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A blog post by Bhavin Barot, principal, Cyber & Strategic Risk, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Ritesh Bagayat, senior manager, Cyber & Strategic Risk, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Amod Bavare, principal, global Cloud Migration leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP; Diana Kearns-Manolatos, senior manager, Center for Integrated Research, Deloitte Services LP; and Vikram Kunchala, principal, US Cloud Security leader, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Businesses have seen increased pressure from customers and their workforces to be more agile, responsive, and personalized with the experiences they provide. However, monolithic legacy infrastructures may have stood in the way of delivering flexible, scalable, and valuable business solutions. IT modernization programs have mostly focused on employing more flexible IT architectures, including microservices, containerization, open application programming interfaces (APIs), and cloud.
Cloud migration will likely be an integral component of the IT modernization road map and an intentional “security by design” approach that infuses cyber-first thinking into the operating model can be a competitive differentiator for organizations looking to achieve business resilience, enhanced security, and improved customer trust (see figure 1).
As organizations develop their migration and modernization center of excellence (CoE) strategy and team, they can benefit significantly from bringing together both cloud and security specialists with cross-teaming, cross-skilling, and a shared operating model to guide migration. In this way, companies can take the increased collaboration across the technology C-suite (chief information officer [CIO], chief security officer [CSO], and chief information security officer [CISO]) that has been a steady trend over the past decade and trickle that transformation down to the program level in a way that balances agile development needs with risk management requirements and controls. A cyber-forward cloud migration strategy and team will look to:
Align business strategy, leading practices, and innovative approaches with a shared operating model
Implement organizational and technology controls guided by a Zero Trust mindset
Prepare for the unexpected with the proper risk management plan
Bringing it all together
As organizations look to migrate their legacy infrastructure to the cloud, a cyber-forward approach can help to make security a competitive differentiator. A modern operating model balancing leading practices and innovative new approaches, governed by a robust controls framework and supported by requisite risk considerations can help to advance this strategy.
For more on this topic, watch for our upcoming Deloitte Insights article, “An integrated cyber approach to your cloud migration strategy,” which launches on March 2.
Amod Bavare leads Deloitte’s Global Cloud Migration and Modernization market efforts across all industries and sectors. With more than 25 years of IT industry experience, Bavare specializes in renovating architecture and migrating complex enterprise applications to the cloud, essentially helping to create value by modernizing clients’ legacy systems. Bavare’s ability to lead organizations through digital transformation journeys is the reason he emerged as a leader in legacy application modernization.