I wanted to thank everyone who joined us for a great breakfast panel talking about current topics in the business cybersecurity space.  It was great to see old colleagues and meet new professionals from all over the Puget Sound area.  Our friends at Propel Insurance not only hosted us in their beautiful building but did a great job live tweeting (#CyberBfast) many of our discussion points today.

When I started Options I/O Cloud Marketplace, I realized that providing our client’s the best cloud solutions meant that we would have to stay informed in many areas of cloud technologies. These areas include public cloud, private cloud, automation, cloud networking, engineering, disaster recovery, financial optimization and security.  This morning, I had the opportunity to moderate a really smart panel representing complimentary facets from across the enterprise security space.  I engage these same companies with our clients when working on cloud security projects but not usually all together at once and in front of a full room.

Our panelists included Charlie Morriss who runs the Cyber and Management Liability Practice at Propel Insurance , Jared Reimer, Founder and CTO of Cascadeo, Johnathan Norman, Founder and Architect at Alert Logic and Kennet Westby, Founder and President of Coalfire Systems.

One of the themes that seemed to resonate across the different attendees was the idea that it’s tough to defend the stance that all business aren’t at risk of cyber attacks.  Businesses need to be proactive to protect their sensitive information and to understand the risks they have due to the type of data they possess.  One way to address this is to leverage managed services in areas where the business doesn’t have a strategic need to provide it themselves.  The example from Jared included replacing hosted email servers with services like Office365.  In this example you can leverage the security and scale of Microsoft to protect your email vs. doing it in-house.

This lesson applies to many areas inside of cloud projects including security and we can help you find the right solutions for your company.  Contact us if you would like some help navigating your cloud and cloud security projects.