Hybrid cloud security: How to answer the skeptics

Learn how to respond to the five most common questions that hybrid cloud doubters will raise
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IT leaders have plenty of experience with a particular character: The skeptic. The skeptic has a “what if” and a “no” for all manner of topics, and you’ve dealt with this person many times, over many tables and an e-mail string or two. But cloud computing may bring out a special level of skepticism. Cloud security concerns are often misunderstood or overstated – which fires up the skeptics – and just makes your job of soothing the anxiety harder.

As Enterprisers Project reporter Kevin Casey notes, “IT teams should be concerned about security. But there’s certainly a difference between a culture of security and a culture of organizational stasis, especially when most IT leaders are tasked with catalyzing their company’s overall digital transformation strategies. Bottlenecks simply won’t do.”

At many organizations, hybrid cloud strategy has become a key part of gaining flexibility and speed – both necessary to win competitive advantage against rivals. You haven’t got the bandwidth for the skeptic to try and damage your carefully researched cloud strategy. We’ve rounded up the top skeptic questions – and how to tackle them. Download this PDF file for easy reference – and share with your team. All of them will have to deal with skeptics.

Laurianne McLaughlin is Content Director for The Enterprisers Project, delivering analysis and advice for the IT leadership community. Previously, she served as Editor-in-Chief at InformationWeek.com and Managing Editor at CIO.com. 

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