ional Head for E
he cloud created new challenges
for cybersecurity. First, it digitises
– and migrates – most assets and
processes, dissolving the perimeter.
Second, it creates a massive and
interconnected attack surface – with
countless new vulnerability points – for
attackers to breach.
And third, it creates a new set of
specialised cybersecurity skills that most
businesses and organisations are struggling
to fill, which is slowing cloud utilisation.
A recent report makes this point obvious.
The report found that, over the last two
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years, the cybersecurity skills gap has caused
approximately 40 to 50% of IT professionals
to slow down their cloud migrations. What’s
more, businesses and organisations with
a ‘cloud-first’ strategy have been twice
as likely to slow migration over security
concerns, compared to organisations with less
This much is clear: security concerns
are likely preventing your business or
organisation from reaping the full benefits of
the cloud. And the more data and processes
you plan to deploy to the cloud, the more
those security concerns will hold you back.
But, ironically, just as maturation of the
cloud has created a new set of cybersecurity
challenges, this same technology is
producing new solutions. The cloud drives
new cybersecurity capabilities and services
that were unthinkable in the past.
Consider our example. At Paladion,
much of our managed security services are
enabled by, or driven through, the cloud.
Cloud networks allow us to connect our
1,000 plus cybersecurity experts – located in
SOCs in every time zone, including Dubai – to
all of our global clients, allowing us to deliver
true 24/7/365 security services.
What’s more, cloud infrastructure
provides the horsepower behind our
proprietary AI platform – AI.saac – allowing
us to process hundreds of terabytes of
threat and organisational data every day.
And by prioritising and partitioning
services through a shared cloud, we are able
to provide a large volume of clients with
next-generation managed security services
at a price point that is much more affordable
than the cost of developing equivalent
In short, the cloud is both creating new
cybersecurity challenges and providing
In short, the cloud is
both creating new
and providing the keys
to their solution.
the keys to their solution. Veterans in the
cybersecurity industry will find this dynamic
feels familiar. Cybersecurity is an arms
race. It has always been an arms race and it
always will be. Every time a new technology
transforms the enterprise, cybercriminals
rush to exploit the change and cybersecurity
experts find new ways to defend their
businesses and organisations.
But in today’s evolution, one thing
is different. The cloud has increased
the complexity of cybersecurity – and
cyberattacks – so dramatically that few
organisations can protect themselves on
This is particularly true of small and
medium-sized businesses and organisations,
who most need to leverage the benefits
of the cloud to compete with enterprises
but who lack enterprise-level resources to
develop comprehensive security for their
cloud services in-house.
These businesses and organisations
only have one solution. They must find and
partner with a proven third-party security
provider who can protect their cloud for
them and allow them to deploy their new
capabilities securely and in full.