CIOs Role in Streamlining and Improving Data Security in the Cloud

Data Security

CIOs play a crucial role in the boardroom decisions, for prioritizing and streamlining cloud data security to minimize data breach threats and risks.

There is a tremendous spike in the number of cyberattacks, which has given cyber security paramount importance in the enterprise boardroom. The board expects a CIO to get the entire IT infrastructure together and view them as enablers that drive innovation to ensure business scalability. CIOs play a major role in securing the business network from various cyber threats and risks. However, many enterprises find it difficult to challenging to manage, connect and secure the entire IT ecosystem with multiple macro environments that have ever-evolving internal priorities. CISOs should consider prioritizing security and IT governance while streamlining data security in the cloud.

Here are a few strategies that CIOs can consider to secure and streamline data security in the cloud:

Conducting an in-depth analysis

Business leaders need to determine the cloud vendor’s boundaries and responsibilities without presuming things to ensure security success. During the implementation processes, it is crucial to get more clarity on the security postures implemented by the vendor to secure the data stored on their servers. In the initial phases, businesses should determine the ownership of responsibility and what data risks are involved while migrating data to the cloud.

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Getting a birds-eye view of the organization

Once the SecOps teams determine the security baseline, enterprises need to evaluate them based on the business context. That’s where CIOs add value to the process as they reduce the gap between IT infrastructure and business priorities. One of the significant aspects that business leaders need to understand is the maturity level per cloud solution. They need to thoroughly evaluate the technical debt incurred and the amount of debt currently managed by the vendor. This approach will help to select the best cloud solution that has less technical debt and secures the data.

Setting a smooth information flow

Enterprises, while streamlining and securing the cloud environments, need to have better visibility in their data flows throughout their organization. Businesses can evaluate the entire organization’s access controls to the cloud environment and restrict access to sensitive data based on the job description to minimize risks. CIOs should consider setting smooth information flow throughout the organization to track, detect and mitigate threats in the cloud environment.

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Visualizing the roadmap

CIOs have complete visibility into the enterprise’s IT infrastructure, with an understanding of the business goals. Moreover, they even have crucial insights into the existing gaps in the existing tech stack and bottlenecks in the workflows. Business decision makers that visualize the entire organization’s risk will help them to patch them up and enhance the data security in the cloud.

Implementing the best cloud security tools into the IT infrastructure

There are many cloud security platform providers that offer comprehensive solutions to make strategic plans to secure cloud architectures.

As CIOs have better visibility into their business network can prioritize the security aspects that need immediate attention to ensure data security in the cloud.

Based on the business needs, internal priorities, and multiple macro environments, CIOs need to prioritize security posture as per the business context. Business decision makers can prioritize securing the critical cloud data infrastructure first to have minimum impact on business flows.

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