Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 72 - Page 67

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THREE STEPS ORGANISATIONS NEED TO TAKE TO ADOPT THE RIGHT ZERO TRUST APPROACH AND DEFINE A CLOUD STRATEGY

As Digital Transformation accelerates in the Middle East , organisations are increasingly adopting cloud services and shifting from traditional network security to cloud-based security that accommodates the complexity of the modern environment , embraces hybrid workplaces and protects people , devices , apps and data wherever they ’ re located . Probably the best solution is creating a Zero Trust architecture to unify access across cloud and on-prem apps and ensure the right users have access to resources . Lawrence Morrison , VP of Middle East and Africa at Zscaler , explains the business outcomes of adopting a Zero Trust approach and three steps every organisation should consider in defining what cloud strategy to use .

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What is cloud adoption and what are some of its benefits ?
Simply put , cloud adoption is the process where organisations in a bid to reduce cost , mitigate risk and achieve scalability of database capabilities , use Internet-based computing to process resources and data from one device to another without any hurdle of location . This means software and services reside and operate on ‘ the cloud ’ instead of a local compute .
Cloud adoption is a major part of Digital Transformation . For example , non-differentiating applications such as HR , Finance and CRM can effectively be consumed through cloud subscription services like Workday and Salesforce . com .
Also , most organisations are not in the business of managing data centres with all the capital and operation costs associated leading to a ‘ lift and shift ’ of on-premises applications to public cloud infrastructure such as Azure , AWS and Google .
The major benefit of cloud adoption is that cloud services are fully automated and can be spun up and down instantly allowing organisations to be nimbler
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