Widespread adoption of the cloud has made business executives and board members comfortable with the idea of paying for IT resources and services “by the glass.” Moving to such a consumption model offers widely accepted financial and operational benefits that promote agility, scalability, and digital transformation. Leading cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google all now charge by smaller and smaller increments, allowing customers access to services on an as-needed basis.
Cybersecurity, however, unfortunately remains largely rooted in a procurement and deployment model that often results in over-provisioning, security silos, and management challenges. The critical point here is that security needs to have the capacity to not only respond in a timely fashion, but also adapt; maximum capacity is not needed at all times. This change in consumption—moving from big-hardware investments to a pay-for-what-you-use model—is key.