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On: 05 Dec 2016

Jason Boyle is our Director of Technology and as such is on the forefront of developments in the ICT world.  It is well known that the topical discussion at the moment for many c-level decision makers is around security, breeches have been seen in large organisations and have made the headlines world wide.  This, without doubt, is leaving people sceptical and concerned about the levels of their own security from many angles.  The cloud transformation which has taken over much of the business world comes into further scrutiny when security becomes the topic of discussion, it is a concern that many have, rightly or wrongly.  Jason seeks to put people’s minds at ease with his latest interview in the Sunday Business Post.

 

Jason Boyle, director of technology solutions and portfolio at PFH Technology Group, said that as cloud brings new challenges, so part of the answer is to consider security as a service — a security cloud, in effect. “For a lot of services — yes, security-as-a-service makes sense,” he said.

“When you consider the capabilities of large corporate security service providers being able to aggregate intelligence and ensure that in delivering a security service, a world-wide perspective is taken and locally applied. When we consider these services, though, customers need to be very aware of exactly what is being delivered in the service, what aspects they will still need to maintain internally, and if there are any impacts on their business from a policy perspective.”

Boyle said that the risks involved needed to be mitigated, but that intelligent planning aims to do just that.

“Like any service where you outsource part of your operation, there are security concerns. Key is identifying these issues or potential issues in advance and determining mitigation, or ruling cloud out altogether. One also needs to consider how the challenges can ‘raise your game’ — that is, where specific challenges mean that you need to increase your security capability internally, thus resulting in a more secure outcome overall.”