Clorox Chief Information Security Officer Amit Bhardwaj discussed cloud security and how organizations can leverage cybersecurity tools to protect their sensitive data during his presentation at the 2015 Chief Information Officer Leadership Forum in San Francisco on Oct. 15. In his presentation, "Critical Infrastructure Protection in the Cloud: How IT-OT Convergence Can Enhance Cybersecurity and Identity Management," Bhardwaj said an organization's cybersecurity consists of three layers: logical security, physical security and operational security.
According to Bhardwaj, cloud is becoming a viable option for organizations of all sizes because it offers quick, easy access to myriad data. However, he also noted that organizations must understand cloud risks and take the necessary steps to minimize these dangers. Bhardwaj pointed out that transparency is essential because it ensures employees are engaged in an organization's cybersecurity plans and can help this organization protect its data at all times; "Now as we’re going into this new domain we like to be more transparent, we want the people to have the view, we are actually enabling some of these things on mobile. You’ll be able to always see wherever your request is. ... There’s a whole new capability that we produce to allow our users to engage and see the capability."
In addition, Bhardwaj said discovering the right combination of IT, security and convergence can provide significant value to an organization. Finding the best possible way to connect a variety of systems, Bhardwaj said, ensures an organization can keep its data secure: "See, once all your systems talk—and it’s not about just provisioning and deprovisioning—to each other there’s a lot of things that you can enable. ... You can start monitoring their activity when they go from here to there to there. Why is it that they were doing it and what were they doing? You can start recording certain functions."