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October 2012

CISOs key to transition to cloud, says (ISC)2

Chief information security officers (CISOs) have an important role in moving their organisations, whether they are public or private, to a cloud computing environment, according to professional certification body (ISC)2. The move is inevitable because of the lower costs and greater efficiencies cloud computing offers, but the CISO’s role is to ensure that it is done securely, said Marc Noble, director of government affairs for (ISC)2. “It is far easier to say no to something, but economic realities are driving organisations to the cloud, and CISOs have to find a way for their businesses to operate securely in that environment,” he said. CISOs should be part of the business, and this is a prime example of how they can be business enablers, according to Noble, who is also co-chair of the (ISC)2 US government advisory board for cyber security. With proper due diligence, he said CISOs can ensure that by moving to the cloud, their organisations will benefit from a much higher level of security than before. “Organisations have had a ...

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