Rapid7: How can CISOs embrace the cloud?
recently released a free guide, that details the benefits of cloud computing, describing it as “one of the great transformational shifts in corporate information technology”. However, drawbacks remain: cloud may allow businesses to manage their IT needs in countless new ways - some of them great, but some of them terrible. Rapid7 says this is what some CISOs fear.
The report says for a CISO to embrace the cloud fully and wisely, then, he or she needs to master two roles:
- They must participate as part of the team that evaluates cloud providers—bringing the proper security expertise to the finance and business executives eager to use the cloud.
- The CISO in question must also know how to evaluate the security of cloud services.
The guide discusses the importance of collaboration that will drive all decisions to use the cloud in the organisation, or in other words: “harmonising the three voices”. The operations team that has a specific need it wants to solve via the cloud; the finance team that wants to weigh the costs and savings; and the security team concerned about risks.
One of the main takeaways from the guide is on the topic of asking the right questions, this section is packed with useful information, and of course questions you need to be asking.
“While you certainly need to collect a lot of information and ask some pointed questions for a thorough evaluation, it’s helpful to start the assessment with simple open-ended questions that illuminate the provider’s approach to security.”
Rapid7 is trusted by IT and security professionals around the world to manage risk, simplify modern IT complexity, and drive innovation. Its analytics transform today’s vast amounts of security and IT data into the answers needed to securely develop and operate sophisticated IT networks and applications. Rapid7 research, technology, and services drive vulnerability management, penetration testing, application security, incident detection and response, and log management for more than 6,200 organizations across more than 110 countries, including 38% of the Fortune 1000.
SLK Software: Optimising performance in the digital economy
Established in 2000 in Bengaluru, India, SLK Software recognises that fast-paced digital transformation is creating an unprecedentedly fertile period of opportunity for global businesses.
As such, with a firm belief in the power of simplification and automation to yield new and exciting experiences, the company has been challenging the status quo for over 20 years through an approach that is:
- Relationship oriented
- Strategically focused on a desired outcome
- Reliant on automation tech
Believing in purposeful automation
SLK’s specialisation in automation tech is full spectrum: artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and more, are all part of its core competencies.
Citing 90% productivity improvements, 30% business growth through better customer experiences, and up to 20x faster go-to-market capabilities, the reasons for its focus are clear.
The company currently serves the banking, financial services, insurance, retirement services, M&A, manufacturing, and supply chain sectors. Solutions offered include:
- Intelligent Business Transformation
- Agile IT Automation
Accelerating workflow processes
The latter is a tool specifically calibrated to enable business users an easy method for capturing document processes. This can occur across any application, with these individual tasks then seamlessly combined for both improved compliance and governance.
Carol Castelloni, VP of Transformation at CNA Insurance, highlighted this as providing critical support in helping the company meet its business objectives:
“SLK’s Avo Discover tool accelerates how we can document workflow processes, measure impacts on enhancements, and identifies future automation opportunities.” Liberated from having to focus on these process-driven aspects of business, CNA Insurance has been able to refocus its attention on creative problem-solving instead.
Ultimately, this is the most important benefit that SLK brings: it optimises the back end so that clients can channel their energy towards what matters the most, customers.
Read more about SLK Software and CNA Insurance in the June 2021 edition of FinTech Magazine.
Pictured: SLK Software team (source)