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7 questions Canadian organizations need to ask to keep the cloud secure

7 questions Canadian organizations need to ask to keep the cloud secure 

In today’s world, cloud and security go hand-in-hand. Organizations moving to the cloud to increase internal efficiencies, reduce costs, and improve customer service also require sound decision-making and thought around security implications. Fortunately, keeping information stored in the cloud secure is possible – you just need thought and planning.

When it comes to cloud deployments, it’s critical to know your organization’s security requirements and responsibilities. Whether you’re migrating your software (SaaS), platforms (PaaS) or infrastructure (IaaS) to the public or private cloud (or both), a clear understanding of how to delineate security between your organization and your cloud solution provider (CSP) is required.

Recently, TELUS and IDC released a paper, called Cloud Security Responsibilities: 7 Questions Most Canadian Organizations Haven’t Tackled, to help guide organizations in their digital transformation to the cloud. The report strives to clearly explain the balance of security responsibilities between an organization and its CSP and includes a list of questions many organizations have not yet considered:

  1. How does cloud change the nature of security for my organization?
  2. What does shared responsibility in the cloud mean?
  3. How does my organization’s role change in securing SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and hybrid cloud deployments?
  4. Should my organization think about security differently in the cloud?
  5. How do data residency and privacy fit into the cloud security discussion?
  6. To be secure, what actions should my organization take as we use more cloud?
  7. My organization’s cloud deployment may not be as secure as it could be. How do I assess vulnerability and what are my next steps to resolve any problems?

With each question, serious thought and action are needed to preserve security of and in the cloud; it’s important for organizations to fundamentally know and understand how cloud will change the nature of security in their organization and take the steps to integrate this knowledge into security protocol and practices.

In addition, public cloud and hybrid cloud adoption are growing at a pace never seen before in Canada, reaching a total spend of $3 billion and $1 billion, respectively. Trends show that more and more companies are taking a “cloud first” approach on new application and infrastructure purchases and that cloud is transitioning from a secondary thought, or project-based deployments, to organization-wide, business-critical usage. This shift in behaviour and the market require security controls and services to protect company, customer, and employee data.

Click here to download the full report.

As leaders in cloud and IT, TELUS can advise on these burning questions and help businesses overcome these challenges; we can support businesses of all sizes through their digital transformation journey with an affordable, scalable, and reliable arsenal of cloud solutions to keep your data secure in Canada and accessible from anywhere in the world.

If you’re wondering if your organization is ready for digital transformation, take a free assessment at

Steve Leslie is the SVP of Business Solutions East at TELUS.


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