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The shared responsibility model explained and what it means for cloud security

June 10, 2021


Cloud adoption has accelerated in the past year as organizations scrambled to support a remote workforce. Despite this rapid adoption and growth, companies often misunderstand a key cloud concept: the shared responsibility model (SRM).

Many business leaders still ask, “Is the cloud secure”? This is the wrong question. A more appropriate question would be, “Are we, as a security team and organization, securing our share of the cloud?” The overwhelming majority of cloud data breaches/leaks are due to the customer, with Gartner predicting that through 2025, 99% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault. For this reason, it is imperative that all security practitioners understand their responsibilities.

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