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March 2017, Vol. 6, No. 3

Cloud security concerns shift beyond shared-responsibility model

Questions about the underlying security of the public cloud have largely subsided as adoption continues at a torrid pace. Still, IT shops struggle with the work to be done on top of the hyperscale platforms to fortify workloads. Steps to improve transparency and familiarity with the public cloud have helped to allay fears about production workloads on the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. But the shared-responsibility model still requires vigilance, especially as security experts work to understand how to handle emerging strategies around higher-level services and managing multiple cloud environments. For the majority of the first decade of the infrastructure-as-a-service market, there was a constant refrain in IT circles that questioned whether the public cloud was production-ready. Somewhere along the way, that drumbeat quieted. "I don't think I've had that question or challenge in the last 18 months," said Mark Nunnikhoven, vice president of cloud research at Trend Micro, a ...

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