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Old 08-16-2018, 06:29 AM
 
Location: A safe distance from San Francisco
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I'm a SaaS guy. After working on the vendor side and seeing clients struggle with infrastructure, security, app patching, etc. - the vast majority of which we and our partners could do better, made me think why are companies so insistent on doing security, hosting, and everything that is usually way outside their core business competence on-prem.

I changed jobs. I now work for a regional health system. Everyone here is skittish about any SaaS model due to HIPAA and other concerns. We are struggling our way through an ERP replacement, partly due to hardware and security. The vendor could have taken care of all that. They have dedicated, 24x7 staff for hosted clients, either directly or through their partners. We don't. We don't have the technical expertise in all these domains, yet we're intent on keeping everything on-prem and doing it ourselves. We'd rather manage our own security, with a comparatively novice staff, than turn it over to AWS, who will be hosting classified data in the cloud for the government. Granted, it's not the same division or program, but surely there is cross-pollination of security theory.

It just boggles my mind how organizations remain so territorial of their "data," which they do not likely have the expertise to fully secure or manage.
It just boggles my mind how organizations - or individuals, makes no difference - would surrender control of their systems/data to others....ANY others. SAAS is a business model that makes my skin crawl.
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:36 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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It just boggles my mind how organizations remain so territorial of their "data," which they do not likely have the expertise to fully secure or manage.
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It just boggles my mind how organizations - or individuals, makes no difference - would surrender control of their systems/data to others....ANY others. SAAS is a business model that makes my skin crawl.
Both comments are valid. At the end of the day - it's based on business need and understanding the risks. As an information security leader - it's not what businesses choose to do that surprises me as much as the way they come to that decision. Many are penny wise, pound foolish.
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:28 PM
 
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Damn! The economy tanked. What should we do?

Fire half the IT staff.

A month later.

Damn! The network is screwed and no one in IT knows how to fix it. What should we do?

Hire someone with more smarts than you.

Watched this happen at three different places I contracted to. When I got the call to help I let them know I was super busy and if they wanted me to put them first it was going to be expensive.

I laughed all the way to the bank.

Idiots.
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