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Vol. 18, No. 9

The security divide between on-premises and cloud infrastructures

Fenwick & West LLP's IT services are delivered through a hybrid of on-premises, software-as-a-service and cloud infrastructures. "As we straddle the cloud and on premises, our security problems have just broadened," said CIO Matt Kesner.

The Silicon Valley law firm's experience is typical of the growing number of companies that are running into legacy security obstacles as they move workloads to the cloud. Security technologies designed to protect enterprise applications and data on premises are often ill-suited for cloud infrastructures. We talked to security executives and analysts about what to consider when you're tasked with integrating legacy security systems with cloud services.

Corporate boards must be ready to defend their fiduciary decisions, compliance actions and, perhaps soon, even cybersecurity preparedness. A growing number of companies are seeking cyber-savvy board members, but it's still far from a majority. Should companies add board members with cybersecurity or cyber-risk experience? We look at both sides of the debate.

Western Union rolled out a strategy to help its workforce take advantage of cloud services. The program -- dubbed Western Union Information Security Enablement, or WISE -- involved bringing shadow IT into the light, approving cloud services for official use and adding the necessary controls and policies to secure cloud infrastructures. We catch up with the company's senior manager of information security to find out how it's going.

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