The enterprise cloud is the most flexible solution for information technologies that has ever been created. There are countless tools, applications, and variations. When the narrative is focused on savings, efficiency, and enablement, the cloud always tells a compelling story of strategy and ultimate benefit. However, it is not unfair to look at the cloud as a threatened environment. There have been countless breaches that have impacted companies significantly over the years. Cloud security is a big concern and a big undertaking, however it doesn't have to be a barrier to cloud adoption.
Any security challenge is part technical in nature and part mindset. Which part comes first is up to the organization, but these are inseparable concepts. The problem with cloud security is that there are so many cloud products and offerings to secure. No one technology can address all the forms that cloud comes in. There are cloud-based file services, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), cloud-based applications, and many other ways to integrate cloud into the business. Fundamental principles make all the difference and can be easily integrated against any of the aforementioned cloud technologies.
Essentially, the organization should always keep its expectations for cloud services delivery on high. All of the agreements, processes, and remediation steps required to keep the business running should be treated as such - business-critical. That may sound like a given, but it does take a shift in mentality to achieve. This foundation will make the rest of a proper security plan come together well whether it is a small, medium-sized, or enterprise-level business.