Does the ownership of security within your organization look like a disorganized football scrimmage with no clear offense or defense?

This is often the case since many organizations launch their cloud security programs in response to an acute pain point, such as a security incident or compliance obligation, without an overall strategy in place. Typically, whoever’s role that pain point affects most directly is put in charge of finding a solution to address it.

If your organization has taken this approach, you’re probably dealing with significant confusion around who owns what part of the security process. Chances are you’re also facing resource constraints, challenges and frustrations. And you’re probably hungry for a more organized and defined approach. Don’t worry. We have you covered.

As security threats pile up, organizations are looking for better ways to integrate security into their day-to-day operations and development cycles, and they want to figure out who should handle each aspect of the process. To make this a reality, organizations need to get more proactive and less reactive when it comes to cloud security.

Before you can lay the groundwork for a more effective cloud security strategy within your organization, it’s vital to understand the needs of each stakeholder in the process.

Here are the primary roles that are often involved in a cloud security strategy, along with their unique pain points and requirements. These should be taken into account as you go about building a strategy, selecting the right cloud security solution and defining a process:

The Security Team

Pain Points & Requirements

  • Need a solution to cloud security that doesn’t require development resources to deploy, maintain and manage
  • Need autonomy so they can react quickly
  • Need to be equipped with answers and context so they can quickly solve problems
  • Want to avoid tools that cost too much (time and money) to implement and manage

The Director

Pain Points & Requirements

  • Cloud security talent shortage
  • Must weigh pros and cons of build vs. buy for security solutions
  • Must allocate budget, whether to one complete platform or several point solutions

The C-Level Executive

Pain Points & Requirements

  • Too busy to spend a lot of time thinking about security
  • Need a solution that’s cost-effective
  • Need to be able to see what’s going on with security at a glance (require streamlined and simple solution)
  • Need to answer to other executives, board, shareholders, customers and any other key stakeholders
  • Must avoid organizational inefficiency wherever possible
  • Weak security posture leaves his/her job vulnerable

The “One-Size-Fits-All” Strategy

Seem impossible to meet all of these needs with one cloud security strategy? It’s not! We set out to make designing a high-functioning security organization—meeting the unique pain points and requirements of each stakeholder—way easier by developing the official Cloud Security Playbook. This new playbook provides an approach you can base your own cloud security strategy on and explains how to find solutions and build processes that enable you to successfully execute on this strategy.