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13 Oct 2023
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Reflecting on my Virtual Presentation at the Institute of Internal Auditors

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By Tyrone Showers
Co-Founder Taliferro


I was profoundly honored to have been invited by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) to deliver a virtual talk on October 12, 2023. I seized the opportunity to share my expertise on a subject that has become imperative in today's rapidly evolving business landscape: The Significance of Cloud Computing in Modern Business. I intend to encapsulate the key components of my presentation here, delineating upon the necessity to integrate data considerations within cloud strategy, governance issues, architectural imperatives, and the role of industry bodies like the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The Indispensability of Data in Cloud Strategy


A data-centric design proves indispensable when contemplating system scalability. A nuanced architectural approach must be instated that fluidly adapts to variable data volumes. This attribute is inherently conducive to augmenting operational capabilities without a concomitant rise in resource allocation or expenditure.


With the diversity of data types and volumes burgeoning, the need for an elastic architecture has never been more salient. Flexibility allows businesses to effortlessly tailor their systems in response to specific data requirements, thereby future-proofing their cloud investments.


Effective data management engenders cost-saving synergies. Implementing efficient algorithms for data partitioning, retrieval, and storage can result in quantifiable operational efficiencies and savings. Businesses can thus realize a tangible return on investment.

Data Governance in Cloud Strategy

Data Integrity

In the paradigm of cloud computing, the importance of maintaining data accuracy and consistency cannot be overstated. Data integrity serves as the bedrock upon which sound business decisions are made.


Adherence to regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is inextricably linked to a well-structured data governance model. Such a model ensures data protection, ethical usage, and ultimately fortifies consumer trust.

Data Accessibility

Creating a balanced ecosystem that makes data readily accessible yet secure is quintessential. This underscores the need for secure data storage solutions that are not cumbersome to access.

Necessity of Proper Cloud Architecture

Data Protection

Ensuring stringent data encryption and backup services should not be viewed as optional but as imperative. This is essential in safeguarding against data loss and unauthorized access.

Resource Management

A judiciously architected cloud environment can optimize resource allocation, thereby curbing unwarranted expenditures and fostering a more efficient operation.

Business Continuity

A robust architecture is one that is resilient enough to ensure data availability even during unforeseen outages or disasters. Business continuity is thus inherently tied to cloud architectural design.

Role of Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)

Cloud Governance

CSA frameworks offer valuable guidelines in establishing governance practices that are both effective and compliant with industry standards.

Evaluating Architecture

CSA aids businesses in gauging the robustness of their cloud architecture, thereby helping them identify potential vulnerabilities and areas for improvement.

Security Standards

Adherence to CSA's best practices contributes to heightened security measures and ensures compliance, fortifying data integrity and safeguarding against breaches.


As my virtual talk at the IIA showcased, integrating data considerations into your cloud strategies is no longer just an option—it's an operational imperative. The intricacies of data governance, architecture, and industry-compliant best practices are critical for constructing a cloud environment that is not only robust and scalable but also secure and cost-effective.

I extend my heartfelt appreciation to the Institute of Internal Auditors for inviting me to share my insights on this pivotal subject. The dialogues sparked and knowledge disseminated only serve to bolster our collective understanding and preparedness for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Other Security Organizations

  • (ISC)² - International Information System Security Certification Consortium: Renowned for their CISSP certification, they are a leader in educating and certifying cybersecurity professionals.
  • ISACA: Initially known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, ISACA now goes by its acronym alone. They offer certifications like CISA and CISM and provide a wealth of resources on governance and risk management.
  • SANS Institute: A trusted source for information security training, certifications, and research. They offer a variety of courses on topics ranging from cyber defense to penetration testing.
  • OWASP - Open Web Application Security Project: An open-source project known for its top 10 list of web application vulnerabilities. It's a community-driven project that aims to improve software security.
  • IAPP - International Association of Privacy Professionals: While more focused on data privacy than security, the principles are closely related. IAPP offers various resources and certifications like CIPP and CIPT.
  • NIST - National Institute of Standards and Technology: A U.S. government agency that develops and promotes measurement standards, including security guidelines.
  • Center for Internet Security (CIS): A non-profit entity that provides cybersecurity benchmarks, assessments, and certifications.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): More on the advocacy side, but they work to ensure that rights and freedoms are preserved as the use of technology grows.
  • ISSA - Information Systems Security Association: A community of international cybersecurity professionals dedicated to advancing individual growth, managing technology risk, and protecting critical information and infrastructure.
  • AFCEA - Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association: While not exclusively a security organization, it does focus on various technology disciplines including cybersecurity, especially within the context of the U.S. military.
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