A common theme that runs through successful books and movies is misdirection. Are the good guys really good and the bad guys really bad? Identity is everything. In the real world, you do not want to be the good guy who finds out at the end that your colleague or business partner was actually an imposter. The same holds true for companies storing their data in the cloud. Separating reality from fantasy and security from insecurity are fast becoming the daily fare of CISOs and their cloud security strategies.

Public cloud service providers tout cost savings and flexibility over on-premises data centers, but there is another oft-quoted benefit they pitch enthusiastically: security. Marketers will tell you that cloud services can protect your data and keep you compliant far better than you can do so yourself because it is a core competency for them. But is it? Ultimately, the service provider is responsible for protecting its investment — the infrastructure. In the vast majority of cases, the owner of the data is responsible for security of that data in the cloud, according to the fine print of the terms of service.

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