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The Real Drivers of Cloud, IoT, and AI Outsourcing and Performance

Compliance and Security: The Real Drivers of Cloud, IoT, and AI Outsourcing and Performance

In 2018, the shifting emphasis to IoT, Artificial Intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and automation seem to overshadow cloud; yet, I believe it is just the opposite.  A recently published industry survey shows that by 2020, the use of public cloud will grow dramatically.  Business goals related to actively adopting AI, IoT and machine learning strategies are prompting IT teams to consider outsourced cloud and cloud experts to move faster than competitors. The formats and pilots incorporating these technologies can be seen across multiple markets and segments including government, retail, and industrial bases.  The use of AI, VR, and IoT is also driving the technology, compliance and cybersecurity markets necessary to support these innnovations. For example, nowadays there are a number of automotive, entertainment and digital marketing companies with dedicated cyber teams.

Although the new hot-button terms are IoT, AI, and VR, the reality is that these applications are dependent on mobile gateways and extended infrastructures that are cloud-based. New entrants to the marketplace could not exist without cloud and the tsunami of innovations are absolutely dependent upon new applications and redefined cybersecurity and operational compliance.

With all these changes taking effect, we are seeing the extended liabilities of the cloud supply chain. Although in many instances, cloud infrastructure provides greater management of cyber risks, the opposite may be true related to the expanded threat surface of due diligence. Recent awareness of Meltdown and Spectre flaws in Intel, AMD and ARM provided a renewed focus on more than just encryption.

While the implications of privacy and responsibility for data flow through known and unknown cloud applications (infrastructure through SaaS) places data owners at risk for privacy, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), controlled unclassified information (CUI) and the implications of the Draft Guidance in NIST SP 800-53, Rev. 5. Updated NIST guidance in Rev. 5 provides a challenging environment wherein attributes and privacy consent are directly linked to data flow and information risk management.

This article details the next steps for meeting compliance.

Balancing Innovation and Compliance

Balancing the risks and rewards of innovation and compliance means incorporating known FTC precedence, CUI/DFARS, FedRAMP, and European Union's GDPR requirements.  New technologies are entering the field as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to address IoT, Cloud, VR and AI in a more automated fashion. Consistent with containerization and microservices as well as other rapid cloud development, an automated compliance strategies may make sense.

For many corporate leaders, before an executive decision is made to automate compliance, it may be better for leaders to acquaint themselves with the standards and what might constitute due diligence and risk reduction in liabilities at the business level.  Revenue derived from innovation is always balanced by the financial liabilities or lost revenue of privacy or compliance violations.

FedRAMP and CUI have generated standard requirements, PII and GDPR are specific about actions to be taken, and FTC and FCC claims for consumers, translate into a complicated and complex path to meeting compliance. For some, the cloud apps and capabilities will improve their overall security posture.  For others, cloud applications and the extended services of automation and IoT we see today, will drive complications.

Although there is no shortcut to compliance and due diligence, there are three keys to present to organizational executives or to take as a technology leader:

  • Understand your boundaries and data.  Boundaries in the cloud are considerably different than information and data held by the company.  The contractual, managerial, and technical services internal to and external to the organization may cross corporate and customer needs.  The risks related to third parties and the supply chain means understanding the data handoffs between systems. When attacks occur, can you understand the risks related to where the data meets your architecture/cloud services under contract?  Ongoing review may find that different elements of data are at different stages within and external to your boundaries.

  • Implement technical enforcement.  Automated technical enforcement of security is a force multiplier. As IoT and AI provide non-stop data collection and sharing, only automated technical capabilities will be able to alert, audit, management and report on the more commonplace functions of the digital world. Through continuous technical management, dynamic assessments and reprioritization of complex multi-tiered applications becomes possible.  In some instances, adapting technologies may create more competitive knowledge for your organization.

  • Document Data Risks. Understanding the boundaries of the system used for business data and the technical protections are the first and second steps.  However, knowing the risks and the risk tolerance is the final step in determining value of the data and the liabilities that could affect the business/organization.  The ability to translate the risks into a plan of actions serves to demonstrate due diligence and prudence. Risk documentation helps to prioritize at the executive and operational levels which responses should and shouldn't be prioritized.

