Pre COVID-19, it could be argued that IT decision makers were increasingly adopting a cloud-first strategy in order to help them reduce IT costs while gaining flexibility and scalability.

These same CIOs, however, realized that cloud-first did come with its fair share of security concerns - just look at Capital One, America’s tenth largest bank, which saw a data breach after a Web Application Firewall was misconfigured in AWS, allowing attackers to gain access and steal data. Or look at US health insurer Anthem, which suffered a breach impacting 80 million customers, after cybercriminals smuggled data out of a cloud-based file sharing service.

Even the cloud hyperscalers themselves are not immune from such attacks. Small wonder than that, in one study, 40% of companies admitted they slowed cloud migration due to these issues.

Ultimately, most IT decision makers recognize that securing cloud comes down to designing and implementing a relevant security strategy, introducing appropriate training, implementing the appropriate security controls and working with trusted managed service providers to enhance the skills they have in-house.

In this episode, Avanade experts Jason Revill and Sangeeta Dewan discuss:

  • The state of cloud security: Where CIOs are today amid global crisis
  • The common myths and misconceptions around cloud security
  • How CIOs maintain security in a heterogeneous IT world
  • The rise of DevSecOps – but is it a reality in 2020?
  • Practical guidance: The tools, techniques and teams needed for cloud security

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Jason Revill

Jason Revill
Regional Security Lead – Avanade UKI

Jason Revill is the Head of the Avanade UK and Ireland Security Consulting practice. He's responsible for the growth, strategy and direction of our UK and Ireland security consulting capabilities, which focus on harnessing Microsoft Security and selected vendor products to help our clients secure their environments, applications, information and identities.

Sangeeta Dewan

Sangeeta Dewan
Director, Energy and Resources – Avanade UKI

Working with highly regulated, safety- critical, industries for over 10 years enabling teams to work more effectively. Putting people in the centre to deliver success year on year amidst rapidly changing environments across utilities, health, manufacturing and financial services with advisory, systems integration, business process outsourcing and managed services.

Doug Drinkwater

Doug Drinkwater
EMEA Content Director, IDG

IDG EMEA Content Director Doug Drinkwater is an experienced technology journalist and editor whose work has previously appeared on a number of well-regarded IT titles, including CIO.com, ComputerWorld, CSO Online, International Business Times, Macworld, Mashable, PCWorld, SC Magazine and The Gadget Show Magazine. In his time in technology journalism, Doug has reported on everything from the latest smartphones, TVs and computer operating systems, to the increasing prevalence of Facebook, Google and Twitter in our daily lives. He’s also covered the emergence of some of the world’s biggest start-ups, such as Uber, Hailo, SwiftKey and Box, as well as the leaks on government surveillance from NSA whistle-blower Edward Swowden. In his current role at IDG, Doug stays on top of the latest market trends and works with the biggest technology brands to tell their story to their target audience.


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