Turn cloud risks into opportunity: Lakha

Darshan Lakha, Vodacom Group's chief technology security officer.
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Darshan Lakha, Vodacom Group's chief technology security officer.

The current risks associated with rapid implementation of cloud services, is affording organisations the opportunity to re-assess and improve their own security services.

This is according to Darshan Lakha, Vodacom Group's chief technology security officer, speaking at the ITWeb Security Summit 2017, held today at Vodacom World, Midrand.

Lakha explains that although using cloud services has benefits such as faster time to market, improved ongoing support, as well as enhanced efficiency. It also has its fair share of risk involved.

He highlighted that matters such as loss of governance, and responsibility ambiguity, are some of the top risks associated with using a cloud-based service.

"Organisations need to have a pragmatic approach to implementing effective security services. The most feasible steps include ensuring there are effective governance, risk and compliance processes, and that there are clear privacy policies in place," he said.

"In addition, having regular audits of operational and business processes is crucial, as well as managing people, roles and identities."

Moreover, it's important to assess the security provisions for cloud applications and evaluate controls on physical infrastructure and facilities.

In terms of cloud providers, businesses should manage security terms in the cloud service agreements, and ensure they understand the security requirements of the exit process.

Kgaogelo Letsebe
Portals journalist

Kgaogelo Letsebe (nee Mamabolo) is a journalist originally from Pretoria, Gauteng. She holds a BTech in Journalism from Tshwane University of Technology (Pretoria campus). With almost 10 years in the media and printing industry, KG as she is known, has honed her writing skills in various media sectors such as business, IT, built environment engineering, and food and beverage technology industry. As an assistant editor, her work has been used in The Butcher magazine, Food Processing Africa digital magazine and Food and Beverage magazine. When she's not frantically chasing deadlines, KG spends time with her husband and daughter, meditates to SA jazz tunes or indulges in African history books.

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