Rolling Meadows, IL, USA: Research released by Resource on Demand, an IT recruitment firm, claims to show the company has been receiving a record number of enquiries for salesforce and software-as-a-service (SaaS) specialists during the first month of the year (http://bit.ly/cZ108a).
According to Rolf von Roessing, international vice president of ISACA, the not-for-profit global association of IT security, audit and governance professionals, the 233 per cent surge in recruitment requests seen by the firm during January signals that, after brief gestation, cloud computing is firmly set to take off into the mainstream in 2010.
“The financial and organisational benefits of switching to cloud-based storage and systems are clearly driving this surge in demand, as witnessed by Gartner’s recent prediction that, within the next four years, 20 per cent of firms will have no appreciable local resources as a result from switching (http://bit.ly/7dvygF),” he said.
“It's important, however, that in the rush to embrace the obvious benefits of the cloud, businesses do not overlook the security implications of extending their IT resource into what is, to all intents and purposes, a virtual environment," he added.
Business and IT managers should take the time to review their security systems and resources, and ask themselves whether their information security management can effectively defend their data and other assets in the cloud, the ISACA leader went on to say.
And, even if an initial budget to extend and enhance a firm’s IT security resources to fully support the cloud is not apparently available, IT managers should not lose sight of the possibility that some of the direct cost savings that arise from cloud migration can be invested in security facilities, he explained.
Von Roessing, who has extensive experience in the financial services security industry, said that, in May of last year, ISACA joined the Cloud Security Alliance to promote good practices on the cloud security front (www.cloudsecurityalliance.org).
ISACA, a global association of 86,000 IT governance, security and audit professionals, also published a cloud computing white paper, titled Cloud Computing: Business Benefits With Security, Governance and Assurance Perspectives. which provides a road map for developing positive and secure relationships with cloud providers.
"The ISACA white paper is available as a free download at www.isaca.org/cloud and, along with a number of other association initiatives, ISACA remains committed to working with IT professionals to ensure the highest levels of security in the cloud," he said.
"As new computing functions and services appear in what will undoubtedly be the year of the cloud, it is important that IT professionals remain vigilant about the security implications of what is set to become a rapidly-changing IT landscape," he added. For more on ISACA: www.isaca.org
With more than 86,000 constituents in more than 160 countries, ISACA® (www.isaca.org) is a leading global provider of knowledge, certifications, community, advocacy and education on information systems (IS) assurance and security, enterprise governance of IT, and IT-related risk and compliance. Founded in 1969, ISACA sponsors international conferences, publishes the ISACA® Journal, and develops international IS auditing and control standards. It also administers the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor™ (CISA®), Certified Information Security Manager® (CISM®), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT® (CGEIT®) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control™ (CRISC™) designations.
ISACA offers the Business Model for Information Security (BMIS) and the IT Assurance Framework (ITAF). It also developed and maintains the COBIT®, Val IT™ and Risk IT frameworks, which help IT professionals and enterprise leaders fulfill their IT governance responsibilities and deliver value to the business.
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