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Weekly CloudNews: Why Cloud Strategies Are More Than a One-Time Move

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Welcome to this week’s edition of CloudBolt’s Weekly CloudNews!

Here are the blogs we’ve posted this week:

With that, onto this week’s news:

An effective cloud strategy is a frame of mind, not a one-time transition 

Jen A. Miller, CIO Dive, Sept. 7, 2021

“The rush to the cloud during the start of the pandemic motivated companies sitting on the sidelines of digital transformation to get into the game. But moving to the cloud is a continuous process, not just a one-time, necessary, cost-saving action.

Two-thirds (65%) of enterprises saw up to a 10% cost savings due to moving to cloud, according to an Accenture survey of nearly 4,000 C-suite executives. However, six in ten executives do not actively manage and optimize it continuously, and 80% do not actively prioritize the use of cloud-native architectures, applications and data.”

Cloud adoption remains a top enterprise priority for 2021

Ian Barker, Beta News, Sept. 8, 2021

“According to a new report, in mid-sized to large enterprises 50 percent of the software applications being developed are cloud based and another 30 percent are expected to migrate to the cloud within the next two years. 83 percent of respondents state that cloud-based development and deployment is a top IT priority in 2021 for applications their company develops and deploys. The top three business drivers for moving applications to the cloud are: enabling a remote workforce, bringing technology to market faster, and increasing agility, with cost was ranked only a distant fourth.

But the study from Security Compass also highlights that organizations are struggling to develop cloud applications that meet security requirements and that integrate with existing on-premise technologies with 54 percent naming these as the top challenges. There’s also an increased case for automation, with 92 percent of enterprises that are developing over three quarters of their software applications in the cloud reporting an interest in solutions that automate proactive security and compliance processes.”

CISA releases the cloud security technical reference architecture and zero trust maturity model for public comment

Editorial Staff, Security Magazine, Sept. 8, 2021

“The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released the Cloud Security Technical Reference Architecture (TRA) and Zero Trust Maturity Model for public comment. As the federal government continues to expand past the traditional network perimeter, it is paramount that agencies implement data protection measures around cloud security and zero trust.

The TRA is designed to guide agencies’ secure migration to the cloud by explaining considerations for shared services, cloud migration, and cloud security posture management. CISA’s Zero Trust Maturity Model assists agencies in developing their zero trust strategies and implementation plans and presents ways in which various CISA services can support zero trust solutions across agencies.”

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