A failed cloud security strategy has caused many problems for Marriott over the past couple of years. Today’s columnist, McAfee’s Nigel Hawthorn, explains how cloud security posture management (CSPM) automatically alerts employees and IT teams to security and compliance issues. (Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)

It comes as no surprise to enterprises when an otherwise productive employee unknowingly opens the organization to risk or even causes a breach. The knee-jerk culpability typically gets attributed to the cloud provider, yet Gartner warns that through 2025, at least 99 percent of cloud security failures are the cutomer’s fault.  

Gartner’s statement implies that enterprises, not cloud providers, need to develop an all-encompassing approach to cloud security – but even the word enterprise isn’t clear enough: Who in the enterprise? Which groups do what? Where do the various parts of this problem lie? Who coordinates security issues?

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