Looking ahead, current and active compliance mandates such as CUI/DFARS, Privacy, and FedRAMP will likely drive how companies approach their pilot steps into AI, IoT, AR, VR and automation.  Emerging tools and solutions offer an advantage for compliance if the enterprise perspective is visible. Small and medium businesses (SMBs) often bear a greater burden to demonstrate compliance.  The real burden is crafting the right cloud solution at the right cost to meet the requirements even as they evolve.

Business leaders and technologists should remain focused on cloud as a method to integrate and address the challenges of innovation and compliance in their go-to-market/lead-the-market strategies.  Like other forms of cloud computing, the convenience and cost may be more manageable.

Don't be afraid to cloud hop to get the solution or services you need.  Stay Nimble Cloud Lover.

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DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City.

Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term.

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DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO 2018 New York cover all of these tools, with the most comprehensive program and with 222 rockstar speakers throughout our industry presenting 22 Keynotes and General Sessions, 200 Breakout Sessions along 10 Tracks, as well as our signature Power Panels. Our Expo Floor brings together the world's leading companies throughout the world of Cloud Computing, DevOps, FinTech, Digital Transformation, and all they entail.

As your enterprise creates a vision and strategy that enables you to create your own unique, long-term success, learning about all the technologies involved is essential. Companies today not only form multi-cloud and hybrid cloud architectures, but create them with built-in cognitive capabilities.

Cloud-Native thinking is now the norm in financial services, manufacturing, telco, healthcare, transportation, energy, media, entertainment, retail and other consumer industries, as well as the public sector.

CloudEXPO is the world's most influential technology event where Cloud Computing was coined over a decade ago and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals.

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Financial enterprises in New York City, London, Singapore, and other world financial capitals are embracing a new generation of smart, automated FinTech that eliminates many cumbersome, slow, and expensive intermediate processes from their businesses.

Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 22nd CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO November 11-13, 2018 in New York City will find fresh new content in two new tracks called:

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which will incorporate FinTech and Blockchain, as well as machine learning, artificial intelligence and deep learning in these two distinct tracks.

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FinTech brings efficiency as well as the ability to deliver new services and a much improved customer experience throughout the global financial services industry. FinTech is a natural fit with cloud computing, as new services are quickly developed, deployed, and scaled on public, private, and hybrid clouds.

More than US$20 billion in venture capital is being invested in FinTech this year. DXWorldEXPOCloudEXPO are pleased to bring you the latest FinTech developments as an integral part of our program.

DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO are accepting speaking submissions for this new track, so please visit Cloud Computing Expo for the latest information or contact us at

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Attend DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO. Build your own custom experience. Learn about the world's latest technologies and chart your course to Digital Transformation.

22nd International DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO, taking place November 11-13, 2018, in New York City, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world.

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Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some form of XaaS - software, platform, and infrastructure as a service.

With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.

Every Global 2000 enterprise in the world is now integrating cloud computing in some form into its IT development and operations. Midsize and small businesses are also migrating to the cloud in increasing numbers.

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Companies are each developing their unique mix of cloud technologies and services, forming multi-cloud and hybrid cloud architectures and deployments across all major industries. Cloud-driven thinking has become the norm in financial services, manufacturing, telco, healthcare, transportation, energy, media, entertainment, retail and other consumer industries, and the public sector.

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DXWorldEXPO LLC is a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based trade show company and the creator of DXWorldEXPODigital Transformation Conference & Expo. The company produces and presents CloudEXPO, DevOpsSummitFinTechEXPO Blockchain Event, the world's most influential conferences and trade shows.

About Maria C. Horton
Maria C. Horton, CISSP, ISSMP, IAM, is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EmeSec Incorporated. She founded EmeSec in 2003 after retiring from two decades as a Navy Officer where she rose to the rank of Commander. As a hands-on cybersecurity expert, she grew the company to become a leading provider of Cloud Security and Engineering Services delivering cyber assessments, protections and business enablement.

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