise and shaping the future of strategic cloud practices.
CIOs talk the value and challenges of a hybrid computing environment that manages selected applications and systems in-house and relies on public cloud services for others. Continue Reading
Box's new Enterprise Key Management service gives the customer more control of their data encryption keys. Does this mean it's time to move all your sensitive information over to the cloud? Continue Reading
Experts explain how to think "cloud first" in an evolving IT environment, discuss the power of next-generation firewalls and address why distributed denial-of-service attacks are on the rise: The Data Mill reports. Continue Reading
In this Ask the Expert, IDC analyst Rick Villars expands on why 75% of IaaS provider offerings will be either redesigned or phased out over the course of 2015. Continue Reading
In this Ask the Expert, Forrester analyst James Staten explains why the BYOE trend as a cloud security model is important and why it's gaining traction. Continue Reading
How well are you managing the cloud?
The right cloud strategy can make all the difference in your business. Think you're adhering to the best cloud computing management practices? Take this quiz to find out.Test your cloud risk management know-how