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If these companies were affected then the foundation of computing could be at risk. If you could manipulate at the hardware layer via the firmware, BIOS, ect then a threat actor could weaponize well below the operating system which brings in to question the integrity of the entire computing stack and everything above it.  The firmware and bios are like the rebar and concrete for a building. If that foundation is weak then the entire structure and anything dependent on it is at risk. We cannot underestimate the potential or the severity of these companies being potentially affected by the SolarWinds hack and what that means for the foundational computing hardware they provide to the world.  What do others think ?  How could this impact your organization ?   Big tech companies including Intel, Nvidia, and Cisco were all infected during the SolarWinds hack - The Verge

Top Answer : The message here is: one is never out of the woods ever, so pay attention! Just because today's news eclipses yesterday's doesn't mean companies get to shove the bad under the rug and stay silent. Remember, vulnerabilities discovered 10-15 years back are still at the top of the list of the most exploited.

Do you still use bare-metal servers in your company?

Top Answer : We do but default solutions in order are SaaS PaaS Internal PaaS Last bare metal

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Where do you think your organization needs the most help in the Cloud related technologies / solutions?

Top Answer : These votes are interesting. While initially "Cloud native development" was leading in comparison with "Cloud migration", currently it looks like (at 88 votes), "Cloud migration" is leading and the Cloud native development has lagged.   Does that mean Organizations are yet to migrate many of their workloads to Cloud yet (at the end of 2021), and Cloud native development takes a backseat in the priorities overall?

The cloud vendor bill is just line items on compute/storage/network spend. Are there tools to go beyond the surface and help understand the costs, and optimize cloud consumption? (Note this is not a question of cost saving in the cloud, I have seen the Q&A on that topic in the forums).

Top Answer : Have you tried reaching this cloud vendor's customer service? We use AWS, recently I'd had a meeting with them and they gave me really good pointers to decrease the costs ( Up to 60% so far ).  I strongly recommend you contact them, it might help you.

Who is winning the Cloud wars?

Top Answer : The consumer. All 3 are great platforms and while each may excel in certain areas, all are capable of supporting today's demands for quick and agile digital transformation initiatives. A multi-cloud strategy has become the norm and the choice of "primary provider" comes down to individual business needs, necessary integrations, and existing partnerships (and sometimes personal preference :) .

What’s the #1 focus of your cloud security strategy?

Top Answer : Right now I'm driving everyone to focus on implementation of basic controls, as I call them, that gives you the best thing for everybody, and to ensure there’s governance around it. Then over time, hopefully you navigate to cybersecurity maturity and reduce your likelihood of being attacked by making sure you put the right controls in place. That's not the answer that people like to hear because it's not sexy, it’s boring—there's no AI or ML mentioned. But there's an opportunity right now to get that to the baseline. After that, when you have it, then you can then leverage technology to be the force multiplier. What I don't want happening right now is that people put AI/ML on a crappy foundation. That will just keep telling you that you have a crappy system over and over again. I don't need a notification every day telling me something's bad if I already know it's bad. But that's where people are wasting a lot of time. So where’s the balance? I think it will be a scale of maturity. You protect your infrastructure, identity, boundaries, and you make sure those are all well connected. From a cyber perspective, you have tight control over what goes in and out of those parameters. And then you can start worrying about some of the loopholes that all these cloud apps are creating in terms of bypassing those boundaries.