Managing invisible assets
In the "good old days of computing," if you wanted a new server you needed to requisition and purchase the hardware, software and services; convince the IT department to install and configure it as a computing or storage device; and then you'd have a physical box for your needs - assuming there was space in the server cabinet or in the raised-floor server room. As part of the IT department's asset management program, the physical box would be counted and managed by IT pros. Today many companies and departments are using cloud-based resources that can be created and destroyed with a few keystrokes - and often the IT teams might not even know of the asset's existence. There could be no records of the new resources and perhaps insufficient data security, if any. This eBook looks at the challenge CISOs and the security teams face in identifying cloud-based assets, determining what content lives there and arranging for appropriate security. We'll address what constitutes a cloud asset, how companies can manage them, and why this is a mission-critical task to the enterprise.
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