Microsoft Chief Security Advisor Roberto Arbelaez shared his thoughts on smart devices and cloud computing, and how organizations can ensure new technologies are secure, during his presentation at the 2015 Chief Information Security Officer Leadership Forum in Dallas on Oct. 21. In his presentation, Arbelaez pointed out that cloud computing and mobile computing are becoming increasingly popular because they empower organizations to reduce risk.
According to Arbelaez, cloud computing and mobile computing provide organizations with anywhere, any time access to data. As such, these technologies force organizations to examine their security measures and ensure these guidelines are up to date, Arbelaez said. In addition, he pointed out that organizations must understand the security implications of new technologies before deploying them: "Think about this. You don’t own those devices as a company. You're not buying them, you're not necessarily controlling them, but your users expect to use them. ... The leadership teams want to use their tablets or their smart phones from the golf course or from their field engagements, from their home, whatever, and that of course creates a lot of security impact and it has a lot of security implications."
Social networks also are changing the way organizations operate, Arbelaez said. Today's organizations must understand the security implications of social networks, Arbelaez said, to reduce risk: "Social networks allow companies to recreate a virtual environment in which this sort of communication goes on. So you can have employees messaging or posting about their latest projects or their visit to a customer or roadblocks or trends in the industry, uploading interesting articles that are relevant to your industry and so on and so forth. But these also have security implications."