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Industry Interview Series: Chandra Rangan, VP Marketing HPE Software


This is the eighth in a series of videos and blogs speaking with both HPE and external subject matter experts on various aspects of hybrid cloud security. Today we speak with Chandra Rangan, VP Marketing at HPE Software, around using data security to protect the cloud and advance business transformation. Other videos in the series can be found by searching for the tag cloudsecinterviews.

Recently I was able to sit down with Chandra Rangan, VP Marketing at HPE Software, to find out his views around the security challenges facing cloud adoption, and how security can be used as an advantage in business transformation. Chandra started the discussion by making the point that in spite of perceived cloud security issues, security shouldn’t necessarily be seen as a barrier to cloud adoption – it’s happening nonetheless. He illustrated this with an example – not too long ago enterprises would not even consider putting their sales or HR records in the cloud, but Salesforce and Workday have both delivered a business model that allows their customers to do just this, securely.

Chandra went on to explain that today enterprises are more interested in looking at how they can keep their data secure, throughout the lifecycle of that data, both in and out of the cloud. He feels the closer you can move ‘security’ to the data, the better prepared you will be to handle the migration of that data into the cloud. This is particularly relevant when you consider that owning data, and controlling where that data sits are two very different things – particularly in a public cloud environment, where you will have limited control over the infrastructure, so securing the data becomes very important.

Chandra also shared his views around the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that will be coming into force in May 2018 for all organizations dealing with EU citizen personal data. He discussed three main points to this far reaching regulation:

  • Due diligence in choosing cloud vendors – important to understand how your cloud vendor handles data and how they deal with compliancy and regulations themselves
  • Understand what you are putting into the cloud – if it’s just data, then make sure you have appropriately classified the data, and taken steps to protect sensitive information. If you are developing your own applications, then make sure you follow a security by design principle, something we have discussed previously in this blog
  • Use compliancy as a business opportunity – regulations, such as GDPR, are going to cost your organization money in order to become compliant, but if you use this as a reason to accelerate initiatives around compliance and governance, you may actually find you gain business advantages by being first to market with compliant solutions

To watch the discussion in full, please click the video below:




To learn more about hybrid cloud security, download the whitepaper from 451 Research Group. You can also learn more about the HPE approach to Hybrid Cloud Security, or download the HPE special edition of Hybrid Cloud Security for Dummies. Other videos in the series can be found by searching for the tag cloudsecinterviews.

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Simon Leech is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional with a specialisation in Security Architecture (CISSP-ISSAP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified in Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) and working in the Worldwide Security Center of Excellence within HPE Pointnext Advisory and Professional Services. Simon is active on Twitter as @DigitalHeMan