Richard N. Foster, former senior partner with McKinsey and best-selling author of two books “Innovation: The Attacker’s Advantage” and “Creative Destruction” promoted that, “to outperform the market, you have to change at the pace and scale of the market, without losing control.”

In the past decade, organizations have been almost frantic at the pace at which they are seeking to introduce innovation. Almost any kind of workload or application can now be made available on-line and accessed from any device, anywhere, anytime. This is good news. I can bank 24/7 from my phone, using email to transfer funds to my son in college, even as I escape winter in a southern climate. I can collaborate around the clock on a document that is due the next day with colleagues who are physically located in Seattle, Toronto and Hong Kong. And invoicing and contracts between myself and my largest business partner, who runs their finance department out of India, have been streamlined. Approvals which used to take 2 weeks are now processed in under 15 minutes.

Avoid Loss of Control While Innovating at the Speed of Value

But there is a cost to everything. And as we accelerate time to market with new innovation to remain competitive, we open the door to potential risk. Stories profiling significant security breaches at major corporations have become commonplace. Why? Often it is about asking for too much from too few.

Under-resourced IT departments who are tasked with bringing new applications to market at rapid speed are also looking in parallel at implementing the right security policies and technology infrastructures to support these new workloads. They often miss their intended objective – not because they haven’t thought it through – but because many organizations lack the skills in-house needed to properly design, implement and manage the increasingly complex infrastructure components. This includes physical and virtual footprint, policy and governance procedures.

With increased demand on IT services to deliver and support more along with shrinking budgets and resources, it is no wonder that one of the biggest challenges in IT today is how to implement the right security policies and solutions that can protect a corporation’s sensitive data environment.

Data CenterCloud Delivers Superior Levels of Security

Surprisingly, companies are now turning to the cloud to help them mitigate risk. While it may seem that relying on cloud to solve security and data protection would increase risk, experts are telling us that it is actually the other way around.

Cloud solutions are delivered through data centers and data centers are in the business of securing, monitoring, protecting and safeguarding your data. In the case of the Navantis OnCloud data center, that protection extends to your application as well. Consider some of the elements that Navantis must have in place to deliver a trusted cloud model. Multiple levels of security certifications including SSAE 16 and CSAE 3416 Type II Certified, redundant power sources, redundant locations, back-up power with diesel generators, additional fuel and delivery contracts with multiple vendors, fire suppression and environmental controls, 24/7 monitoring with token based entry controls, biometric access systems and video monitoring. The list continues.

Check Out Your Levels of Risk with a Risk Assessment

Unsure about your levels of risk? Interested in a roadmap that ascertains pitfalls, strategies and costs? Navantis offers a free security risk assessment that can identify potential threats and how to address them with a cloud strategy. Contract your sales executive to learn more.