Do you trust the cloud?\n\nMost security audiences I ask do not. They believe the cloud (defined anyway you like) results in less control, less security. At the same time, companies are accelerating adoption of cloud-based solutions. Considered obstacles, security leaders get left out of the process. \n\nWhat if \u201cthe cloud\u201d improves security for everyone?\n\nAt first, I saw potential for cloud solutions to increase security for small companies. Organizations with no or limited security staff. Now I embrace the potential of cloud solutions to improve security for every organization. \n\nEven better?\n\nThe cloud acts as a \u201cforcing function\u201d that improves security for everyone. Even those who don't use it.... yet. \n\nA moment to reflect on the Leading Security Change Panel\n\nTo close the discussion, each panelist shared the "one thing" that stood out to them. \n\nI invite you to do the same. Absorb and reflect on the pieces of the series, including: \n\nFor you, what stands out? What connected with your situation and experience? What are you doing as a result?\n\nThree highlights from the panel discussion\n\nIn a series loaded with practical experience, many things stood out. Here are three worthy of consideration:\n\nTo distill to the "one thing," for me, it's the power of the cloud as a forcing function. It is how cloud improves security across the board. Everyone benefits. \n\nThe power of cloud as a forcing function\n\nA\u00a0forcing function\u00a0is \u201cany task, activity or event that forces you to take action and produce a result.\u201d\n\nPeople want cloud solutions. Consumers and businesses alike see and experience the benefits. Sometimes the flexibility and ease of cloud solutions is a double-edged sword. Especially for security leaders. Instead of working to block or bottle neck the effort, embrace it.\n\nIf you impede the progress, you get ignored.\n\nProgress? Migrating to cloud solutions forces us to think and act different. That\u2019s needed. And it\u2019s good. Embrace the opportunity to pivot to think about function. Focus on outcomes.\n\nStart by asking my favorite question: \u201cWhat\u2019s the problem we\u2019re trying to solve?\u201d\n\nThe process of discovering the real problem often reveals opportunity. For most, this is the chance to improve security while helping advance the business. Solutions we've struggled with are now essential to the success of adopting the cloud. \n\nSecurity enables the transformation people seek.\n\nThe security benefits of the cloud as a forcing function\n\nThere are at least three distinct benefits to the adoption of the cloud in how it forces us to adapt and improve:\n\nHailed for the ability to disrupt and improve business, the cloud benefits security, too. \n\nIt is time for security leaders to embrace cloud solutions\n\nWhether resistance is futile or not, cloud-based solutions are driving security change. While the method is different, this is the change we wanted. \n\nNext time I ask a group of security leaders if they trust the cloud, I\u2019d like to see more nodding heads and hands in the air.\n\nBetter is when some explain how it helped them improve security. Is that you?