Security Manager's Journal: Heading for the clouds

Our manager wanted a new challenge. His new job at a company that is offering software as a service fills the bill.

By Mathias Thurman, Computerworld |  On-demand Software, cloud security

My new company has, over the past couple of years, moved from selling software that customers run on-premises to offering software as a service. It has also embraced cloud technologies to run the business. So I will be going well beyond my previous cloud experience, which consisted of assessing vendors, to help build the security of a company whose customers rely on it to keep data secure in the cloud.

To do this, I will need to work with the IT department in building a robust security program and ensuring that the security infrastructure is sound, that appropriate policies and processes are in place and that those policies are being followed. I will also connect with the company's marketing, sales and legal departments to help build marketing collateral and to offer my assistance whenever our customers have questions about the security of our infrastructure. Then I'll want to check in with product development to review the security of our product offerings.

I said I wanted a new challenge, and it looks like I have one. I look forward to sharing my new experiences with my readers.

This week's journal is written by a real security manager, "Mathias Thurman," whose name and employer have been disguised for obvious reasons. Contact him at

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