A tale of two days, one cloudy - one clear

Day 1: We participated in a panel at the William Blair Technology Symposium, “The Future of Cloud Computing.” The panel was entitled, “How the Cloud Changes Security”. Great topic, great panel, staffed by security...

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Day 1: We participated in a panel at the William Blair Technology Symposium, “The Future of Cloud Computing.” The panel was entitled, “How the Cloud Changes Security”. Great topic, great panel, staffed by security solutions suppliers.

Major takeaway based on the questions asked of the panel, by the investment community, not end-users: confusion reigns supreme, and most likely due to the outrageous amount of hype surrounding “cloud”. Usually the questions were about virtualisation, but using cloudy(ed?) language.

Day 2: Q1 Labs Customer Council. The topic of Cloud came up twice: once in the form a customer’s presentation of one of his major use cases: SIEM as the security intelligence platform for his companies cloud-based services offerings.

He relies on QRadar for visibility/compliance and intelligence/threat management to both ensure the integrity of his brand and to provide proactive threat management. And once from another customer in a the form of a question, essentially: “What is the role of SIEM in the Cloud, in your opinion?”

This generated a very grounded discussion of the various cloud types (private, public, hybrid, multitenant) and how SIEM, Log Management, Vulnerability Management play a role. Clarity prevailed: one size does not fit all use cases.

Prosodie (France) another customer, recently announced their usage of our QRadar Security Intelligence Platform for both visibility/compliance for their cloud-based services to a growing number of customers using the cloud. Prosodie also uses SIEM form Q1 Labs for intelligence/threat management on their internal network, just as does the customer referenced above.

So, customers view cloud clearly (like how I did that?) as a business proposition worthy of examination, versus a cool technology shift: if cloud adoption enables them to do their jobs better and grow their businesses, great. If not, it drops off the list of priorities. It would appear that customers are far less confused, or concerned for that matter, than the marketplace.

Post by Chris Poulin, Chief Security Officer Q1 Labs

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