I once asked an IT executive of a large telecommunications company if he had secured all of the thousands of computers that the company had. He replied: “I will when I find them.” That was over 25 years ago. But, it may now equally depict efforts to secure computing assets in the cloud, just as it did back then when computers were in dozens of buildings spread across the Midwest states.

Cloud computing provides a new level of convenience and ease of use. In many cases, favorable cost structures can also be realized. However, many cloud users have lost sight of the fundamentals of managing information technology assets. Thus, the out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentality that an organization can easily fall into when managing cloud assets, ...

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